Saturday, June 16, 2018

Consecration/Remembrance/2018 Compilation Album Review


  Consecration  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  funeral  doom/death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2018  compilation  album  "Remembrance"  which  consists  of  their  2014  full  length,  unreleased  2011  demo  recordings,  and  their  2010  ep.

  A  very  powerful  sounding  bass  guitar  starts  off  the  compilation  along  with  some  drums  being  added  into  the  music  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  and  depressive  sounding  melodies  as  well  as  the  slower  riffs  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  doom  metal.

  Vocals  are  mostly  deep  death  metal  growls  while  the  screams  also  add  in  a  touch  of  black  metal  along  with  some  clean  playing  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  style,  some  of  the  tracks  are  instrumentals  and  a  great  portion  of  the  songs  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard,  the  unreleased  tracks  show  the  music  in  more  of  a  rawer  form,

  Consecration  plays  a  style  of  doom/death  metal  that  is  very  heavy  and  also  captures  the  heaviness  of  funeral  doom  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  despair,  darkness  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  collection  from  Consecration  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  funeral  doom/death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "In  Decayed  Embrace"  "Purity  Through  Pain"  "Persecution  Dominion"  and  "Cast  Down  For  Burning".  8  out  of  10. 

Liholesie/Fables/2018 EP Review


  Liholesie  is  a  solo  project  from  Russia  that  plays  an  instruemntal  mixture  of  ethnic,  folk,  ritual  music  and  dark  ambient  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2018  ep  "Fables" 

  Nature  sounds  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  atmospheric drones  in  the  background  before  adding  in  neo folk  elements  onto  the  recording  while t he  synths  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  ambient  elements  as  well  as  a  great  amount  of  programmed  beats  and  all  of the  music  is  instrumental. 

  When  percussion  is  utilized  it  gives  the  music  more  of  an  ethnic,  shamanistic  and  ritualistic  atmosphere  while  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  a  decent  amount  of  Slavic  folk  instruments  and  acoustic  guitars  are  also  added  onto  the  closing  track.

  Liholesie  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  folk,  ethnic,  ritual  and  dark  ambient  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own  while  also  keeping  everything  instrumental  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  Liholesie  is  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  ethic,  folk,  ritual  music  and  dark  ambient  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "North".  8  out  of  10.    

Friday, June 15, 2018

Kreiviskai Interview

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

The group was created in 2013 in Tver (Russia). Its basis was the ethno-cultural association "Tverzha", created by us. There we were engaged in the research of the past of the Tver region of Russia. We did this in order to update the past in the present, folk songs especially. It means not just to perform old forgotten songs, but also to give them a modern sound, to revive them with hope for the future, with faith in the continuation of the tradition.

2.So far you have released 2 albums, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings?

In our opinion the albums are very different from each other. The first album was simpler and more authentic, a mixture of ambient and ethnics. The second one is completely different; it took much longer to create it than the first. We wrote it for 3 years, while the first record took us 3 months. Nonregnum is much more complicated than Zemmis Supnai. There is less ethnics, but more people were involved in recording, more instruments. As for genre in the sound appeared martial, neoclassic, post-folk, darkwave and even black metal.

3.A lot of your lyrics cover the Paganism of your home country, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?

Not of the country, but of the Tver region. True paganism is always local and consists of many original cults, especially when we are talking about large territories. The area of ​​the Tver region, for example, is larger than the area of ​​many European countries, such as Estonia, Czech Republic, Lithuania etc. The members of the group have come to paganism in different ways, and understand it in different ways. But all of us are united by the idea of ​​the aesthetics of the ritual, the sanctity of nature and love for true Tver culture and Tver land.

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

In Old Prussian it means "In Krivsk", "Krivichi". Krivichi were a union of Balto-Slavic tribes, which have become an ethno-forming nucleus of the population of the Tver region. Before the founding of the Old Russian state and the transition to the Slavic language, the Krivichi spoke the Baltic language and professed the Baltic pagan faith. The Old Prussian language, which today belongs to the extinct reconstructed languages, was also a member of the Baltic language group. Denoting this ancient connection, we chose this project 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?

We think, there aren’t any. Kreiviskai is a studio project, never performed on stage.

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

There were some ideas to get the project on stage. But so far we haven’t come to it and we don’t see any need in it.

7.So far you have worked with 'Casus Belli Musica' and 'Cold Dungeon Records on getting your recordings released, do you feel both of these labels have been very helpful when it comes to getting your music out there heard?

"Casus Belli" is an experienced label, and everything was organized more than well, in our opinion. As for Cold Dungeon Records, it's hard to be objective here, as it's our own label, created specifically for the Kreiviskai project. At a certain point it became clear that the creation of the album is possible only if we monitor it without someone else's guidance. Using the example of Nonregnum, we can say that we have succeeded.

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

So far all the feedback we received is very good, but we can’t speak for all the fans of neo-folk. Kreiviskai is not particularly known or popular in the world of neo-folk. Yes, our music was appreciated by many, but realizing and understanding of the depth and complexity of the conceptual part, philosophy, meanings are still to come.

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

Most likely there will be a third album, and probably it will be the last one. Content and concept for us is more important than music. If there would be nothing to talk about and it would seem to us that we have said everything, the project will be closed. The first album was dedicated to nature, Tver folklore and paganism, the second - to the Tver Middle Ages. The content and the concept of the third album will remain secret for now.

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?

A special influence was made by Tver and Baltic folklore, the Lithuanian and Latvian neo-folk, the Wardruna project, the Belorussian ethnic and so on. We listen to music of different genres, from authentic folk singing to black metal and EBM.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Every member of the group has a hobby. We share such hobbies as publishing activity, popular scientific researches in the field of history and archeology, studying linguistics and languages in particular. And, of course, travels - pilgrimages to the sacred places of our ancestors, local history and mountaineering, ritual practices.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Il Cinghiale Interview

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



Il Cinghiale started in 2006 as Wild Boar, as a side project of Symbiosis (http://symbiosis.altervista.org). At the time the term “dungeon synth” did not exist yet, but the sound I was looking for was the one of the historical names of the genre.

