Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Disemballerina/Poison Gown/Minotauro Records/2016 EP Review


  Disemballerina  are  a  band  from  Portland,  Oregon  that  plays  a mixture of  neo-classical  and  funeral  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  2016  album  "Poison  Gown"  which  will  be  released  in  July  by  Minotauro  Records.

  Acoustic guitars  along  with  some  cello's  start  off  the  album  and  the  music  is  all  instrumental  and  brings  in  a  very  experimental  and  avant  garde  feeling  while  also  mixing  in  the  atmosphere  of  funeral  doom  without  the  distorted  heaviness  or  harsh  vocals  and  violins  are  also  used  in  some  of the  songs.

  Harp's,  machette's,  and  bajo  quinto's  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  you  can  also  hear  a  great  amount  of  classical  music elements  throughout  the  recording  and  the  acoustic  guitars  also  use  a  great  amount  of  full  chords  and  finger  picking  and  all  of  the  songs  stick to  a  very  slow  musical  direction and  the  last  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Disemballerina  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  neo-classical  while  also  mixing  it  in  with  the  atmosphere  of  funeral  doom  metal  and  they  also  keep  everything  instrumental  and  the production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw.

  In  my  opinion  Disemballerina  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  neo-classical  and  funeral  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "That  Is  The  Head  Of  One  Who Toyed  With  my  Honor"  and  "Styx".  8  out  of  10.  

  

 

   

Monday, June 27, 2016

Dead Man's Hill/Crossroads/2016 Full Length Review


   Dead  Man's  Hill  are  a  solo  project  from  Belgium  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  dark  ambient  and  industrial  with  some  elements  of  experimental  and  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2016  album  "Crossroads".

  Dark  ambient  soundscapes  along  with  some  synths  start  off  the  album  and  after  awhile  the  music  gets  more  atmospheric  and  experimental  while  also  bringing  in  a  variety  of  many  different  sounding  keys  and  female  vocals  can  also  be heard  in  the  music  at  times  and  they  also  give  the  music  more  of  an  operatic  feeling.

  All  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  also  getting  very  psychedelic  and  ethnic  sounding  at  times  while  the songs  also  bring  in  elements  of  neo  classical  and  there  is  also  a  decent  amount  of  male  vocals  being  utilized  throughout  the  recording  while  some  songs  also  bring  in  a  shamanistic  atmosphere  as  well  as  mixing  in  touches of  black  metal  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  samples  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  starts  incorporating  more  industrial  influences  while  also  getting  more  ritualistic. 

  Dead  Man's  hill  creates  a  recording t hat  goes  for  more  of  a  nature  orientated  approach  to  dark  ambient  while  still  adding  in  some  ritualistic,  experimental,  industrial  and  black  metal  elements, t he  production  sounds  dark  yet  powerful  while  the  song  themes  revolve  around  nature.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Dead  Man's  Hill  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  dark  ambient  and  industrial,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Crossroads"  and  "The  Call  Of  the  Moth".  8  out  of  10.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Hulduefni/Portugal Immersed In Time/2015 CD Review


  This  is  the  final  review  of  a  recording  from  Hulduefini  for  the  time  being  with  the  musical  style  being  in  more  of  an  experimental,  drone  and  dark  ambient  direction  and  the  album  was  self  released  in  2015  and  called  "Portugal  Immersed  In  Time".

  Dark  ambient  style  synths  start  off  the  album  and  also  utilize  a  variety of  many  different  sounding  keys  and  you  can  also  hear violins  in  the  background  at  times  which  also  get  more  powerful  after  awhile  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  music  being  all  instrumental.

     At  times  the  music  can  be  very  avant  garde  and  experimental  sounding  and  other  folk  instruments  are  added  into  the  music  at  times  and  you  can  also  hear  some  elements  of  classical music  on  some  of  the  tracks  and  all  3  of  the  songs  sound  very  different  from  each  other  and  you  can  also  hear  nature  sounds  at  times  along  with  a  brief  use  of  guitar  riffs  and  leads  which  brings  in  influence  of  metal  when  it  is  utilized  as  well  as  some  psychedelic  traces  and  saxophones  are  utilized  on  the  last track.

  Hulduefni  creates  a  recording  that  takes  space  music,  dark  ambient,  experimental,  and  drone  and  mixes  it  in  with some  psychedelic,  avant  garde  and  metal  elements  to  create  a  very  original  sounding  album,  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and r aw.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Hulduefni  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental,  dark  ambient  and  drone,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "A  Aparicao  (Do  Extraterrestre)  De  Fatima)".  8  out  of  10.  

Hulduefni/Space Odyssey/Dark matter Records/2014 COmpilation Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  compilation  album  from  Portugal's  Hulduefni  which  shows  the  music  going  into  a  space  ambient  direction  and  the  album  is  called  "Space  Odyssey"  which was  released  by  Dark  Matter  Records.

  A  very  atmospheric  ambient  sound  starts  off  the  compilation  along  with  some  programmed  drum  beats  and  the  music  also  has  a  very  space  orientated  atmosphere  to  it  and  the  music  can  also  be  very  avart  garde  and  experimental  at  times  while  also  always  being  instrumental  and  all  of  the  tracks  sound  very  different  from  each  other.

  Some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  drones  also  get  very  distorted  at  times  and  as  the  compilation  progresses  field  recordings  can  also  be  heard  in  the  music  at  times and   the  synths  have  a  very  dominant  presence  on  most  of  the  songs  while t here  is  a  brief  use  of  guitar  sounds  and  some  tracks  also  bring  in  a  ritualistic feeling. 

  Hulduefni  brings  in  a  lot  of  diversity  throughout  the  compilation  bringing  in  a  lot  of  songs  that  are  in  more  of  a  dark  or  spaced  ambient  recording  which  also  gets  mixed  in  with  a great  amount of  drones  while  some  songs  show  more  of  an  avant  garde  and  experimental  style  while  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and raw.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Hulduefni  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  spece  ambient  or  drone,  you  should  check  out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Intergalatic  Space"  "Machines,  Space  Machines"  and  "Nightmare".  8  out  of  10.

