Friday, February 27, 2015

Interview with Grafvitnir done by Patrick on 2-27-15

Here  is  a  new  interview  with  the  Swedish  black metal  band   "Grafvitnir"   who  recently  released  their  new  cd  "Semen Serpentis"  through  the  mighty   Carnal Records  in  Sweden.  If your  a  fan  of  mid 90's  black  metal  with  some  occult  influences   defintly  check  this  band  out  as  soon  as  you  can.

Interview with Grafvitnir   done by  Patrick

1. Hails! When did the members of Grafvitnir first meet? How did you all come up with the name of your band? What is the meaning of the band's name?

We met through our mutual interest in occultism and music.
I found the name Grafvitnir in the ancient Edda.
Grafvitnir is the name of one of the countless snakes that resides below the world tree Yggdrasil and gnaws at its roots. The name itself may possibly have the meaning Grave Wolf.

2. What is the current line-up for the band? For the readers who have never heard Grafvitnir's music how would you describe it?

Grafvitnir consists at the moment of the two members Niantiel and Modrius.
Grafvitnir´s music could be classified as typical scandinavian black metal with occult lyrics.

3.Grafvitnir is getting ready to release their new cd "Semen Serpentis" through Carnal Rec. how did the band come in contact with this great label?

We asked Björn of Carnal Records if he wanted to release it and got a positive response, as simple as that.

4.Who usually writes the music for the band does the whole band take part or does one member usually take care of everything?

We open up our clairaudience and play the tunes of Sitra Ahra.
We all contribute to the whole of the performance, but all our inspiration comes from the realm Beyond.

5.Who usually writes the lyrics for the band? What are some subjects you all write about?

 We write exclusively about occultism. Everything else is irrelevant.

6.Does Grafvitnir ever play live or do you all prefer to work in the studio? Who are some bands you have shared the stage with?

We are not interested in live performances, at least not for now

7. What does Black Metal mean to you all?

Black Metal should be a glittering dagger in the heart of the establishment like it was meant from the beginning.
Black metal should be shunned like the plague by the Demiurge media. (The substances, individuals, bands etc that get publicity in the enemy media usually belongs to the phalanx controlled opposition.)
Black metal shall certainly not be about pledging allegiance and submission to the establishment. Occultism in tunes! Black Metal is war!

8. I believe I read that the band gets some of their lyrics from the occult and withcraft when did you start studying these subjects?

We have studied these subjects as far back as we can remember. It is our lifeblood. Everything else is in principle irrelevant.

9. Who are some occultist you can releate to and study the most?

Kenneth Grant, Aleister Crowley, Dénis Lindbohm - there is a plethora.
owever, desktop occultism is reprehensible.
The forces of Beyond are what´s

10. Grafvitnir comes out of the mighty Swedish black metal scene. what is your opinion on Sweden's black metal scene?

To be perfectly honest I don´t care much about the Swedish black metal scene of today. 

11.Who are some of your all-time favorite Swedish metal bands? Are their any new bands you feel the readers should check out soon?

Bathory is still a house band, of course.

I have
always appreciated bands that do not wag their tails like dogs before the establishment but rather stick to the martial core Black Metal in my opinion should be about.
The great band Sorhin has in my opinion always maintained its integrity

12.Thank you for taking the time to fill out this interview do you all have any final words for the readers?

It is me who should thank you for the interview, as I raise my crosier and proclaim that the sinister path of the Werewolf is a draconian and diabolical one, but it leads to the ultimate goal - far beyond Samsara´s weakening restrictions!
We are the torchbearers of draconian fire.

Let the flaming sword of Sorath tear this illusory world to pieces!

Hosanna in Exelcis!
Hail Lucifer!
Hail Victory!

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Metal reviews done on 2-21-15 done by Patrick

Metal  Hails
hope  everyone  is  having  a  good  day,  Here  is  a  new  batch  of  reviews  this  time  around their  are black metal,death metal  and  thrash  reviews  included  hopefully  you  all  will  find  some  bands to  your   liking. 
Expect   new  reviews  and  interviews  very  soon

Abhor-Rituale  Stramonium  cd  {Moribund Rec.}This  is  Italy's  Abhor  sixth full length to date it  took the  band  four  years to  write and release the  newest  cd  but  it  is well worth the  wait.The  music  on  Rituale  Stramonium 
Is  very  well  written  and  played  with  a lot  of talent  combining  semi-raw  black metal  with  some  elements  of  atmospheric  black metal  for  a  nice  mix.The  guitars  range from  slow to  mid-paced  riffs with  some  excellent  played  patterns.The drumming  is  mostly  in the  mid-paced  range  with  some  faster  drums  in a few  of the songs  and  played  extremely  well.The  vocalist  are  harsch black metal  shrieks  with  some  spoken type  of vocals  in a few tracks.Abhor  has  released a great  cd  of  black metal  with  some  elements  of  atmosphere  in a few  of the  songs.If you  are a fan  of this  band  then I  highly  recommend  picking this  up today.

