Saturday, December 16, 2017

Enhailer Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Enhailer first formed in 2014 in Akron, Ohio.  The bassist (Michael Gilpatrick) and drummer (myself) originally came from another band together that went on hiatus, so we decided to start a new project.   The first couple of years, we had a hard time maintaining a consistent lineup with other members, but over the past year or so we have been able to lock in a really good band of guys whom enjoy hanging out and playing together a lot which is important.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?
There isn't really a direct way to answer that question because our sound has changed somewhat over the different recordings--between the demo, our first LP, and now this EP.  The one thing that people seem to consistently touch on in reviews is a progressive doom sound.

3.Originally the band was instrumental but the new ep has vocals, what was the decision behind going into this direction?
The last LP did have some vocals on it, but they were sparse.  We always wanted to try experimenting with vocals as another instrument rather than a lead position in the band, but we never had a member who really wanted to try doing it.  When Matt joined, he had the chops, so we let him run with it.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
We like to explore Kittens and cats, satan, weed, you know, the important stuff.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Enhailer'?
We were totally joking around one day, not being serious at all, while trying to come with band names.  It kind of came out of a cloud of pot smoke honestly...

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've been lucky enough to play with Eyehategod ,Goatwhore , today is the day, Childbite, Ringworm and others.  Our stage performance is fucking amazing.  We have lasers and smoke machines and wild animals running around.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
We are going to play a lot of shows over the winter and then we are going to tour in the summer.  Watch our Facebook page and other social media pages for updates coming soon on specific dates.

8.Currently the band is signed to 'Black Seed Productions', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
I was shopping around for labels to collaborate with on our first album and I vaguely knew of Shy Kennedy of Blackseed records, based out of Pittsburgh, through some other friends.  I took a chance and sent her a message.  She's been nothing but awesome ever since.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of stoner, sludge and black metal?
It's been better than we ever expected. We have already mailed packages to France, Poland, Germany ect..  The whole thing has been a lot of work but it's a labor of love.  We released three albums in three years including the demo. 

10.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?
We are not currently a part of any other projects that Im aware of, because we are entirely consumed by this one. 

11.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We are currently working on a full length, as for our future musical explorations its hard to say. This band seems to keep reinventing its sound. Its still evolving, we love to expiriemnt with different sounds not commonly found in heavy music and yet try to find a way to weave them in with really big, heavy  parts

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?
We all have a pretty wide range of tastes, however for me personally in regards to Enhailer, Frank Zappa in particular has been a huge influence. Also, everything from Mastodon to Hank Williams, Sr.  As for what am I listening to, I'm really digging Sumac, which is Aaron Turner from Isis

13.What are some of your non musical interests?
I'm into woodworking a lot, painting and daydreaming lol

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
We really look forward to getting this album out on the live stage and sharing with folks.
Thanks to you and everyone else who has helped us get the word out in anyway!
P.S. Fuck Trump!

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Golden Dawn/The Art Of Dreaming/Casus Belli Musica/2017 CD Re-Issue Review


  Golden  Dawn  are  a  band  from  Austria  that  plays  a  symphonic,  melodic  and  medieval  mixture  of  black  and  goth  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  1996  album  "The  Art  Of  Dreaming"  which  was  re-issued  in  2017  by  Casus  Belli  Musica.

  A  very  heavy  guitar  riff  starts  off  the  album  while  folk  instruments  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  the  riffing  also  getting  very  melodic  at  times  as  well  as  the  music  mixing  the  symphonic  and  heavy  parts  together  and  acoustic  guitars  are  also  added  into  certain  sections of  the  recording.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  along  with  some  operatic  female  and  male  vocals  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

 A  great  amount  of  goth  metal  elements  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  one  track  introducing  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  keyboards  start  getting  more  medieval  and  epic  sounding  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length. 

  Golden  Dawn  played  a  musical  style  on  this  recording t hat  mixed  melodic  and  symphonic  black  metal  with  goth  and  medieval  folk  music  to  create  something  very  original  for  that  time  period,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dreaming,  sorcery,  existence  and  other  dimension  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Golden  Dawn  are  a  very  melodic,  symphonic  and  medieval  mixture  of  black  and  goth  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Art  Of  Dreaming"  "My  Confession  To  War"  "The  Sorcery  Of  The  Nagual  Side"  and  "Beyond  the  Mortal  Shell".  8  out  of  10.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Guillotine Interview

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


We are a three-piece death metal band based in the state of Georgia. My name is Adam Miller, I play bass and do lead vocals, and my brother Lance plays guitar and does backing vocals. We started in Atlanta, but found our drummer Evan Posey in Athens, GA.