 

Hulduefni/HD 283271/Exogenesis/Dark matter Records/2014 Split CD Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Portugal's  Hulduefni  and  Hungary's  HD  283271  called  "Exogenesis"  which  was  released  by Dark  Matter  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Hulduefni  who  plays  a  mixture  of  dark  ambient  and  drone  on  this  recording.

  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  ambient  soundscapes  and  after  awhile  his  song  starts  adding  in  atmospheric,  experimental  and  avant  garde  elements  while  also  being  all  instrumental  and  after  awhile  the  music  gets  more  diverse  and  dark  sounding  while  also  bringing  in  a  very  space  orientated  atmosphere  and  his  song  is  30  minutes  in  length  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw.

  Next  up  is  HD283271  a  solo  project  that  plays  a  mixture  of  space  ambient  and  drone.

  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  dark  and  distorted  sounding  drones  that  can  also  be  very  harsh  at  times  while  also  bringing  in  soundscapes  and  after  the  music  gets  more diverse  by  adding  in  experimental,  ambient  and  space  music  elements  and  both  of  the  tracks  are  instrumental  and  both of  his songs  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length while also  sounding  very  different  from  each  other  and  the  production  also  sounds  very  dark  and raw.

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  dark  ambient,  drone  and  space  music.  8  out  of  10.

Hulduefni/Struggling Beacons,Fading Headlights/Dark City Nights/Dark Matter Records/2014 Split CD Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Portugal's  Hulduefni  and  Austria's  Struggling Beacons, Fading  Headlights  called  "Dark  City  Lights"  which  was  released  by  Dark  matter  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Hulduefni  who  plays  a  mixture  of  dark  ambient  and  drone  on this  recording.

  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  few  seconds  of  silence  before  adding  in  telephone  sounds  and  noises  which  they  also  mix  in  wit  psychedelic  elements  and  after  awhile  harsh  drones  are  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  some  experimental  and  ambient  traces  and  clean  yet  primitive  guitars  can  also  be  heard  in  the  music  at  times  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  his  side  of  the  recording  progresses  field  recordings  along  with  traffic  noise  can  be  heard  in  the  music  at  times  while  all  of  his  songs  are  instrumental  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Hulduefni  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  filed  recordings,  dark  ambient  and  drone,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of t he  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Phone  Stress"  and  "Noise  From  The  City".

  Next  up  is  Struggling  Beacons,  Fading  Headlights  a  solo  project  that  plays  a  depressive  mixture  of  dark  ambient  and  drone.

  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  drone  soundscapes  while  also  being  very  experimental  at  the  same  time  and  a  few  seconds  later  dark  ambient  synths  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  they  give  the  music  more  of  an  atmospheric  feeling  and  harsh  electronic  sounds  and  noises  can  also  be  heard  on  the recording  at  times  while  all  of  the  songs  are  instrumental  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  diversity  while  one  of  the  tracks  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  lo-fi.

  In  my  opinion  Struggling  Beacons,  Fading  Headlights  are  a  very  great  sounding  depressive  mixture  of  dark  ambient  and  drone   and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE "Drowning"  and  "Frost  Bites''.

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to all  fans  of  dark  ambient  and  drone.  8  out  of  10.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Hulduefni/Zalys/Crossing The Asteroid Field/Dark Matter Records/2014 CD Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Portugal's  Hulduefni  and  France's  Zalys  called  "Crossing  The  Asteroid  Field"  which  was  released  in  2014  by  Dark  Matter  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Hulduefni  who  plays  more  of  a  space  ambient  style  on  the  recording.

  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  atmospheric  drones  and  dark  ambient  soundscapes   and  the  song  is  also  all  instrumental  and  the  synths  also  use  a  variety  of  many  different  sounding  keys  and  as  the  track  progresses  the  music  starts  getting  more  diverse  and  the  song is  also  over  30  minutes  in  length  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Hulduefni  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  dark  ambient  and  drone,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of  the  split.

  Next  up  is  Zalys  a  solo  project  that  plays  a  mixture  of  dark  ambient  and  drone.

  Her  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  dark  ambient  synths  and  avant  garde  soundscpaes  while  also  being  very  experimental  at  times  and  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  drones  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  getting  more diverse  and  most  of  her  songs  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  also  being  all  instrumental along  with  some  elements  of  industrial  while  also  being  very  diverse  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw.

  In my  opinion  Zalys  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  dark  ambient  and  industrial  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Echoes  Of  A  Vanished  World".

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

 

Hulduefni/Dom/Journeys To The Mind/Dark Matter Records/2014 CD Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Portugal's  Hulduenfi  and  Spain's  Dom  called  "Journeys  Of  The  Mind"  which  was  released  in  2014 by  Dark  Matter  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Hulduefni  who goes  for  more  of  a  dark  ambient,  experimental  and  drone  style  on  this  recording.

  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  nature  sounds  along  with  some  field  recordings  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  the  intro  distorted  drones  and  dark  ambient  soundscapes are  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  some  heavy  guitar  riffing  that  is  more  close  to  a  primitive  style  of  doom  metal  while  also  bringing  in  melodic  leads.

   After  awhile  clean  playing  and  programmed  beats  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  all  of  the  songs  also  sound  different  from  each  other  while  also  being  mostly  instrumental  while  the  ambient  sound  also  takes  over  more  as  his  side  of  the  album  progresses  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  music  getting  more  experimental  and  one  song  also  brings  in  black  metal  screams.

  In  my  opinion  this  another  great  sounding  recording  from Hulduefni  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black,  doom  metal,  dark  ambient,  drone  and  experimental,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "A  Journey  Through  My  Sick  Mind"  and "Alien-The  Beginning".

  Next  up  is  Dom  a  solo  project  that  plays  a  mixture  of  dark  ambient  and  funeral  doom  metal.

