Sunday, July 28, 2019

MMMΔ/Egoismo/Antifrost Records/2019 Full Length Review


  MMMΔ  are  a  duo  from  Greece  that  plays  a  mixture  of   drone,  neo-folk  and  avant  garde  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Egoismo"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Antifrost  Records.

  Atmospheric  sounding  drones  start  off  the  album  and  they  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording.  The  songs  also  mix  in  a  great  amount  of  stringed  instruments  along  with  most  of  the  music  being  instrumental  and  at  times  the  music  also  gets  very  avant  garde  and  experimental  sounding.

  At  times  the  music  also  captures  the  atmosphere  of  a  medieval  horror  movie  soundtrack  while  one  track  also  introduces  clean  vocals  onto  the  recording  and  they  also  add  in  touches  of  neo  folk. Some  of  the  tracks  are  also  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  some  of  the  music  also  gets  more  ritualistic  and  all  of  the  songs  sound  very  different  from  each  other,  electric  guitars  are  also  added  onto  the  closing  track.

  MMMΔ  takes  drone,  neo-folk  and  avant  garde  music  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  when  lyrics  are  utilized  they  cover  egotism,  arrogance,  hypocrisy,  separation  and  bitter  truth  themes.

  In  my  opinion  MMMΔ  is  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  drone,  neo-folk  and  avant  garde  music  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  duo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Awogans"  and  "Verita  Morr".  8  out  of  10. 

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Saturday, July 27, 2019

Shades Of Deep Water 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?



Dunkelheit and I have been working hard to get the new album out on various beautiful editions. The process has taken several years and now we can finally see the final outcome. At the moment we are promoting the album. I am writing new music for the next releases. I have also plans for my other project Sarajah in the near future.



2.Recently you have released a new album, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?



It was 2006 when I started to write songs for the very first demo. The first demo is very raw blackened doom. Back then I wanted to release demos on limited tape editions and I did 3 demos before the first album. The first album Waterways was released 2013. The album is melodic yet still ice cold Funeral Doom. After the first album I did few EP’s that are a bit faster and lighter. Death’s Threshold is a return to heavier and slower songs.



3.This is also your first release since 2015, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?



I have been quite busy with new music and we also did a re-release of the 2015 EP’s with Dunkelheit. The new album was written and recorded between 2017 – 2018. Four years between releases seems a bit long for Shades of Deep Water because I have released music almost every year in the past. This time the process took longer because all the music was new and written for this album. The first album was mostly re-recordings of the demo songs and was a bit easier to make.



4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore on the new album and also how would you describe your progress as a songwriter over the years?



The subject of the album is Death. The theme is set to the cosmos where the subject is viewed in a quite big scale. The lyrical themes of the band have always been related to Death one way or another. I think my songwriting has evolved over the years. When you have done music for many years you know what will work. The early releases were more experimental.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Shades Of Deep Water'?



It’s been 15 years so I can’t really remember much details. I remember that I wanted a name that would describe the music I did back then. I think it still works very well for the music. It’s a bit difficult name because of it’s length but originally it was even longer. The first version of the name was Shades of Deep Dark Water.



6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?



The idea for the artwork was to create a scenery in the afterlife. In the afterlife the dead are walking down stairs of a temple. The sky is colourful and full of cosmic sights. Including stars, planets and nebulae. The main focus is the dead walking down the stairs. The appearance of the dead is something like lost souls roaming as shadows.



7.With both of your musical projects you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?



I think it’s very possible that there will be other musicians on the next releases. I don’t think there never will be a full band at least in the studio. Live shows are a different thing. I am not too keen on playing live but you never know what the future brings.



8.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your newer music by fans of funeral doom metal?



I think it has been very good so far. The first reviews have been positive. We have to wait few months to see the bigger picture. The new album has also got positive feedback from people who don’t usually listen to Funeral Doom. It’s great to see that the album can be enjoyed regardless of the genre definitions.



9.What is going on with 'Sarajah' these days?



I have released one demo with Sarajah. I have plans to record a full length album next. The music will be more traditional doom and heavy metal. The lyrical themes of the band are related to northern mythology. The name Sarajah is a great northern sea in the northern mythology.



10.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future?



Hopefully I can make strong albums and evolve the sound of Shades of Deep Water. I don’t think there will be big changes to the sound but with every new release there is something new. For me it has always been more important to be great songwriter rather than have great abilities with a certain instrument.



11.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?



Of course the first Funeral Doom bands from Finland like Thergothon and Skepticism have had a big influence. Lately I think it’s more bands like early Paradise Lost and Amorphis. Nowadays I listen mostly old Heavy Metal.



12.What are some of your non musical interests?



I like to travel and be outdoors. I enjoy great sights all over the world. Some of my latest trips have been to the cost of Norway and the Alps in Austria.



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



Thank you very much!

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Thorns Of Grief/Anthems To My Remains/Satanath Records/Dying Sun Records/2019 CD Review


  Thorns  Of  Grief  are  a  solo  project  from  Poland  that  plays  funeral  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2019  album  "Anthems  To  My  Remains"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Satanath  and  Dying  Sun  Records.

  Distorted  yet  melodic  riffing  starts  off  the  album  while  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  before  going  into  a  heavier  funeral  doom  metal  direction.  Vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  along  with  a  few  grim  screams  which  also  adds  in  a  touch  of  black  metal  onto  the  recording.

  Tragic  sounding  keyboards  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  the  music  also  adds  in  a  decent  amount  of  90's  era  doom  and  death  metal  influences  but  also  keeping  it  modern  at  the  same  time.  One  of  the  tracks  is  an  instrumental  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  on  the  following  songs.

 When  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as a  brief  use  of  whispered  vocals  and  spoken  word  parts,  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Thorns  Of  Grief  are  a  very  great  sounding  funeral  doom  metal  solo  project and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Thorns  Of  Grief"  and  "Till  Our  Rebirth".8  out  of  10.     