2.Recently you have released your first album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?


Our sound is unique. We have created what we feel is an original approach, blending elements of old school death, black, groove, doom, and Southern sludge metals. It’s a brutal, punishing sound that still allows for nuance and subtlety.

3.Your lyrics cover a lot of occult, ancient alien and conspiracy theory themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?


The themes covered in our lyrics are used as a literary device to convey our overall message. This album is a mostly-metaphorical commentary on the modern world as we see it. It’s a concept album in which the ancient alien progenitor of humanity returns to Earth to find his creation subverted for nefarious purposes by a competing deity. The opening track, “Gravety”, is an exposition of this return, in which The Creator returns to harvest the souls of which he planted the seeds millennia ago. The following track, “Black Emperor”, introduces his nemesis, who has taken control of his carefully constructed creation. We won’t explain every detail of the story, as we want certain aspects to be left open to the interpretation of the listener. But know that this narrative is only in its early stage, and the themes laid out will continue to be developed on future releases.

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


The invention guillotine and its early usage were an important turning point in history. It was the harbinger of a new and more violent age. As a symbol, it represents drastic and irreversible change, and that is incredibly evocative to us.

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


Our live shows are visceral and raw, very emotive. I like to think that we leave an impression on anyone who witnesses us live. Our music is deliberately simplistic to a certain extent, and we feel that that aspect of our music allows it to be felt on a primal level. The best shows we have played are our most recent, namely our album release show opening for Goatwhore and a show we played at a new venue called Furnace 41. We are in prime killing shape right now.

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


Because we have full-time jobs currently, we aren’t able to get on the road for extended periods of time as we would like. But we have several local shows in the works and are actively working on taking this show to a wider geographical area. One day we do hope to be able to go on full-fledged tours, with the entire world as our ultimate goal.

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


We have received interest from some small labels. We are currently shopping the album to several larger labels in the hope that we can be offered a favorable deal for promotion and distribution.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black, doom and death metal?
We have been surprised and flattered by some of the feedback we have received. Thanks to the internet, our music has received favorable notice in Germany, Lithuania, Russia, and Peru to name a few countries. A difficulty we have come across is finding the proper target audience, as our sound is a fairly uncommon hybrid of several styles which have their own diehard purist fans. Our music is best enjoyed with an open mind.

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


We are already writing music for our next release. The stuff we’re coming up with is more complex in its composition and instrumentation, which will lay the perfect backdrop for the more expansive thematic universe we will portray. It still has that signature Guillotine sound which is intrinsic to the music Lance and I write, so I think we will please our existing fan base as well as get the attention of new fans the world over. I think people will be very pleased and surprised.


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?


We cut our metal teeth on Pantera, Metallica, and lamb of god, so those early influences mixed with more extreme death and black metal shaped the sound you hear from us now. Currently, I’ve been very inspired by the newest releases from bands like Satyricon, Enslaved, and Paradise Lost. These are bands that are paying homage to their roots while pushing the envelope of what metal itself can be and can convey emotionally. It’s not always about being more extreme than ever before, but about refining what was done before and being the best version of your artistic vision.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?


We’re pretty well-rounded guys. You can’t be a brutal metalhead all the time haha. I enjoy reading in my spare time, mostly historical books. Cooking is a good stress reliever and non-musical outlet for creativity. I enjoy a round of golf when I get the chance, even though I’m terrible. Lance and I brew beer from time to time.


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


I would urge anyone reading to check out our tunes at www.guillotinemf.bandcamp.com. If you like what you hear, order a CD which we laboriously and lovingly crafted at Ledbelly Sound Studio. We will ship all over the world! Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/guillotineatl and share with everyone you know. Stay metal and stay tuned for more Guillotine!