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 Apocryfal--Aberration  Of Mind  {Digital release/Self-released}
Apocryfal  come  out  of  Finlands   death metal  scene.This  young band  really  knows  how to  create  memorable and  well written  death metal.The  guitars  are very well  played  with  some  catchy riffs  mixed  in the  songs.the  drumming  is really good  with a  mix  of  furious  drum  patterns to a  more  mid paced drum  sound.The  vocals  are  death metal  growls  and  some  grunt/gruff  style  vocals.Apocryfal  are  a  solid brutal death  metal  band that  is  defintly  worth  checking  out  if your  into  this  style  of  music.
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Atomicide--Chaos  Abomination  LP  {Iron  Bonehead Rec.}
Atomicide  return  with  their  second  full-length  for  Iron Bonehead Rec. Atomicide  have  been  in the  underground  metal  scene  for  about  ten  years  with their  brand  of  vicious  and  violent death,blackend  metal.The  guitars  are  played  at  hyperspeed  with a few  mid paced  sections  before  going  extremely  fast  with  the  guitars  once again.The  drumming  is  non stop  barrage  of  hyperspeed  drum  beats that are  chaotic  but  also  done  very  well with  some  impressive  drum  patterns.The  vocals  are  deep death growls  with  some  scratchy vocals  and a few  screams  throughout  the  LP. This  is  a  really  chaotic  but  well written  slab  of  chaotic  death metal  if your  into  old-school,vicious  death metal  then  defintly  do yourself  a favor and pick  this  gem  of  a release  up today.
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Blasphmachine--Oath  pro cdr  {Cold Raw  Rec.}
 Malaysia's Blasphmachine  release their  newest  E.P of  raw,violent  blackend death  metal.The  two  tracks  on  the  Oath Mcdr  are  very  well  played  going from hyper fast  death metal  to  a  more  slower mid range paced  black metal.The  guitars  are  done  extremely  good  with  hyperspeed  guitars  to a  more controlled mid-paced.The  vocals  are  death metal  growls  with  some  raw screams  mixed  in the  music.This  is  a great  band  and release  if you  are  a  fan  of  early nineties  blackend death metal  then  pick  this  release  up  today.
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Bone Alley--Demo{N}  2014  pro cdr   {Cold  Raw Rec.}
BoneAlley  comes  out  of  the  Canadian  black metal  scene .Bone Alley  play  very low/raw  sounding  black metal  that  is  pretty  hard to  hear  {unless you  turn the  sound  way up} usually  I  love  this  style  of  demo/raw sounding  production  but  this  is  too  much .The  music  is  decent  with  some good  riffs  and  drumming    but  the  low quality  of the  production kills  it.Hopefully  the  band  can  do  a  better  job  with  their  next  release.
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Cvinger--The   Enthronement  Ov  Diabolic  Souls  cd/digital    {Self-released}
Slovenia's  Cvinger  are   back  with their  debut  cd/digital  release  The   Enthronement  Ov  Diabolic  Souls.Picking  up right  where they  left  off  with their  last  E.P  "Monastery Of The Fallen"  fast,vicious  black metal  with  some  really  well played  riffs that range from  fast to a  mid-paced  range.The drumming  is done  with  a lot of talent  and aggression  with some  chaotic blast beats  and  and some  slower mid paced  beats  that  fit the  music  very  well.the  vocalist  does a great  range  with  some   raw black metal screams with some death metal growls  in a few  of the  songs and even some  well done clean sung chants.Cvinger  have  released  a great  debut full length  that  every  black metal  fan  should  hear  so  get your  copy  soon
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Doden  Grotte-Demo MMX111  Pro  Cdr {Cold Raw Rec.}
Doden  Grotte  play  a  violent and vicous  style  of  raw  black  metal.The  guitarist  is  really  good  at creating  fast  and chaotic  guitar  patterns  and  even  throw  in a few solo's  in a few  of the  songs.The  drumming  is top notch  with fast,blasting  drum  beats that  are  not  all fast and  wild  their  are some  very  well  done  drum  patterns.The  vocals  are  demonic  shrieks and  screams that  fit the  music  perfect.Doden  Grotte  are a  great  black metal  band  that  know  how to  play  and  create  chaotic black metal.