Monday, July 22, 2019

By The Spirits/Visions/Eisenwald/2019 Compilation Album Review


  By  The  Spirits  are  a  solo  project  from  Poland  that  plays  neo-folk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  compilation  album  "Visions"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by Eisenwald.

  Acoustic  guitar  playing  which  also  uses  a  great  amount of  full  chords  starts  off  the  album  and  they  also  bring  elements  of  folk  music  onto  the  recording.  Vocals  are  mostly  done  in  a very  clean  and  melodic  neo-  folk  style  while  atmospheric  sounding  synths  can  also  be  heard  in  the  background.

  At  times  the  music  evokes  an  atmosphere  from  pre-Christian  era  Poland  along  with  all  of  the  tracks  sounding  very  different  from  each  other  while  using  mostly  an  acoustic  guitar  and  vocals  and  as  the  compilation  progresses  a  touch  of  ambient  can  also  be  heard,  one  track  also  brings  female  vocals  into  the  music and  there  is  also  a  cover  of  Coil's  "Fire  Of  The  Mind".

  By  The  Spirits  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  neo-folk  while  also  bringing  in  more  of  a  pagan  orientated  atmosphere,  The  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  ancient  magick,  the  spirituality  within,  the  duality  beyond  life  and  death  and  telling  stories  about  the  connections  between  man  and  nature.

  In  my  opinion  By  The  Spirits  is  a  very  great  sounding  neo-folk  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "My  Sun"  "Holy  Mother"  "Serpent's  Light"  and  "Fields".  8  out  of  10.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Grave Of Love Interview

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

Hello! The band started in 2017, and right in the beginning it was just me. I recorded myself the whole 'Decay' EP in May/June '17 and few months later it was released by Rage in Eden Records on CD. I always loved neofolk music and wanted to do something based on that genre for many years, yet always I have probably been afraid in some way of playing acoustic guitar and sing with clean voice. It's like being naked - before Grave of Love all music I did was loud and much more extreme. While making first Grave of Love material I really wanted to make it diversified - have some pure neofolk songs, then some martial ones or even noise stuff.

2.So far you have released 2 ep's, musically how do they both differ from each other?

I think 'Decay' has a little bit different mood. It was recorded in really rough times for me. 'Rites of Change' has bigger dynamics, power and feeling of some hope? Also last song - 'Goodbye Little Traitor' - was recorded with my drummer Marcel Łękawa, who is currently playing also on new album. We have been playing together live since the beginning of 2019.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored so far with the music?

Lost love, emptiness, misery, struggling with life and existence, trying to leave the past behind.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Grave Of Love'?

It was taken from Death in June lyrics - 'Accidental Protege' song. I had an idea to use it as a band name for many months before even starting recording the first material. I really like the sound of this name and some of the lyrics actually correspond very well with it. It brings you some grief when you hear it.

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the ep cover?

I wanted to make really minimal artwork for this one and let the music speak by itself. We use few symbols - logos, the one used on 'Rites of Change' front cover is made mainly from algiz runes. I love how it looks, it was made by my friend AZ. On the top of the artwork you can also see eihwaz rune. I don't use too much runes, yet these two are very personal and close to me and I felt I need to use them here.

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

Best shows are definitely the two shows we played in March 2019 supporting ROME in Warsaw and Cracow. Great feedback, amazing shows. Also few days ago we had great opportunity to play at Castle Party Festival, for us it was first time to perform as trio - we added electric guitar to the arrangements. The show was really good! I have always good memories from Dziwny Event in 2018 - that show I was playing alone - only voice and guitar. To this day I meet people who have seen Grave of Love there and say it was really good one.

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

Currently we have only one show booked - Temple of Silence Festival in September. I really hope there will be more soon.

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

As we finish mixing our new record soon we are going to check out who would be interested in releasing it. There is also possibility Rage in Eden would like to do this - we really enjoyed working with them on 'Decay' EP.

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

So far it was really great. We receive a lot of positive feedback all the time, also all our shows had great reception. It's really great! Main thing for now is to get to as many people who may like our music as we can - promotion is the key.

10.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

Hopefully this year, almost all instruments are recorded, I'm going to record vocals in August/September. The new album has much more 'live' feeling. It also took us into brand new musical areas. It's not being a copy of other bands - we are seeking our own path in neofolk. Who has seen us live lately will know what I'm talking about.

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?

Among the influences there are for sure Death in June, Sol Invictus, Herr Lounge Corps, Boyd Rice/NON, :Of the Wand and the Moon:, Les Chasseurs de la Nuit, C93, Arktau Eos, Swans and many many more. You asked what do I listen to nowadays - a lot Lingua Ignota, King Diamond, King Midas Sound and Valborg - as you see they are completely different things.

12.Can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in history and occultism?

I was always interested in history. Mainly ancient times and World War II. Occultism - well, persons like Aleister Crowley and Austin Osman Spare definitely had big influence on me. Although somehow nowadays I deal with it more like with the philosophy and seek some new ideas. It's very interesting thing, like whole man's mind.

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

Thank you very much for this interview. Check out our brand new EP 'Rites of Change' on http://graveoflove.bandcamp.com , it's also available Spotify etc. For more informations follow us on Facebook.

Catafalque Interview

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



Thomas: Non-stop song writing! After we finished ‘Catafalque’ we originally planned to take a break from writing/recording, but the inspiration kept coming so we kept going!



Dan: Yep, we’re already planning a couple of splits and that tricky second album. We’re also trying to set up a few live performances before 2019 is out.



2.Recently you have released your first album, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?

 

Thomas: Catafalque began as a collab between my Harsh Noise Project; The Dead Yesterdays, and Dan’s Drone Doom Project; Mostly Hair and Bones. We liked the result so much we decided to form a permanent band, but we’ve still maintained that collaborative approach. This is what I’ve always liked the most about Catafalque, the fact it is so natural and organic. There’s never been any strong urge to confirm to any particular musical style or genre, it’s more about responding to what the other person has recorded.