After a couple of demos I put on hold the project until about a year ago, when I resurrected it under the name Il Cinghiale (which means ‘wild boar’ in Italian).

Before this split, I released “The Regal Tales”, an EP with some new tracks. You can listen to it on my Bandcamp: https://ilcinghiale.bandcamp.com/, where you can also find a collection of tracks from the Wild Boar days.



2.How would you describe the musical sound that has been presented on the recordings that you have released so far?



Well, I think that the label “dungeon synth” sticks perfectly, even if I don’t want to sound derivative and I am looking to incorporate new influences in the next works.

In this split with Kaluder, I pushed the orchestral side a little more than in the previous releases, which were definitely more “dungeon-esque”.

For the future I am trying different interesting directions, but I still have to decide which path to take. The woods of Il Cinghiale are dense and easy to get lost into, sometimes even myself cannot find the way back home. And I absolutely like to get lost.



3.What are some of the themes and concepts you bring into the music?



I want to transform the listener into a sort of adventurer that explores an unknown world. This world is intentionally left without chronological or geographical points of reference, and can convey different meanings and concepts.

Each Il Cinghiale release is a different journey: there is not, at least currently, a unifying concept across the releases. This allows me to experiment with different sounds and to create different settings, so that each album, split or EP is a variation on the theme of exploration of inner and outer worlds.



4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Il Cinghiale'



As I was saying before, “Il Cinghiale” means “the wild boar” in Italian, my native language, and Wild Boar has been the first name of my project.

The reason why I chose it is that I feel that the wild boar is my spirit animal. He lives hidden in the woods, attacks only when is attacked, and have a special connection with the surrounding environment.



5.On the albums you record mostly everything by yourself, would you be open to working with other musicians?



Until now, I have always did everything by myself, but as it already happened with the other projects of mine, I would be more than happy to work with someone else.

It would be not easy, especially for a solitary genre like dungeon synth, but I am sure that this could lead to interesting contaminations with other sounds. Anyone is welcome to get in touch if interested!



6.Recently you where a part of a split with 'Kaluder', what are your thoughts on the other musical project that had participated on the album?



I know personally the guy behind Kaluder and he is a really creative musician who likes to experiment in different directions (and I recommend to check out the other projects of his). This incursion into dungeon synth is very well crafted, both sonically and conceptually. I liked Kaluder’s tracks since the first time I listened to them, and I think they blend great with the ones from Il Cinghiale.

We have different approaches towards the genre, and probably different influences, but there is something that links our sonic proposals so that they go great in a split album.



7.The split was released on 'Masked Dead Records', are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?



Absolutely yes. Matteo, the guy from the label, followed every part of the production in a professional way and leaving me and Kaluder absolute artistic freedom.

With the other projects of mine I worked with several labels in the past, and this has been one of the best experiences I have ever had. I also recommend the readers to check out the other releases from Masked Dead, they will discover many interesting artists.



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



I must admit that prior to the release of this split I have made very little promotion to my project, partly due to my other musical activities, but partly also because I want Il Cinghiale to have the typical early dungeon synth aura of mystery. It is not a matter of fashion or of goofy elitism, but a remembrance of how I got into dungeon synth, long before it had even had a name (it was just called, as many will remember, “medieval ambient”, “black ambient” or “fantasy ambient”). It was something you had to discover piece by piece, spending time researching new acts on catalogues, trading stuff, or on the depths of the (early) web.

Without being anachronistic, I would like to keep Il Cinghiale as something that has to be discovered, not excessively promoted. So, coming back to your question, the few feedbacks I had have been rather positive, but I think this question will have a more complete answer in a few years.



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



Good question, if someone has the answer please get in touch as soon as possible! Jokes aside, I hope to keep on looking for new musical influences and challenges as always, and to collaborate with like-minded musicians.

I do not make many plans, I prefer to see what happens and chase every opportunity I feel valuable.

As far as Il Cinghiale is concerned, I hope to release a full-length album someday, I am already trying different directions and I am confident to be able to produce something interesting and not already heard thousand times.



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?



If strictly speaking about the music which influenced Il Cinghiale (and not generally myself as a listener and as a musician), it may sound obvious but Mortiis and Burzum (from the latter especially the latest albums) have been my first influences. Together with them, all the first wave of dungeon synth projects and the ambient tracks found in many black metal albums. Widening the field, black metal and dark ambient music have a heavy influence on Il Cinghiale, together with classical music, especially the one composed from the late XVII and early XVIII centuries.

When talking about myself, I have rather diverse musical interests, from avantgarde electroacoustic music to dark jazz, from old school industrial to ritual traditional music. Currently, I am rediscovering black metal, which have been my main passion since my teenage years, and avantgarde classical music from XX century.

Another kind of music which I am commited to lately, both as a listener and as a composer, is pure field recording (i.e. not used with instruments, but as the only sound source in a composition).



11.What are some of your non musical interests?



“To crush my enemies, to see them driven before me, and to hear the lamentations of their women.”



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



Thank you very much for the space you dedicated to Il Cinghiale, it is always a pleasure answering to such in-depth and interesting questions.

If you are keen on discovering more about Il Cinghiale, for the moment head over my Bandcamp page: http://ilcinghiale.bandcamp.com (website coming soon!).


Alba Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
1. Alba is a dark ambient/neofolk/dungeon synth project, created by me,
 Slavnik, in the middle of 2015. It is my personal way to explore themes like darkness, life, death, mistery, occultism and some others.