  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  drums  along  with  some  bass  guitars  a few seconds  later  before  adding  in  heavy  guitars  and  ambient  style  synths  which  also  takes  the  music  into  more  of  a  funeral  doom  metal  direction  and  most  of his  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  incorporating  more  melody  and  all  of  his  songs  are  instrumental  and  also  stick  to  a  very  slow musical  direction  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw.

  In my  opinion  Dom  are  a very  great  sounding  instrumental  mixture  of  dark  ambient  and  funeral  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "A  Modern  Prometheus".

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  funeral  doom  metal  and  dark  ambient.  8  out  of  10. 

Hulduefni/Ataraxy/Inside Dark Chambers/Vomit Bucket Productions/2013 Split CD Review


 This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Portugal's  Hulduefni  and  Switzerland's  Ataraxy  which  was  released  in  2013  and  called  "Inside  Dark  Chambers"  which  was  released  by  Vomit  Bucket  Productions  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Huldenuefni  a  solo  project  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a   mixture  of  blackened  ambient  and  drone  on  this  recording

  His  side  of t he  split starts  out  with  a  few  seconds  of  silence  before  adding  in  the  sounds  of  thunder  as  well  as  some  field  recordings  and  the  music  also  brings  in a  great  amount of  harsh  drones  while  both  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length and  the  second  track  brings in  ambient  soundscapes  along  with  some  slow  yet  atmospheric  guitar  riffing  which  is  also  very  heavily  influenced  by  black  metal  and  both  of  the  tracks  are  instrumental  while  the  production  does  sound  very  dark  and  raw.  

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from Huldefni  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  metal,  ambient  and  drone  you  should  check  out  his  side  of t he  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "The Past  Is  Not  Forgotten,  He  Comes  To  Haunt  You".

  Next up is  Atraxy  a  solo  project  that  plays  a  very  harsh  form  of  noise.

  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  harsh  noises  along  with  some  power  electronics  and  his  song  is  almost  30 minutes  in  length  and  the  song  also  incorporates  power  electronics  and  field  recordings  as  well  as  being  all  instrumental  while  also having its  brutal  moments  and  the  production  is  very  dark  and  raw.

  In  my  opinion  Ataraxy  are  a  very  great  sounding  harsh  noise  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of  the split.

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  noise,  drone,  dark  ambient  and  black  metal.  8  out  of  10.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The Sound That Ends Creation Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
1. I started writing material for The Sound That Ends Creation late last year when I was trying to write material for a technical blackend death metal project I had going on at the time. The riffs I kept writing were definitely not fitting that style, and I was starting to get bored with the polished tech death that's been gaining popularity. So I decided to stop trying to confine myself to one kind of style and just go with whatever I came up with. What I came up with was the Sound That Ends Creation. It's basically my adhd mind's attempt at playing all of the genres at once.

2.Recently you have released your first full length, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
2. Well other publications have called it technical grindcore, so I guess I'll go with that. But it's really just all of the genres of extreme metal thrown into a woodchipper, then I put the pieces together like it's a jigsaw puzzle.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects that you explore with your music?
3. I write about a lot of different things. "The Complex" is about depression, "Machinations of Progress" is anti-war, "A Cyclical Dawn" is about the idea that our world has been destroyed and rebuilt multiple times, "Bottom Feeders" is about how crappy we are about protecting the environment. So it's really just a whole host of ideas

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'The Sound That Ends Creation'?

4. Well there isn't a meaning really. It's just an awesome name!

5.With this musical project you record everything by yourself, how would you compare that to working with a full band?

5. I'm not much of a people person. The full bands I've been in just haven't worked out for one reason or another. I've just got a vision for my songs, so doing it all by myself is the best route.

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

6. Sure I wouldn't mind getting signed at some point. I'm trying to do the whole independent thing right now though.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your album by fans of underground music?
7. Well my family members hate it haha. I haven't gotten any negative feedback outside of that though.

8.Are you also involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?
8. Nope, The Sound That Ends Creation is my only focus right now. I honestly haven't felt as good or as free as I do when I'm working on it.

9.Where do you see yourself heading into musically during the future?
9. With this project, nothing is off-limits. I'm going to keep pushing the boundaries of extreme metal, and I'm not quite sure where that will take me. 

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?
10. I decided to start this after hearing The Number 12 Looks Like You, they combine so many elements into their songs and it ended up being something that I've never heard before. Then I started looking into the whole mathcore scene of the mid 2000's and found a lot my influences there. I could go on and on about my influences, so I'll keep it short. See You Next Tuesday, The Red Chord, The Dillinger Escape Plan, The Number 12 Looks Like You, and Pig Destroyer are my "core" influences. But I also listen to a lot of sludge/stoner metal, as well as death metal and black metal. I'm also a big fan of the newish blackened sludge bands that are coming out like Wolvhammer.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
11. Right now I basically live and breathe The Sound That Ends Creation. Well, that and Game of Thrones haha.

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

Nytt Land Interview

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

1. Nytt Land - is, first and foremost, a northern music based on Old Norse epic songs, which strongly emphasized ritual side. Our band now of 5 people. All experienced musicians, most of us have long engaged in the study and practice of the Northern Tradition. My wife and I started the band when waiting for the birth of our son, then this music has sounded in us, and we started recording the first tracks. The first album was an experiment, no one expected that there will be continued. But apparently the Gods were pleased J


2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
2. Our music is our ministry to the North, to his memory. This ritual, each of our songs it's part of the ritual.


3.Your music is inspired by the Eddas, can you tell us a little bit about your interest in Norse Paganism, and also are you interested in the Paganism of your home country?
3. In Russia now there is a new wave of paganism heyday. Many esoteric and oriental. Many mixing eastern occultism with various European traditions - but this is just the tip. Often these forms of paganism is nothing but a facade.
Nordic tradition is very close to our culture. In my opinion the Old Norse culture is the most complete surviving European culture. North kept the myths, epics and music. The roots of the Nordic tradition is very strong, and based on them, it is growing and developing, and we grow in it.


