Friday, September 23, 2016

Warfist/Metal To The Bone/Godz Of War Productions/2016 CD Review


  Warfist  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  blackened  form  of  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Metal  To  The  Bone"  which  was  released  by  Godz  of  War  Productions.

  A  very  old  school  thrash  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  black  metal  screams  and  blast  beats  a  few  seconds  later  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in a   decent  amount  of  melody  and  there  are  also  some  fist  wave  style  vocals  also  being  utilized  at  times and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  80's.

  While  the  music  is  very  old  school  and  retro  the  production  makes  the  songs  sound  more  modern  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  stick  to  more  of  a  classic  thrash  metal  style  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  one  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  melodic  chanting  and  the  whole  album  also  remains  very  heavy  from  beginning  to  ending  of  the  recording

  Warfist  creates  another  recording  that  remains  very  true  to  the  blackened  thrash  metal  style  of  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  blasphemt,  alcohol  and  sex  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Warfist  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  blackened  thrash  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Written  With  Blood"  ""Tribe  Of  Lebus"  "NecroVenom"  and  "Reclaim  The  Crown".  8  out  of  10.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Wolf's Hunger Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?

Regards BlackenedDeathMetalZine!
Our second full length album “Bez’te zivi vracaju se mrtvi” is released on September 9th via Symbol of Domination Productions and now we are spreading it to all medias worldwide. ‘Till now we got pretty good marks(90/100, 8/10 etc) in couple of webzines and we hope we’ll also get great feedback from the audience.

2.You have a new album coming out, 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?

We kept the same formula that we are using since our first demo in 2001. and that’s combination of thrash and black metal with lyrics covering historical and pagan themes. But this record is two steps forward in our music, sound is much more powerful, production is on higher level and we as musicians have improved. It took us couple of months to finish record, made cover, record video etc. and yes it was stressful, but in the end we think it was worth of it.

3.This is the first album to be released in 9 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?

Uff...tons of crappy things happened during these 9 years. We split up in 2007. - couple of months after we released our debut. Then we had 2 years of break, personal issues, reunion, couple of line-up changes etc. Last year we finally said to ourselves: either we’re gonna make a new record or we’ll split up. We recorded the album in autumn 2015.and made a deal with guys from Symbol of Domination for releasing it.

4.A lot of your lyrics cover Serbian Mythology and Slavic paganism, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these ancient religions?

Slavic mythology, culture and traditions represent our great passion, we’re very fascinated with it. A lot of beliefs and traditions which we practise today have it’s pre-Christian roots and most of the people don’t know that. Perun, Svarog, Dazhbog...those are our gods and we want to present them, our culture and tradition, just like the bands from Sweden, Greece, Finland present their culture.

5.You also have lyrics covering World War I, what are some of your interests in this war?

World War I was really important for our country and it’s consequences we feel even today. One third of Serbian population died in that war. Those soldiers that were defending our country...their bravery, their heart, struggles they have passed through… This is something really hard to describe. Those were GREAT people! Glory to the heroes! 
6.I have read that you have had negative feedback from some far left groups, what where some of the accusations they have made against the band?

Yeah it was long time ago. Those groups wanted to forbid our appearance on Exit festival(Novi Sad, Serbia) accusing us that we are nazi band. Of course those were false accusations. Wolf’s Hunger was always and always will be, band that is inspired by Serbian history and Slavic mythology. If we were born in Sweden we would sing about Odin and Thor, but we are born here in Serbia and it’s completely natural for us to sing about our history and tradition.
Anyway,  we had great support from fans and organizators and we played on that festival even more motivated. Not very comfortable situation but we got out stronger.

7.Originally the band was called 'Altair's Stone', what was the cause of the name change and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Wolf's Hunger'?

Honestly I can’t remember, it was long time ago. We were 15-16 year old kids back then when we started Altair’s stone. Those days our attitude was like “fuck satanism and those shits let’s write lyrics in Enslaved way but inspired with Slavic mythology”. Dusan, one of our former members gave the name of the band Wolf’s Hunger and I’m not sure where did he get that name nor what does it mean.

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

Definitely the one with Infernal War, Kozeljnik and Bleeding fist at United Slavic Swords festival in Belgrade. It was our reunion gig, killer bands, lots of crazy fans and gallons of alcohol. Better part of the night I can’t even remember hahaha.
Also I would mention another great appearance in Belgrade last year(2015.) with our friends from Kolac(black metal) and Redenik(necro-crossover-thrash metal). Great friends, lots of fans and excellent atmosphere.