2.So far you have released 2 ep's, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings and also how do they differ from each other?
2. In “Ritual”, my first demo, the sound was very raw, because I have recorded it in an analogue way, with no mixing or
 mastering. It fits better with neofolk and dungeon synth. While “Innocence” sounds much better not only in the recording quality, but also in style. It fits more dark ambient style, played with piano and synths, which is maybe my favourite kind of style.

3.What are some of the themes and images you bring out with your musical style?
3.
 As I said in the previous question, the themes Alba brings are death, life, darkness, mistery, nature, occultism, but everything I want I will tell too. Every theme is interpreted in a personal point of view, though.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Alba'?
4. Alba means dawn in italian language.
 I had a very deep and dark period, that changed my life forever in a better way. There was a specific moment in which I realized that it was the dawn of a new day, the dawn of a new life.

5.With this project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?
5. Though I prefer working solo because of the personal meaning of Alba,
 I’m always opened in collaborations with new artists.

6.So far you have worked with Depressive Illusions, Wolfrune Worxx and Masked Dead Records, are you happy with the support these labels have given you so far?
6. Every label showed true interest and respect for my project. I had a long collaboration with Depressive Illusions, that also released works of my black metal band. Masked Dead Records brings to me for
 the first time the mini-CD format, which I found really interesting and particular.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of neo-folk and dungeon synth?
 7. I had a very positive feedback by the Dungeon Synth Community. “Innocence” songs both fits in some Dungeon Synth Compilations.

8.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
8. I don’t have a definite goal with my music.
 I just write, record and release my music for myself. It’s my way to express myself.

9.Are you also involved with any other bands or musical projects?
9. I have a band called Neve, which means snow in Italian language, that I found in 2016. I’m the singer and keyboardist. We have released a demo (Fragments of A Sad Soul)
 and an EP (Tales from the Unknown) and we are now working on our first full length. Our style run towards atmospheric-post black metal. In the past I also had a space ambient project called Luce (light in English). I released just a full-length, through Depressive
 Illusions Records, in CDs and tapes. The project is closed, but it will be integrate with Alba very soon.

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. Lifelover is the band that most influenced me. I also have their logo tattooed on my skin! Depressive Black Metal and Post Black Metal are my favourite
 genres. But I really listen to almost everything. I’m also really influenced by pop music and instrumental music (like obviously dark ambient and dungeon synth). Atmospheric and Epic Black Metal are also in my top list genres, though I listen to every kind
 of metal, and music in general.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
11. I really show interest toward every kind of music. But I think drone music is a kind of genre that I would never play.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
 I want to give special thanks to all DarkUndergroundMusicZine stuff for letting me do my first interview
 ever! And to everyone that follows and supports Alba: beware yourself! There are a lot of surprises coming up!

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Obseqvies/The Hours Of My Wake/Rain Without End Records/2018 CD Review


  Obseqvies  are  a  band  from  the  Netherlands  that  plays  a  mixture  of drone  and  atmospheric  funeral  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "The  Hours  Of  My  Wake"  which  will  be  released  on  June  30th  by  Rain  Without  End  Records.

  Atmospheric  sounding  drones  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  symphonic  synths  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  while  the  slow  riffs  are  very  heavily  rooted  in  funeral  doom  metal  along  with  the  vocals  also  bringing  in  a great  amount  of  deep  guttural  death  metal  growls.

  All  3  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  dark  and  depressive  sounding  melodies  along  with  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  as  well  as  some  black  metal  screams  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style,  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clear  vocals  and  stringed  instruments  can  be  heard  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  very  slow  direction.

  Obseqvies  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  drone  and  atmospheric  funeral  doom  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  eternal  darkness  and  doom  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Obseqvies  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  drone  and  funeral  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Dawning".  8  out  of  10.  

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Vortex/As Gods Fall/Cyclic Law 2018 Double CD Review


  Vortex  is  a  solo  project  from  Germany  that  plays  a  cinematic  mixture  of  ritual  and  dark  ambient  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2018  double  album  "As  Gods  Fall"  which  will  be  released  on  June  21st  by  Cyclic  Law.

  Ritualistic  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodic  chants  while  soundtrack  movie  orientated  synths  are  also  used  at  times  as  well  as  some  militant  beats  and  at  times  the  music  also  captures  a  very  medieval  and  epic  sounding  atmosphere  and  folk  instruments  can  also  be  heard  at  times.

  Clean  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  some  of  the  tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  electric  guitars  as  well  as  the  spoken  word  parts  also  giving  the  songs  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling  when  they  are  utilized  and  some  tracks  also  bring  in  atmospheric  sounding  drones  and  nature  sounds  and  as  the  album  progresses  stringed  instruments  and  acoustic  guitars  are  added  onto  the  recording,  some  of  the  tracks  are  also  all  instrumental.

  Vortex  plays a  musical  style  that  takes  cinematic  music,  neo-folk,  dark  ambient  and  ritual  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  Nordic  Mythology  and  Paganism  of  The  Eddas.

  In  my  opinion  Vortex  is  a  very  great  sounding  cinematic  mixture  of  dark  ambient  and  ritual  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "War  Is  Coming"  "Odhinns  Wrath"  "A New  World"  and "Into  The  Void".  8  out  of  10. 

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Antonio Tonietti/Improvvisi perTavola Armonica/Sonorus Records/2018 Cassette Review


  Antonio  Tonietti  is  a  solo  artist  from  Italy  that  plays  a  mixture  of  improv  and  experimental  on  home  made  musical  instruments  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2018  album  "Improvvisi  per Tavola  Armonica"  which  was  released  on  cassette  by  Sonorus  Records.

  Atmospheric  and  ambient  orientated  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  distorted  noises  and  drones  while  the  music  gets  very  avant  garde  and  experimental  at  times  as  well  as  being  all  instrumental  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  sound  very  different  from  each  other.

