Saturday, May 27, 2017

Deathcult/Tyrant Of All Tyrants/Do Or Die Reocrds/2017 CD Review


  Deathcult  are  a  band  from  Chicago,  Illinois  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  dark  mixture  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Tyrant  Of  All  Tyrants"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Do  Or  Die  Records.

  A  very  heavy  and  old  school  guitar  sound  starts  off  the  album  and  you  can  also h ear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  along  with  a  great  mixture  of  thrash  influenced  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  black  metal  screams  along  with  a  few  death  metal  growls.

  A  great  amount  of  melody  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  solos  and  leads  also b ring  in  a  very  melodic  style  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  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  mixture  of  both  80's  and  90's  influences  while  also  adding  in  a  more  modern  atmosphere  and  when  tremolo  picking is  utilized  it  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  and  the  album  remains  very  heavy  from  beginning  to  ending  of  the  recording.

  Deathcult  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  dark  mixture  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism,  Violence  and  War  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Deathcult  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal,  you  should  check  out this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Nectar  Of  The  Gods"  "Kamikaze  Warriors"  and  "Junkers".  8  out   of  10.

Exmordium/Into The Sepulchral Spectrum/Tridroid Records/2017 EP Re-Issue Review


  Exmordium  are  an  international  band  with  members  from  Canada  and  the  United  States  with  Wisconsin   and  Ontario  being  their  home  bases and  they  play  an  atmospheric  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  ep  "Into  The  Sepulchral  Spectrum"  which  will  be  re-issued  in  July,  2017  by  Tridroid  Records.

  Classical  guitars  start  off  the  ep  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into more  of  a  heavier,  darker  yet  melodic  musical  direction  while  the  fast  sections  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  music  a  raw  feeling  along  with  some  black  metal  screams.

  A  great  amount  of  death  metal  growls  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  classical  guitars  are  also  mixed  in  on  some  of  the  other  tracks  as  well  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  elements  of  thrash  are  added  on  the  closing  track.

  Exmordium  plays  a  musical  style t hat  takes  and  old  school  form  of  atmospheric  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  death  metal  to  create  a  sound  of t heir  own,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics cover  war,  death,  Paganism,  Vikings,  Anti  Religion  and  philosophy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Exmordium  are  a  very  great  sounding  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  "Portals  Beyond  The  Imprisonment  Of  Time"  and  "Severing  The  Roots Of  Yggdrasil".  8  out  of  10. 


 

Friday, May 26, 2017

Nekrokraft Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
The band was formed in 2012 by Angst, DOC & Blaster with the ambition to play fast, aggressive blackened thrash metal. A couple of years have past and the lineup changed over the years, Blaster was replaced by Moloch and Iron & Ghol joined the band.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?
Nekrokraft is, and will always be an extreme metal band, the strength in our sound is the mix between black metal`s mysticism, the velocity of thrash metal and the brutality of death metal. Different personalities and different musical preferences is a part of what creates that strength mentioned above, we all have our addictions in life.

3.Between 2012 to 2016 there was no new material being released, can you tell us a little bit more about what was going on during that time frame?
Well, we had some member changes, wrote a bunch of new songs, and played some live gigs. And of course we planned and recorded Will O` Wisp.  

4.Your lyrics deal with Folklore and Occultism, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?
Sweden/Scandinavia has a history rich in folklore, and we draw inspiration from those stories of old,
it’s our way of holding on to our legacy. The album title and song Will ‘o’ Wisp deals with the “Irrbloss” from swedish folklore, a glowing orb that lures unsuspecting people of the road, where they get lost and  follow the light towards a watery grave. There is a problem with certain religions, and that is their need to control people and the lack of free will. Occultism, in different forms, have provided somewhat of an antipole towards the backward pious kind. We embrace the so called “dark path” towards enlightenment, because knowledge and wisdom lies within curiosity, independence and creativity.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Nekrokraft'?
We came up with the name under the influence of alcohol, discussing occult themes in the rehearsal space one late night in april 2012. Nekro stands for death, and kraft in swedish means power/force.
Power of the dead, maybe something occult, magical comes to mind, we leave it free for one's mind to interpret.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has done so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
That's a tough question, we have done quite a few gigs since the beginning but we can mention some of the gigs. The Black Christmas festival had a great lineup (Mayhem, Marduk, Venom, Vader) and was also a great gig for us, and the show we played with God Dethroned amongst others in Stockholm the fall of 2016 was a really good gig. Otherwise there has been some really intense clashes in our hometown Linköping that turned out great. Our stage performance is intensive and full of energy, a real headbanging feast, the inspiration comes from the death & thrash metal scene rather than the black metal scene when it comes to the live show, high energy on stage, intensive crowd!

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Gefle metal festival is the next stop for us, great lineup this year by the way! We are hopefully heading out in europe this fall for some long weekend runs if everything works out the way we are planning.

8.'The Sign Records' are re-issuing your 2016 album, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
The Sign Records is an expansive record label composed of some of the most driven people here in Linköping. It consist of three formations that each carries its own essence. The Sign Records is managed by the Almost Religious label group based in Linköping, Sweden. We are pleased that we got the opportunity to work with people that are great, driven and has high ambitions for the music scene in Sweden.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and extreme metal?
Overall it has been great, we have people listening from almost all over the world and people reaching out showing their appreciation. We look forward to spread the Nekrokraft disease even further during 2017.

10.On the 2012 ep you had done a 'Bathory' cover, what was the decision behind doing your own version of this song?
You can consider it to be a celebration to the swedish old school metal. We wanted to do something raw, something extra, fitting in with the already rugged sound of the EP, and we all are big Bathory fans so we chose that path after a couple of beers.

11.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?
Angst our vocalist is a hard working man and is currently preparing for summer & fall gigs with Witchery. When it comes to the other band members there is some projects going on, but if those projects will see the light of day, we don't know, time will tell.