9.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?

By the end of this year probably we’ll have couple of shows in our country and we definitely have some plans for the next year to visit couple of European countries. There are some offers to play gigs in Russia, hope we’ll arrange something and play there.

10.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and thrash metal?

Well in this moment we are putting effort into promoting our band to worldwide media. Back in 2007.when we released our debut “Osveta u krvi(Retaliation in blood)” via Grom Records, we had pretty good reviews, positive feedback from fans abroad etc. But shortly after releasing debut we split up, had many problems, line up changes etc so all those things affected on our “position” in metal community. Title of our album “Bež’te živi vraćaju se mrtvi” translated into English means “run away alive ones, the dead ones are coming back” and in a way it’s metaphor that represents Wolf’s Hunger.

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

We are going step by step. First we’ll put maximum effort to promote this record and try to play abroad. If all goes well then we’ll see. There are couple of new songs, ideas etc. but we will leave them for some time until we promote this record properly. All in all, we are not planning to change our style or anything similar.

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?

Our main musical inspiration, since our childhood till now is “holy trinity”: Darktrhone, Slayer and Aura Noir. Of course, each band member has it’s own favourite style. I’m into black/death metal. Guitarist Dovla is also into thrash/black metal, Igor(guitar) is into technical death metal while our drummer Ivan is into death core, hard core etc. But these 3 bands had biggest impact on us and our decision to start playing.

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

Thanks a lot BlackenedDeathMetalZine for this opportunity to present Wolf’s Hunger to the readers and for keeping the flame of true metal alive.
For all people out there we encourage you to check out our brand new album “Bez’te zivi vracaju se mrtvi” which is out now on Symbol of Domination.
Slava!

Official website: http://wolfshunger.rs/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Wolfs-Hunger-62483787343/
Vkontakte: https://vk.com/wolfshunger
Email: wolfshungerserbia@gmail.com


Wolf’s Hunger are:

Caslav (vocals/bass)
Dovla (guitar)
Igor (vocals/guitar)
Ivan (drums)

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Infinite Earths Interview

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

Infinite Earths is a band that explores the far reaches of musical and lyrical ability while still being accessible. We try to engulf the listener from front to back, pulling themes and ideas from all sources to bring them along for the ride.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings?

Spiral From Spacetime is aggressive. Like a rocket ship taking flight, there’s a looming imminent danger. That danger is realized in Into the Void. it’s a little more transcendent like that drift as you exit the stratosphere.

3.The lyrics on the new recording are a concept album, can you tell us a little bit more about the song writing?

Writing for Into the Void was a pretty interesting endeavor. With our vocalist, Maz, living in South Florida, we have to get story structure and elements from him first so that the instrumental side compose around the story’s flow. Songs are written in a collaborative effort and then Maz will finish them up by timing vocals to the tracks.

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

Maz: It’s an homage to “Crisis on Infinite Earths”, a particular story arc in the DC universe written by Marv Wolfman. Since a number of artists and writers were taking liberties with the publication’s established characters until the time of it’s inception (mid-80’s). Alternating their origins and conflicting the continuity of storylines between different character’s story arcs. Crisis on Infinite Earths was a way to reboot the overall continuity of the DC Universe’s by redefining these conflictions as the result of a multi-verse. Each of the publisher’s characters having alternate versions of themselves, the primary continuity being referred to as Earth-1. This gave artists and writers the ability to truly engage these age old characters by reimagining them and making them their own.
Our band, in a way, is our version of taking the repetitions of concept albums and giving them a new dimension with comic books. Breaking the continuity of how these things are presented traditionally and build upon an ever expanding multiverse to house my narrative and characters, as well as the technical compositions of my fellow musicians.

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’ve played a ton of great shows. Opening up for Rosetta was a blast. Our tour with Mindscar back in 2014 was a sweaty, fantastic mess. One major standout show was playing with East Of The Wall at Orlando’s hole in the wall home for wayward show goers… Uncle Lou's. That band sounded so tight and crisp in such a small place. They had a guest guitarist on tour named Rebecca Scammon, who could battle norse gods with that ax. I could be wrong, but I’m pretty sure she was on that tour because she cleaned house at a guitar contest in front of a live audience.

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

We are setting up plans for a small Florida run near the end of 2016, along with plans for a tour up the East Coast in early 2017. Otherwise, we have one-off shows around Florida on a regular basis.