  Antonio Tonietti  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  experimental  and  improv  and  mixes  them  together  on  home  made  instruments  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own  while  also  capturing  the  atmosphere  of  real  instruments  and  keeping  everything  instrumental  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  Antonio  Tonietti  is  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  improv  and  experimental  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "III".  8  out  of  10.  

In Tenebris Scriptus - A Dark Aural Tribute To H.P Lovecraft/Eight Tower Records/2018 Compilation Album Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  compilation  that  consists  mostly  of  bands  or  musical  projects  in  the  occult,  ritual,  dark  ambient,  drone  and  experimental  genres  paying  homage  to  the  writings  of  H.P  Lovecraft  which  was  released  in  2018  by  Eight  Tower  Records  and  called  "In  Tenebris  Scriptus - A  Dark  Aural  Tribute  To  H.P  Lovecraft"  and  we  will  review  the  songs  one  by  one.

  Monocube  brings  us  "Dwelling  In  Mayhem"  which  starts  out  with  acoustic  guitars  and  ambient  style  synths  while  the  music  is  all  instrumental  and  also  mixes  in  elements  of  dark  ambient  and  drone.

  Next  up  is  Corona  Barathri  with  "Litania  Antiquis"  which  starts  out  with  some  spoken  word  parts  and  ritualistic  soundscapes  while  the  track  is  also  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  vocals  and  stringed  instruments  also  being  used  at  times  as  well  as  some  melodic  chants.

  Nile  Impvlse  brings  us  "Astrophobos"  which  starts  out  with  some  ritualistic  soundscapes  and  drones   along  with  some  programmed  yet  militant  drum  beats,  noises  and  ambient  style  synths  as  well  as  some  evil  sounding  whispered  vocals  and  the  track  is  long  and  epic  in  length.

  The  Serpent  brings  us  "Corona  Nyarlathotepis"  which  starts  out  with  some  field  recordings  and  nature  sounds  while  the  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  some  ambient  style  soundscapes  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling  and  towards  the  end  demonic  spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  briefly.

  Sonologyst  brings  us  "Cryptic  Realms"  which  starts  out  with  harsh  noises  and  ambient  style  drones  while  the  music  also  gets  very  experimental  and  avant  garde  at  times  as  well  as  adding  in  some  ambient  style  synths  and  the  music  is  instrumental.

  Noctilucant  brings  us  "The  Haunter  of  The  Dark"  which  starts  out  with  some  rain  and  thunder  sounds  along  with  some  elements  of  ambient  and  drone  along  with  the  songs  making  the  music  sounding  more  atmospheric  and  towards  the  end  ritualistic  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  Martyria  brings  us  "A  Light  on  The  Hilltops"  which  starts  out  with  some  ritualistic  drum  beats  and  ambient  style  drones  while  the  synths  makes  the  music  sound  more  atmospheric  along  with  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts.

  Xerxes  The  Dark  brings  us  "Dagon  (MMXX)"  which  starts  out  with  ambient  style  soundscapes  and  filed  recordings  while  the  spoken  whispers  makes  the  music  sound  more  ritualistic  while  also  mixing  in  some  avant  garde  elements.

  Moloch  Conspiracy  brings  us  "The  Shadow  Over  Innsmouth"  which  starts  out  with  a  very  atmospheric  and  dark  ambient  orientated  sound  while  the  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  stringed  instruments  and  noises  are  used  at  times  as  well  as  the  music  being  all  instrumental.

  New  Risen  Throne  brings  us  "Out  Of  The  Aeons"  which  starts  out  with  some  field  recordings  and  atmospheric  drones  while  the  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  along  with  the  music  getting  very  ritualistic  at  times  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts.

  Adonai  Atrophia  brings  us  "The  Black  Seas  Of  Infinity"  which  starts  out  with  some  atmospheric  sounding  drones  and  dark  ambient  elements  while  the  track  is  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  synths  making  the  music  sound  more  atmospheric  and  the  music  is  all  instrumental.

  Hezaliel  closes  the  compilation  with  "Chtulhu"  which  starts  out  with  some  atmospheric  sounding  drones  while  the  track  is  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  a  great  amount  of  ambient  and  ritualistic  elements  as  well  as  being  all  instrumental.

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

     

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Alba/Innocence/Masked Dead Records/2018 EP Review


  Alba  are  a  solo  project  that  plays  a  mixture  of  neo-folk,  dark  ambient  and  dungeon  synth  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2018  ep  "Innocence"  which  was  released  by  Masked  Dead  Records.

  Tragic  sounding  skeyboards  start  off  the  ep  and  also  bring  in  elements  of  ambient  and  dungeon  synth  along with  a  variety  of  many  different  sounding  keys  which  also  makes  the  songs  more  atmospheric  while  both  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  the  drum  beats  being  programmed  and  all  of  the  music  is  instrumental  and  also  adds  in  touches  of  neo-folk.

  Alba  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  dark  ambient,  neo-folk  and  dungeon  synth  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own  while  keeping  everything  instrumental  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  Alba  is  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  neo-folk,  dark  ambient  and  dungeon  synth  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Mother  Darkness".  8  out  of  10.

Friday, June 1, 2018

II Cinghiale/Kanjhep/Drevne Rusevine i Magicne Rituale/Masked Dead Records/2018 Split Album Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Italy's  II  Cinghiale  and  Kanjhep  called  "Drevne Rusevine  i  Magicne  Rituale"  which  was  released  by  Masked  Dead  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  II  Cinghiale  a  musical  project  that  plays  dungeon  synth.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  neo-classical  style  synths  and  symphonic  elements  while  programmed  and  martial  beats  can  also  be  heard  in  the  background  along  with most  of  the  music  being  instrumental  and  when  spoken  word  parts  are  utilized  they  give  the  music  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling  and  on  some  tracks  they  team  up  with  Kanjhep  and  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  dungeon  synth  direction  and  elements  of  ambient  can  also  be  heard  at  times and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  II  Cinghiale  are  a  very  great  sounding  dungeon  synth  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Legacy  Of  The  Old  Kingdom"  and  "Lost  In  The  Forest".