12.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
As mentioned before Nekrokraft is an extreme metal band and will always be. Musically we will continue to blend the black, thrash and the death metal to create our sound. We don't play by any rules when it comes to the creating of Nekrokraft material. This group of people is very versatile when it comes to music and creating, and that in particular is a great quality for us as a band.

13.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?
It's very broadly spread across the different members but of course we have a lot of bands in common, some of the good classic extreme metal bands like Bathory, Dissection, Entombed, Morbid Angel and Slayer to name a few. Nowadays it's a bit more of thrash metal i would say as the summer approaches, summer, thrash metal and beer blends perfectly, and of course you got to listen to some good ole guitar oriented blues.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
First of all thank you for the interview! Keep supporting your local and national scenes, help to spread the art of extreme metal. Check out Nekrokraft, drink a lot of beer and hopefully we will meet in the dead of night.
 

Pigs Blood/Self Titled/Gods Ov War Productions/2017 CD Review


  Pigs  Blood  are a  band  from  Milwaukee,  Wisconsin  that plays  a  bestial  mixture  of  war,  black,  death  metal  and  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2017  album  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Gods  Ov  War  Productions.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  war  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  speeding  up  and  adding  in  blast  beats  as  well  as  some  bestial  growls  and  black  metal  screams  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and fast  parts  and  the  music  is  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's.

  Throughout  the recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  solos  and  leads  also  remain  very  true  to  a  chaotic  war  metal  style  but  also  having  its  melodic  moments  and  some  of  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  some  of  the  riffs  utilize  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  as  well  as  some  elements  of  punk  and  dark  sounding  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  tracks  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very powerful  sound  to  them.


  Pigs  Blood  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  bestial  black/death  metal  and  mixes  it  with  punk  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  violence  and  war  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Pigs  Blood  are  a  very  great  sounding  bestial  black/death  metal  band  with  a  touch  of  punk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Misanthrope  Absolute"  "Torches  Of  War  And  Retribution"  "The  Age  Of  Endless  War"  and  "There  Will  Be  No  Law".  8  out  of  10.

 

Persecutory/Towards The Ultimate Extinction/Gods Ov War Productions/2017 CD Review


  Persecutory  are  a  band  from  Turkey  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and   plays  a  raw  mixture  of  war,  black,  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Towards  The  Ultimate  Extinction"  which  will  be  released  by  Gods  Ov  War  Productions.

  A  very  fast, r aw,  brutal  and  chaotic  war  metal  direction  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal s creams  which  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  hate  and  anger  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  thrash  influences.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  along  with  the  riffs  also  mixing  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  at  times  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  stick  to  a  very  raw  and  chaotic  style.

  Depressive  screams  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  after  awhile  elements  of  death  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  angry  shouts  are  also added  into  some  parts  of  the  songs  and  the  music  also  brings  in a   great  amount  of  90's  influences  while  also   having  a  modern  edge.

  Persecutory  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  their  raw  mixture  of  war,  black,  death  and  thrash  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  perversion,  death,  chaos  and  Satanism  themes.

  In  my opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Persecutory  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  war,  black,  death,  and  thrash  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Pillars  Of  Dismay"  "Along  The  Infernal  Hallways"  and  "Maelstroms  Of  Antireligious  Cosmos".  8  out  of  10.

 

Abduction Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
Abduction is a Black Metal solo project. I've been in plenty of bands before, across many different genres, playing guitar, bass, singing. The time was right last year to put together something completely selfish that works a little differently to what I'm used to doing with other people.
It's the purest output of music I can conjure up. I am a profoundly negative person that finds it therapeutic to get all this out...
Fortunately Inferna Profundus Records picked up on this and gave me the outlet to spew misery forth in a proper way and (so far) it's working.

2.So far you have released a demo and a full length, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?
In its broadest sense it's Black Metal. The very term incorporates many different styles and sounds of course but I would hope it comes across as negatively as possible. I'm less concerned with making things perfect and neatly presented. I'm more concerned that it evokes feelings of loss and pain to anyone interested in exploring it. It certainly does to me anyway.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?
Lyrically I'm inspired by real life. I suppose I use metaphors and imagery a lot, but it's a reflection of the disgusting world we live in and the depression that comes with living close to poverty. The constant threat of terror and the crushing of the human spirit by the futile rat race we're all in.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Abduction'?
When I was deciding on what to call the project, I wanted a strong name that evokes some sort of fear and if possible a name that sounds like you've almost heard it before. Settling on a band a name is probably the hardest bit of the process. There are so many thousands of bands out there whose names are either just made up words that have no history or meaning. I wanted to avoid that. It took a while but I'm happy with it.

5.On the albums you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians on the recordings or you prefer to work solo?
Yes of course. Collaboration can be a great thing. I also like the idea of split releases too. I've always explored experimenting with music. Ideally it would have to be a choice that adds something new to the sound, but I think a guest vocalist perhaps, or working with a noise artist or something would be great.  

6.What are some of the best shows that you have done so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Many years ago I played a couple of shows in Germany with Nocturnal. It was last minute decision using primitive versions of the songs from the cassette, but it was very enjoyable.
I also played my first 'official' Abduction show a couple of weeks ago in my home town. I was very surprised it was so busy. I play with a big hood on and a black cloth on my face. I try to remove as much of the human aspect to my performance as possible and hope people grasp the 'void' aspect of it. The more atmosphere, the better.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
I have a few more shows in the UK coming up in Nottingham and Birmingham. I'd really like to get out to mainland Europe again.  I've toured out there with other bands and I really feel at home. If anyone is interested in making that happen, please get in touch.  

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
It's been surprisingly great. There have been some really kind reviews and the album is selling all over the place. Maybe the struggles of living life in 2017 are not confined to a country's borders.
My record is now available in the US too which I'm happy about. Also I've gained some new friends in Italy, Poland, Lithuania.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
I intentionally kept the debut release very broad and varied. Partly because I'm just a huge fan of music in general, but partly to keep the options open for the next releases. I'm not concerned with how people receive it (though it has gone well!). It's fundamentally music for me. There will be more releases, they will be miserable and extremely dark. At the moment that's all I can say.