Dan: As Thomas said, we weren’t really trying to set out to make an album in a specific style. We each have a lot of different influences and it was great being able to reference whichever we liked. There were no rules at all. If we like it, we used it. We did however consciously try to fill the space in our recordings where appropriate and also leave spaces for the tracks to breathe.



3.Most of the music was instrumental while vocals where brought in at times, are you planning on expanding the vocals on future releases?



Thomas: For sure, vocals will definitely become more of a prominent feature on future releases and live shows.



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



Dan: A catafalque is a framework that supports a coffin during a funeral or whilst a person of importance is lying in state. I’ve always liked the word and I suppose it has a fairly macabre meaning to it. I suggested it to Thomas as I felt it fit the music we’d recorded up to that point pretty well. Luckily he liked it as much as I did!



5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?



Dan: Absolutely. Again it’s fairly macabre and is an image of an old African (I believe) stringed musical instrument made out of a human skull, antelope horns, skin, gut and hair. I came across it a while back and it stuck with me. As soon as we started recording and I heard the resulting sounds I knew we had to use it. I included the still from The Exorcist 3 inside the CD cover as it’s a fucking awesome film!



6.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding your line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?



Thomas: I definitely wouldn’t be adverse to expanding our line up if the right opportunity presented itself, though given the density of our sound already I’m not sure there’s enough room left in the mix for another member!



Dan: I think for recording it works so well with just the 2 of us but I also wouldn’t be averse to guest musicians! I think live is where we’d probably benefit most from more pairs of hands!



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



Dan: Well Trepanation Recordings was started by me immediately prior to us recording ‘Catafalque’. I have run a noise Netlabel (Throne of Bael Records) for a few years and wanted to start a label focussing on the extreme and experimental side of metal which also produced limited edition runs of professionally made physical components. I thought that the album was a perfect first release so I could get a better handle on the process involved. Trepanation Recordings already has a number of other releases planned for late 2019/early 2020 and the roster is expanding. There are so many great artists and bands out there that deserve to be heard. I want to do my part in making sure they are.



8.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of drone, harsh noise, and doom metal?



Thomas: I think there’s always a danger when you create something that touches on multiple genres without fitting into a neat pigeon hole that it’ll end up being unpalatable for everyone, but that really doesn’t seem to have been the case with Catafalque and I’ve been pretty humbled by the reception we’ve had so far. Particularly in Metal circles we seem to create a certain amount of consternation – folk aren’t necessarily sure what to make of us - but at the same time we still manage to pull them into our hypnotically horrible vision!



Dan: It’s been remarkably positive! I’m still shocked to be honest!



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



Thomas: My noise project The Dead Yesterdays as been sorely neglected while I’ve been focusing on Catafalque, but this means I’ve only been putting out a couple of releases a month! My next album ‘Adrift in the Dark’ will be released on Void Singularity Recordings on the 28th of July. It’s an hour long harsh noise wall exploring themes of alienation and isolation.



Dan: I play bass in a band called Mastiff and we released our latest album ‘Plague’ through APF Records on 1st February. We’re still playing whatever shows we can supporting this as well as beginning work on the follow up. We have a number of shows throughout the UK in 2019. Come check us out!



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



Thomas: Denser and heavier atmospheres! I really want to see how far we can take this sound of ours.

Dan: I want to create the most unsettlingly hypnotic album the world has ever know.





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?



Thomas: To answer all those questions in one I think there have been some absolutely amazing music released over the last 12 months and it’s those bands who are pushing the envelope on what ‘heavy music’ means and moving in new directions which inspire me the most. I couldn’t not mention SUNN O))), and Life Metal has been in my frequent rotation since it dropped. That a band who did so much to define a genre and have such a recognisable sound can then drop an album like this which completely reinvigorates it while keeping reference points is really exciting. Other notable mentions for me would be ‘Magus’ by Thou, which I’m still not bored of, and ‘Weeping Choir’ by Full of Hell, I would definitely see ‘Weeping Choir’ as the benchmark in terms of heaviness I’d want to achieve with future releases!



Dan: As far as influences go with Catafalque, I’d have to say Sunn O))), Godflesh, ‘Psalm 69’ era Ministry, Gnaw Their Tongues and of course The Body. I’ve been listening to a lot of the early Earache bands such as Fudge Tunnel and OLD recently. I’ve also been on a massive Khanate binge and been totally digging Author & Punisher, Crowhurst and Lingua Ignota.



12.What are some of your non musical interests?



Thomas: There are things not related to music?! Seriously though I live in a small rural town on the east coast of Scotland and love hitting the trails and beaches for a good run.



Dan: I don’t have time for non-music related things! Hahaha! Seriously though, I just tend to spend quality time with my wife and son when I’m not doing music. I am a big darts fan too (although not much of a player).



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



Dan: Just thanks for taking the time to interview us and expect to see much more of Catafalque in the future.

Shades Of Deep Water/Death's Threshold/Dunkelheit Produktionen/2019 CD Review


  Shades  Of  Deep  Water  are  a  solo  project  from  Finland  that  plays  funeral  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2019  album  "Death'sThreshold"  which  will  be  released  on  July  25th  by  Dunkelheit  Produktionen.

  Stringed  instruments  start  off  the  album  while  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Elements  of  funeral  doom  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  music  as  well  as  some  synths  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  the  vocals  are  in  between  death  metal  growls  and  spoken  words

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  style  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.  One  of  the  tracks  is  an  instrumental  which  also  introduces  clean  playing  onto  the  recording  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  slower  direction.

  Shades  of  Deep  Water  plays  a  style  of funeral  doom  metal  that  is  very  slow,  dark,  heavy  and  atmospheric  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  negativism,  death,  cosmos  and  mythology  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Shades  Of  Deep  Water  are  a  very  great  sounding  funeral  doom  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  "Part  1"  and  "Part  4".  8 out  of  10.

https://dunkelheitprod.bandcamp.com/album/deaths-threshold 



  

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Hidden In Eternity Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?
First ,we were thinking about our first gigs and finding a label but right after we received the physical cds , our drummer ,Chewy ,decided to leave the band.
So, the first thing that we have done is seeking a new one and as everyone knows, it’s a pain in the ass to find one and even more difficult one who is a good fella, good musician with motivation and who wants to play that kind of music!
But, we will try a guy at the end of July.  Let’s see!