4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Nytt Land'?
4. This is virgin land on which we are working. We sow the grain, wise poems Edda, the ancient wisdom of the North.


5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
5. Each performance in its own particular. Each performance is an experience from the design and preparation, and to the last note. Of the latter, probably the most memorable performances - big show with the Wardruna band in Moscow and performance in Viking village “Svargas”.



6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
6. Oh yes. At this summer we are preparing to play show on several large festivals – “Folk Summer Fest”, “Sky & Earth”, “Abalak Shields” and some. And we are preparing concerts to the fall 2016, some interesting big concerts in different cities of Russia.


7.The album was released on 'Crush The Desert Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
7. Our second album was released on the label 'Crush The Desert Records'. I like how they do the deal. Here in Russia, most labels is only concerned with the publication of, a little promotional work. CTD already a year in constant touch with us. He tells about all the events related to our release, finding partners, reviews, and interviews. In fact, fully engaged in the promotional release on the level that it is available. It's a very good job!


8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of ritualistic and dark ambient?

8. We are only at the beginning of our path. Yes, the feedback is, Yes, the return is, people write good reviews. We often communicate with fans from Europe and America by Facebook. We are constantly working, our task is still a good foothold on the world music scene. So we try not to freeze in our music, constantly experimenting with different facets of the ritual. If you have not heard the album 2016 – Sköpun: SONGS FROM ELDER EDDA - I highly recommend you to listen to him, you will find the difference from the previous release. But at the same time, they are very similar.


9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
9. Yes, I probably repeat. Our goal - the world music scene, it makes no sense to sit in one place if you have already taken the first step. At the same time - there is a concept, which we adhere to in our work, in our music. Our concept - is an epic of ancient north, namely Elder Edda. Not otherwise. Otherwise, it will be another band and other music. Our music - serving the North. And we want as many people as possible to have touched this ancient greatness.



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?
10. Oh, first of all it must Sveinbjörn Beinteinsson, Freya Aswynn and Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson. Their music, creativity, and position in life inspire us in many ways. Of course the cult Norwegian black metal band, like Burzum, Immortal, Gorgoroth and some other. I like the music of such bands as Valravn, Garmarna, Sigur Rós. Wardruna - they're cool guys, they do a great show! I listen to a little music, mainly ethnic and ritual.


11.What are some of your non musical interests?
11. My non musical interests - but there are almost none, all my interests and hobbies are somehow connected with my music J
The only activity, even rather deal of my life - this is my son, his upbringing. I'll re-discover the world for myself with him. In this case there is almost no music. Just walk, play, learn - grow up together. Sometimes he likes to rattle drums or play the piano, but he is still a child, and it's just fun for him.


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

12. Yes, remember - all that Allfather would like to tell the people, he said in Elder Edda.

Thank you!


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

The Sound That Ends Creation/We Are The Burden/2016 CD Review


  The  Sound  That  Ends  Creation  are  a  solo  project  from  Texas  that  plays  a  very  technical  form  of  grindcore  with  some  elements  of  sludge,  black  and  death  metal and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2016  album  "We  Are  The  Burden". 

  Screaming  vocals  and  technical grindcore  riffs  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  elements  of  math  rock  and  death  metal  growls  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  are  very  heavily  influenced  by  sludge  and  most  of  the  songs  are  short  in  length.

  Blast  beats  can  be  heard  in  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  and  some  of t he  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  elements  of  metalcore  and  black  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  the  music  at  times  with t he  later  mentioned  being  in  the  fast  tremolo  picking  and  throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  clean   playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of   the  recording  and  they  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  technical  guitar  leads  and  there  is  also an  instrumental  interlude  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction.. 

  The  Sound  That  Ends  Creation  plays  a  musicla  style  that  is  more  rooted  in  a  technical  form  of  grindcore  while t he  math  rock,  metalcore,  black,  death  and  sludge  metal  influences  gives  the  music  more  of  an  original  sound,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  The  Sound  That  Ends  Creation  are  a  very  great  sounding  technical  grindcore  project  with  elements  of  sludge,  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Complex"  "The  Fires  Are  Growing"  "Bottom  Feeders"  and  "A  Portrait  Of  Inhumanity".  8  out  of  10.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Triple Sun/The City Lies In Ruins/Consouling Sounds/2015 CD Review


  Triple  Sun  are  a  duo  from  Slovakia  that  plays  a  mixture  of  IDM,  ambient,  experimental,  electronic,  drone  and metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "The  City  Lies  In  Ruins"  which  was  released  by  Consouling  Sounds.

  Ambient  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  an  atmospheric  feeling  while  clean  playing  along  with  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  in  the  background  and  a  few  seconds  later  melodic  singing  is  added  onto  the  recording  which  also  brings  elements  of  neo  folk  into  the  songs.

  Percussion's  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  when  distorted  and  melodic  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  also  bring  an  influence  of  doom  metal  into  the  music  along  with  a great  amount  of  heavy  riffing  that  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  some  tracks  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  samples.

  Elements  of  post  rock  and  drone  can  be  heard  on  some  of  the  tracks  and  all  of  the  songs  sound  different  from  each  other  while  also  bringing  in  female  vocals  and  traces  of  goth  as  the  album  progresses  and  some  of t he  later  tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  psychedelic  and  shoegaze  influences  and  all  of  the  tracks  stick  to  a  very  slow  musical  direction  and  slide  guitars  are  added  onto  the  last  track.

  Triple  Sun  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  metal,  post  rock,  drone,  ambient  and  experimental  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  something  very  original. t he  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Triple  Sun  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  metal,  post  rock,  drone,  ambient  and  experimental   and  if  you  are  a  fan  of those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hole  In  The  Sky"  "Building  An  Ark"  and  "The  City  lies  In  Ruin".  8  out  of  10.  

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Blood Incantation/Starspawn/Dark Descent Records/2016 CD Review


  Blood  Incantation  are  a band  from  Denver,  Colorado  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  and  technical  form  of  death  metal and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Starspawn"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Dark  Descent  Records.