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Dysangelium--Thanatos  Askesis  cd    {W.T.C  prod.}
Germany's  Dysangelium  have  released  their debut  cd  "Thanatos  Askesis". Dysangelium  play  black  metal  similar to  the  mid nineties  black metal  scene.Going from a  fast frenzied  speed  to  a more  controlled  mid paced  range that  are done  with  a lot  of  good riffs.The drumming extremely  tight  and  played  with a lot  of  skill  even  in a few  of the  songs the  drummer  lets  loose  with  some  blast  beats.The  vocals  are  black metal screams  and some  shouting/screams  entertwined.Dysangelium   have  released  a  great  debut  cd  that  should  not be  missed  for  those that  worship  the  blackend  sounds.
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 Goat  Semen--Ego  Svm  Satana  cd,Lp  {Hells  Headbangers  Rec.}
The  South American  horde  Goat Semen have  released  their  debut cd/Lp  through  the  mighty  Hells  Headbangers.combing  vicious  old school  death  metal  with  some  thrashing war  metal  guitars are  played  extremely  fast and  with a lot  of  chaotic riffs mixed  in.But  don't  let  the  fast  riffs  fool you this guitar  player  knows  how  to create  violent sounding  guitar  riffs  but  are  also  very  trained and  can  create some  well done  guitar  patterns.The  drumming  is done  fast  with  a lot  of crazy  drum  patterns  but  like the  guitars  the  drumming is top  notch  with  some  crazed  patterns but  also done  with  a lot  of  talent.Goat Semen   have  created  a  great  debut  if your  into  old-school fast death  metal  with  some  bestial thrash  elements then  definitely   check  this  out  today!
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Humilation---Battalion  cd  {Deepsend Rec.}
Malaysia's  Humiliation   return  with  their  brand  new  cd  "Battalion"  featuring  eleven  songs  of  old-school  death  metal.With  semi  fast  guitars  that  range  mostly  in the  mid tempo  area  but do  speed  up  in  a  few  of  the songs  with  some  very  well  played  riffs  and even  some  solo's  thrown  in a few  songs.The  drumming  is  mid paced  with   some  excellent  drum  patterns  and the  drumming does speed  up  in a few  sections.Humilation  have  been  around for quite  a  few  years  now  so  if you  are  familiar  with them  then  you  will defintly  wanna  check  this  beast  out  if your a  new fan  and  enjoy  mid  nineties  death  metal  like  bolt thrower,asphyx  then  defintly  give this  band and release  a  chance.
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Malamorte--The  Fall Of  Babylon Pro-cdr  {Cold Raw Rec.}
Malamorte  come  out  of  the  Italian  black  metal  scene playing  a  very  cold and raw  mid-paced style  of  black  metal with  some  outburst of  crazed  guitars and  drums.The  guitars  are done  extremely  well with  some  grim  mid paced riffs mixed with  a few  outbursts  of  faster riffs  entertwined.The  vocals  are done  really  good with  some vicious  blackend  shrieks and  screams.This  is  a decent  band  to  check  out  if your  into  the  second wave of  black metal  with  some  thrashy  guitars. 
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Phantasmal--The  Reapers   Forge  cassette  tape {self-released}
Coming  out  of  the U.S  Metal  scene  is  Phantasmal  releasing  their  debut  demo  The  Reapers   Forge  combining  thrash  with  old-school death and  black  metal  elements.The  two  man  band  have  created  a  very  old-school  sounding  masterpiece  with  thrashing  guitars  that  are fast  and  also  have some  creative  solo's entertwined.The  drumming  is top  notched  with  some mid-paced  drums  and  their are  some  very  heavy,fast drum  parts  as well.The  vocalist  does a  good  job  with  black metal  screams  and  some  gruff  vocals  in a  few  tracks.This  is  a  very  well played  band that  has released  a good  demo  worth  checking  out.
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Interview with Loki editor of Occult Black metal web-zine done by Patrick done on 2-21-15