  Next  up  is  Kanjhep  a  musical project  that  plays  a  Tolkien  inspired  form  of  dungeon  synth.

  Their side  of  the  split  starts out  with  epic  sounding  synths  while  some  tracks  also  include  work  with  II  Cinghale  along  with  most  of  the  music  being  instrumental  as  well a s  adding  in  elements  of  neo-classical  and  later  songs  bring  in  elements  of  drone  and  dungeon  synth,  one  track  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  whispers  and  spoken word  parts  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  Kanjhep  are  a  very  great  sounding  Tolkien  inspired  dungeon  synth  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Rituals  At  The  Lake"  and  "The  Ancient  Manuscript'.

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

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Chelidon Frame/Left Blank/2018 Full Length Review


  Chelidon  Frame  are  a  solo  project  from  Italy  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  mixture  of  experimental,  drone  and  noise  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2018  album  "Left  Blank".

  Stringed  instruments  along  with  some  ambient  soundscapes  and  drones  start  off  the  album  while  the  music  gets  very  experimental  and  avant  garde  at  times  along  with  a  great  amount  of  field  recordings  as  well  as  some  of  the  tracks  also  mixing  in  elements  of  noise  and  most of  the  music  is  instrumental.

  Some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  some  tracks  also  utilize  homemade  musical  instruments  which  also gives  the  music  more  of  a  tribal  and  ritualistic  feeling  at  times  along  with  some  songs  capturing  the  atmosphere  of  a  classic  sci-fi  movie  as  well  as  some  tracks  also  bringing  in  guitars  and  as  the  album  progresses  synths  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  a  later  track  also  introduces  radio  noises  into  the  music  and  spoken  word  samples  are  added  onto  the  closing.

  On  this  recording  Chelidon  Frame  takes  experimental,  drone,  noise  and  ambient  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  something  very  different  and  original  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  from  Chelidon  Frame  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental,  drone,  ambient  and  noise,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Left  Blank"  "Pluto's  Moons  Are  in  Absolute  Chaos-II  Kerberos"  "High  Rise"  and  "Low  Rise".  8  out  of  10.  

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Spaceslug/Eye The Tide/BFSD Records/2018 CD Review

 
  Spaceslug  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  plays  a mixture  of  sludge,  stoner  and  doom  metal  with  some  black  metal  touches  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Eye  The  Tide"  which  will  be  released  in  July  by  BFSD  Records.

  Atmospheric  sounding  drones  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  powerful  sounding  bass  guitar  leads  which  also  takes  the  music  into  more  of  a  proto  and  stoner  metal  direction  while  the  guitar  solos  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  as  well  as  the  songs  also  mixing  in  the  heaviness  of  doom  and  sludge  metal.

  Melodic  vocals  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  long and  epic  in  length  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  also  being  used  at  times  as  well  as  the  music  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  psychedelic  elements  and  at  times  the  music  adds  in  influences  of progressive  rock  and  when  screams a re  utilized  they  bring  in  a  touch  of  black  metal  and  also  adds  in  blast  beats  when  the  music  finally  speeds  up.

  Spaceslug  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  sludge,  stoner  and  doom  metal while  also  mixing  in  black  metal,  psychedelic  and  progressive  rock  elements  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  deepest  and  darkest  parts  of  the  universe.

  In  my  opinion  Spaceslug  are  a  very  great  sounding  psychedelic  mixture  of  stoner,  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Spaced  by  One" a nd  "Words  Like  Stones".  8  out  of  10.  

Monday, May 28, 2018

Lurk/Fringe/Transcending Obscurity Records/2018 CD Review


  Lurk  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  an  atmospheric  mixture  of  sludge,  doom  and  death  metal  with  some  touches  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Fringe"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Transcending  Obscurity  Records.

  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  album  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  along  with  some  atmospheric  sounds  also  being  mixed  into  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  A  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  slow  riffs also  bring  in  the  heaviness of  sludge  and  doom  metal  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  deep  death  metal  growls  as  well  as  a  few  black  metal  screams  and  one  some  tracks  they  also  get  rough  yet  semi  melodic,  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  stoner  vocals  can  also  be  heard  and  the  music  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction  and  a  later  song  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  guitars.

  Lurk  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  mixes  them  with  elements  of  death  and  black  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Lurk  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  sludge  and  doom  metal  with  touches  of  death  and  black  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres, you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Tale  Blade"  "Offshot"  and  "Proteus  Syndrome".  8  out  of  10.  

Self-Hatred/Hlubiny/Solitude Productions/2018 CD Review


  Self-hatred  are  a  band  from  the  Chezch  Republic  that  has  had  an  album reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  atmospheric  form  of  funeral  doom/death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Hlubiny"  which  was  released  by  Solitude  Productions.

  A  very  dark  soundscape  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  as  well  as  the  vocals  being  mostly  deep  death  metal  growls  and  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  are  heavily  rooted  in  funeral  doom  metal.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  black  metal  screams  are  also  utilized  at  times  along  with  a  brief  use  of  whispers  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  Synths  are  also  mixed  into  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times  while  a  couple  of  tracks  also  introduces  stringed  instruments  and  clean  guitars  into  the  music and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  and  when  the  music  finally  speeds  up  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  the  album  closes  with  an  instrumental.   

  Self-Hatred  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  atmospheric  style  of  funeral  doom/death  metal  of  their  previous  release  while  also  keeping  the  black  metal  elements  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  their  native  tongue  and  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Self-Hatred  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  funeral  doom/death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Odraz"  "Vzplanuti"  and  "Epitaf".  8  out  of  10.   