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?
I remember hearing the Thorns self titled album when I was just getting into extreme music at around 14 yrs old. That was a huge milestone of influence. From there I properly explored the old Norwegian scene, the French Black Legions and so on. Also Xasthur's - 'Nocturnal Poisoning' a truly soul crushing release. The Sunn0))) and Boris collaboration 'Altar' definitely had a large impact on my tastes too (but I'm not planning on releasing a drone album any time soon).
Most recently I've been enjoying the latest Ruins of Bevarest LP as well as Mgla, Batushka, Full of Hell, Black Cilice, Oranssi Pazuzu, Dragged into Sunlight, Inquisition and Obscure Devotion.
There are some great bands locally here too. Repulsive, Wolvencrown, Burial, Artisian to name a few.

11.Does Occultism play any role in your music?
I have always had a fascination with death, symbolism and the occult. Historically, its gone hand in hand with the sort of music were talking about but for me, even before that. I've read plenty of books by La Vey, Crowley, Boroughs etc. That part of the human psyche has always intrigued me, yes. I think, everything with Abduction though, the influence is subverted somewhat. I'm not brandishing pentagrams or using goat imagery like a lot of clowns. The affinity I have with the darker side of life is not a pantomime and doesn't need props or make-up, it's very real. Too often bands think that wearing corpsepaint and inverting crucifixes is the epitome of evil. These days it's turning into Hollywood. One must remember that humanity is horror in itself, you needn't look far to find it. 

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

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Tyrannosorceress/Shattering Light's Creation/Tofu Carnage Records/2017 CD Review


  Tyrannosorceress  are  a  band  from  Dallas,  Texas  that  plays  a  very  dark  and  chthonic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Shattering  Light's  Creation"  which  will be  released  in  June  by  Tofu  Carnage  Records.

  Atmospheric  yet  ritualistic  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  along  with  the  tremolo  picking  giving  the  songs  a  raw  feeling  while  the  riffs  also bring  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  deep  yet  grim  black  metal  screams.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  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  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording.

  Some  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  guitars  and  the  album  brings  in  a  more  modern  approach  to  black  metal  while  also  mixing  in  dissonant  structures  at  times  and  as  the  album  progresses melodic  guitar  leads  are  added  onto  the  recording along  with  a  small  amount  of  atmospheric elements.

  Tyrannosorceress  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  dark  and  modern  while  also  having  its  raw  moments,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  chaos,  death  and  chaos  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Tyrannosorceress  are  a  very  great  sounding  dark  and  chthonic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  looking  for  something  different,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "In  The  Light  Of  The Sabbat  Moon"  and  "The  Ageless  Noine".  8  out  of  10.  

 

F41.0 Interview

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

Ave. F41.0 has been evoked in 2007 to materialize my vision of utterly sinister, yet memorable soundscapes. The first album "Near Life Experiences" has been released in 2013 via a small german label called Empyre Music. It didn´t take me long to feel the will to get  the "project" on stage so i recruited a couple of trustful musicians to get things started. We had a couple of live experiences and I started to record the follow-up "BÜRDE" in 2015, which has been released on may 19th this year via Geisterasche Organisation.

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?
Using a drumcomputer and a very harsh sounding guitar-setup served my idea of what I wanted to express with "N.L.E.". The debut has a vibe of audible degeneration and takes a deep step into mental horror. "BÜRDE", the new album, tries to pursue another approach on the concept behind F41.0 . I wanted everything to sound more genuine and authentic, so i decided to use real drums (brilliantly performed by my mate T.Parkinson / Todtgelichter) this time. Another change is the more prominent use of guest singer Frederics desperately yelling vocals, which fitted perfectly to the whole concept behind "BÜRDE". But the pillars of the bands instrumental countenance remained similar to what I started with the debut.

3.This is the first album since 2013, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?
Well, i am not the kind of artist who is working on music 24/7. Ideas do come, when the time is right, and i am not hunting them just for the sake of it. Additionally it took quite some time to get the live lineup ready and stable since most of my supports are  working individuals. So spare time had to be divided carefully in general. Last but not least the preparations for "BÜRDE" as well as its recordings took way more time than expected.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects that you explore with the newer music?
The lyrical side of "BÜRDE" is a subordinate to the images displayed with its title (english-"burden"). Sufferage,Weightlessness, Disorder, Despair, Rage..
5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'F41.0"

The meaning can easily be googled. The driving force behind is bound to what the term is standing for. Generally, personally, whatsoever.

6.On the albums you record everything by yourself but have a live line up, are you open to working with other musicians on the recordings?
As i mentioned above i already did. "BÜRDE" features many guest musicians such as A.Schmied (Mor Dagor), Metvs (Signum Karg) or Nebular (Atras Cineris / Kratein) for example. Frederic (Todtgelichter), and Asgoroth (TCO, Narvik)  lent their voices for "N.L.E." as well as for the new album. So i am far from insisting to do anything myself in future even though i feel it might be time to reduce those contributions for the next output.
But since i am a real bad drummer it is quite secure that drums will at least be handled by T.P. again.

7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
The first live experience has been a real special one since somehow it symbolized a new step for F41.0 to me. But the time on the road we had doing two open air shows in 2015 has also been memorable. I am lucky to have a live lineup consisting of close friends, so everything went smooth yet concentrated.
What you can expect from a concert? We try to let the music speak so there's no lavish "ritual" to be expected when you book us!
8.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
I am not keen on touring for weeks and months to "promote the band" (= sell more records), but we will surely keep on playing several selected shows like we did the years before. Some vague things are already planned but bookers might get in touch with us.

9.The new album was released on 'Geisterasche Organization', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
As far as i know they developed from organizing concerts to a record label concentrating on unique black metal based art. We got in touch a couple of years ago and they were the first to book us for a concert. The event was small yet enjoyable and perfectly organized, so we stayed in loose contact afterwards. When they asked me to join the ranks of their label things went quite fast. I aways liked smaller, yet engaged labels who are still catching fire for their releases. And with interesting german bands like Nemesis Sopor or Frostreich i am in good conditions i guess.