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

We’ve discussed the idea of working with a label and are more or less interested in some of the mutual arrangements out there, and who would be interested in working with us. It’s not a thing for us, only because it has yet to come up as a thing. There was a time that DIY is the only way we know how to be, and there’s still a bit of friction around that notion. Cross that bridge when we get there, in the meantime it’s just making music and art.

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

Overall, really well! People really dig the music conceptually, and sonically. We discovered on one tour that older fans of metal don’t necessarily get us, but even I get that. It’s a sort of Cynic syndrome, where you’re too “gay” for metal until people realize why you’re not so metal, in these particular ways. Then accept them for what they are because you’re passionate and believe in the art you make… and it’s still, at the end of the day, very metal.

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

We have some extremely interesting concepts we are working on in preparation for our full length album. Having so many musically talented members in the band allows us to push some boundaries and use extended techniques that not many bands want to try.
We want to try working with different media and create new concept albums around multimedia. Experimenting with different mediums to convey our narratives. Though they’re intended to forever and always be comic books, I don’t think we’re limited to that. We’re going to build these stories on the foundation of our music, and use different vehicles to drive those stories, and themes home.

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?

The band all has a common core of bands that we generally enjoy and have influence on our sound, such as The Faceless, Between the Buried and Me, Dream Theater, etc. A lot of the members love Rush, Yes, and other 70’s prog. Our guitarist Mason is huge on Dillinger Escape Plan. Maz, our vocalist also enjoys hip hop artists like MF Doom and Edan. It’s a pretty eclectic mash of music overall.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Theater, video games, golf, art, visual effects and multimedia, running small businesses, woodworking, cooking, and teaching are a few of our interests outside of Music.

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

Maz: I hope this interview was insightful to anyone who took the time to read it in our day and age of fast information and fast lifestyles. I hope this band inspires others to pursue their passions responsibly and put the time in to become the person they want to be. Doing whatever it is they want to do. I can’t wait to unleash the wild world I’ve been living in since I first discovered daydreaming, and what dreams this band helps build with their brilliant musical composition. Without my band my word would not carry sound.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Polyptych/Defying The Metastasis/Blood Harvest/2016 CD Review

  Polyptych  are  a  band  from  Chicago,  Illinois  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Defying The Metastasis"  which  was  released  by  Blood  Harvest.

  Dark  sound  effects start off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  technical  direction  which  also  uses  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  you  can  also  hear all of  the  musical  instruments  that  are present on  the  recording  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  While  the  first  track  is  all  instrumental  the  other songs bring  in  vocals  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are d one  in  a  very  technical  style  and  there  is  also  a  great  amount  of  death  metal  growls  present  throughout  the  recording  and  the  tracks  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

 Black  metal  screams  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  as  the  album  progresses  atmospheric  elements  are  used  more  often  while  some  of  the  songs  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  a  later  song  also  brings in    brief  use  of  clean  guitars  while  some of  the fast riffs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking. 

  Polyptych  creates  anther  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  brutal  and  technical style of  blackened  death  metal  from  their  previous  release,  the  production  sounds  very  professional while  the  lyrics  cover dark  and  philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Polyptych  and if  you  are  a fan  of  brutal  and  technical  blackened  death metal,  you  should c heck  out this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Scars  Of  the  Modern  Age"  "The  Decadent's  mirror"  "Lexicon  Of  Oppression"  and  "Defying  The  Metastasis". 8  out  of  10. 

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Veilburner interview

  1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?
1. MD - We just finished our 3rd album, called "The Obscene Rite," which will be available September 30th.  We're currently doing promotion for it and we've been enjoying very positive feedback on the pre-release single, called "Eucharist of the Breathing Abyss".  Chrisom has another band he sings in called "Torture Ascendancy," which I'm producing but don't play on, so we're still busy doing that for the time being.  

    2.You have an album coming out during the end of September, 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?

2. CI - I would say it's a combination of the other two albums we have written. We really tried to take the originality of the first album, "The Three Lightbearers" and mix it with the really obscure and experimental feel that we achieved with "Noumenon," and try and fine-tune the balance between the two albums into an overall sound. It feels as if we have accomplished the task, and the trilogy as a whole feels like a smooth ride from beginning to end.