  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  as  well  as  some  melodic yet  technical  guitar  leads  which  all  are  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  the  music  has  a  lot  of  90's  roots.

  A  lot  of  atmospheric  sounds  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  which  also  takes  the  music  into  more  of  a  modern  direction  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  high  pitched  screams  while  the  slow  riffs  are  heavily  influenced  by  funeral  doom  metal.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  clean  guitars  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  songs  also  mix  in  elements  of  ambient  into  the  heavier  parts  of  the  songs  while  also  being  very  progressive  and  avant garde  at  the  same  time  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  melodic  vocals  and  clean playing  as  well  as  a  few  spoken  word  samples  and  some  of  the  screams  also  bring  in  a  touch  of  black  metal  and  they  also  bring  in  an  acoustic  instrumental  before  closing  the  album  with  another  heavy  track.

  Blood  Incantation  plays  a  musical  style  which  is  mostly  rooted  in  death  metal  while  also  mixing  in  atmospheric,  ambient  and  funeral  doom  elements  which  also  makes  the  music  stand  out  a  bit  more  as  well  as  being  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Anunnaky  Mythos  and  Astral  Death  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Blood  Incantation  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  death  metal  band  with  a  touch  of  funeral  doom  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Chaoplasm"  and  "Starspawn".  8/5  out  of  10.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Nytt Land/Havamal/Crush the Desert Records/2015 CD Review


  Nytt  Land  are  a  band  from  Russia  that  plays  Nordic  ritual  folk  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Havamal"  which  was  released  by  Crush  The  Desert  Records.

  Thunder  and  rain  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  stringed  instruments  making  their  presence  known  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  gives  the  music  a  medieval  feeling  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  melodic  chanting  can  be  heard  in  the  music  at  times.

  A  lot  of  music  brings  in  a  shamanistic  atmosphere  and  on  the  second  track  Slavic  style  instruments  and  tribal  percussion's  are  added  onto  the  recording  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling  while  some  tracks  also  bring  in  elements  of  ambient  and  drone  and  there  is  also  a  great  amount  of  female  vocals  present  throughout  the  recording  and  later  tracks  also  start  utilizing  more  folk  music  elements  while  also  bringing  in  flutes  on  some  songs  and  they also  add  in  a  brief  use  of  electronic  music  which  also  adds  more  originality  onto  the  recording.

  Nytt  Land  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  a  very  dark  and  ritualistic  form  of  music  and  mixes  it  in  with  Nordic  folk  music  to  create  a  style t hat  is  original,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  based  upon  the  ancient  Edda's  "Saemundar".

  In  my  opinion  Nytt  Land  are  a  very  great  sounding  Nordic  ritual  folk  music  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Opnun"  "Frysta"  "Veit-a  hinn'  and  "RavnFjord".  8  out  of  10.

   

Friday, June 10, 2016

Daghraven/#1/Consouling Sounds/2015 CD Review


  Daghraven  are  a  band  from  Belgium  that  plays  a  mixture  of  dark  ambient  and  drone  with  some  elements  of  70's  horror  soundtrack  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "#1"  which  was  released  by  Consouling  Sounds.

  A  very  dark  ad  atmospheric  ambient  soundscape  starts  off the  member  along  with  a  very  haunting  atmosphere  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  getting  more  diverse  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  a  great  amount  of  instrumentals  and  the  synths  also  use  a variety  of  many  different  sounding  keys.

  Drones  can  be  heard quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  and the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  diversity  while  also  mixing  in  the  atmosphere  of  a  70's  horror  movie  soundtrack  while  operatic  voices  can  also  be  heard  in  the  background  at  times  and  some  songs  also  bring  in  a  touch  of  neo  classical  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of violins  while  a  later t rack  brings  in  a  small  of  spoken  word  samples. 

  Daghraven  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  dark  ambient  and  drone  and  mixes  it  in  with  the  atmosphere  of  a  70's  Italian  horror  movie   soundtrack  to  create  a  disturbing  and  dark  style  of  their  own  and  the  production  also  sounds  very  dark  and  raw.

  In  my  opinion  Daghraven  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  dark  ambient  and  drone  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "De  Admiraal  Heeft  Geschoten"  "Gedane  Zaken  Neemen  Ger  Keer"  and  "Ten  Halve  Geekerd,  Ten  Hale  Gedwaald".  8  out  of  10.           

Noestalgya/Anthems For A Suicide/Depressive Illusions Records/2016 CD Review


  Noestalgya  are  a  solo  project  from  Indonesia  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an keyboard  form  of  dark  ambient  with  elements  of  depressive  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2016  album  "Anthems  For  A  Suicide"  which  was  released  by  Depressive  Illusions  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  atmospheric  keyboard  ambient  sound  starts off  the  album  and  after  a  few  seconds  it  starts  using  a  variety of  many  different  sounding  keys  and  the  songs  never  use  any     other  instruments  and  these  tracks  sound  like  they  could  be  used as  instrumentals  on  some  of  the  black  metal  albums  that  mix  in  ambient  songs.

 Most  of  the  music  is  very  calm  yet  retaining  a very  dark  atmosphere  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  small  amount  of  avant  garde  elements  and  as  the  album  progresses  grim  vocals  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  some  songs  also  add  in  a  touch  of  dungeon  synth and  towards  the end  there  are  keyboard  covers  of  Happy  Days  "Dont  Go"  and  Silencer's  "Sterile  Nails  And  Thunderbolts"  before closing  with  an  original  track.

  Noestalyga  creates  another  keyboard  orientated  dark  ambient/dungeon  synth  album  while  also  mixing  in  depressive  black  metal  elements  which  makes  the  songs  stand  out  a  bit  more  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Noestalyga  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of depressive  black  metal  and  dark  ambient,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hymn  For  The  lord  Of  Sorrow"  "I  Want  You  To  Die Oday  (Last  Note)"  "My  Sorrowful  Day(Sunday)"  and  "Anthem  For  A  Suicide".  8  out  of  10.