Kreiviskai/Nonregnum/Cold Dungeon Records/2018 CD Review


  Kreiviskai  are  a  band  from  Russia  that  plays  a  mixture  of  neo-folk,  ritual,  ethno-ambient  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Nonregnum"  which  was  released  by  Cold  Dungeon  Records.

  Nature  sounds  along  with  some  folk  instruments  start  off  the  album  while  female  vocals  are  also  used  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  as  well  as  the  music  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  stringed  instruments  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  music  also  adds  in  a  great  amount  of  martial  elements.

  When  synths  are  utilized  they  bring  in  touches  of  ambient  while  the  spoken  word  parts gives  the  songs  more  of  a  ritualistic  atmosphere  along  with  some  tracks  also  bringing  in  acoustic  guitars  as  well  as  some  battle  sounds  also  being  utilized  briefly  and  as  the  album  progresses  elements  of  ethno  music,  post  folk,  black  metal  and  darkwave  are  added  onto  the  recording.

 Their  is  also  a  brief  use  of  clean  male  vocals  on  some  songs  while  one  of  the  later  tracks  being  an  instrumental  as  heavy  riffs,  growls  and  screams  are  also  added  onto  the  closing  tack  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  Krieviskai  takes  neo-folk,  martial,  ritual. ethno  music  and  ambient  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  medieval  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Kreiviskai  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  neo-folk,  martial,  ritual  and  ethno-ambient  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Foundation  [1247]"  "Sieged [1375]"  "The  Lost  Freedom  [1485]"  and  "Ode  To  The  Great  One  [1453}".  8  out  of  10.

  

Friday, May 25, 2018

End Christian/Bach Part One/Translation Loss Records/2018 CD Review


  End  Christian  are  a  band  from  Pennsylvania  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  blackened  noise,  experimental,  ambient,  psychedelic  and  drone  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018 album  "Bach  Part  One"  which  was  released  by  Translation  Loss  Records.

  Clean  vocals  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  elements  of  trip  hop  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  drum  beats  are  all  programmed  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  when  they  are  utilized  as  well  as  some  tracks  also  adding  in  touches  of  electronic  music.

  Psychedelic  elements  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording   while  some  tracks  also  add  in  ambient  soundscpaes  and  drones  and  when  heavy  riffs  are utilized  they  add  in  a  touch  of  black  metal  as  well  as  all  of  the  tracks  being  very  experimental  and  sounding  different  from  each  other.

  On  this  recording  End  Christian  take  electronic,  experimental,  ambient,  drone,  trip  hop,  psychedelia  and  a  touch  of  black  metal  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark, philosophical  and  real  life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  End  Christian  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  blackened  noise,  experimental,  ambient,  psychedelic  and  drone,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hamilton  Two"  "Certs"  "Venison  Thaw"  and  "Altered  For  Concern".  8 out  of  10. 

   

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Sektarism/Hosanna Sathana/Zanjeer Zani Productions/Necrocosm Productions/2018 Vinyl Re-Issue Review


  Sektarism  are  a  band  from  France  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  drone  and  funeral  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of    their  2011  demo  "Hosanna  Sathana"  which  was  re-issued  on  vinyl  in  2018  as  a  joint  effort  by  Zanjeer  Zani  and  Necrocosm  Productions.

  Drum  beats  and  a  powerful  sounding   bass  guitar  start  off  the  demo  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  track  is  over  24  minutes  in  length  as  well  as  the  slow  riffs  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  funeral  doom  metal  and  when  screams  are  utilized  they  add  in  a  touch  of  black  metal.

  Elements  of  drone  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  the  music  also  gets  ritualistic  in  some  parts  of  the  song  along  with  the  music  also  capturing  an  improv  atmosphere  and  the  music  always  sticks  to  a  very  slow  direction.  as  well  as  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  angry  shouts  and  towards  the  end  guitar  leads  are  also  used  briefly.

  On  this  recording  Sektarism  takes  drone  and  funeral  doom  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of t heir  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Religion  and  Submission  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Sektarism  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  drone  and  funeral  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  8  out  of  10. 

 


Friday, May 18, 2018

Sona Nyl Interview


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

SONA NYL was born in 2014 & first released a track on the NEMA FOUNDATION compilation. After that, its first album “REFUGEE” came out on PETROGLYPH MUSIC & then on HEXX9 RECORDS in a remastered CD/DD edition. Few tracks were selected to cover the SAÏR777 art exposition “OUROBOROS – PROTEUS” while the track “IN TUTTA LA SUA GLORIA” became the soundtrack of the animated movie “OUROBOROS” made by the same artist. “IN TUTTA LA SUA GLORIA” was also selected to be part ov the compilation “THIS MUSIC PLANTS TREES”. Recently, SONA NYL made a remix for MATER SUSPIRIA VISION & as you know, took part for the split CD/DD “DECAY” with RUARI O’BAOIGHILL.


 2.How would you describe the musical sound that has been presented on all of the recordings you have released so far?

The music I compose for SONA NYL is a melting pot ov electronics, dark ambient, orchestral, industrial & turns to a more melodic approach as time goes by.


 3.What are some of the themes and images you also bring out with your music?

My first album “REFUGEE” is an album composed under the major influence ov depression. In my own conception, it’s an album ov fire. The sound traduces the fire that was consuming my inner self at this period. I now bring my music to a more aerial, spacy approach. I try to transcend myself & compose a music that eases my pain & so, eventually yours.


 4.You also have a song entitled 'Baba Yaga', do you have an interestin mythology?

This not a song but a remix for MATER SUSPIRIA VISION even if my version is totally different from the original. I made a very dancefloor type track from it. BLAXLEEP made an awesome video ov it wich I highly recommend. To answer to your question : yes, I have an interest in mythology.