10.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
Feedback usually comes from people based in my homeland germany, be it via e-mail or face to face after one of our gigs. The conversations are of mostly positive nature and i do feel satisfied when extern listeners seem to understand, what F41.0 is about.

11.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that you are a part of?
Most bands I used to be involved in have split up or been put on ice.  So besides some loose projects F41.0 is the main centre of my activities.

11.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
I will keep things as i always did. F41.0 will continue to record, release and perform pitch black metal.
But: A couple of new songs have lately been carved in stone and it seems the next step for the band leads into more aggressive and harsh structures again..

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?
Too many to mention!  There is a wide range from oldschool black / death metal to all kinds of alternative /independent music in general that influenced my way of writing songs. Concerning newer releases i´m not that up to date to be honest, since i´m mostly bored from what is hip, be it metal or non-metal music. But I still am enthusiastic about publications from bands like Blut Aus Nord, The Ruins Of Beverast, Soap&Skin, Muse or Deathspell Omega for example.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?
Well, even though most movies suck, i love going to the cinema for example. Good motion picture art has a huge impact on me. As well as inspiring discussions or enjoying my home´s landscapes.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank your for your interest in F41.0.
Listen to the music via Spotify or one of the numerous illegal download blogs and if you like what you hear / see - feel free to support the artist who spent shitloads of time and money for it.
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Shadowflag Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?
We recorded ‘The Delusion Machine’ at the end of last year. We then spent time making sure that the sound was exactly what we wanted for this album. We found the process of writing this album (our third) incredibly difficult especially given the central themes that we were addressing. We immersed ourselves into the true futility of existence and wanted the final recording to represent every part of that struggle. We have also spent some time making a video for the first single, ‘The Beasts That Perish’, and this was released in May. This involved filming on hillsides in freezing cold winds – so the struggle lived on! Other than that, we released a single called 'Mourn Defeat' in January, with an official video, in aid of the mental health charity 'MIND', we have played a few live shows including a short tour with our good friends in Stahlsarg, and we have started to bring some of the new songs to the live arena.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?
We would certainly consider that this album captures struggle and desperation more than any other. We have always maintained a groove to our song writing – in the same way as, for example, Satyricon or The Infernal Sea, but there are more nods towards a more traditional style of black metal on this album. The spoken word is still present and is intertwined within the songs – a good example is the last song on ‘The Delusion Machine’, called ‘Singularity 45’, where we have finally managed to use a spoken word line as the main vocal, and it only adds to the crushing heaviness of the song. It’s these type of achievements that we are the most proud of.

3.You refer to your music as 'poetic black metal', can you tell us a little bit more about this term?
Well, the ‘poetic’ bit is easy. We all adore the use of spoken word and voice as an art form, and we make sure that on each album we include short passages wherever we can. Our self-titled first album was a 5000 word epic poem interweaved with music so this definitely a description with which we can always identify ourselves. We consider ourselves ‘black metal’ because we view it as the only true genre where absolute artistic expression can be allowed to wander and thrive like no other. Black metal provides a blank canvas – unblemished by the constraints and limitations of the world in which we dwell. It allows Shadowflag to develop organically and naturally like no other genre would, and it has given birth to one of the most dedicated followings around. It’s a sound that doesn’t just push the boundaries, it has no boundaries in the first place.    

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
On ‘The Delusion Machine’, we collectively made the decision to face our most chilling concept yet. Presenting the human species as being without purpose, the album explores the fear of the absolute nothingness within everything that mankind has become. There has never been a more poignant time in history when the reality of the vacuum at the centre of existence has been so apparent. ‘The Delusion Machine' is a bleak representation of futility and despair, yet also holds some hope within these barren soundscapes. Although this is fairly straightforward to summarise, confronting the pointlessness of life ended up having a very profound effect on each of us as well as the album itself. You only have to listen to tracks like ‘The Brutality’ and ‘Kingdom of Zero’ to understand a little more about where we were at.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Shadowflag'?
‘Shadowflag’ is the name of the ship in the story from our debut album, ‘Shadow Flag’. It represents salvation and resolution. We can relate to the journey of the Voyager as told in this album. Thus, we chose it as our name. The poem was written before the band was formed, and Carps and I both felt that Shadowflag was the true representation of us. It is mere coincidence that it is used in the Pearl Jam song ‘Garden’ – although the lyrics to that song could be an inspiration in themselves.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
We have played a whole load of shows and enjoyed every single one of them. Our stage performance is high-energy, captivating and dark – and we enjoy constructing sets with high points and low points, rises and falls. It keeps the audience guessing and gives us some freedom to flow with the music. Some of the best shows we have played include the ones at our spiritual home, Scruffy Murphy’s in Birmingham. Also, we have played festivals like Beermageddon and were invited to play at Northern Extremity XIII in York.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
For sure. We have an album launch party on June the 23rd in our hometown of Cheltenham and then we play at Carpathian Alliance festival in Ukraine in July. Following that, we are looking at a few more short runs of dates in September, a big show at Scruffy Murphy's in Birmingham in November, and then finish up at the fantastic Blackwood Gathering in Cumbria, UK in October. We then plan to start filling our gig calendar for 2018. .

8.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
We are currently unsigned and we don’t see that as a major issue. We have had some label interest but we didn’t feel that it would work for us in the right way. We think that bands have to realize that being signed is no longer the holy grail as you can do a great deal on your own, and labels have to realise that you have to work even harder than ever for your bands right now. If the right label came along, and we felt it was right for Shadowflag, then we would jump at the chance.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
Fantastic. We seem to have picked up fans all over the place. Mainland Europe is always a feeding ground for the extreme end of music, but we have also seen great interest in South America and the USA. We do find that we gather fans whose tastes are wider than black metal which may mean that we are more accessible in a way. That’s got to be a good thing, right?