     

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Somnambulist Red/Drowned In Phospherescence/Wraith Productions/2016 Full Length Review


  Somnambulist  Red  are  a  band  from  the  United  States  that  plays  a  mixture  of  soundtrack,  ambient,  experimental,  post  punk,  drone,  doom  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Drowned  In  Phosphorence"  which  was  released  by  Wraith  Productions.

  Field  recordings  along  with  some  dark  ambient  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  as  well  as  adding  programmed  beats,  clean  playing  and  post  punk  style  bass  guitars  onto  the  recording  and  you  can  also  hear  a  touch  of  darkwave  in  the  bands  musical  style  which  also  gets  very  atmospheric  and  ethereal at  times.

  All  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  also  mixing  in  a  soundtrack  atmosphere  and  after  awhile  heavy  yet  melodic  guitar  riffing  makes  its  presence  known  on  the  recording  and also  brings  in  a  touch  of  both  doom  and  thrash  metal  and there  is  also  some  clean  playing  also  being  utilized  at  times.

  You  can  hear  touches  of  post  metal  in  some  of  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  while  also  being  very  melodic  at  times  and  some  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  samples  and  when  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  brings  in  a  slight  black  metal  influence  and  all  of  the  tracks  sound  different  from each  other  and  there is   also  a  brief  use  of  saxophones  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  an  avant  garde  feeling  while  some  of  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a very  melodic  fashion  and  towards  the  end  psychedelic  sounds  can  be  heard.

  Somnambulist  Red  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  the  heaviness  of  thrash  and  doom  metal  and  mixes  it  with  post  punk,  experimental, ambient  and  drone  to  create  a  sound  that  is  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  song  themes  focus  on  darkness  and  sorrow.

  In  my  opinion  Somnambulist  Red  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  soundtrack,  ambient,  experimental,  post  punk,  drone,  doom  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ritual  For  leviathans,  Wolves  And  Women"  and  "Drowning  hex".  8  out  of  10.         

   

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Uncertain/The Fox's Blood Moon(For Ian Johnstone)/Wraith Productions/2015 EP Review


  This  is  a  review  of  another  recording  from  Uncertain  with  this  music  going  for  a  dark  ambient  direction  and  called  "The  Fox's  Blood  Moon(For  Ian  Johnstone)"  which  was  released  in  2015  by  Wraith  Productions.

  A  very  dark  and  atmospheric  ambient  synth  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  poetic  feeling  and  the  only  song  that  is  present  on  this  recording  is  a  30  minute  long  track  which  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  soundscapes  and  field  recordings  as  well  as  some  trippy  sounds  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  as  the  song  progresses  the  music  starts  getting  more  diverse  and  experimental.

  Uncertain  takes  a  different  route  on  this  recording  and  goes  for  more  of  a  dark  ambient  style  instead  of  the  ritualistic  a and  experimental  style  of  other  recordings,  the  production  sounds  very dark  yet  powerful  and  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  focus  on  dark,  poetic  and  painful  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Uncertain  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  dark  ambient,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  8  out  of  10.   

Uncertain/The Price Of Eixtence Is Eternal Warfares(Live invocations)/Wraith productions/2015 Full Length Review


  Uncertain  are  a  duo  from  France  that  plays  an  occult  mixture  of  avant  garde,  experimental,  post  industrial  and  dark  ambient  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "The  Price  Of  Evocations(Live  Invocations)"  which  was  released  by  Wraith  Productions  and  consists  of  live  experts  from  2013  to  2015.

  Drones  and  audience  sounds  start  off  the  album  and  after  a  few  seconds  folk  instruments  are  also  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  some  harsh  noises  and  after  awhile  the  music  becomes  very  avant  garde  and  ritualistic  along  with  a  variety of  many  different  sounds  and  the  evil  whispers  in  the  background  bring  in  the  evil  atmosphere  of  black  metal.

  Tribal  beats  can  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  songs  along  with  percussion's  while  female  chants  and  screams  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  the  bells  and  gongs  also  enhance  the  ritualistic  atmosphere  of  the  songs  when  they  are  utilized  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  saxophones  along  with  spo0ken  word  samples  also  takes  the  music  into even  more  of  a  bizarre  direction  and  the  last  track brings  in  melodic  female  choirs.

  Uncertain  plays  a musical  style  on  this  recoridng  that  takes ritualistic  and  occult  music  and  mixes  it  with  avant  garde,  experimental,  post  industrial  and  ambient  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Goetic,  Qliptoth,  Left  hand  Path  and  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Uncertain are  a  very  great  sounding  occult  mixture  of  avant  garde,  experimental,  post  industrial  and  dark  ambient  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  duo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ayin  Pan(ic)"  "Dance  Of  Witches  And  Demons"  and  "We're  the  Only  Ones  Left  Alive". 8  out  of  10.         

Pragnavit/Skarby Zmiainaha Karala/Possession Productions/Crivia Records/2016 CD Review


  Pragnavit  are  a solo  project  from  Belarus  that  plays  a  shamanistic  mixture  of  neo  folk  and  dark  ambient  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2016  album  "Skarby  Zmianaha  Karala"  which  was  released  as  a joint  effort  between  Possession  Productions  and  Crivia  Records.

  Dark  ambient  style  synths  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  nature  sounds  and  the  music  also  brings  in  both  a  new  age  and  atmospheric  feeling  along  with  some  elements  of  folk  music  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  instrumental  and  some  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  electric  guitars  which  also  get  melodic  at  times.

  Melodic  shamanistic  chanting  can  be  heard in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  diversity  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  touch  of  neo  classical  music  at  times  and  some  songs  also  bring  in  flutes,  percussion  and  tribal  beats  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  medieval  pagan  atmosphere  and  as  the  album  progresses  acoustic  guitars  along  with  spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  and  some  songs  also  bring  in  ethnic  instruments.