2.In March you had released a new album, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
2) In 2005 when we composed “On the ninth day”, we were  6 musicians and not all of them were “real metalheads”.
And when we recorded, none of us knew what we were talking about, even not the sounds guy who never heard metal before meeting us.
So the production was really amateur and uncertain.
We had a lot of different influences as celtic musics, punk and reggae.
But we found a sound that everyone likes with atmospheric metal close to my first personal Influences: My dying Bride, On thorns I lay and The sins of Thy beloved!

But little by little , I began preferring more brutal sounds with more doom death influences as Ataraxie and Colosseum…
So now , our music is more heavy and brutal, something less easy to listen.
“On the ninth day” was melancholic music like when you are sad because it’s rainy outside,
“A tout jamais” is like despair you could feel when you are waiting for a sentence without knowing where and when you will be hurt after seeing your friends and family get killed in front of your eyes.
And thanks to Brice (bass) we had the chance to record with guys like Asgorn and PY who are really goods musicians and technicians too. Moreover, Asgorn gave us really good advice on so many things.
Thanks again to both of them!

3.This was also your first album in 14 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what was going on during that time frame?
3) When Hidden in Eternity split in 2008, we all had different projects!
Some moved to other cities far away, started studies, began working ,stopped playing music etc etc.
I lost contact with some of them for years with no reasons…just like that…
So I moved to Bordeaux with the desire to reform the band one day and  meanwhile I played in others projects like Stille Volk (dark folk from Toulouse)where I played drums for 3 years!
Meanwhile , I  was still composing for a future Hidden in Eternity.
I met Brice and lots of musicians while being active in metal associations organizing extreme metal shows in Bordeaux..
And one day, the miracle, I met Chewy at the end of a gig ‘cause he was wearing a Monotony Fields t shirt of Shape of despair.
So, the band could rise again!


4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored over the years with your music?
4) In my music, the lyrics are always hermetic like poetry is!
The music talks about the fear of time, of missing something or someone somewhere!
“Endlessy lost and still searching for something, someday” (still motion, Shape of despair )
The fear of not living enough and to see friends and family disappear one after the other without the possibility to save neither them nor myself.

I talk about choice too ‘cause It’s  always been a real difficulty in my life, and still is.
I want everything at the same time. I am impatient, I hate waiting!

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Hidden In Eternity'?

5) The meaning behind “Hidden in eternity” is that all we have lived and all we will live, you, me ,the people reading this words are lost in time.
Our birth, our death and all what you will live inbetween ,everything is always done in my mind!
Each and every second is lost but they all connect with each other !
It s like reading an old letter or watching olds photos or having a skull in your hand and watching it .
Everyone will pass away and who will remember me , my music or this interview?
The old Nereide composing On the ninth day is hidden in me now and the future Nereide who will compose our next album too!
Hard to explain!



6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?
6) The artwork is the most hazardous story the kind of thing that if you would make it on purpose do it, it would fail!
I was with my girlfriend at an exhibition and I was waiting for her at the exit!
When she finally got out, she just took the picture without telling me ‘cause she found it beautiful and unique.
We decided to keep it for the artwork ‘cause it’s exactly what “hidden in eternity” means to me!
It’s impossible to recreate that photo ‘cause it was one particular day and one particular time and in a particular place with a particular sensibility!

And the light!!!
It's like a gate between two worlds, life and death..
something that you can’t reach but which is there in front of you, all around you and blinds you  when you think you can touch it…and finally ,no !
It is perfect !

For the logo, it represents an old clock with hours and minutes hands reaching out of the sphere of the clock like time can’t be measured anymore ‘cause each instant is lost and hidden in eternity

7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
7) We have only done two shows before Chewy left the band so I can’t  answer you right now!
The last one was in April 2019. For a “public trial” it was great, we played really well, and we received good feedback from unknown people .
Of course, We will do better next time !

8.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
8)As we are looking for a drummer , we only have two shows planned for the moment.
The first one is in Bordeaux with Ataraxie on October 12th, 2019. I’ve been waiting for that moment for  14 years now !
And the next one will be in December in the north of France with friends from “Veil of Mist” that I first met just before Hidden in Eternity split in 2008 after our last show.
By choice, we prefer playing rarely in some specialized event like from dusk til doom in

Belgium for example.

9.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
9)Yes of course, we are looking for label!
We will try with Solitude prod for example …
We are searching for any kind of promotion, reviews etc.. anything that can help us being known!


10.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of funeral doom and death metal?
10) I was really pleasantly surprised ‘cause thanks to the web, people from all over the world found us. We received some orders from Russia , Ukraine, Germany ,usa without efforts!
It’s a mystery how they found us after 14 years of silence!
It seems that we composed really good sounds!
Of course we are a little band and a lot of work is waiting for us but it’s really promising and I am really trustful for the future of the band!

11.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?
11) For the moment, I decided to focus on Hidden in Eternity even if I wish to play in another project as a drummer in a folk, medieval ,Celtic band .
Brice is a bassist in Thunderland and plays prog metal with female voice for years now but it seems that they have some musicians who are not really motivated to carry on .

12.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
12) I hope the band will become an European  reference as Ataraxie is now on the doom death scene!
I wish to play  4 to 6 times a year in front of people who know what they will hear not “tourist”.
And for the moment , I am composing new stuff for the 3rd album..
To be continued!

13.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?
13) I am influenced by all king of melancholic and sad music.
in metal :Shape of despair, Ataraxie, Colosseum,Slow,treurwig, Frowning,Tyranny, Pantheist.
But neo pagan as well like Heilung, WArdruna, Elend, Gregorian music, tribal sounds 

I listen Monotony fields every night to sleep  and the last heilung is so powerful that I can’t get tired to listen to both of them!
The list is infinite.