Metal  Hails!!
Here is  a  new  interview  with  the  man  behind   the  web-zines  "Occult  Black metal  web-zine"  among  many  others.So  if  you  are  a  metal fan {of  any  genre}  check  the  web-zine  links  at the end  of the  interview. 

Interview   with  Loki  editor   of  Occult  Black  Metal  web-zine   done  by   Patrick

1.Metal  Hails  Loki   how  is your  week  going?  When  did  you  first  discover  metal  music? I know  you  have  2-3  different  web-zines going  at  the  moment  would  you  say you  have  an  open  mind  towards  music  in general?
Actually right now I am doing 9 different blogs but am looking to hire a second writer for the 9th blog which is more focuses on the less extreme gernes, I would say I do have an open mind towards metal in general along with some classic rock, industrial,punk,  classical and folk music on ocassion, 
2.Who  were  some  of  the first  bands you   listened to? Who  are  some  of your  current  favorites?
 I discovered metal in the 80's in elementary school during the time MTV was playing Twisted Sister, Quiet Riot and Motely Crue videos all day, and while those where mainstream metal bands they did  slowly lead to heavier stuff when i started paying more attention to music, for awhile there I was also into Kiss and Alice Cooper very heavily because the make up had some darkness to it, but as far as heavier genres go I got exposed to Metallica's "Ride The Lightning" and I thought it was the heaviest thing I had heard at the the time and it led to me listening to stuff like Medadeth, Slayer and Anthrax before getting more into heavier stuff like Suicidal Tendencies, Exodus, Testament basically the whole thrash genre along with some more underground stuff such as Onslaught, Piledriver, Anvil Bitch, Kreator, and also where I lived at in Seattle around the mid 80's there was an underground metal show on Sundays called 'Brain Pain' that also exposed me to a lot of extreme bands that where around in those days.

 Then around 90 I started getting more into stuff like Death, Sepultura, Pestillence and Obituary which led to even more death metal bands over the nest couple of years and I also got into grind like Napalm Death, Terrorizer, and Pungent Stench around the same time, and around 92 I started listening to bands on the JL America label and while everybody throught that label sucked at the time my first exposure to second wave black metal came through the stuff they where releasing like Impaled Nazarence, Samael, Beherit and master' Hammer, those albums had a very powerful impact on me at the same and I enjoyed the evil atmosphere and rawness of those bands and then after awhile I got into the bands that where on the Century Black label before going into even more underground stuff which I still keep discovering after more than 20 years? 

  As  far as current favorites some of my newer favorite bands have been My Darkest Shade, Feral, newer Countess, Temple Of Baphomet, Attic, Blasphemous Noise Torment, Alien Deviant Circus, Dawn of A Dark Age, Sepulchral Curse, Hell  Poemer, Vadikan, Wirchclan, the list is endless but my favorite genres are black metal and other type of metal that deals with the occult and I have also been listening to some of the newer bands that go for the classic NWOBHM sound.
3.When  did  you  first  become  interested  in  doing your  own  web-zines? Besides  Occult Black Metal web-zine  I  believe  you  have some  others  that  cover  various  styles  of  underground  music.Can you  please  tell the  readers  about  them?
I did my first zine in 2001 in Colorado with a couple of former members of Satan's Host called Magick Metal Zine which actually was a paper zine but it was misunderstood at the time by a lot of people because we where not afraid to mention how crappy all the nu metal, groove and metalcore bands really where, but we did cover a lot of black, death metal and grindcore bands in the articles and also did write about the few decent bands there where in Colorado at the time, but things changed the other writers started focusing more on Satan's Host and I went to college and got married shortly after that and did no writing again until 2008.