    3.Your lyrics cover Occultism, Gnosticism, Philosophy and Nihilism, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?
3. CI - From a very young age, I was intrigued by the darker side of life and also by the fact that I was raised Catholic.  Although we weren't a full-on church loving family, I still needed to go to Sunday school every week until I was confirmed. Anyway, there was a day when the Archbishop of our area was visiting our class and I remember him asking if anyone believed in UFOs, ghosts, unexplained phenomena, etc.  I raised my hand for every question he asked, and when I explained to him why I believed in this phenomena, he explained to me that science could explain most of these things, and told me that ghosts are not real and it could be something like wind from my fireplace that was causing things to move in my house (even though we did not have a fireplace).  I asked him a simple question back, "If ghost's are not real, then what is the holy spirit?  Doesn't ghost and spirit mean the same thing?"  He looked shocked and told me to leave the room. So from that point on (I was 10 years old), I have always searched for something more than the traditional Christian ideals that most people in my area are raised to believe, not realizing that they are just a crumb in this vast ocean of different beliefs.  At the age of fourteen, I was turned on to Nietzsche and started to craft an anti-religious, nihilistic approach to my writing, specifically anti-Catholicism, etc. I was infatuated with crucifixion and such, and then I moved on to studying the Gnostic ideals of Samuel Aun Weor and am now fully into the writings of Blavatsky and Manly P. Hall. I love to mix Gnosticism and Nihilism because they allow for an endless landscape of writing.  Are you wrong in what you write about? Technically, you can't be. Anyway, I could go on forever but that's a small dose of why I write what I write; basically the only truth is death, and death is the thing that humans fear the most, and the humor in it is the fact that it's life's largest lie.

    4.I know that the name 'Veilburner' came from an Enslaved song, how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?
4. MD - Enslaved obviously had their own meaning for the term when they conceived it, and I would not have used it if I just thought it sounded cool or for some other lazy purpose, because I have too much respect for the creative process.  We decided it was an interesting word, and that we'd like to give it our own meaning in the context of our project.  To me, the word makes me think of the stripping away of illusions, or the destruction of barriers.  I thought it was a really good way to describe the music we were writing, because of the way we pull influence from a lot of different genres of music in a way that makes the idea of "genres" seem to disappear and expose music for what it is.  We recognize that the idea of genres and subgenres are necessary in the world of journalism to provide quick, useful descriptions of what a band sounds like to a potential fanbase, but some people take them too far and assign more meaning and importance to them than they're intended to have.

Themeatically, the two characters at the center of our trilogy are dabbling in transhumanism (the belief or theory that the human race can evolve beyond its current physical and mental limitations) and attempting to achieve immortality through a combination of occult practices and mad scientific experiments.  In essence, they're trying to burn a veil seperating mortaility and godhood, so the name has multiple levels of meaning in our project.

CI -  We have received feedback from lots of different people asking "What is this? Whatever genre it is, it's good."  We know we are going to be labeled, and the roots of what we do are in black and death metal, but we really wanted to try and create a sound that personifies the name and vice versa. It ties into the lyrical themes and also the different genres that my mad, riff-writing musical composing cohort of insanity has seemed to be able to pull off with the music.

    5.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you planning on expanding the line up in the future or do you chose to remain a duo?
5. CI - It is so much easier the way it is now. Mephisto writes the music, and he is one of the few musicians I know that I can depend on composing every part of the song and not have it feel like something is missing.  With every other project I have been in, I usually feel compelled to pick up the guitar and help write, but with Veilburner I feel like we are on the same page from the first note that is written to the last word that is penned.

MD:  Efficiency and complete control over our vision are the most important things, and things become exponentially more complicated creatively and logistically as more people become involved, so the benefit to adding another member would have to outweigh the compromise we would be making to what's already a perfectly efficient process and fulfilling working relationship.

    6.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
6. CI - Yes, we are definitely interested in the prospect of working with a label. We have received a lot of positive feedback and want to be able to share our music with a larger fan base, and that is really hard to do when you work for a living and cannot spend all of your hard earned cash on making music, doing all the promotion and creating merchandise to sell. We hope someone comes our way and is willing to try and help Veilburner be where we want to be.

MD - If a label approached us and felt like we we would be a good fit for their roster, I would love to hear their proposal.  Obviously, it would need to be beneficial for both parties, and I know that not having a live act to promote ourselves can be a dealbreaker for a lot of labels who depend on bands being on the road a lot to boost visibility and drive record sales.  On the other hand, I know that there are plenty of studio bands that are working with some of the bigger independent labels, and they are some of my favorite bands, so I know that it's not out of the question.  It's just a matter of  whether one thinks they can invest in us and get a return on that investment.   

