söndag 15 november 2015

Belchior Interview!

1.Hailz Belchior! 
Here in Sweden the cold & dark autumn is creeping upon us... but How are your day?

- I live in the Northern United States, in a region known as New England and we have the 4 defined seasons. The cold and dark autumn is also happening now and pretty soon (December 22nd) the winter will bring heavy snow followed by temperatures below freezing. This is the best season (winter) for me to create and record my music, as I'm very influenced by the solitude and beauty of it.

2.As Belchior is a fairly new project can you tell a bit on what drove you into this one man constellation? What type of desires and visions did you have when starting doing this music? My interpretation of you music is that it is quite personal but not in a introverted why though. what type of experiences did you have before this? And did that helped you to realize Belchior with more precision?

- BELCHIOR is a new project but has been an idea of mine since the beginning of the 90's. The entire project started to become a reality in 2006. I've played in a few bands before but always felt that something else was missing. I tried to put a band together to play this music for a long time but even then it felt like something was still missing. The fact that in a band you have to compromise on ideas and accept suggestions from others began to change the characteristics of the music. I then aspired to be a one man band. Back then I could only play the drums and didn't have the skills to execute my ideas to my satisfaction. 

As time went on I self-taught on guitar, bass and keyboards, allowing me to keep the project a one man band. Desires and visions... Well, I just wanted to be able to show the darkest side of my mind and try to convert this evil and eerie energy that I carry inside me into songs. Personal experience contributes a lot to BELCHIOR. I was born and raised in Brazil where Christianity has the power to keep my people blind and ignorant, including in my own household. This always fucked with my mind and was, for sure, the catalyst of the damned and unholy creature I am. This helped me to realize BELCHIOR with more precision.

3.I get i feeling you where pretty sure of what you searched for and how the end product should sound & look like but please tell me how the process looked like the days & nights from when the idea was born until the unholy birth of this full album ? What type of trials and tribulations artistically and technically did you endure under the 7 years between the demo "I Despise Jesus Christ" until now?

- The idea was born in the early 90s as I mentioned above but between then and the middle of 2000 I had many obligations that kept this project on the back burner. In 2001 I moved to the United States. Between getting settled, adapting to cultural changes and continuous work with other bands I didn't begin focusing on BELCHIOR full time until 2014. Even knowing that I recorded a demo in 2007 the project went back in my drawer right after the demo tape was finished, mostly because I needed help to record and had no experience with production. From 2007 until 2014 I dedicated my time to get the perfect sound and atmosphere that I would want to use on my first album. So, I filled the gap between the demo and the album learning to record myself at my own studio. All my music was written in the heart of the winter with hate and depression. 
I tried not to involve too much planning, rather just absorb the feelings surrounding me at the moment and translate that into songs.

4.Besides this i also get a feeling that you are a old school horror movie buff or at least to some degree movies is an inspiration for you... if thats the case which directors and movies is on your top "list"?

 - I have appreciation and interest in underground twisted horror films, they are a direct influence on my music in the sense that I can relate to the way the creators translate their sick and dark feelings into an art form. My top list: Subconcious Cruelty, Nekromantik, Eraserhead, Cannibal Holocaust, Begotten, The Evil Dead, The Exorcist, Cannibal Ferox, The Omen and Rosemary's Baby.

 5.Ah nice selection of cruel flicks there! 
The only one i dont know/seen is Subconcious Cruelty, whats that about? Many of these have also great soundtracks like Nekromantik & Cannibal Holocaust (i have since long planned to use music parts from Cannibal Holocaust to some project, there some some beautiful part that runs over think the scene where they start to burn up some hut where the inhabitants is...) And like in my review of you album i felt that your music have soundtrack vibe to it so i guess you would like to do a score to some devilish movie? 

Subconscious Cruelty is a bit hard to explain as it is four situations happening independently of each other in one film. I wouldn't want to ruin the surprise but for anyone who's interested in this genre of film it's worth a watch. I don't have any intention to do any movie scores right now but could be an interesting project

 6.Have you seen some of the new wave French "torture-porn" cinema? If not i wholeheartedly recommended Martyrs & Inside.

- I've never heard about this new wave of French cinema and don't know much about it.

