Sunday, December 8, 2019

Francis Roberts/Musical Instrument d e a t h Interface/2019 Full Length Review

  Francis  Roberts  are  a  solo  project  from  San  Diego,  California  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a mixture  of  dark  ambient,  dungeon  synth  and  neo-classical  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2019  album  "Musical  Instrument  d  e  a  t  h  Interface".

  A  dungeon  synth  orientated  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  ambient  elements.  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  The  synths  also  add  in  a  variety  of  many  different  sounding  keys  and  all  of  the  songs  are  instrumentals.

  All  of  the  tracks  also  sound  very  different  from  each  other  while  some  of  the  music  also  adds  in  touches  of  neo-classical  and  prog  rock.  As  the  album  progresses  programmed  beats  are  also  added  onto  the  recording  as  well  as  the  music  also  capturing  the  atmosphere  of  a  fantasy  movie  soundtrack.

  On  this  recording  Francis  Roberts  remains  true  to  the  mixture  of  dark  ambient,  dungeon synth  and  neo-classical  he  established  and  previous  releases  as  well  as  keeping  everything  instrumental  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Francis  Roberts  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  dark ambient,  dungeon  synth  and  neo-classical,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Musical  Instrument  Death  Interface"  "Into  The  Cavern  Beneath  the  Doe"  and  "Wahlbel  Space  Prison". 8 out  of  10.

https://francisroberts.bandcamp.com/album/musical-instrument-d-e-a-t-h-interface  

Picture Ann/The Yellow Book Of December/Floodgate Moods Productions/2019 Single Review


  Norway's  solo  project  Picture  Ann  have  returned  with  a  new  song  which  shows  the  music  going  into  a  mixture  of  experimental,  dark  ambient  and  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his 2019  single  "The  Yellow  Book Of  December"  which  was  released  by  Floodgate  Moods  Productions.

  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  song  along  with  some  ambient  style  synths  a  few  seconds  later.  The  spoken  word  parts  also  show  an  influence  of  black  metal  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  some  electric  guitar  noises  and  riffs  that  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  the  song  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  programmed  beats.

  On  this  track  Picture  Ann  remains  true  to  the  mixture  of  experimental,  dark  ambient  and  metal  that  presented  on  previous  releases.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  track  from  Picture  Ann  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental,  dark  ambient  and  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  singe;.  8  out  of  10.

https://floodgatemoodsproductions.bandcamp.com/album/the-yellow-book-of-december      

Yunclas/Tripalium Ligatum/Marbre Negre/2019 Cassette Review


  Yunclas  are  a  solo  project  from  Spain  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  mixture  of  power  electronics,  industrial,  martial,  ambient,  field  recordings  and  ritual  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2019  album  "Tripalium  Ligatum" which was  released  on  cassette  by  Marbre  Negre.

  Martial  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  ambient  style  synths  and  power  electronics  a  few  seconds  later.  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  songs  also add  in  a  great  amount  of programmed  beats  as  well  as  the  tracks  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  harsh  noises.

  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  experimental  and  avant  garde  sounding  along  with  some  tracks  also  bringing  in  elements  of  industrial  and  field  recordings.  Most  of  the  songs  are  also  instrumentals  while  all  of  the  tracks  also  sound  very  different  from  each  other,  guitar  leads  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  one  song  also  adds  voices  and  acoustic  instruments  onto  the  recording  and  at  times  the  music  also  gets  very ritualistic  sounding.

  On  this  recording  Yunclas  moves  away  from  his  dark  techno  style  and  goes  into  more  of  a  mixture  of  power  electronics,  industrial,  martial,  ambient  and  ritual.  The  production  sounds  very  dark while  the  song themes  revolve  around  work.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Yunclas  and  if you  are  a  fan  of  power  electronics,  industrial,  martial,  field  recordings.  ambient  and  ritual,  you  should  check out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Dolor  Machina"  and  "Patiens  Mora".  8  out  of  10.

https://marbrenegre.bandcamp.com/album/tripalium-ligatum

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Svart1 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?
Actually not so much. I look forward to presenting the visual linked to the CD in the city where I live but I'm already working on my next work that will try to close the circle started with “Frozen Chants”


2.Recently you have released a new album, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
In reality when I start a job it is always something I don't really know where and how it will develop. Usually everything comes from a particular visual idea and only after having processed the video I start to compose the sounds. In "Monòtono" everything comes from a move to an apartment in the historic center of the city where I live. A very dark place, where the light of the sun almost never arrives and from there it all started, but in reality I could not really tell you how my music has changed since the beginning of 2008

3.When i listened to some of the past material the music was different from the new album and you have also included vocals in the past, do you feel it is very important to try something very different with each album?
I think this route is necessary and even mandatory for me. Life changes so fast and I suffer so much and my music follows these changes. I think it's something natural

4,You also had an album that was very heavily themed in demonology, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the occult?
The "Satanische Helden" trilogy (I think it refers to those works) was born as the end of a long university course. I am a Christian archaeologist and for reasons of study before and after work, I have always been unbearable in this dilemma: the trilogy is simply to consider that in everyday life we are continually hovering between two dynamics that I now think are not one opposed to the other but are only the vision of the moment we live and with which we must necessarily come to terms and accept.