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Who knows? We try and do things a bit different on every album. We have a process where we just write whatever comes naturally to each of us, and then throw them into the simmering cauldron. We are actually doing that right now and ‘The Delusion Machine’ hasn’t even come out yet. We find it the best time to write. And then, when we are least expecting it, a beast of a thing clambers out of the cauldron….and there’s our new album.

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?
We are all a little different really. We would always say that the bands that influenced Shadowflag would be the obvious ones like Satyricon, Emperor and Enslaved, but we have roots running into bands like Kreator, Testament and Tryptykon, or Paradise Lost and Blut Aus Nord. Individually, we have very extensive tastes and are always devouring new music and this blends into our common approach. At the moment, we are into The Infernal Sea, Anaal Nathrakh, Sathamel, Batushka and the new Overkill album is pretty full on.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
Everything – the world is a fascinating place so we just wander about taking it all in. Seems odd we all ended up here, doesn’t it? Then we generally drink a few beers and go and do something musical.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Nothing more from us….except to say thanks very much for giving us a chance to let you know about our forthcoming album and we hope to see you on the road sometime.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Abduction/To Further Dreams Of Failure/Inferna Profundus Records/2017 CD Review


  Abduction  are  a  solo  project  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  very  mdern  yet  traditional  style  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  album  "To  Further  Dreams  Of  Failure"  which  was  released  by  Inferna  Profundus  Records.

  Dark  background  sounds  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  along  with  some  high  pitched  black  metal screams.

  A  great  amount  of  90's  second  wave  infleunces  also  get  mixed  in  with  a  more  modern  occult  style  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  vocals  also  get  deep  and  demonic  at  times.

    One  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  samples  while  some  riffs  also  add  in  a  touch  of  blackened  death  metal  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utiized  they are  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  fashion  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  starts  adding  in  more  depressive  elements  and  melodic  chanting  can  also be  heard  briefly  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  ambient  style  synths.

  Abduction  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  has  second  wave  infleunces  while  also  mixing  in  some  more  modern  occult  and  depressive  elements  to  create  an  album  that  realy  stands  out,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  depressive,  occult  and  anti  religion  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Abduction  are  a  very  great  sounding  modern  and  treaditional  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Miser  Destructor"  and  "Catacomb  Chant".  8  out  of  10.



  

Malauriu/Heretical/Iam Mors Regnant/Zolfo/2017 Split 7 Inch Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  ep  between  Italy's  Malauri  and  Heretical  called  "Iam  Mors  Regnant"  which  was  released  by  Zolfo  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Malauriu  making  a  return  with  their  raw  style  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  sound  that  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  screams  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful.

  The  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  second  wave  infleunces  and  the  song  also  brings  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  death  and  human  misery  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  track  from  Malauriu  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  song.

  Next  up  is  Heretical  a  band  that  plays  a  very  symphonic  form  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  wth   blast  beats  along  with  some  heavy  guitars,  symphonic  elements  and  grim  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  operatic  female  vocals  are  also  utilized  briefly.

  A  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  can  be  heard  in  their  track  while  the  music  is  more  rooted  in  the  90's  style  of  symphonic  black  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  to  the  point  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occult  Philosophy  and  Suicide  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  track  from  Heretical  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  symphonic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out their  song.

  In  conclussion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  Italian  black  metal.  8  out  of  10.
  

Mortespermia/IX/2017 EP Review


  Brazil's  solo  project  Mortespermia  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  that  continues  the  raw  and  necro  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases  and  this  is n a  review  of  his  self  released  2017  ep  "IX".

  Acoustic  guitars  and  grim  vocals  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  heavier  yet  melodic  direction  as  well  as  adding  in  depressive  screams  and  atmospheric  elements  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  fashion  and  throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  cries  along  with  spoken  words  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  On  this  recording  Mortespermia  creates  a  stle  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  necro  while  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  depressive  themes,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  lo-fi  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Portuguese  and  cover  dark,  depressive  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Mortespermia  and  if you  are  a  fan  of  raw,  depressive,  necro  and  occult  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Morte  Negra  III"  and  "KoM.M.Mando".  8  out  of  10.

  

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Burnt/Astarium/Scolopendra Cingulata/Gnosis Of Death/Narcoleptica Productions/2016 Split CD Review

  This  is  a  review  of  a  3  way  split  album  between  Russia's  Burnt,  Astarium  and  Scolopendra  Cingulata  called  "Gnosis  Of  Death"  which  was  released  in  2016  by  Narcoleptica  Productions  and  we  will  start  off  te  review  with  Burnt  a  band  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  keyboard form  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  ambient  style  keyboards  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  direction  that  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.


  Keyboards  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times  along  with  the  music  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  mid  90's  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  and  acoustic  guitars  are  also  used  briefly.

  Burnt  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  goes  back  to  the  earlier  days  of  the  genre  where  they  started  mixing  keyboards  into  the  music  while  also  capturning  the  raw  feeling  of  those  days  which  has  been  lost  over  the  years,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  adn  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Burnt  are  a  ery  great  sounding  old  school  raw  and  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Dead  People"  and  "Suicide".

  Next  up  is  Astarium  continuing  his  symphonic  style  of  occult  black  metal.

  His  side  of  te  split  starts  out  with  ritualistic  and  demonic  voices  before  adding  in  more  of  a  symphonic  style  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  his  side  of  the  recording  and  on  th  second  the  music  gets  heavier  while  mixing  the  symphonic  elements.

  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  both  the  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  give  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  while  the  vocals  use  both  grim  and  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  riffs  also  using  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion.

  Astarium  creates  another  recording  that  is  also  in  the  occult  style  of  occult  black  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  yet  heavy  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Astarium  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  occult  or  symphonic  black  metal,  yiou  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Spirits  Of  The  Dead".