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

14) I wish to thank people who work with me especially Brice ‘cause he is an excellent musician and very focused on details that I forget or don’t think about!
He is able to stand me, it’s a great quality or form of madness!^^
It's thanks to him that “A tout jamais “sounds like this!
To Chewy, even if he left the band, ‘cause thanks to him the band reformed and recorded A tout jamais after 10 years of longing!
Thank again To Asgorn Studio for his work and advice, To PY for his work on mastering!
To Clem Boo and Aurelie Pons for the artwork!

All my gratitude To Kostas from Pantheist for accepting to work with us and playing keys on the album!

Regards to all the ancient members of the band :Tistryinn, Leikkanthroppe and Moolill and of course Graphin von Todeskampf who died 2 years ago!
A tout Jamais is her epitaph!

Thanks to you for your time and work!
See you on stage

Nereide




Yunclas Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
Yunclas is a project that begins in 2016, from the most absolute do it yourself and with the intention of bringing a political vision to the electronic music scene.I had used to be in hardcore, punk or rock bands, but when I discovered the versatility and freedom of electronic music production and the Ableton program I got into it

2.You have released a good  amount of material over the last few years, how would you describe the musical progression you have made over that time period with those recordings?
 I think my first productions like "Quebraes" didn't have such a "techno" concept and it was more about developing an idea without regard to specific structures or specific production processes. They were more made in the manner of old industrial music projects, no matter how much I care whether or not this way of producing and this sound matched the standards of the music production of the techno scene. Gradually I have focused more on the production on a more "techno" scheme, although for me the important thing is always the freedom to develop one idea rather than making a danceable track .My last record on the Dutch label "Otomo" I think is the purest and structurally "Industrial-techno" of all I've ever done.

3.A lot of your song themes touch of communism, revolutionary or leftist politics, can you tell us a little bit more about what these mean to you?
I'm a political and militant person since I became socially conscious when I was a teenager so that translates into my music because it's an essential part of my way of being. I believe that the capitalist system is a cancer for humanity and we must fight it and establish relationships that are outside capitalist forms. I also try to reclaim the moments of struggle and antagonism where the forces opposed to the Capital had their strong moment and were able to face it sometimes in a victorious way.

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

Linguistically Yunclas comes from a word in my Asturian language that designates the little anvil with which a scythe is lined.
My inspiration is a deep, dark pulse. From where I start it is always from dark and deep territories. It's an escape from complacency and comfort. For me, music is confrontation and antagonism.

5.On the reworked version of your 2017 album that you recently released you also used different cover artwork, can you tell us a little bit more about the change?
I just changed the cover to differentiate one version from the other. In both, however, I used a photo collage from the time of the Italian revolutionary period of the 70s.

6.With this project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with any other musicians or do you prefer to remain solo?
So far I have only tried to collaborate on a common project with a musician from Brazil but the result is very slow and i am not convinced.
However, I am open to collaborating with other projects that have a little the same philosophy as mine.

7.Have you done any live shows with this musical project?
yes, I've had several live shows. I am preparing and changing the development of the live as I make new tracks and incorporating new sounds and machines.

8.You also run 'Grabaciones Autobombo' can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
The label was created to edit my music by myself and also that of friends who wanted to collaborate.  I've edited several cassettes but lately I only edit digitally. The reason is to have a platform to not depend on anyone and to have total freedom to do whatever I want. However, I have also released with more labels such as Nen Records from Russia, Xtraperlo Records from Madrid, Otomo de Holanda or Antagonist Field of France.

9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of industrial, techno and other dark forms of music?
I think the reaction has been good, especially among the people who are more into the underground and less in the commercial sounds of Techno. People who listen to my music and who have a musical background more focused on scenes outside the conventional electronics market I think have a positive reaction to what I try to do.

10.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
I don't know what I can do in the future. Really the motivations for making music are purely personal and individual. Establishing such a musical project is a purely personal initiative that responds to an individual need. I don't expect success or recognition, although it's always nice to be recognized for work, but the reality is that it doesn't go any further or it's made for anything that isn't pure personal expression.

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?

There is a lot of music that has influenced me but in particular for this project above all I have been influenced by people who have had another look from techno to the traditional, such as Abdulla Rashim, Varg (not Burzum, the swedish producer), or SHCXCHX...  also old and industrial music projects such as SPK or Cosey Fanni Tutti, Etat Brut... or dark ambient like Lustmord or Raison d'etre, and others like MZ412. kraut rock bands, especially Can, and also other better known things like Pink Floyd, Hendrix, King Krimson etc.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
social history, claiming movements, cats, beach and good food.


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

Thank you very much for the interest in my project and a lot of luck and strength to carry out the fanzine. These types of publications are indispensable to be able to keep the underground alive.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Muur/Bod/Cyclic Law/2019 CD Review


  Muur  is  a  solo  project  from  Germany  that  plays  a  mixture  of  ritual  and  dark  ambient  soundscapes  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2019  album  "Bod"  which  will  be  released  on  July  30th  by  Cyclic  Law.

  Ritualistic  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  while  the  only  track  that  is  presented  on  the  recording  is  over  51  minutes  in  length.  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  experimental  and  avant  garde  sounding  as  well  as  utilizing  some  homemade  instruments  as  well  as  adding  in  elements  of  dark  ambient.

  Voices  can  also  be  heard  in  the  background  in  some  parts  of  the  music  while  the  guitar  sounds  when  they  are  utilized  add  an  influence  of   black  metal  onto  the  recording.  Bass  guitar  riffing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  also  takes  the  music  into  more  of  a  drone/doom  metal  direction,  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  also  gets  more  tribal  and  shamanistic  sounding  as  well  as  introducing  throat  singing  onto  the  recording.

  Muur  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  ritual,  dark  ambient  soundscapes,  drone  and  doom  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  music  focuses  mostly on  occult  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Muur  is  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  ritual,  dark  ambient  soundscapes,  drone  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  8  out  of  10.