7. It feels that it could be a bit problem to take your music to play live, well some live members is needed but have you thought about this? Would be great if you succeeded doing so as it could be a pretty grand experience i think.  

- It would be a challenge to take my music live, as you said it would require more members. Also it would go against the main reason this is a one-man band, the fact that all energy, feelings, and moods are coming from my own experiences and I could not explain that to other musicians. 

8.In what filter do you look back on the 90´s regarding Black metal, rosy? Rusty? And which bands do you consider have pushed you into this path?

 - I look back at the 90s as a bridge between me as an underground metal fan in the mid 80s to an authentic musician now. In Brazil the 90s was a very intense time as I started to get more involved with death and black metal. It was then that I discovered bands like Morbid Angel, Deicide, Death, Mayhem, Darkthrone, and so on. However, the bands that have influenced me into this path are mostly Master's Hammer, Bathory, Venom and Hellhammer.

9.After this release what other release plans do you have?

 - The way I work is a bit odd. I don't plan to get anything done on a schedule. All the music comes naturally and I'll keep composing and recording until I'm satisfied. I believe that I will come up with a new album in 2016 as I can already feel the cold of the winter and the inspiration that always follows.

10. What does the name Belchior means to you? On a funny side note when i googled Belchior a famous Brazilian singer and composer named Belchior Fontenelle Fernandes... i guess you dont have close relationship with that dude? hehe

- Belchior is my middle name. It doesn't have any meaning in the way most people would expect like some kind of demon's name or entity, for example. I decided to put my own name because it would be strange to give 100% of myself and call it something else. For this music I am doing I don't hide behind anything, this is all me. The other Brazilian composer called Belchior also uses his middle name and it is a coincidence. Belchior is not our last name and we are not related in any way.

11.We have come to the inevitable end, last word is yours!

 - Destroy all that tries to control you. Decimate the smallest idea of God, his son, or any holy spirit. 
Trust yourself and only yourself and fight an everyday battle to free your body, mind and soul. 

This is the only way to find strength inside you    

Abyssgale - Hegemon

After a few years of wait after the debut Ep "The Coming Plague" (2006) this first full length album "Hegemon"(which means something like Commander or similar) was unleashed last year through Immortal Frost Productions. (Cool cover by the way!)

 This Greece horde presents here a plate filled with satanic blasts...or rather the blast beats (in a Polish/Swedish style) is intermingled with slower and somewhat playful drum parts which gives the album a nice ground to build on, if there is something extra to mention i would say that both Godium & Cordyceps does good job with their guitar compositions that both play in  semi-melodic gloom patters to then cut off/shoots off in some falling or crocked side peeks! Good stuff!
This really makes this album worthwhile for me as the guitars both soothes both high & low and entertains with their sharp quirks through out this record which takes it above the standard fair not to say any other in the band does a bad job but the rest of it lacks a little bit of personal fire & emotions.

The vocalists throaty rasps is good and melds with the rest and the satanic themed lyrics is worth reading, nice vocabulary. Solid.
The production is good but maybe a bit clean for me but it dont really hurts the music i guess.

An overall  professional work thats worth checking up for people thats into blasting satanic war hymns with a slight hint of avantgarde innuendos. Ah worth mention is that the member Neptunus  is also in Dodsferd etc.

I feel promise from this album even if i maybe sound negative...like something that will rise higher above the surface with further work/releases under their belts....and with that said  i know a new Ep was released this year called "Tenet Extorris" only 2 songs but i feel extra interested (in this horde) now seeing the band seems to push further into the realm & beyond!

Track list:
1.     Execution Litany         
2.     Hegemon         
3.     Anoint Wounds with Poison          
4.     Anileo          
5.     Altar Thane of Mental Alienation         
6.     Hunting Horn         
7.     Ancestral Cult          
8.     Flutter of Death 

Hegemon released by : Immortal Frost Productions

contact:  Immortalfrostproductions@hotmail.com 

This album was also out on tape (with alternative design as you see) through  Razorbleed Productions
Contact: razorbleedprod@gmail.com


 The Tenet Extorris Ep is released by III Damnation Productions
contact: http://iii-damnationproductions.blogspot.se/p/contact.html

lördag 31 oktober 2015

Hotter then hell update!