  Closing  the  split  is  Scolopendra  Cingulata  another  band  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  raw  form  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  spoken  word  samples  before  going  into  a  more  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction  where  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on their  side  of  the  recording  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim   black  metal  screams  along  with thee  solos  and  leads  adding  in  a  melodic  style  and  the  tremolo  picking  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  and  90's  second  wave  feeling  and  atmospheric  keyboards  can  also  be  heard  in  the  background  briefly  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  their  last  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  in  the  instrumental  ambient  direction.

  On  this  recording  Scolpendra  Cingulata  takes  the  raw  black  metal  style  and  mixes  in  more  keyboards  to  add  something  new  to  their  music,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Russian  and  cover  history,  war  and  literature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Scolopendra  Cingulata  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Rassvett".

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  Russian  black  metsl.  8  out  of  10.
  

Astarium/Epoch Of Tyrants/More Hate Productions/2016 EP Review


  Russia's  solo  project  Astarium  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  that  continues  the  symphonic  style  of  occult  black  metal  from  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2016  ep  "Epoch  Of  Tyrants"  which  was  released  by  More  Hate  Productions.

  Ocean  sounds  along  with  some  synths  and  clean  guitars  start  off  the  ep  and  after  awhile  programmed  beats  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  on  the  second  track  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  symphonic  direction  as  well  as  introducing  melodic  guitar  leads  onto the  recording.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  along  with  the  tremolo  picking  giving  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal screams  with  soem  grim  touches  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  you  can  also  hear   all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  some  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  war  samples  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  arevery  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  bringing  in  a  few instrumnetals.

  Astarium  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  symphonic  style  of  occult  black  metal  from  previous  releeaases,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  War,  Satanism  and  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Astarium  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  symphonic  and  occult  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "SS (Satanic  Squadron)"  and  "In  The  Twilight  Of  The  Gods".  8  out  of  10.


  

Void Ritual/Heretical Wisom/Throats Productions/Tridroid Records/2017 Full Length Review


  Void  Ritual  are  a  solo  project  from  New  Mexico  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  hateful  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  album  "Heretical  Wisdom"  which  will  be  released  in  August  as  a  joint  effort  between  Tridroid  Records  and  Throats  Productions.

  Clean  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  album  and  they  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  at  times  and  once  the  grim  black  metal  screams  kick  in  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  fast  and  raw  direction  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.

  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  the  riffs  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  vocals  also  getting  very  deep  at  times  and  a  great  amount  of  90's  second  wave influences  can  be  heard  while  also  sounding  very  modern  at  the  same  time  and  the  riffing  also  uses  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  melodic  chants  are  added  on  the  closing  track.

  Void  Ritual  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  on  this  recordin  that  is  very  aw  and  traditional  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  yet  powerful  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  suffering,  hatred  and  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Void  Ritual  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  hateful  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Flood"  "Heretical  Wisdom"  and  "Nachzehrer".  8  out  of  10.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Slaegt/Domnus Mysterium/Van Records/2017 CD Review


  Slaegt  are  a  band  from  Denmark  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  and  heavy  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Domnus  Mysterium"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Van  Records.

  Distorted  yet  melodic  guitar  leads  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  classical  guitars  also  being  utilized  briefly  which  also  leads  up  to  a  heavier  musical  direction  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  classic  metal  style  melodies  and  after  awhile  black  metal  screams  make  their  presence  known.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  both  retro  and  modern  elements  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  while  a  great  amount  of  NWOBHM  elements  can  be  heard  at  times.

  All   of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  a  great  portion  of  the  traks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast   parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  pianos  on  a  later  track.

  Slaegt  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  black  metal  while  also  mixing  in  traditional  and  classic  metal  elements  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  hatred,  individaulism,  isolation  and  magick  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Slaegt  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  and  heavy  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "I  Smell  Blood"  "The  Eye  Of  The  Devil"  and  "Remember  It's  A  Nightmare".  8  out  of  10.

Irae Satanail Interview

Irae Satanail – Interview.
1. For those that have never heard of before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Well,  Irae Satanail is a Black Metal band from South America,  Colombia,  the city of Pasto -  Nariño exactly,  we have been playing in the underground since 2005,  telling dark and antichristian stories in our lyrics in Spanish, we think and support that the bands sign in its nattive language,  and we have been influenced by many bands from the South American and Colombian Cult,  but for this upcoming album may be some lyrics in English too. 

2. How would you describe your musical sound?
We grew up listening all of those black metal bands from the 90’s with those dark and supreme well done melodies, fast drums,  and atmospheric passages that let you  in at the realm of shadows, the black metal of the 90s reflected something epic and special.

3. The band has been around since 2005 but the first full length, is not scheduled to be released until 2018, can you tell us a little bit more about the long wait?
We were very young when start to play and It was an apprenticeship of several years  We record some songs with low quality and play live in many cities of our country with good support from black metal scene.  Now we have a solid spiritual philosophy at the left hand path,  and we have grown in all aspects.  We are ready to spread the flame now.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
I. S.  Start writing satanic and antichristian lyrics, now we walk The Left Hand Path,  and its occult doctrines to shift the  conscience to self divinity and illumination,  we  write about that experiences.

5. Originally the band was known as 'Sucor Benoth' what was the cause of the name change and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Irae Satanail'?
The evolution in the ideology of the band  and the need to have a unique and unrepeatable name make change it.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
the show we share with Inquisition in Cali – Colombia were magnificent. Our shows are full of strength, really a discharge of energy and a tribute to the light carrier.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Yeah,  we expect  a tour would be possible next to the release of our album at 2018

8.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
If any label are interested can  contact us.  At the moment we have been auto sufficient.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
Few black metal fans around the world know about I. S.  But this path is not made for crowds.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Life is about evolution,  we don't now what the future holds,  but we will be making our dark art till the end.
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?
As i said many South American  and Colombian bands were influenced our way,  also of course many of the Scandinavian scene too,  specially Swedish Black Metal. Nowadays are too many bands outside,  a few we listen are,  Ignis Haereticum,  Gexerott,  Dantalian,  Cabra Negra,  Azoth, from Colombia,  Morbosidad,  Yaocuicatl de Mexico,  Conceived By Hate from El Salvador,  Wisdom from Paraguay,  Patria from Brasil,  and worldwide,  Uada,  Nordjevel,  Bathushka,  Acrimonious,  Acherontas,  Inferno,  Nightbringer Etc..