    7.'Mind Eraser' has been helping with the promotion, are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?
7. CI - Words cannot express how much they have done for us in just a short amount of time. We got more than we ever expected and the campaign isn't even finished yet!!  Mind Eraser is extremely dedicated to working his ass off for us, and we do not have enough hails in corpsepaint covered faces to trvly(yes type that with a v) tell him how much we appreciate the hard work that has been put in for us two nobodies.

MD - It's been a great experience so far working with Mind Eraser.  I've been especially impressed with the efforts on the social media front.  There have been a lot of new fans coming to our Facebook page to give us "likes" and to our bandcamp page to purchase albums.  Some pretty high profile metal blogs have given us good exposure and we're excited to see our profile grow leading up to this release. 

    8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and death metal?
8. CI - All in all, since 2014 we have had only a few negative write-ups, and they had more to do with the production than anything else.  We were prepared to receive alot of negativity, and in the end it's to be expected. Not everyone is going to like your band and that's ok. We are very open-minded and are actually a little surprised that we haven't been shit on a little bit more, due to the fact that we like to play with experimental elements a lot, but people seem to at least respect what we are doing and that's awesome.  I never thought I would be in a project that has received so much positive feedback, and I am truely honored and extremely humbled. I am not worthy!!

MD - I also appreciate the good feedback that we have received so far, especially with our most recent single.  I know we're not everyone's taste and that for every 1 new fan that we make, there are probably dozens that checked it out, said "meh", and moved on.  That's fine. I only think about that 1 new fan. If you're really writing what you love to write and it connects with somebody, it's special because you just found somebody who shares your unique taste in art.  And if you're a weirdo like me,  then it's really special because it's rare to find that same kind of weirdo. 

    9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
9. CI - We are taking a break so we can get some much needed rest. Mephisto is training so he can get a new day job and trying to update our recording equipment so he has a new toy to mess with.  Other than that, I have an idea for a book, and my plan is to write it and then use it to create music and hopefully some sort of short film.  At the very least, it will be a book and an album. We also might write a couple of songs for a digital release or a cover song or two. Regardless, it seems like concept art is our pulse, and you can believe that whatever we release will be something more than just a group of songs.

    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?
10. CI - I would say for this trilogy we just completed, the biggest influence has been Morbid Angel. We are both heavily influenced by '90s death metal and the norwegian death metal from the first part of the decade. There's also a lot of influence from the French black metal bands (Deathspell Omega, Blut Aus Nord, Spektr)who use a lot of dissonance in their style. The rest of the layering is the hints of industrial, psychedlic and avant garde influences we both share.  During the recording process for the new album, I listened to alot of Leviathan.  "Scar Sighted" is a very important album for me.  It came along during a difficult time of the year and really helped me to escape and get my focus into the writing of these songs.  Florence and the Machine was on heavy rotation also, plus Blaze of Perdition, Mgla, Anaal Nathrakh, The Monolith Deathcult, Zyklon, Lord Huron, Brandi Carlile, Portal and the latest Marduk album.

MD - If you listen close enough, you'll also hear influences from film scores from different styles and eras.  This is all to give the albums and songs more of a cinematic flow and feeling as opposed to just sounding like a collection of songs. For example, on the new album "The Obscene Rite," there are a few transition pieces I wrote where I try to capture the feeling of movies like Blade Runner or the original Terminator movie. In another part, I just straight up sample music from an old 60s movie as a song lead-in.  We know it's nothing new, but it works for us. 

    11.What are some of your non musical interests?
11. CI - I do a lot of artwork via drawing and photoshop. I would love to be able to start working with other bands in helping to create artwork for their albums etc. I play a good bit of video games.  I own an Xbox One and am usually on Madden or soon to be Battlefield 1. I like to watch movies, but never seem to have time so the wife and I watch alot of stuff on Netflix (btw, Stranger Things probably would have derailed the whole writing process for the album because how awesome it is). I'm constantly researching and learning about different religions and history, etc.  I'm steadily swapping between Blavatsky's The Secret Doctrine and Manly P Hall's The Secret Teachings of all Ages.  The most important thing is being able to chill with the wife and do the family thing with the kid.  He is fourteen and at the age of becoming his own person and is developing his own listening tastes, so it makes for interesting conversation or arguments when we are picking a playlist for a road trip. He does not share in my taste of the metal.