*I am thinking of collecting the unprinted interviews from the digital RAW WAR domain into the next RAW WAR #4. Here is the first simple little promo for that.

*Besides this the next Cloven Hoof with exclusive material is planned for spring 2016.
First booked band interview for this is: Hellvetron

* Another thing that i am proud of is that i got to do a cover art for a soon to be released Drowning the Light 7" titled "Reaping the Night".

Out on Psychedelic Lotus Order/goatowarex 
Other releases from them is:
WAXGOAT029 Drowning The Light (Aus) "The war that never ends" LP
WAXGOAT034 Baal Gadrial (Aus) Decade of Intolerance LP


onsdag 14 oktober 2015

Belchior - selftitled

After the demo "I Despise Jesus Christ" in 2007 now comes the full length album from this one man band thats located in the United States, i had not heard that 2-tracked debut demo but luckily for me its included at the end of this release.

So whats in store here? As you can judge (at least i did) by the cover its a pretty heavy atmospheric album but it is also pretty unique sounding in the sense that the songs avoid the traditional verse-chorus-verse-chorus-bridge-chorus (nothing wrong with cut & paste compositions of course though) and goes for reasonable long compositions that evolve in their own fashion and pace, all very blackish doomish vibe that takes your thoughts to some...well just look at the cover. Dark emanations  is surrounding the chapel walls!

Besides from the regular instruments quite some keyboards/organs is used to good effect and the vocals structure is floating more or less over/under the actual music. Production is nice and solid...maybe could have integrated the vocals a bit but that is a minor nitpick.

...And speaking of the vocals they are pretty special... a bit like what you can find in the more mental drawer in DSBM shelf, sure some maniac witch screaming like Burzum can be traced but also disturbing howls like Silencer... quite obnoxious hehe.
Have a tendency to hit that aggro nerve.

So folk if you like to take a dive into a satanic asylum ritual with some great soundtrack like grand pieces please then go and dive here.

Track list:

1.     A Life with No Light: The Olden Days         
2.     Kingdom of the Midnight Arts         
3.     Beelzebuth (Mystifier Cover)         
4.     A Life with No Light: Unholy Ghost         
5.     Enthroned by Hell's Fire         
6.     ...Cold Winds Are Calling Me        
7.     Orgy in the House of Your God (Demo 2007)        
8.     I Despise Jesus Christ (Demo 2007) (i think this is my favorite track and the first one)

Released by :Ordo Draconian Black Label
mail:  ordodraconianblacklabel@gmail.com
Band FB page:

tisdag 13 oktober 2015

Diabolus Amator - The Dawn of a New Flame

Here we have the first (as far as i know) solo project from Abyss called Diabolus Amator he has earlier been active in bands like Torment & Neldöreth, i can easily see the charm of ruling oneself  but with power comes responsibility...or so "they" say. (fuck that i say!)

Either way Abyss here have constructed his first part in his visionized hell castle, the attitude is clearly primitive but self convinced which is a plus, he also goes for the impulsive more rather then polished music with all the pros and cons that comes with it like some sloppy drumming and guitars is evident but also not shunned...that impulsive abyss fire can lead to great things in the future and by natural experience (to play all instruments one self, i cant even dress my self properly so... ;) ) tightness follows... i mean anyone can polish ones music to technical perfection but one cant polish up impulsive fire.

Apart from that i hear inspirations from the Finnish giants like Satanic Warmaster and the alike which will always get my blood pumping, from mid-tempo to a little faster the songs stomp forward with a Luciferian agenda with both some nice (limited though) melodic parts like in track 3 & 9 (best songs if you ask me) and also some Skin/punk humping in the backseat for some good effect. Overall a nice drive through the whole album.

Production is clean but not polished which suits the music, the harsh vocals is the rawest in the mix.

The interlude & outro is the darkest bits on this album which indicates that there is some extra intriguing bits luring inside of the artists inner chambers, i hope he let them intercept more with the actual songs in the future. Could turn out really great!
All in all a interesting entity this Diabolus Amator and is worth "opening the Eye" for. hehe

Try it out in the name of Satan!