  Pragnavit  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  neo  folk  and  dark  ambient  and  mixes  it  in  with  the  Shamanistic  ingenious   music  of  the  Belarusian  culture  to  create  a  style  of  his  own,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  song  themes  focus  on  the  archaic  Baltic  roots  of  Kryuja.

  In  my  opinion  Pragnavit  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  neo  folk  and  dark  ambient  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Suhavieja"  "             

Monday, June 6, 2016

Tides Of Sulfur 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've played a few gigs, most notably with Vision Of Disorder on a Temples festival replacement gig, we did a weekender with our friends in Greenhorn and Victorian Whore Dogs in April and we played with Hang The Bastard on one of their final runs as a band. We've been jamming loads and have 2 new songs written, we're hoping to play at least one at Red Sun festival! We've always got band stuff happening, getting tshirts made and looking into other gigging opportunities and the like. Other than that, I'm getting married in July so I've been busy with that.

2. In July you have a new album coming out, how would you describe the musical sound that is present on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

It's a good, diverse album. We try not to play the same riff or style too many times. It's heavier than an anvil sandwich and the album dynamics are a lot more...dynamic I guess! I wouldn't say it differs much from other stuff we've put out, the only real change is that Ant and Tom are chipping in vocally. Our philosophy has always been that nothing is really off limits, every riff, every idea is explored and only the heaviest remain!

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

We tend to write about the grim prospects of reality, whether that be relating to organised religion, political views, the dangers of solitude, disassociation and depression. It's all the usual nihilistic misanthropy.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Tides Of Sulfur'?

I found the word 'Sulfur' in an old encyclopedia I think. It said something about Brimstone now being called Sulfur had one of those F's that looks like and elongated S and it just stood out for me. We equated Brimstone/Sulfur/Sulphur being inherently evil and the tides are an unstoppable force so it's like being enveloped in a negative energy.

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

Now that's a difficult question! I wouldn't be able to judge any of our performances as I'm always playing...and personally, I'm always thinking about how we could do better on the next one so am always reflecting in a constructive matter. Our stage performance, I'd say, is usually described as 'fucking heavy' by people who've seen us and that's the only encouragement we need! I always tend to glare menacingly at whoever I see in the crowd; this has made a number of people a little uncomfortable at times but it's all love!

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

We're playing the 2nd anuual Red Sun festival in our home town in July next, after that, there'll be the occasional show here and there. We've got a weekender with Battalions coming up in November and we'll be playing some places we've never played before and we've also been booked for Hibernation Fest in December thanks to our friends at Hibernacula Records. We're hoping to do a few more weekends next year when we can; 2 of us are family men so we have to honour those responsibilities first and foremost7.A year back you where a part of a split with 'The Air turned To Acid', what are your thoughts on the other band that had participated on the recording?

We met The Air Turned To Acid at Doomfest in 2014. We had just finished our set and we're a little exhausted. As soon as they started their set, we all looked at each other with a look of 'what the hell is this?' and we all had to investigate. They absolutely blew us away. I approached them with the idea of doing a split release with them about a week later. They're all great guys and we love sharing a stage with them.

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

We've always played what we wanted to play, regardless of the opinions of anyone but the other band members, so if  people are enjoying aspects of what we do then that's great, no matter what part of the globe they're from.

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

We stole Tom from H O M O H who were fucking awesome, but they sadly don't play anymore. I'm involved in a harsh noise project with Dicky from The Drowning/Gorgantuan/etc called Wraiths and Omens. That's pretty much it.

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

The honest answer would be 'who knows?' Every song we write gets heavier and further away, stylistically, from some of our earliest stuff. We'll keep coming up with riffs as long as we have strings and fingers.

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?

Sorry to give you the same, tired clichés that every band gives, but we all listen to a wide variety of musical styles and genres which has a baring on what influences we bring to the table. Mainly it's bands like Crowbar, Neurosis, High On Fire, Unearthly Trance, Acid Bath, Converge and Today Is The Day that have influenced us in one way or another.  Currently, I'm enjoying some heavy stuff but it's getting warm again so I might have to break out something a little bit more accessible. I'll go back to all the gnarly black metal once it gets cold again!

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

We've all got other interests but music is something that's never far from our thoughts. Tom is an avid gig attendee,  I'm always looking to write and perfect riffs, coming up with lyrics, thinking of interesting samples to put into songs, sourcing artists for future design needs...I also do some reviews and interviews for the Sludgelord so I listen to a lot of music.

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

Support your scene, kill your ego.

Mhonos Interview

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



The situation is special, Frater Stéphane left Mhönos about one year ago to focus on his solo project, and the band decided to keep on playing without him, so we chose to answer the questions separately.



Frater Stéphane :

I left Mhönos. Now I live through another project called N.K.R.T located in a rather special register described by some as « Black Metal purely organic, without almost anything electrical, halfway between Dark Ambient and ritual ». I play alone in concert and a first album almost fully recorded will be released by the Russian label Nomos Dei productions on the day of winter solstice in 2016



Mhönos :

Mhönos has been very active and productive these last months and is about to record the next album called « LXXXVII ».

The LP version will be released by Dead Seed Productions.

After a year writing, we started playing gigs with the new line up in the middle of 2015.





2.How would you describe the musical sound of the current music?



Mhönos :

Mhönos is first of all the gathering of 6 very different individualities. Each of us has his own background and all of these aggregate to create something unique beyond any well conceived directed line.

The result is not easy listening or comfortable as it doesn’t follow any existing musical scheme.

In a few words, Mhönos’ music is dark, harsh and obsessive.



Frater Stéphane :

About Miserere Nostri, I think we could speak of a liturgical construction based on the use of the bass and vocals, accompanied by keyboard. The sound is influenced by black metal of the early 1990s, particularly regarding the keyboard, but also the music of the Tibetan monks and some Asian shamanic traditions. Bands like Sunn O))) and Earth have been great inspirations for the textures of bass guitars.

The dominant idea was to build a minimal genre, around minimal human and instrumental formula, leading to destitution, introspection and organized around a symetry between darkness and light.