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Saturday, July 13, 2019

Esogenesi/Self Titled/Transcending Obscurity Records/2019 CD Review


  Esogenesi  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  funeral  doom/death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2019  album  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Transcending  Obscurity  Records.

  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  funeral  doom  metal  direction  while  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies.

  Vocals  are  mostly  deep  death  metal  growls  along  with  some  screams  also  being  utilized  at  times  that  also  adds  in  a  touch  of  black  metal.  One  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  drones  towards  the  end  as  well  as  the  guitar  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  when  they  are  utilized.

  Acoustic  guitars  and  synths  can  also  be  heard  on  a  couple  of  songs  while  one  track  is  an  instrumental  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  slower  direction  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  and  on  the  closing  track  the  music  also  speeds  up  briefly  and  also  introduces  blast  beats  onto  the  recording. The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Italian  and  cover  science  fiction  and  philosophical  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Esogenesi  are  a  very  great  sounding  funeral  doom/death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Decadimento  Astrale"  and  "Incarazione  Della  Conoscenza".  8  out  of  10.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2j3pzv7kXrI   

Yunclas/Violenza Proletaria(Reworked 2019)/Grabaciones Autobombo/2019 Full Length Review


  Yunclas  are  a  solo  project  from  Spain  that  plays  a  mixture  of  dark  industrial  and  techno  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  album  "Violence  Proletaria"  which  was  originally  released  in  2017  with  the  re-mixed  and  re-mastered  form  of  the  album  being  released  in  2019  by  Grabaciones  Autobombo.

  Programmed  beats  and  electro-industrial  sounds  start  off  the  album  while  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Elements  of  techno  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  along  with  the  music  also  having  its  atmospheric  moments  and  one  track  also  introduces  clean  vocals  onto  the  recording.

  Samples  of  communist  era  music  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  the  music  also  has  some  influences  of  ambient  and  electronica  music,  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  instrumentals  as  well  as  the  music  also  having  its  experimental  moments  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  harsh  noises  can  also  be  heard,  at  times  the  music  also  gets  very  tribal  and  ritualistic  sounding.

  Yunclas  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  dark  industrial  and  techno  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own.  The  production  sounds  very  dark while  the  song  themes  are  a  concept  album  based  upon  The  Autonomia  Operaia  Movement  in  Italy  during  the  70's. 

  In  my  opinion  Yunclas  is  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  dark  industrial  and  techno  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Violenza  Proletaria"  "Domino  y  Saboaje"  and  "Lotta  Continua".  8  out  of  10.

https://grabacionesautobombo.bandcamp.com/album/violenza-proletaria-reworked-2019    

Many Blessings/Pulsatile Tinnitus/Anti Corporate Music/2019 Split Album Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Denver, Colorado's  Many  Blessings  and  Nashville Tennessee's  Pulsatile  Tinnitus  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Anti Corporate  Music  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  their  collaboration track  which  brings  in  a  mixture  of  harsh  noise  and  dark  ambient.

  Their  song  starts  out  with  some  field  recordings  and  atmospheric  sounding  drones  while their  track  is  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Elements  of  dark  ambient  are  also  added  into  the  song  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  mixing  in  more  harsh  noises,  as  the  tracks  progresses  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  samples  can  be  heard  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  Now  we  will  go  into  the  solos  tracks  of  Pulsatile  Tinnitus  who  plays  a  mixture  of  harsh  noise,  drone  and  ambient.

  Her  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  field  recordings  along  with  both  of  her  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  before  adding  in  some  atmospheric  sounding  drones.  After  awhile  harsh  noises  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  added  into  the  music,  when  synths  are  utilized  they  also  add  in  elements  of  dark  ambient,  the  second  track  shows  the  music  going  into  more  of  a  harsher  direction  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  Pulsatile  Tinnitus  is  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  harsh  noise, drone  and  ambient  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  her  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Bloodworm".

  Next  up  is  Many  Blessings  a  solo  project  that  plays  a  mixture  of  harsh  noise  and  drone  with  some  touches  of  black  and  doom  emtal.

  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  field  recordings  and  nature  sounds  before  adding  in  some  atmospheric  sounding  drones  and  power  electronics.  Both  of  his  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  harsh  noises  while  both  of  his  songs  are  also  instrumentals,  at  times  the  music  also  captures  the  dark  atmospheres  of  black  and  doom  metal.  The  second  song  adds in  more  ambient  influences  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark. 

  In  my  opinion  Many  Blessings  is  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  harsh  noise  and  drone  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  artist.RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Everything  Against  You".

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

https://manyblessings.bandcamp.com   

Friday, July 12, 2019

Grave of Love/Rites Of Change/2019 EP Review


  Grave  of  Love  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  plays  a  mixture  of  neo-folk,  martial  and  industrial  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2019  ep  "Rites  Of  Change".

  Industrial  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  a  few  seconds  alter  which  also  brings  elements  of  neo-folk  onto t he  recording.  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Whispered  vocals  can  also be  heard  briefly  while  elements  of  martial  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.  One  track  also  introduces  stringed  instruments  into  the  music  as  well  as  the  music  also mixing  in  elements  of  dark  ambient  and  noise  at  times  and  all  of  the  songs  sound  different  from  each  other  as  well  as  bringing  in  an  instrumental.

  Grave  of  Love  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  neo-folk,  martial  and  industrial  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  betrayal  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Graves  Of  Love  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  neo-folk,  martial  and  industrial  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "We  Are  Lonely  Like  traitors"  and  "Goodbye  Little  Traitor".  8  out  of  10.

Bandcamp: http://graveoflove.bandcamp.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/graveoflove   

  

Moljebka Pulse/Komoku/Cyclic Law/2019 CD Review


  Moljebka  Pulse  are  a  solo  project  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  mixture  of  experimental,  drone,  field  recordings  and  electroacoustic  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2019  album  "Komku"  which  was  released  by  Cyclic  Law.