MD - I collect oddities and bizarre antiques.  A lot of the props in our photos come from my collection.  I also study nerdy stuff like statistics and data analysis, and I've been working towards a certification so I can get a job in that field.  I'm married and have cats.  I also use my recording arsenal to help other local bands make demos.  I travel with my wife periodically.  We've been to Europe and the UK, and a lot of the Caribbean Islands.  Still go to see bands perform when I can, but prefer smaller venues and club shows.

    12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
12. Thanks for taking the time to interview us, we appreciate it and look forward to talking to you in the future.



NordWitch Interview

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

So , we are on 2 lables now
Satanath Records (Russia) / Darzamadicus Records (Macedonia).
and with USA company\label Dark Rituals . We also have new drummer . We part away with Hungarian drummer , and he was replaced with drummer from Kiev and most important for us , our new Album which will be released in 30.September .we are planning european tour in the end of November .


2.You have a new album coming out in September, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

When we record  a  album. We explored a lot of different options for how to make our sound special, devilish , heavy and memorable  . Add more new elements and sound structures. Our goal was to make music pure evil and combining it with musicality .


3.Your lyrics cover Satanism, Occultism and mythology, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?

These three themes strongly interest me . Sataniñ things in our lyric is my opposition to Christ, cause they are engaged in brainwashing and control. Satanism and the occult, black magic, an ancient "secret philosophy of" all these aspects are interconnected in our lyrics . Expanding consciousness, inspiring. This energy flow of words that I would like to bring everyone .


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

NordWicth ..We wanted to impersonation  mysticism  and show mystery, Scandinavian witchs .  In lyric- and themewise the band has adopted ideas of satanism, occultism and mythology of the ancient Scandinavia..  also highlight certain unusual that we have female vocals..for creating a certain mood, music, lyrics and the name of the band , so it all worked  on each other.

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

I think the most brightly our show was , when we joined on stage with Nargaroth .I think we have managed to create a certain dark atmosphere on stage, with music and lyrics.

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

Yeah ...In this moment we are planning our european tour for support our album  "Mork Profeti"


7.Can you tell us a little bit more about the label 'Dark Rituals'?

Dark Rituals started out in early 2015 as a management agency for international death metal and extreme metal bands. We are management for Warfather featuring Steve Tucker of Morbid Angel, Fleshgore, Ezophagothomia, and Nordwitch, all from the Ukraine, and Bound by the Grave from America. Formally known as the Hellion agency. Also is a full functional tattoo, art, and design agency as well. Dark Rituals in early 2016 saw the need to start the record label in order to provide further services to our bands and other bands .
The agency and label are the brain child of Bob Butane Ewers who is the owner and head of the businesses which has a staff of 3 others all who are musicians in existing extreme metal bands.


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

Our band a bit different of categories of black or death metal. Nordwich as itself is quality extreme music band ... But I am sure our music perceived very well from both,
black and death metal fans Ukraine and fans from other countries

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

We don't see the definition heading for our self .  For us ,more important is getting more height as it possible in music industry .

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

my inspiration from many bands . Watain ,Nile , Bathory ,etc.. and different music .. also from scandinavia folk music

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
Well more part it's a music sure.  But also i interesting of other art. sport

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

HAil Satan

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Obed Marsh/innsmouth/2016 Full Length Review


  Obed  Marsh  are  a  band  from  Australia  that  plays  a  blackened  form  of  funeral  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2016  album  "Innsmouth".

  Dark  nature  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  field  recordings  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  heavier  doom  metal  direction  along  with  some  black  metal  screams  and  you  can  also  hear all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  the  guitar  leads  and  solos  also  bring  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  style.

  Melodic  yet  ritualistic  chanting  can  be  heard in  the  music  at  times  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  some  of  the  riffing  also  brings  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  lot  of  funeral  doom  elements  and  all  of  the  songs  tick to  a  very  slow  musical  direction.

  Obed  Marsh  plays a  musical style  that  takes  funeral  doom  metal  and  mixes  it  in  with  a  more  black  metal  vocal  approach  to  create  a  sound  of t heir  own,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  are  based  on  the  writings  of  H.P  Lovecraft  and  The  Esoteric  Order  Of  Dagon.

  In  my  opinion  Obed  Marsh are  a  very  great sounding  blackened  funeral  doom  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Esoteric  Order"  and  "Seeping  Wounds".  8  out  of  10.