5.What are some of the other themes and images you have brought into your music over the years?
As I said before, music has always been and in recent years it has increasingly become the starting point for something born after a vision, an image or simply a feeling that becomes video.
I have always had a privileged relationship with Nature, with silent and abandoned places (I can still go to search for abandoned factories or houses) and in general with cold places. Living in Sardinia I miss many things considering that for years I have taught and lived in northern Europe but I am also learning here to take my space and in general to find the "beauty" in every little thing I do but basically what produces me more desire to play is Silence.

6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Svart1'?
Nothing mysterious or particularly symbolic but simply the “dark” word in Swedish. And this thing makes me smile because with the same name there is a great label and a lot of dark and death metal projects from Northern Europe that I would never have known if not intrigued by the name I gave more than 10 years ago

7.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?
With pleasure.  As I like to photograph and I always try to integrate the audio with a particular image. In this case only the old photos I took more than 10 years ago in a place called Brebusai in Lithuania. A beautiful place full of small lakes that seemed perfect for the monothematic sounds of the CD


8.You have also released a few live albums cover the years, out of all the shows that you have played which one stands out the most?
This is a thorny topic since since I returned to Sardinia the lives have been greatly reduced but despite this I have some wonderful memories of an edition, I think of 2014, of the "Schlagstrom" in Berlin where I played with artists like Monolake, Winterkälte , Absolute Body Control, P • A • L, Tanz ohne Musik, Carter Tutti play Chris & Cosey, Philipp Münch, Raison D'etre, Mortaja.
But maybe the live that I will remember (also because it was my first live) was forever the 2009 edition of the "Hyperborea" festival in Budapest together with Scivias.
Lately, as I said at the beginning, even for work I find it very difficult to organize Live out of Sardinia also because in the last few years I have preferred to concentrate on Visuals Live and it is not always easy to find organizers who have the same care when you want to invite a musician who will make only live visuals.

9.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
For now I will present the visual linked to the CD in my city and then see if I will have the time and the chance to let me host some festival

10.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of dark ambient and noise?
I am very happy with this question because I am practically much better known abroad than in the place where I live.
I receive many appreciations for my work and of this I am naturally happy also because the dark Ambient I do is in any case changing towards more electronic rhythms and sound searches also because I am now abandoning any hardware and lately I am appreciating many softwares with which I now realize at least 80% of the work.
In absolute terms I find that the democratization that the softwares have provided is a positive element for me because if it is true that around you hear everything and sometimes not at the highest levels, it is also true that thanks to this facility many kids and girls have approached the music and this needs to be happy.

11.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future?
I certainly wouldn't know but surely more and more a musician who works with videos in an even more and more integrated and inextricable way.

12.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Hard question in the sense that I appreciate so many musicians and artists in general but if I have to tell you some names ... well "New Risen Throne" for my approach to the dark Ambient, "Forseti" as maximum and unreachable of Neo Folk and "Uncodified" as maximum expression of Extreme Electronics  but also I listen with great pleasure to a friend who lives in Berlin who has made many strides since he began. His name is "Sa Bruxa", very interesting project for me.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?
Photographing and trying to film everything that makes me absent from reality


14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Nothing special but thanks to you for the interview.

http://svart1.bandcamp.com/
http://svart1.altervista.org/ 

Monday, December 2, 2019

William St.Hugh/The Luciferian/2019 Full Length Review


  William  St.  Hugh  is  a solo  artist  from  Fairhaven,  Massachusetts  that  plays  a  mixture  of  ambient,  drone, experimental  and  neo-classical  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2019  album  "The Luciferian".

  Neo-classical style  sounds  start  off  the album  while  the  synths  also  bring  in  a  variety  of  many  different  sounding  keys  as  well  as  having  their  symphonic  and  cinematic  moments.  All  of  the  songs  are  also  instrumentals  while  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  also  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  music  also  gets  very  experimental  at  times.

  The  synths  also  bring  in  elements  of  dark  ambient  while  the  stringed  instruments  when  they  are  utilized  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  melancholic  feeling.  Atmospheric  sounding  drones  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  the  album  progresses,  a  couple  of  later  songs  also  introduces  programmed  yet  militant  beats  onto  the  recording  and  all  of  the  tracks  sound  very  different  from  each  other. 

  William  St.  Hugh  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  neo-classical,  cinematic  music,  dark  ambient,  drone  and  experimental  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  William  St.  Hugh  is  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  neo-classical,  dark  ambient,  experimental  and  drone  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  artist.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Lightbearer"  "Apothesis"  and  "Lovely  Corpse"  and  "Wretched  Wings".  8  out  of  10.

https://williamsthugh.bandcamp.com/album/the-luciferian