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



Mhönos :

The lyrics of the new Mhönos album are our masochist interpretation of psalm 87 of the Ancient Testament.



Frater Stéphane :

A part of Miserere Nostri and Humiliati lyrical topics was based on existentialist reflexions, influenced by the readings of authors such as Emil Cioran, Yukio Mishima or Albert Camus, except Alveus Terra piece which deals with more esoteric themes.







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



Frater Stéphane :

The name comes from ancient Greek Mhönos "μόνος" which means "single, unique". Mhönos was then completely conceived as a solo project on the recording. The meaning behind the name was an invocation of the psychological isolation and introspection, to meet a quest for spirituality in a world where everything is competition and ego masturbation .



5.Originally the band was a solo project, what was the decision behind hiring a full time line up?



Frater Stéphane :

After the first issue of Miserere Nostri in 2009, I was invited to play Miserere Nostri on concert and I was interested by feeling high volume trance between multiple layers of voices, drones and bass and martial percussions and - I admit - attracted by the temptation of a need of recognition, completely opposed to the subjects advocated in lyrics. I've contacted some friends who brilliantly joined the project to turn it into a real band.





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



Mhönos :

The music of Mhönos is a collective experience, so each musician represents a small part of this whole thing. That means our music drives each of us into many moods from introspection to catharsis. Mhönos is a live experience, from rehearsals to recordings. We don’t aim at delivering any particular feeling, every one faces his personal reaction during our shows.

Each concert has its own atmosphere due to the venues, the bands we play with, the reactions our music generates to the audience which are often very different.







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



Mhönos :

Our next show will take place in our home town where we haven’t played for almost 2 years now. This will be the last step before recording our new album this Summer.

Some gigs are planned for next Fall.





8.Recently ZANJEER ZANI Productions re-issued your 'Misere Nostri' album, what are your thoughts on the final product?



Frater Stéphane :

Zanjeer Zani is a serious and irreproachable label, aesthetically demanding. The re-release of Miserere Nostri home is excellent. The new artwork created by Samuel Antonin is beautiful and the disc that was sold out is reborn in the best conditions.





9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your recordings by fans of dark and underground music?



Mhönos :

Feedbacks are mostly positive and come from different musical underground scenes.

Devoted and passionate people from different labels came to us to release our works, which seems to be the best feedback we could expect.





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



Mhönos :

Currently, we’re focused on the next album. Once it will be recorded, we will watch it dying on stage.

When this cycle is achieved, we’ll congregate and see what may happen.





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?



Frater Stéphane :

About Miserere Nostri, the main « band » influence was clearly Burzum. About Humiliati, tibetan ritual music played a big role.



Mhönos :

As we said before, we’re 6 individualities with too many influences, naming all of them would be endless.





12.How would you describe your views on Occultism?



Mhönos :

Occultism is what remains when human nature is facing the fear of the void.





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



Mhönos :

Ad Majorem Dolorum Gloriam

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Picture Ann/Blaspheme/Floodgate Moods Productions/2016 CD Re-issue Review


  This  is  a  review  of  an  older  album  from Denmark's  Picture  Ann  which  brought  in  a  dungeon  synth style  with some  black  metal  elements  and  the  album  was  originally  released  in  2009  and  called  "Blaspheme"  which  will  be  re-issued  later  this  month  by  Floodgate  Moods  Productions.

  A  very  distorted  guitar  sound  along  with  some  ambient  style  synths  start  off  the  album  and  a  good  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  some  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  and  drones  and  all  of  the  tracks  sound  different  from  each  other.

  A  decent  amount of  black  metal  elements  can  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  some  tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of grim  vocals  while  a  great  portion  of  the  songs  are  also  instrumental  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  they  also  bring  in  a  couple of  bonus  instrumental tracks  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  very  slow  musical  direction.

  On  this  recording  picture  Ann  played  more  of a  guitar  orientated  form  of  dungeon  synth  and  dark  ambient  while  also  mixing  in  a  decent  amount  of  black  metal  elements,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  yet  powerful  while  lyrics  when  they  are  utilized  focus  more  on  dark  themes..

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another great  sounding  recording  from  Picture  Ann  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  dark  ambient,  dungeon  synth  and  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hide  And  Seek  My  Dear"  "Fucking  Black  Again"  and  "No  One  X  Nothing".  8  out  of  10.


Friday, June 3, 2016

Tides Of Sulfur/ExtinctionCurse/Black Bow Records/2016 CD Review


  Tides  Of  Sulfur  are  a  band  from  the  South  Wales  of  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays   a  mixture  of  sludge,  doom  and  death  metal  with  elements  of  grindcore  and  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Extinction  Curse"  which  will  be  released  in  July  by  Black  Bow  Records. 

  A  very  dark  and  distorted  amp  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  more  heavy  sludge  metal  direction that  is  also  very  heavily  influenced  by  doom  metal  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  high  pitched  screams  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  they  also  bring  in  a  touch  of  black  metal.

  At  times  the  vocals  start  to  get  deeper  while  the  solos  and  leads  bring  in  a  dark  style  of  death  metal  as  well  as  mixing  in  other  genres  as  the  album progresses  while  some  of  the  riffing  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  clean  guitars  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  off  the  recording.

    A  brief  use  of  melodic  yet  spoken  vocals  can  be  heard  on  on  of  the  tracks  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  they  add  in  even  more  of  a  black  metal  edge  to  the  bands  musical  style  while  some  of  the  fast  riffs  also bring  in  a  touch  of  grindcore  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to them.

  Tides  Of  Sulfur  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  sludge  and  doom  metal  while  also  mixing  in  elements  of  death,  black  metal  and  grindcore  to  create  a  style  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  nihilistic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Tides  Of  Sulfur  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  sludge  and  doom  metal  with some  death,  black  metal  and  grindcore  elements  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Eternal  bleeding"  "Maltheist"  and  "Year  Of  Pigs".  8  out  of  10.