  A  very  experimental  and  avant  garde  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  drones  also  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music.  Field  recordings  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  all  of  the  songs  as  well  as  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  at  times  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  sounding.

  All  of  the  songs  sound  very  different  from  each  other  which  also  gives  the  recording  a  lot  more  diversity.  Elements  of  electroacoustic  music  are  also  utilized  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  album  as  well  as  all  of  tracks  being  instrumentals  and  at  times  the  music  also  captures  the  atmosphere  of  the  American  Southwest.

  Moljebka  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  experimental,  drone,  field  recordings  and  electroacoustic  music  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own  as  well  as  keeping  everything  instrumental  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  Moljebka  Pulse  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  experimental,  drone,  field  recordings  and  electroacoustic  music  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out t his  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "A  Reptition  Without"  and  "And  The  Farewell  To  All  that  One  has  Lost".  8  out  of  10.

VIEW ON BANDCAMP       

Tir Interview

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

Tir is a one-man-project which I founded in 2016 and is inspired from Black Metal’s dark roots. My first album, Mountains, was released by Elegy Records (USA) in 2016. In addition, It also published it as a limited edition cassette in Turkey.

2.So far you have released 2 albums, musically how do they both differ from each other?

My first album contains a dark and chaotic atmosphere with dungeon synth melodies and more minimal parts. My sophomore album Urd, Skuld & Verdandi stayed connected to the dungeon synth roots and folk melody while maintaining a dark atmosphere throughout. There are two songs with vocal in this album, whereas, Mountains was totally instrumental. Also, some songs includes poems. I can say that the intensity of the instrumental performance increased on the second album too.

3.Some of the songs on the new album had some lyrics, can you tell us a little bit about the lyrical content you have brought into your music so far?

Exactly, as you said, there are two songs with lyrics on the album - so this is a new thing for Tir.
Memories in the Shadow’s lyrics were written by my friend Peter Kassel from The Munich Opera. I
think, this lyric was written with great melancholy and appeared significantly in the song when combined with Thomas Helm’s vocal. By the way this song was the my single from the album. The other song's lyrics belong to Khalil Cibran and they were also drenched in melancholy.  I wish to work with both lyricists again very soon.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name Tir?

Tir means justice god in Nordic mythology. But in Turkish the meaning is to be alone and one. Being
alone matched my musical understanding when I decided the project name. Nordic Mythology is very meaningful to me. The reason Tir is revealed is that empathize with the roots of the dark arts. That's exactly my perspective on metal music. Due to the nature of Black Metal, the raw, foreign and dark atmosphere is the biggest detail that makes up Tir. My insistence on the Dungeon Synth line is my desire to share these roots with the audience with a different detail. As a result, Burzum’s Hliðskjálf and Dauði Baldrs albums also belong to the roots of the BM.

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?

I made an effort to keep the art minimal for the booklet.  The cover design photo was taken during a hiking trip in Germany with my wife after Mountains was released. The background photo belongs to a autumn evening in Rhön forest. As I said before, I am trying to be minimalist for everything. Things that I want to tell should be kept secret in melodram.

6.Both of the albums are recorded by yourself, do you have any history of playing in bands or working with other musicians?

In my youth, I played trombone and piano in a local orchestra. I've been in music for years but I waited to find Tir.
Sometimes you shouldn't be on the way if you're not mature yet.  And Yes, everything on the second album was written and played by me. I enjoyed it. It is very nice to produce something alone. Meanwhile, the mix & master of the second album was done by my dear friend Markus Stock (aka Empyrium-Sun of the Sleepless)

7.The album was released on Repose Records, how did you get in contact with this label?

Repose Records is a newly formed label. Tom is someone who's music knowledge I believe in as well as his plans for the future. Nhor made me contact him. I am really pleased with this!

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

Although there is not many DS followers in Turkey, responses are positive. The reactions I get from the world are really spectacular. Especially people who have been interested in this music for years have a close follower have written a lot of positive things for Tir on social media.

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

It's really hard to answer, but I'd like to say that I've waited too long for the Tir project. I mean, I have tried to understand the dark structure of Black Metal especially for many years to gain this experience. With all these inspirations and influences, I did not have a clear target when I left. But at least I want to say that; I know that I will produce many more products and projects about dark art.

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?

My answer to this question is undoubtedly Black Metal. The shape and theme of my music is based on the BM dark, raw and tense atmosphere. But Burzum, Wongraven, Empyrium and Nhor, on the other hand, have certainly inspired all my compositions.  I really have no desire to listen to a lot of the new bands in the scene - the amazing bands and productions of the 80s and 90s are really enough for me. But I just want to emphasize the Icelandic detail. A significant and powerful current is rising. Misysyrming comes at the top!

11.Does Paganism play any role in your music?

Of course. Nature is the focal point to which all musical structure belongs! Tir's shaping has diversified itself by influencing the details of pagan and shaman unique. Already, the biggest
result of this influence was the Urd, Skuld & Verdandi album title.
Also 2 poems from the last album are quoted from ancient pagan inscriptions. I also thinkthat shamanism and paganism are very similar beliefs.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

I read all the time. Especially astronomy and science genres are among the books I read most. If I have more time, I can say that I like camping with my wife in nature.

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

Thank you again for your interest. I invite everyone on the dark journey of Urd, Skuld &
Verdandi. This journey will be really enjoyable to understand the dark art. I will also have an important and beautiful statement about my Mountains album in autumn. I will be announcing this through my social media accounts.

tirofficial.bandcamp.com
instagram.com/tirofficial/
twitter.com/tirofficialband
facebook.com/tirofficialpage

Monday, July 8, 2019

Aires/Modemidade Liquida/Collectivo Casa Amarela/2019 Full Length Review


  Portugal's solo  project  Aires  has  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  into  more  of  a  mixture  of  ambient,  drone,  experimental,  noise  and  field  recordings    and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2019  album  "Modernidade  Liquida"  which  was  released  by  Collectivo  Casa  Amarela.

  Ambient  style  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  atmospheric  sounding  drones  also  being  utilized  at  times.Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  field  recordings  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  an  instrumental  direction.