Monday, December 11, 2017

Vargrav Interview

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

The band originated during starless nights in late 2015.
As the vision calmly evolved and the cloak of obscurity relinquished, Vargrav was chosen to be illuminating sign for this act of black arts.
During the formative years, the music also transmitted into a profound abyss, only to reincarnate as a sinister glow of the black flame.
A demo version of the album was then unleashed during the summer of 2016,
and  after numerous contacts from different labels, Werewolf Records was immediately chosen to be the most suitable collaborator with which to work.
The overture of a black-hearted storm has been sung and what has yet left uncovered shall be conquered...

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

After the two preview songs were published  I received a lot of feedback about the sound and overall atmosphere being very 90's.
I can't really say is it done intentionally or is it just subconsciousness. Nevertheless sounding 90's is purely logical as for me the golden age
of Blackmetal is in the early and mid '90's when everything around it was new to me. Naturally it's impossible to imitate first impressions
when I first time heard some of the classic albums but creating something as close to that as possible I can uphold the passion that ignited back then.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?

The topics alternate from unleashing the black storm of hellfire upon all living to glorifying the supremacy of an individual. In the middle a certain
multidimensional approach to reign the powers shackled by constricted knowledge of your capability.

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

Varg (wolf) has been a feared beast among many cultures for centuries and  in the bible wolf is exclusively evil. Yet wolf has also been seen as a trailblazer
and a teacher. Grav (grave) is where you bury the dead (if someone didn't know) so as an coherence Vargrav is the rest where a bestial wisdom lurks only to rise again.
It's also a palindrome with 7 letters. A palindrome is endless and a continuum. After reaching the end the beginning is the new end.
7 is the number of complement. A number of time and space, representing wisdom, perfection, balance and immortality.

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

Compromises kill creativity and when working with others one cannot avoid them. So because of that simple fact I work solo on
all of my bands. Even if it demands a multiple amount of work I couldn't be satisfied with the result if it wouldn't be 100% based on my vision.
It would also be impossible to even think joining a band only as a player. I am a leader, not a follower.

6.On the album you had also done a cover of Emperor's "Ancient Queen", what was the decision behind doing your own version of one of their songs?

Since the first time i heard Emperor's "In The Nightside Eclipse" no other album has ever made such an impact. I could even call it an enlightenment as
in that same moment I knew exactly what I must do. It took me over 20 years to complete that task but time is irrelevant when creating timeless art.
When listening to "Ancient Queen" I've wondered so many times what it would sound like with more keyboards and some clean vocals as in "In the Nightside Eclipse" style.
So recording this cover was a perfect way to get my question answered.

7.The album is going to be released on 'Werewolf Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

The name basically tells it all. An unchained beast seeding terror and fear among those incapable to assimilate it's purposes.
An uncompromising monument of black arts.

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

As the current trend is pretty far from symphonic Blackmetal it seems that for many people it works as a stimulant ascending from the vast grey mass of thousand similar bands.

9.Are you also involved with any other bands or musical projects?

The only active band beside Vargrav at the moment is Druadan Forest - My first solo band which I started back in 1998 only to be put to rest for 17 years. 2016 I was finally ready to release the debut album "The Loremasters Time" via GS productions. The three demos
from ´98-´99 were also released as a compilation by the same label. The second full-length "The Lost Dimension" was released by Wolfspell records 2017. Also a split with The True Werwolf will be released in near future so check it out.

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

I try to evolve all the time. The point where you feel satisfied is the point where you can't advance any further and basically can forget any improvement from your past works.
I started musical studies back in the 80's and unfortunately quit after few years so I have a lot to catch up. In the future - if my efforts should pay off and I'll be able to move even a bit closer to the goals I've set, I see
myself as a full-time professional musician and composer.

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 are tons of bands that have influenced my but as said above Emperor has always been the most important and one of the few metal bands that have truly inspired me.
I've never actually seen myself as a metalhead, headbanger or such. Of course I've listened to metal for as long as I can remember but still never felt musically inspired by it.
I enjoy melodies, atmosphere, a sort of surreal soundscapes that I can feel being similar. Seceded from reality.
Nowadays I mostly listen to electronic music and soundtracks.

12.How would you describe your views on Occultism?

I am a Satanist.

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

Blackmetal is not for everyone.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Temnoles,ye Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
“Temnolesie” was found in 2013. We play mix of black, pagan, doom and folk-metal. And some songs can be characterized like folk-rock.