Around 2008 I knew my marriage was in decline so I started reviewing and interviewing bands on Myspace with a web zine I created called 72 Djinn Of The Goetia' which was more black metal and a second one called '50 Names Of Marduck which focused more on doom, death metal and grindcore, and when i realized Myspace was limited I went to blogger and created "OccultBlack<etalZine" and 2009 I also brought back '50 Names Of Marduk but divided them into  7 other blogs which cover  folk metal, symphonic black metal, doom metal, sludge, crust, grind and death metal, for a few years I focused on the more underground genres exclusively then around 3 years ago I had all of those promos that where getting sent to me that I ignored for years but then decided to check them out and it led to the creation of "UndergroundMusickZine' which covers the more stoner style of doom, occult rock, post metal, thrash, power and heavy metal among many different things, it would take a long time to cover them all but there are links provided at the end of the interview and there is also an introduction on all of them, right now I am stuck with many different albums that i barely have time to listen to  but will continue, metal has been my life for 30 years and it will always be that way? 
4.Do  you  have  any  advice for  anyone  thinking  of  starting  their  own  web or fanzine? What  are some things  you  feel  that  makes  a good  web-zine?
I would advice other people to start out by reviewing some albums in there own collection, hit up bands on Facebook for interviews and you can also find email addresses on Metal Archives and album covers which i would also advice to people starting out, I did the whole thing with emails and social networks and it led to many different bands, labels, and promotion people hitting me up, 
As for a good web zine, i feel the writer should be passionate about the music they are writing, and not give up while there are a lot of bands that are all supportive about being in web zines you also have the other type that put no effort in the questions and also come across as real pricks, but every writer should learn from their mistakes and if you come across criticism look at it from their point of view and show them you can be a better writer with a kick ass review or Interview? 
5.Does  any  of your  friends  or  contacts  help  with  reviews  or  Interviews  or  do you  prefer to  work  alone?
In the days of MagickMetalZine, I had a couple of other writers help me out and I have also helped out some people with heir promotions out here on interviews, I do for the most part like working alone, i treat my web zines the same way a lot of musicians treat their solo projects, I try to put my vision in as much as possible, but I am at the point where i would be open to bringing in a couple of other writers so I can actually breath and not have to review albums all day like I have, any interested writers should contact me and if I like the way they write i can have them do some reviews and interviews?
6.If  their  are  any  bands  or  labels  reading this  interview  where  can  they  send  you  their promo's  to  review?
You can send the digital promo's to my email and for physical copies also e-mail me at the same address and I will provide an address in a private message
7.How  many  hours  a  day  do  you think  you  work  on  the  web-zines?

Anywhere from 3 to 4 hours a day and sometimes 16 hours a day depending on how much stuff I get sent.
8.What  have   been  some  of your  favorite  bands  or  people  to  interview? Are their  any  bands or  labels{past  or  present}  that  you  would  like  to  interview  someday?
I have interviewed quite a lot of my favorite bands over the years some of the ones I really enjoyed where Bal Sagoth, Opera IX, Crimson Moon, Nibirui, Temple Of Baphomet, Gorephobia, Summoning,  Acheron and many others, I have not done any label interview but would be open to some such as Moribund, Full Moon Productions and any other label that is passionate about satanic or occult metal, as for bands I would be interested in reviewing Therion, Meleschech, Ofermod, King Diamond, Necromantia, and Blood Ritual, but I am fortunate to have interviewed quite alot of bands I have been into very heavily for a long time.   
9.Loki  in  your   opinion  what  is the   best  and  worst  thing  about  the  underground  scene today? And  what   does  Underground  metal   mean  to  you?
There are a lot of bands in the underground that remain true to the way black and death metal should sound and the ones that take Satanism, paganism, and Occultism are the ones I support the most and I think the underground is very healthy these days with the variety of many different genres you can chose from.
 As for what I hate about the underground these days is all of these psuedo groove metal bands that have been popping up lately and you also have all of these crappy deathcore and pornogrind bands that have no talent, retarded lyrics and those awful and pathetic pig squeals, you also have a lot of black metal people these days that do not understand the true nature of the music and put no effort into the songwriting and drink all day instead of focusing on what black metal should be, And another thing that is annoying about metal these days is all of the hipsters and the annoying clicks that seem to pop up at every show and I also hate all of these filthy unwashed politically correct liberals that label everybody who does that agree with their point of view a Nazi even when that person does not care about politics.
10.When  not  working  on  the  web-zines  what  do  you  enjoy  doing  in  your  spare  time?
I enjoy watching classic horror, science fiction and fantasy films, I also enjoy watching documentaries that are very historical and I also have a huge interest in studying Satnaism, Occultism, Magick, Left hand Path, Paganism and medieval philsophies and my interest in the Dark Arts is alos just as important to me as music and some of the occult authors and philosophers I  enjoy studying are Michael W.Ford, E.A Koetting,, Aliester Crowley, Stephen E. Flowers, Thomas Karlspn, Kenneth Grant, Julius Evola, Freya Aswyyn, Carlos Castendenda, Zecharia Stitchin, Anton Long, Peter Carroll among countless and I also have an interest in lost continents such as Atlantis, Lemuria, Thule and also secrt societies such as Freemasons, Illuminati, and the O.T.O.  
11.Thank  you  Loki  for  taking  the   time  to  fill this  interview  out.Do  you  have  any  final  comments  for  the  readers?
Thanks for taking the time to ask me these questions and keep up with your work in the Metal underground