12.How would you describe your views on 'Satanism' and 'Occultism'?
Our view of Occultism are routed to the destruction and creation of our own gods and demons from the abyss of our dead egos.

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

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Vulpus Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
We’re a blackened post-metal band from the northern city of Porto in Portugal! We’re four musicians (guitarist, drummer, bassist, vocalist), all from different academic backgrounds and who share musical tastes that can be completely opposite from each other. We formed in 2013, in early 2014 we released our first Demo that quickly sold out and we went on to do some shows between Portugal and Spain during that time. The formation of the band on the big picture stayed the same with some small changes that didn’t prove themselves fruitful and in 2016 we decided to enter the studio to release our first full length entitled ‘’Certitude’’!

2. So far you have released a demo and a full length, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings?
The demo is only that – a materialization of our roots as a band. We’ve re-recorded the best song for this album and dropped the other two. On the album our approach to black metal reflects our love for other music genres but we never forced anything onto the record, it flowed naturally. The most obvious influences are post-metal and drone/noise, which enhance the mood that’s present throughout the album, simultaneously giving space for contemplation and making the heavier parts stand out by contrast.

3. Your lyrics cover Existentialism and Anthropocentrism; can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?
As much as everyone likes to think of themselves as individuals, we exist in relation to the society we live in. Western culture tells us we are above all other species and can do whatever we please with our environment, and our religions typically tell us that either God or the Universe has a plan for us. However, looking at the world through that point of view is bound to cause distress as what we’ve been told and what we see from our own experience does not match. Our lyrics reflect that uneasiness but we don’t try to make it too personal, it’s a way of coping with a problem that has affected Mankind for ages and which becomes increasingly obvious as our knowledge, lifespan and quality of life improve. Hopefully, it will work in the same way for the listeners as well – we want to share that uneasiness, but it’s up to each person to decide what to do with it.

4. I know that the band name represents the archetypal concepts between the fox and wolf in mythological beliefs, how does this fit in with the musical style that you play?
On the broad musical spectrum of what we play we try to put into our songs both the fierceness of the wolf and the ‘’footprint’’ of the fox which is known for its stealthiness. Ideologically speaking it doesn’t deviate that far from it. The wolf may be fearless, but it relies on his wolfpack. It’s both a symbol of individual and collective strength.
The fox, on the other hand, has always been seen as a trickster who sided with pre-classical Divinities and conveyed particular messages onto mankind. Thus, the name Vulpus (Vulpes + Lupus) is a symbiosis of concepts, of stories, and of behaviors that describe us as a group.

5. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?
Mood setting is very important for us. We respect our audience but there is very little interaction as we try to make the songs flow into one another. As we gained more experience we started to improvise and use noise and drone passages to tie everything together, which ultimately affected the album as well.

6. Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
It will all depend on how the album is received. Nothing is planned so far, as we’re entering the season in which so many festivals happen that small shows are largely ignored. However, we won’t discard the possibility of touring in the future.

7. The new album is coming out on 'Pest Productions', are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?
We’re very happy our music has struck a chord with such a reputable label, we share the same vision and it was very easy to come to an agreement regarding the release. They have a lot of bands that we admire so we take pride in seeing our name alongside them. Plus, we know that having Pest’s seal on ‘’Certitude’’ will for sure open some doors for us in the near future and at least give us more credibility in the genre.

8. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of atmospheric black metal?
Although some bands draw a line between traditional and post/atmospheric black metal, we believe our audience is diverse as we try to be eclectic as well – labeling ourselves as “blackened post metal” was a short and simple way of making that statement. We’re eager to see their reaction as soon as the album is released, but our single was very well received.

9. Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We have some songs left over that didn’t fit the mood of the album, so we might rework them for later use. We’re also interested in folk music – not the folk metal approach, but we are very impressed by what bands such as Wardruna are able to do, so we might write some non-black metal compositions as well if we feel we have something to say and aren’t simply copying other bands.

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?
We all listen to different styles and bands so any one of us would give you a different answer – from grindcore to stoner metal to electronics. However, all of us would surely mention Mayhem, Altar of Plagues, Neurosis and Amenra as bands that have had an impact in us as musicians.

11. What are some of your non-musical interests?
Our interest in other arts and philosophy is also evident in the album cover art and lyrics. We all have different hobbies, but the passion for knowledge and discovery is common to all.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you for the support and your interest in our music as soon as we put it out there!

Acedia Mundi Interview

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

V : J and I have been playing together for almost 9 years. We had been involved in different death or black metal bands that remained studio projects since we were in high school. After a short break in our musical activities, we decided to reunite and create Acedia Mundi at the end of 2013 and after several demos in our former projects, we didn’t want to get through this step again and we began to put together directly a debut full-length album. Then W (bass) and G (drums) joined us in 2014. Following French bands we like such as Temple of Baal or Glorior Belli, we went to the Hybreed Studios and worked with Andrew Guillotin on the recording, mixing and mastering of our first release “Speculum Humanae Salvationis”.
2.Recently you have released your first album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording ?

V : We wanted to propose a music of  the 2010s. We are tired of these bands that sell you a “refreshing” and “uncompromising” extreme metal, while they sound like an uninspired patchwork of all that has been done in the 90s. Like others, we do have influences of course and it appears in our music, but we tried to bring out our own personality through dissonant arpeggios, crawling melodies and sharped and catchy riffs, as well as mixing black, death or thrash metal with some influences from rock. In addition to the fact that we like Andrew’s work for different kinds of bands (black, death or more modern metal), he managed to catch the sound we wanted: heavy, bold and harsh.
3.Your lyrics cover psychoanalysis and the writings of Georges Bataille, Jean Genet and the films of Larry Clark and Harmony Korine, can you tell us a little bit more about these interests?

