Thursday, November 23, 2017

Zvijer Interview

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

ZVIJER was created in mid 2013. by Vožd (guitars) and me (vocals). Band is based in Banja Luka, Republic of Srpska/Bosnia. Along one more band from Sarajevo city we are only black metal bands active currently in this shithole of a country.

2. How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?

That is a sound highly inspired with early Darkthrone albums, black metal from nineties that is in extinction today due to big number of all “orthodox“ “kvlt“ black metal bands and all that modern shits that infested black metal. In our eyes and ears this is how black matel need to sound today. No fancy stuff, just pure raw energy and straight forward attack on listeners ears.

3. Your lyrics cover 'Balkanian dark folklore', can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?

We are from Balkan region (obviously) so we didn’t wanted to go into some religious/anti-religious themes or similar stuff when we have so rich and big source of inspiration right in front of us. Balkan is full of stories about night, night creatures, vampires and ghouls... and they fit perfectly into our music. We incorporate black metal and Balkanian horror tales in one great unity. Since we were kids we listened stories about vampires, night creatures and ghouls from forests around us, so our interests in this theme going way back in our childhood.

4. I know that the bands name means 'beast' in Serbian, how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?

It fits perfectly, at least from our point of view. In Republic of Srpska is practice to call every dreadfully creature from tales (werewolf, vampire,... etc)  simply “beast“. We find that fitting into our circle of interest within band, so we take it for our name, on our native language.

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

We didn’t play live with Zvijer, yet.

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

There are plans for few selected shows in 2018. to promote our “Vječnost Truleži“ album. We don’t seek to make a tones of shows, it is better to make few selected shows and do them properly, so that we can present our music in high quality performance. Quality over quantity is what we think.

7. The new album was released on 'Werewolf Promotion', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Album release was delayed few times due the problems with labels who needed to release it on first place. Then Szymon from Werewolf Promotion approached to us with wish to release our album under his label. He offered us reasonable terms for releasing and we accepted it. He honored his part of a deal and he did a great job with release itself.
Also album went out on pro-tape format through the Hungarian label called Iron County Records. Also we had no problems with them either, they made really great job with that release. We are highly satisfied with final results with both formats.

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

It is really good, I must say. Since we coming from shithole and our country is not famous with anything except wars, fans around globe accepted us really well.
We have been accepted really well especially with black metal fans from ex-Yugoslavian countries like Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia... also Germanian and Polish black metal fans showed fine level of supporting our work and finding it interesting.

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?

My band Sahrana is on-hold currently. I simply have no time for that right now. Vožd working some re-releases with his project 1389. Insanus play live with Black Cult and he is in process of making a new material for his project called Hibernum. I think that Krvolok also put his project Kult Perunov on-hold currently, but I am not sure about that.

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

It is impossible to give you a precise answer on this question. We already made some new riffs and lyrics that will be on upcoming materials, but I can’t say anything definite about them ’cause they are all in the process of creation. I think we will keep this approach to black metal, to play it in veins of “glorious nineties“ sound, maybe just to experiment a little bit with production. We play this for our enjoyment on first place and we think that we do not need any changes in the views of music and lyrics of ZVIJER.

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?

That would probably be bands like (early) Impaled Nazarene, (early) Sodom, Beherit, (Russian band) Forest, Moonblood, Root,... etc.
These days I am into Anima Damnata’s album “ Nefarious Seed Grows to Bring Forth Supremacy of the Beast“ that is one hell of an album, pure aggression and energy. Also Tom Wait’s album “ Heartattack and Vine“ is in player along Magma Waves album namely “ .​.​.​and who will take care of you now“.

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

Thank you for your time and interest in band Zvijer.

“When the sky turns black and the sun fails... the Beast will bear the mark of might OVER DEATH ! ! !“

https://www.facebook.com/zvijer.316

zvijer.band@gmail.com

https://www.ironcountyrecords.blogspot.com

http://www.werewolf-promotion.pl


Knjaz

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Ignis Noctem/Thy Lord Of Chaos/Vacula Productions/2017 CD Review


  Ignis  Noctem  are  a  band  from  Dallas,  Texas  that  plays  a  musical  style  they  refer  to  as  'funeral  black  metal'  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "They  Lord  Of  Chaos"  which  was  released  by  Vacula  Productions.

  A  very  dark  and  ritualistic  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  and  atmospheric synths  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction which  also  introduces  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  onto  the  recording  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  songs  also  bringing  in  clean  playing  and  acoustic  guitars  as  well  as  mixing  both  the  heavy  and  atmospheric  parts  together  at  times  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  whispered  vocals  can  also  be  heard.