Track list:
1.     Kill Them         
2.     Black Sun         
3.     Into the Fires        
4.     In Death Only Solitude (interlude)
5.     Opening the Eye        
6.     Into the Depths of Shadows         
7.     A Cold and Unending Hatred         
8.     Unbroken Will of Lucifer         
9.     The Dawn of a New Flame        
10.     May His Light, Reign Forever (outro)

Released by the new label Occult Roots Music
Label link:

måndag 5 oktober 2015

Vapnvm - Closure

Here we have the first release from this new Swedish beast!

Without even getting time to blink they kick in the door with the first blasting track!
Their overall sound here is sure based in fearsome and pummeling black metal but they have
crammed in a lot more like many grand and epic layers and compositions, both somewhat raw vocals and clean ones are used to great effect and that can be said to the actual instruments as well.

There could be argued that some parts sound a bit towards the knightly heavy metal genre but i dont ever feel they step over the line of discomfort but rather infuses a potent & mighty atmosphere that for me is empowering! And besides from aural connections the compositions through out is engaging and of high caliber.
The production is just as the rest and works as a ground foundation that solidifies both the clean stuff as well as the harsh, nothing to complain about. Sounds just great and hard!
Music that fits for an all out attack i say!

They say that their influences is emptiness and misanthropy though...that may be so but then their take on these subjects is more confrontal & ass whipping rather then introverted & tear wiping.

These three songs is a strong debut (the members is no newcomers to this stuff) and i can easily see them grow fast and firm if they keep up with this quality that is both accessible and deep.


The release is planned to be out at the end of this month or early next.

tisdag 29 september 2015

DRAATH Interview!

First i like to say congrats to the at last released "Black Slumber"

-Thank you and I am really glad someone stepped up to represent this recording. OBVN did a fantastic job.

2.First thing i like to ask why it took around 7 years to
release this beast? Besides life did you had other business to attend to
like other band activities? And how did you come in contact with the
Obscure vanity label?

-This album was recorded and intended to be a "private" recording. After a while of keeping it silent I forwarded the recording to Justin of whom I have known for many years now. He expressed interest in releasing it and now it has been done.

3.Second thing is how did Draath start in the first place and what
vision did you have for it? It feels like a personal journey...

-DRAATH is a derivative of a surname I use which is Drathrul. Since I did all of the performance and recording and yes, a personal journey, I decided to shorten it to DRAATH for this recording. It was conceived at a very dark time and that's how it started.

4.Besides this album did you release some limited rehearsals or similar?

-No, this is the only DRAATH recording in existence.

5.On the flyer for this album it lays heavy focus DEATH worship, how does your
 necromantic interest look like and true to the sound of your spells
this feels appropriate as notes for ritualistic meditation...how
would you describe the experience from start to finish on "Black Slumber"?

-It is a very suffocating album, enveloped in total darkness. It was 100% improvised as to keep the spirit of true darkness prevalent. This is the product of the ritual, all recorded in one day in one sitting.

5b. Can you shed some light on the final song "Arrival Acceptance of the Throne of Hell"?

-Transcendence into the abyss of the mind, claiming the throne of one's own personal Hell. Embracing the all encompassing darkness.

6.What does Draath stand for? First i thought it had to do with Daath the
secret sephira where tidal forces of positive and negative come together.
Do you have interest in qliphoth?

-As stated above, it is a derivative of my surname Drathrul used in my other band ANU. And no, I have very little interest in previous writings or other person's ideas. This is my own vision. (--Here is where the 1334 comes in i guess?)

7.How is it to live in Richmond, Virginia? Is there some new active bands one
should know of?

- Richmond is pretty alright. Lots of great bands here, and most are of the post-punk / deathrock vein. Shadow Age for one and my own NEUROLOGY. being old-school Industrial based on magick...

8.Regarding all bleak and strange stuff happening nowadays in your country (well its fucked all over the world i guess)what is your views on Jade Helm 15, FEMA camps and Obama?

- I have no interest in these things until they begin to affect me directly. Then there will be a problem.

9.Whats the coming plans after this release?

-The future is hard to predict. I create very many different styles and types of music. Whatever strikes me next I guess. NEUROLOGY. takes up much of my time and so do a few others.

10.Thanks for your time!

-Thank you for this interview. 1334