J. : Frankly speaking, those artists you are referring to are just a few instances of what we were really into when we wrote the lyrics. We are not a so-called “conceptual band” – a notion I don’t really like -  and even if we have our little obsessions which perfuse through the whole album, each song is completely singular. When we say that Bataille or Genet were inspiring for us, it just means that we had their works in our mind when we wrote the lyrics, and that we tried to catch a kind of emotion that we felt while reading their books, and what is true for them is also true for many others.

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

J. : “Acedia” means “disgust”, or “tiredness”, and “mundi” is the genitive form for “mundus”, the world. So it means “the disgust of the world, the tiredness of the world”. Grammatically, we can as well understand that the world is either the object or the subject of that feeling of disgust. Furthermore, the word “acedia” is used today to refer to a spiritual moment of doubt for a monk. But, between us, we would call the band “Acedia fucking Mundi”, which makes it a bit less old fashioned. Now that you’ve heard about it, it’s up to you to choose what you want to see behind this weird name. 
5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance ?

W.  The band has never played live. Way before the recording sessions of « Speculum Humanae Salvationis » we had claimed that Acedia Mundi would be primarily a studio project that wouldn’t get on stage until its second album. This decision was made because of the demands of members’ schedules. After a long process, the album is finally released thanks to Throats Productions (Mexico).

  Witnessing the concrete rise of our band, we could not resist the urge to take a step further and get the band on stage. This does raise some serious issues for us as we are a three-piece band and we need a drummer. G. is and will remain an honorary member of the band. She composed the drums that were later programmed on studio. Her participation in the album has been decisive. Now, we are looking for a competent and motivated drummer to work with, someone who understands the needs of our music.

  Being a studio project Acedia Mundi has never rehearsed together before nor after the recording of « Speculum Humanae Salvationis ». If J. and V. have indeed worked together to compose and record the album, the bass tracks were not done at the Hybreed Studios. I recorded them at Mannaz Records a few months later.

  As the songs weren’t composed with the thought of live shows, mastering them will be another challenge we’ll have to face. If we continue as a four-piece we’ll may have to make a few adjustments in terms of lyric placements.
6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future ?

W.  As a matter of fact, we do. Having played around fifty shows across France and Switzerland, I now know many venues and some promoters who would be interested in having us. Reaching other cities than Paris shouldn’t be too difficult.
7.The new album was released on 'Throats Productions', are you happy with the support that they have given you so far ?

W. We are very happy about the deal we currently have with Throats Productions. We discovered the label when they produced Antilife’s debut album. I got curious about the reasons that lead an underground band from the north of France to sign with a label from the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. That is why I thought I’d give it a try and sent an email to Edgar from Throats P.

  After a few emails I understood I had found what I wanted for the band : a deal based on trust with a down-to-earth label manager that would leave us a good amount of freedom and listen to our questions. For now, the CDs are still at the factory and we look forward to see the result of this collaboration.
8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal ?

W. I guess the fact that our album is on a shitload of torrent websites means people are digging our work. Aside from that we’re pretty thrilled about it all. I’m proud of our work. I know its strengths and weaknesses. Of course, it ain’t a perfect album, but it is a solid foundation and the number of individuals interested in our music grows by the day.

  Our aim is to shape an extreme form of music for this 2010 ending decade, instead of being another tedious counterfeit of the musical masterpieces from the past century. We waited a long time for this record to rise from the dark. Knowing that people around the world understand and feel the purpose of your work feels good. And if it doesn’t change the profound feeling we have about this record, it may shape the borders of that feeling.

  Recently someone asked us what vaginal speculums had to do with the concept of the album. It actually makes sense to ask that question. Seeing the titled of the album from a latinist’s point of view I hadn’t even thought about it. Speculum is a latin substantive that means mirror. Thus, Speculum Humanae Salvationis translates as The Mirror of Mankind’s Salvation. As this linguistic similitude between the two speculums matches the aesthetics of our album, the reflection of the mirror is now a bit more repugnant.

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

W. I have the reputation of being an underground whore. I’d say I’m far from being the dirtiest of them all but it is true that the parisian underground scene is incestuous. You get to see the same faces. Lately I’ve had the pleasure to do some gigs with my friends of Ave Tenebrae (Melodic Black Death Metal).

  Aside from Acedia Mundi I am seriously involved in Atavisma (Doom Death, Paris) as bass player. I’m in charge of promotion and booking, doing similar tasks as the ones I do for Acedia Mundi. The band will soon release its first EP entitled « On The Ruins Of A Fallen Empire » through the swedish label Blood Harvest. It’ll be a 7 inch vinyl. I also get some proposals from time to time and do some replacement if it doesn’t get in the way of my two main bands.
10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

V : At this time, what I can say to you is that we have already started composing some new materials for the next release. We don't know how it will sound, but it will be a little bit different, for sure. We want to keep that dissonant and punchy vibe, while increasing the punk/crust side of our music. The lyrics will be shorter too. This album will be more fitted for lives, more than “Speculum” which is pretty “opaque” and has a very complex atmosphere, really hard to faithfully transpose on stage. But for this first album, we accepted that challenge and I think the result will be interesting, and even more when we'll be ready to add some new stuffs in our setlist! 

J. : We already have two new songs, and a bunch of new riffs. Those songs are a bit shorter, probably catchier than what we did before. We also want to break free from the traditional models of the genre, especially in terms of imagery. I want something more modern, less cliché, more provocative. Blood, nails, crosses, religious bullshit, all that doesn’t make anybody uncomfortable anymore. I want to piss the tamed metalheads off with what they are still afraid of. The extreme metal scene is getting boring because it is so codified. Metalheads want to stay in their comfort zone, we want to break it. So, it’s of course far too early to be very specific, but I would say that the main idea is to bring punk back into extreme metal.
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?

J. : Madonna, of course, and the last Bethlehem.
12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

W. : Blood, anal sex and piss.