  Ignis  Noctem  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  dark,  raw  and  depressive  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics cover  funerals,  depression,  Occultism,  Satanism,  Astrology,  and  Mysticism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ignis  Noctem  are  a  very  great  sounding  funeral  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Unholy  Calling  From  Death"  and  "Decaying  SOul".  8  out  of  10.   
    

Kommodus Interview

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

Kommodus is the bitter catharsis and dark ancient reveries of the Infernal Emperor – Lepidus Plague. Raw Black Metal from Australia.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the demo?

Filth.



3.Can you tell us about some of the lyrical topics and subjects you covered on the demo?

The ancient world, my own ancestry and bloodline, and the destruction of humanity and self.



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

A stylised spelling of the Roman Emperor – Commodus. A corrupted, morally bereft and megalomaniacal dictator. It seemed a fitting title for a project ostensibly concerned with the darker elements of the Roman Empire and Roman lineage. 



5.On the demo, you recorded everything by yourself, do you feel this gives your more room to be creative with your musical style?

I didn’t play drums on the recordings, session hammering was performed by T.R.J. However, having handled everything else I believe that having a solo project allows you to make more unique and passionate music, as no compromises are made with other artists (not very insightful I know). I also believe having the limitations of yourself makes things interesting, as I’ve always been in bands previously with seriously proficient and skilled musicians – which I am not.



6.The demo was released on 'Lupine Lineage Records', can you tell us a little bit more about the label?

This is a banner for me to release my own music under. At this stage I want to control everything. 



7.On the demo you had also done a cover of Burzum's ‘War', what was the decision behind doing your own version of this song?

It’s a classic that I’ve wanted to learn for a long time, so I recorded a version for the demo. It’s descriptions of wintery battlegrounds and bloodied dying soldiers are congruous with the lyrics and subject matter of the rest of the release.



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

Well it hasn’t reached many yet, but it seems to be mostly positive.



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

I just want to continue creating, and using Kommodus as a vessel to express my frustrations, hatred and visions of a more ideal world.



10.What are some of the bands or musicals styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays? Black Metal’s 90’s Scandinavian pioneers, Florida Death Metal, Thrash, Hardcore, the list goes on. I try to keep Kommodus incredibly insular and to not be too conscious of influence, though it is at times inevitable, I’ve been listening to Leviathan, Judas Iscariot and Byyrth lately. USBM! .



11.How would you describe your views on Paganism?

I am an atheist. However Paganism, as well as the Abrahamic religions and other spiritual beliefs, all have iconography and tales which I find to be creatively inspiring to varying degrees. Roman paganism as well as the Rome creation myth are a central focal point of Kommodus.

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

Keep on fighting the world.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Itnuveth/Tales And Legends of Wolves/Base Records Production/2017 CD Review


  Itnuveth  are  a  band  from  Spain  that  has  been featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  melodic  form  of  pagan  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017 album  "Tales  And  legends  Of  Wolves"  which  was  released  by  Base  Record  Production.

  Acoustic  guitars  along  with  some folk  instruments  start  off  the  album  as  well  as  some  nature  soundscapes  and  after  the  sounds  of  wolves the  music  goes  into  a  heavier  direction  while  also  introducing  death  metal  growls  onto  the  recording  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in a   very  melodic  fashion.

  Grim  black  metal  screams  are  also  used  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  Both  acoustic  guitars  and  folk  instruments  also  return  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  along  with  some  songs  being  instrumentals  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses melodic  pagan  vocals  can  also be  heard  briefly  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Itnuveth  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  raw  and  melodic  style  of  pagan  black  metal  from  previous  releases,  the production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Wolves  and  Norse  Mythology  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Itnuveth  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  pagan  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Slightly  Dead  Sun"  "The  Battle  Of  The  End  Of  The  World"  and  "Under  The  Eternal  Wings".  8  out  of  10.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Tyakrah Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Hey, this is J.R. speaking (or rather writing)! Sure, Tyakrah came together in 2016 to play some atmospherical and melancholic Black Metal. I had this project for some time in my head, but I never could pull it off like I wanted to, there were always some obstacles. Mostly that I suck at playing guitar. After I met I. XII while working on another project, it took me quite some time to convince him... But after i bothered him enough he finally agreed and Tyakrah was born. He gave Tyakrah a more melodic edge without compromising on the melancholic vibe which is what I really like. But he likes to stay rather anonymous, which is fine by me.