 5.With this project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to remain solo?

I made few collaborations with other artists for my other projects. Alexandra Nordrac, Angstvart & recently Serena Toxicat. I enjoyed it. But I’m more in a solo approach for my work. I have a strong vision ov what I compose & adding a voice on a musical track changes everything.


 6.Recently you where a part of a split with 'Ruani O'Baoighill', what are your thoughts on this other solo artist?

I don’t listen to a lot ov dark ambient stuff anymore. But Ruairi has a singular approach in this domain. Even if its dark ambient, it touches me differently. He’s a very humble & gentle guy.


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

… Few feedbacks… But powerful ones… It’s ok for me because I prefer to strongly touch 10 people  than obtain hundreds “likes” about people who doesn’t give a fvck & don’t even remember what they liked few seconds later.


 8.Can you also tell us a little bit more about the other musical projects you are a part of?

I also compose under the names ov EL PRETRO MANIACO (horror ambient), CATHURIA (pagan ambient), OVK (avant garde music) & ORPHEUS (retro minimalist wave).


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

I have a soundtrack project for an independent French movie director named EMMANUEL DUCHEZ. He made few short movies especially “ROSE CASTLE” which I really enjoyed. A lot ov poetry & gloomy ambiences in this one. It recently won several prices in few specialized festivals around the world. He’s now searching for financial supports for his first full movie which will be about inquisition. I’m very glad about it. We’ll see…


 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 strongly love DEVIN TOWNSEND, A-HA, INDOCHINE, KIRLIAN CAMERA, ENNIO MORRICONE, BRUNO NICHOLAI, FABIO FRIZZI, KIM WILDE, VNV NATION, COIL…

I recently discovered the label “FINDERS KEEPERS RECORDS” & listen to their releases a lot. Also, there are the movie soundtracks “LE LAC DES MORTS VIVANTS” and “LA REVANCHE DES MORTES VIVANTES”. And synth-pop acts such as IRIS, MESH, SEABOUND, APOPTYGMA BERZERK, COVENANT, DE/VISION…


 11.What are some of your non musical interests?

A particular kind ov cinema. Most ov Italian, Spanish, french horrific movies from the 60’s, 70’s & 80’s. Reading. Being alone watching nature. Playing retro video games.


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

No one cares.


Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Moloch Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the musical project since the recording and release of the new album?
Right now I'm focusing on promoting this album and booking shows for Moloch. I already have two dates in Poland in August but I'm looking to perform both here and abroad. With that comes a lot of stuff that I have to think through and work with but I'm really hyped! I'm preparing a setlist that will include mostly the stuff from "The Other Side" as well as some of my older tracks. And I do want this to be an experience not a regular show if you know what I mean...

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?

"The Other Side" is the next logical step after "The Vatican Cellars". I prefer evolution over revolution so I guess my sound is still rooted in my past but it's also fresh and vital. My older electronic music tracks were in vein of dungeon synth, so they were murky, damp, heavy atmospheric and so on. The new aproach is more edgy, sharp and it has beat that wasn't present before. So naturally these songs can be performed live and no one will fall asleep (laugh). And that's also the main factor that differentiates "The Other Side" from my previous works. I wanted this music to be performed live and the tracks are written with stage in mind. That's something new for me in this genre, though I wrote much of my black metal stuff this way.

3.The song themes cover 80's era sci-fi and horror b movies, can you tell us which films and film makers that had a huge infuence on your work?
It's hard to name but few but I can tell you that I've always been a fan of John Carpenter's movies, Dario Argento's "Suspiria" had a tremendous effect on me when I was a child as well. I was always into "Hellraiser" (but only the first three movies), Return of the Living Dead and so on. I think that I enjoy the horror flicks from 70's, 80's and the 90's as well. I stopped watching the new shit around 2000. Can't find the same vibe and drive in the new ones, you know?

4.You have also played black metal but with this project go for more of a dark synth style, how would you compare the 2 different musical genres?
I think of them as two sides of the same coin (me). I really debuted in 2006 with dungeon synth stuff or medieval ambient if you prefer. But I also wanted to make something more extreme and that's when Zorormr came alive. Now I'm back in synthesiser world and hopefully will stay there for a while. And as for comparisons I really don't know. Black metal is more personal, more intimate for me. And making this kind of music is not exactly what I call "fun". With synth I had a lot of fun and was fooling around. It's still honest but not so heavy in terms both structure and substance.

5.I know that the name 'Moloch' comes from a 'Canaanite god, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in occultism and mythology?
Moloch means king in Hebrew, Akkadian and Ammonite langue (but it's spelled a little different). Anyway I was always interested in the supernatural and the occult. Even wrote a book about mysticism and got my PhD on the study of Agrippas De occulta philosophia. At that time I read a ton of books on Western Esotericism as well as all those "sacred texts" that you need to know. Nowadays I don't look for that kind of knowledge anymore since I exhausted that well with "Corpus Hermeticum" - an album by Zorormr inspired by Hermes Trismegistus and so on.

6.With this project you record everything by yourself but have worked with other musicians before, how would you compare the two?
Obviously, it's different. Can't say which is better 'cause they both have pros and cons but I think it's easier to work with somebody. When you're alone you can easily do something wrong put too much of something and that's not what you wan't people to hear. Even the best idea at first can be really poor. I value the help of other musicians, especially from different genres, because they have what we call a "fresh ear". So what they tell me, how they contribute to what I do elevates my music. With solo recording and producing it's tougher but eventually also rewarding. I like to make music both ways. Nowadays mostly solo but who knows? Maybe there will be some guest appearances in Moloch in the future?