2.In October you had released your first album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

It is difficult to describe music. It must be heard. It is mix of blastbeat, powerful guitar riffs, symphonic keyboards, extreme and clear vocal.

3. The band has been around since 2013 but waited until 2017 to release the first album, can you tell us a little bit more about the first 4 years?
First some months we searched bass-guitarist. Of course we created songs and prepared concert program. In 2014 we recorded demo for Internet. In 2015 we released a video and EP “Vision” (self-released). In that year we began recording of full album. This summer we filmed a video, but now it during editing.

4. Your lyrics cover a lot of Pagan topics, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in Paganism?
I’m member of Union of Slavic Communities since 2002, the biggest Pagan organization in Russia.

5. I know that the bands name means 'Dark Shire' in Russian, how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?

More exactly translation is “Dark woodland”. The word “woodland” associated for me with Slavic history. There are was a great forests in Russia in ancient times. The word “dark” associated with black-metal, features of which are presented in our music.


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

I remember two shows in Obninsk (Kaluga region) in 2015 – audience greeted us warmly. And last show in Bryansk this December I like too.
At stage we are usually dressed in Slavic style clothes. And part of show is wooden idol. 

7. Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
In the end of December we take part in New Year party in native Kaluga. 30th of March we play with “Satarial” in Kaluga and maybe than go to mini-tour.

8. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of melodic black, folk and pagan metal?
We read good reviews from Greece, Tunis, USA and some other countries.

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?
Our guitarist Igor Pryanishnikov is in folk-metal band “Ladushka”. It preparing a great tour in Russia. Our drummer Sergey Senin is member of black-metal band “Asmund”. I don’t know anything about these plans.
 
10. Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
The next album (or mini-album) will be experimentally. It will be folk-rock. But then we’ll be back to hard style with more using clear vocal.

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 are many bands had an influence on our music: “Dimmu Borgir”, “Summoning”, “Cradle of Filth”, “Thyrfing”, “Amon Amarth”, “Amorphis” (early), Russian – “Tvangeste”, “Arkona”, “Butterfly temple”.  And I listening many genres from classic music to death-metal.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
Besides membership in Union of Slavic Communities I’m a head of internet-TV “Vyatich”, and engaged mix-fight.


13. Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
We are surprised that our album listening in other countries and thank our listeners for interest to our music.


Thursday, December 7, 2017

Mortis Cruentus/Hellthrone/2017 Full length Review


  Mortis  Cruentus  are  a  band  from  Spain  that  plays  a  melodic  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  album  "Hellthrone'.

  Dark  sounding  synths  and  demonic  voices  start  off  the  album  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  melodic  musical  direction  which  also  brings  in  a  great  mixture  of  both  black  metal  screams  and  death  metal  growls  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  chaotic  yet  melodic  fashion  along  with  some  synths  and  clean  playing  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  being  utilized  in  the  fast  riffing  and  when  spoken  word  parts  are utilized  they  give  the  music  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling  and  symphonic  elements  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  Mortis  Cruentus  plays  a musical  style  that takes melodic  black  metal  and  death metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  blood,  war,  death  demonology  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Mortis  Cruentus  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Demonic  Veil"  "Sculptures  Of  Possession"  "Supreme  Hellish  Congregation"  and  "Blood  And  Blazing  Flesh". 8 out  of  10.

    

Monday, December 4, 2017

Vargrav/Netherstorm/Werewolf Records/2018 CD Review


  Vargrav  are  a  solo  project  from  Finland  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  symphonic  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  album  "Netherstorm"  which  will  be  released  in  2018  by  Werewolf  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  symphonic  sound  starts  off  the  album  and  also   mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  and  after  awhile  grim  black  metal  screams  make  their  presence  known  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  fashion  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.

 A  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  most  of the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  mid  90's  symphonic  style  of  the  genre,  when  spoken  word  parts  are  used  briefly  they  give  the  music  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling and  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  can  also  be  heard  in  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  and  the  album  closes  with  a  cover  of  Emperor's  "Ancient  Queen".

  Vargrav  plays  a  style  of  symphonic  black  metal  that  goes  back  to  the  90's  era  of  the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  and  Darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Vargrav  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  symphonic  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Netherstorm"  "Ethereal  Visions  Od  A  MOnumental"  and  "The  Glory  Of  Eternal  Night".  8  out  of  10.