2.In October you had released your first album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
It is some very atmospherical Black Metal with a lot of Lead and Solo Guitars, which may throw some people off, but it makes perfect sense for us. It also has a quite "Epic" feel to it, hence our Label has featured us as an Epic Black Metal Band. We also like to experiment with dark Ambient sounds as you can here in the interludes. I think it gives a bit more depth to the Album as a whole and underlines the atmosphere. But we only do that if we really think it needs to be there, it's not just a filler for us.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Well, that is a very good question. Our Album "Wintergedanken" (Winterthoughts) is a concept album about the winter as a destructive but necessary force. I wanted to do this a long time ago, but of course, this will not be the only lyrical topic in Tyakrah. But in fact I don't know what else there will be in the future. I will decide that on the run, when we are writing new songs, because of course it has to fit the music.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Tyakrah'?
That is totally up to yourself as it has no constant meaning.

5.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding your line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?
Personally I am fine with beeing a duo, because we two exactly know what we want and too many cooks can spoil the broth easily. I just don't see the reason to have more members, as we can handle everything just fine. But also you should never say never.

6.The album was released on 'Satanath Records', are you happy with the support that they have given yo so far?
Yes we are. Alexey Korolyov gives his heart and soul for the russian metal scene, he is a very good dude, the CDs are really quality stuff, can't really expect more.
But the album was a split release with Slaughterhouse Records from the US, also a big thanks to them.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
Generally the feedback has been really good. Actually better then I thought it would be. Of course you have some elitists which ramble that this is not Black Metal because it has Lead Guitars and so on, but that was to be expected.
It's always nice to see your music gets played in countries you would never expect. Since I started making music over 10 years ago this was always what I loved the most. You can post your songs online and everyone in the world can just hear it and leave feedback.

8.Are any of the band members currently involved with any other bands or musical projects?
Yeah, I am always involved in some projects, I get bored really easy ;) Most projects are not in the realm of Metal but Dark Electro to be exact. The only other Metal project I am running is Azlazah with a friend of mine, we are working on our debut Album, too.
As I. XII wants to stay anonymous I don't know if I am allowed to speak about his projects, so I won't.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
I think that we will refine our style with every release, to find our own unique sound. We are very close, but there is always something to improve on.
The recordings for "Wintergedanken" where "not ideal" to say it mildly, but we did the best we could with it and embraced all the little flaws it has. It's that feeling that you can not recreate if you just had recorded the album new.
We always try to learn from our mistakes, so every album will also be a little step forward.

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?
Well, as I have a very wide array of music i like to listen to, it's mostly not a direct influence for me. I also just don't want to copy something I hear.
From Black Metal to Dark Electro to Folk there is so much to discover.. In fact too much. Unfortunatelly I don't listen very much too new stuff coming out. I don't know why, but often enough it just doesn't kick me right now. But that will also change again I am sure.
Sorry for not giving my "Alltime Favourite Band List" as it would be unfair to just name a few bands.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
Well, after my regular job I hole up in my homestudio working on new stuff and also doing mixing and mastering jobs for other Projects, there is just not enough time for non musical interests ;)

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
I want to thank everyone who gave Tyakrah a try and if you like atmospheric music you should do too!
Thanks for this interview and the review on our album, it is all very appreciated.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Morvigor/Tyrant/2017 CD Review

 Morvigor  are  a  band  from  the  Netherlands  that  plays  a  very  experimental,  raw  and  melodic mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  album  "Tyrant".

  A  very  avant  garde  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  ambient  style  synths  and  soundscapes  before  adding  clean  playing  onto  the  recording  and  after  awhile  the  music  goes  into  a  heavier  direction  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  the  energy  of  punk  rock  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Vocals  are  mostly grim  black  metal  screams  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  also  being  utilized  at  times  as  well  as  the  riffs also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  some  of  the  vocals  have  a  semi  melodic  tone  to  them.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  they  give  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  while  blast  beats  are used  quite  a  bit  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  tracks  along  with  a great  portion  of  the  songs  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  acoustic  guitars  are  utilized  they  add  more  of  a  progressive  style  to  the  music  and  as  the  album  progresses  psychedelic  elements  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  one  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  ritualistic  spoken  word  parts.

  Morgivor  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  a  very  raw,  old  school  and  melodic  style  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  elements  of  death  metal,  punk,  experimental  and  psychedelic  music  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  religion,  philosophical  and  fantasy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Morgivor  are  a  very  great  sounding  experimental,  raw  and  melodic  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "No  Repentance"  "Blood  Of  The  Pelican"  and  "Tyrant".  8  out  of  10.      

Vaki/Kirous/Redefining Darkness Records/2017 EP Review


  Vaki  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  modern  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Kirous"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  Redefining  Darkness  Records.

  A  very  heavy  and  chaotic  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  angry  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  when  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  yet  distorted  fashion.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  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  a  brief  use  of  shouts  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  melodic  singing  also  being  used  briefly.

  Vaki  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  melodic  and  modern  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Finnish  and  cover  death,  impurity  and  chaos  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Vaki  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  modern  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Kuoleman  Sakeet".  8  out  of  10.