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your new album by fans of dark and underground music?
So far it's good. I had only positive reviews and everybody is telling me that's the best thing I've done ever. It's sincere and straightforward. And you can really hear that I enjoyed making it. I do have high hopes for this EP since it's not only my first new electronic stuff since like 2011 and I'm currently working on new stuff but it's something I would consider a breaking point for me. I think the fans like that "The Other Side" for what it is - a homage to the 80's - 90's horror stuff. And you can dance to it too (laugh). So you don't have to be ashamed that besides being morbid and bleak all the time you can jump for Ye Old Ones...

8.Are you currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?
Moloch is my primary focus at the moment. I will be returning with Zorormr for another LP but there aren't any other projects that I'm currently involved in.

9.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
Even though I'm not doing this since yesterday I still feel like I'm in the beginning of my musical journey. Surely live shows is something that I'm focusing on right now and making new music. Hopefully in the future people will listen to Moloch more and I will have the opportunity to perform for bigger audiences. And I think these are the 2 main factors that I'm aiming at. Making more and better music and reaching to bigger audiences.

10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
It's hard for me to name them. I listen to a lot of stuff. I was always impressed by King Diamond and he is by far my favorite artist. An idol you could say. But I listened to a lot of Alice in Chains, White Zombie, Norwegian black metal, and many other stuff that would need a separate article to cover. I've been listening to a lot of Ghost records lately, as well as Sepultura, Bishop Briggs (you should check her out, she's stunning) and many others. I'm also a fan of both Carpenter Brut, Perturbator and Scandroid as far as synthwave is considered.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
I don't have too much free time so my activities besides making and releasing music are rather dull. I do like to read a good book, play on my PS4, binge watch something on Netflix, hangout with my friends in the outdoors. Grab a bite and a beer. Simple stuff. Nothing fancy. But that's what helps me relax and that's all I need.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you for your time and hope to see you at Moloch live shows! Stay heavy!

Barren Heir Interview

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

Bleak sludge metal, with lots of left turns. Bluesy, atmospheric guitar work and the occasional prog section.



2. How would you describe the musical sound that has been presented on the recordings you have released so far?

Like a big angry sea monster coming out of the water. But then it crashes back against the ocean super hard and it’s not even pissed any more, it’s just bummed.



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

Self-reflection. Observations on life and those around you. Dead ends.



4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Barren Heir’?

It’s sort of twofold. The three of us were in a previous band that had a lot of lineup changes. We struggled to find an identity because of it, and after a while we just had enough. We knew we were capable of doing something good together. So when we started this band, it was clear in our minds that it was always just going to be the three of us. This band only exists because we’re very close friends, and meeting up to jam every week has been a regular part of our lives for 10+ years at this point. If any one of us were out of the equation, then there’s no more Barren Heir. It also just kind of nailed the vibe of our music and is sort of an ambiguous word pairing, which I’m all about.



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

Last year we got to play a super nice venue here in Chicago called Lincoln Hall. I never thought we would have an opportunity to play a place like that. It was the record release show for a band from here called Outrun the Sunlight. They put the show together and were nice enough to bring us on. All the bands (Outrun the Sunlight, Sioum and REZN) did great and sounded massive in that setting. It was just a totally new and very memorable experience playing a venue like that.



People often say our live shows feel improvised at times. After we’ve been playing a song for a while it changes a bit so I think our live shows have something a little bit extra than the recording. I would consider us more of a “live band”, meaning I’d rather have people be introduced to our music in a live setting.



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

We’re heading south for a week over Memorial Day weekend, and currently booking something a little more extensive for late August. No specific plans just yet beyond that, but we’re steadily going to begin touring more. And definitely a release show with Cokegoat once we have these vinyls in hand.



7. Recently you where a part of a split with 'Cokegoat', what are your thoughts on the other band that had participated on the recording?

They're great! We loved their band before this and were immediately on board when Jeff initially brought up this idea. We owe them a lot of “thanks” for spearheading this and keeping it on track. Before this, we never worked with any sort of time constraints. It was just, when it's done, we’ll record it. So we learned a lot, we worked under pressure and that really kept us on our toes. If they didn’t say, “hey, be ready to enter the studio in October”, there’s no way would have been studio ready with new music by then. Typically things move a lot slower with us. It’s not laziness, it’s just a slow process letting everything take shape. I over scrutinize little things until there’s nothing left. And of course that drags things on endlessly. Sometimes you just need that push, or need someone to light the fire under you.



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

Not actively seeking something out. I’m open to the idea of if it, but it’d essentially have to be a perfect pairing.



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

From the little we’ve seen it’s been positive. With Tired Turns (our debut / only other release), we sold a very modest number of copies online, yet the majority of those were international orders. That was unexpected. I was surprised and excited that anyone outside the US bought it.



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

Hard to say. I would guess that we won’t ever make the same record. I hope at the end of the day we’ll have released a lot of records and covered a lot of territory, musically.



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?

Rage Against the Machine and Tool were two of the earliest bands I became obsessed with after I started playing bass in grade school. Thanks to my Mom, Ænima from Tool opened up a whole new world of music around that time that I had previously closed myself off from. Shortly after that my cousin gave me a burned CD of the first Mars Volta record and that similarly blew my mind. Jon Theodore’s drumming on that is one of my all-time favorites. Another thing that sticks out was seeing Russian Circles when I was 16, and it was shortly after they released the Enter EP. They played the Arlington Heights Knights of Columbus in front of a small crowd and it was like nothing I’d seen at that point.



Nowadays I’m always hoping around and always trying to find something new to listen to. For work I do graphic design, so I sit at a computer and I’m free to listen to music the whole time. Recent heavy rotation albums: Amenra (Mass VI), Deem Spenser (We Think We Alone), Yussef Kamaal (Black Focus), Portal (Ion), Brother/Ghost (Buried), Frank Ocean (Endless).



12. What are some of your non musical interests?

All three of us love Basketball.



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

Thanks for taking the time.