  All  of  the  tracks  sound  very  different  from  each  other  while  synths  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording,  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  experimental  sounding  along  with  some  elements  of  electronic  music  and  the  tracks  also  bring  in  a  very  melancholic  sounding  atmosphere  at  times  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  harsh  noises  can  be  heard.

  On  this  recording  Aires  takes  ambient,  drone,  experimental,  noise  and  field  recordings  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own  while  keeping  everything  instrumental  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Aires  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  ambient,  drone,  experimental,  noise  and  field  recordings,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Azul  Metalizado"  and  "Ansia".  8  out  of  10.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psA4QL1UFo8

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Emerge/Materia/Attenuation Circuit/2019 Live Album Review


  Emerge  are  a  solo  project  from  Germany  that  has  had music  recently  reviewed  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  mixture  of  experimental,  electroacoustic,  drone,  idm,  improv  and  minimalist  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  his live  2019  album  "Materia"  which  was  released  by  Attenuation  Circuit.

  Field  recordings  start  off  the  album  while  the  live  set  is  over  30  minutes  in  length  along  with  some  voices  also  being  utilized  at  times.  A  great  amount  of  experimental  and  avant  garde  elements  can  also  be  heard  in  the  music  and  as  the  tracks  progresses  traces  of  idm  are  added  into  the  music.

  A  good  amount  of  electroacoustic  sounds  are  also  brought  into  the  live  set  along  with  some  drones  and  elements  of  electronic  music.  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  minimalist  structures  as  well  as  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  programmed  beats  and  all  of  the  music  is  also  composed in  an  improv style.

  On  this  recording  Emerge  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  experimental,  electroacoustic,  drone,  idm,  improv  and  minimalist  music  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark  with  all  of  the music  being  recorded  live.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Emerge  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental,  electroacoustic,  drone,  idm,  improv  and  minimalist  music,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  8  out  of 10.

https://emerge.bandcamp.com/album/materia      

Urza Interview

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

Urza was born in 2015: there was a loose idea to create extreme doom when we started as a three piece. While writing songs and rehearsing together we got closer to the core of what Urza means to us in music and lyrics – a reflection of a dark world we are bound to. We call our music funeral death doom metal since it encloses all these elements. There is no limitation but when we write songs we all have to be convinced that this song, this riff and this single note pushes the pulse for the moment.

2.Recently you have released your first full length, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?

When we finished songwriting we decided to record everything by ourselves. With the help of a good friend of us (Stephan is a musician himself and has brilliant sound engineer skills) we set up everything and took all the time we needed until we were convinced with result. I still believe it was the right decision not to enter a professional studio with fix schedules. So everything was at our hands, we took all individual artistic freedom to create the raw version of the album. The fantastic mix was done by Chris at Cyphx-Audio: we wanted something both gloomy and crushing and he delivered more than we had expected.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored so far with the music?

Life has its dark moments and thoughts. We gather this themes in the lyrics for Urza. Marc is more into doomsday stuff and the impending apocalypse. Themes that I work with are personal reflections of existence itself. Thoughts about loss, death and everything that man has created.

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

Urza is a figure of a trading card game. When the band got shape and we felt what the music would sound like we sought something less doom ladden and when our drummer Hannes came up with this character we chose the name.

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?

In the beginning we worked with an artist for a custom made cover for the album. As there was no consense in this cooperation we headed for something different and our bass player Marc found this great artwork. Some might find it a bit contradictory to the title of the album but the atmosphere completely caught everything you can hear on it. Even if you look closer you can find hints to Urza and the lyrics on The Omnipresence Of Loss.

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

We have played great gigs in our hometown Berlin and outside. Berlin Swamp Festival is a lovely DIY festival we were able to play twice and we had a great time supporting Ahab this February. We really enjoy the small clubs with very dedicated people that give us the feeling that the underground here is alive. We were able to play Haunting The Castle in Belgium at the Chateau de L'Avouerie and the famous Dutch Doom Days. All of the gigs were worth the efforts. Our shows are trips into total darkness: we try to take the audience into deepest fears. There is only emotion on stage. We are not trying to disguise ourselves but just deliver pure atmosphere.


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

We have one festival ahead in fall – that's it for the moment. It seems that extreme doom needs extreme minds to put shows or festivals like this together. We are willing to play.

8.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of funeral doom metal?

The reactions to The Omnipresence Of Loss have been predominantly positive and enthusiastic. Since we know that this subgenre of Doom Metal has its small audience we are glad that a lot of people took all the time to get into our songs and have absorbed the cloudy thoughts that we spread. We received very kind words both from the press as from fans from everywhere. Our expectations were down to earth and we are speechless about all the support.

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

Most of us have been in other bands before and even when we started Urza but in the moment only our guitar player Marcus has another active band. With Witch Ritual they released their first Album Death:Beyond just some weeks ago. If you are into female fronted Doom Metal, go for it.

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

Most of the songs on The Omnipresence Of Loss were written 2 or 3 years ago – the first ones even with one single guitar and bass. We have progressed a lot since then, especially in the songwriting with two guitars and bass. There is lot more that you can dig out of any simple riff. We got deeper into disharmonic stuff but on the other hand have a lot of melodic parts that can bring some more light in this sombre soundtrack. Two songs are already finished for our next album and sound what you might expect from Urza – just on a higher level of songwriting and musical synergy.

11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

We are five individuals with tastes that differ strongly – but when it comes to extreme doom we are all into it. There are lot more styles we listen to but if you want band names we are all into Evoken, Bell Witch, Un, Ataraxie, Mournful Congregation just to name a few.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

Music means a lot in our lives: beyond creation of it we are continuous concert and festival goers and travellers. Besides this everyone has to make a living with 'normal' jobs & hobbies. No extremes.

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

Thanks a lot for your interest in our music and our thoughts. Thanks a lot to all the people that took the time to get into Urza and even reached out to us or supported us in any way.

Olli & URZA