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Heavy Metal Abusers Ground Zero Unleashed Manifestation


When it comes to heavy metal, I tend to lean towards the more traditional or old school approach. Crushing riffs, great solos, and heavy as fuck roars, that’s what I love about heavy metal. There’s something to be said about a band’s aesthetic principles and how they tie into the music itself. Whether it be to capture the emotive principles or intellectual underpinnings of an album, a band’s imagery is undoubtedly an intrinsic component of how the music therein affects the listener. On occasion, however, it can also signal a change in direction. Heavy metal does not stagnate in a constant form. Some challenges exist, such as Ground Zero.


Kolkata, India based Heavy metal purveyor and abusers Ground Zero unveiled their new manifestation. They have released a single track entitled “Mukhosh” in the native language and this is a cover track off Artcell band from Bangladesh. They have already unleashed their artwork and teaser. In before they have released a slew single & EP. Basically, Ground Zero was formed in 2011 and continuing with their signature old school blunt force trauma to date.

This new tracks whole composition, production is extremely filthy and relentlessly unforgiving. At first, listen to this track it floored me with their dreaded amalgamation which leads to a hammering old School blunt force trauma with heavy, twisted riffs, hyped pedal thrusts. They exhibit the quintessential signatures that they have been plying for the better part from the past. 



The new track consists of Huge, tectonic, devastating riffs rumble through entire swarms of kinetic, robust, adventurous blasting, the warp of guitar dissonance, twists and darkly brutal sociopolitical proportions. This is still an extremely well crafted, grandiose, punishing, methodical, precise, destructive offering. 

This whole track enthralled me with their Unrelenting, powerful, blasting, overarching, chromatic, chaotic, rugged, critical acclaimed heavy metal sound and dense musical style and this new track rekindle my affection, obsession for proper old school heavy metal. This bands each and every musician exudes tremendous effort in a radiant way on this album with excellent diligence and nailed it. They have injected brilliant riffs works, dark and dirge vibes into aural bashing, furious, fast heavy metal with strangulated riffs work simultaneously that burns with oppressive fervor. I applaud this new addition and cite them. 


I am pretty damn sure Ground Zero can continue their stride in the future. If you are looking for something different, splendid, majestic this pure unadulterated heavy metal album is perfect.






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Published by Souvik Basu on 19/05/2019

Interview With Misanthropy, Hatred Filled Black Metal Dim Aura


Tel Aviv, Israel based band Dim Aura does a great job here with deep darkling-depths Misanthropy, Hatred filled black metal along with the robust introduction to the band's style and theme in which the protagonist vocalist summons dark forces to embrace him and transform him through ritual. Dim Aura is a whirlwind of aggression wrapped in the cloak of the occult. Off-kilter, dissonant guitars force themselves against the ears, harsh, raspy barks are terrifying in their aggression and rawness. Their infectious and eerie melodies demanding to be heard.

1. Well, Hello, how are you doing today? Warm greetings from India.

Dim Aura: Cheers Souvik!

2. Dim Aura was formed in 2010, so, Can you give me a brief history of how the band formed? Had you been in any bands or musical apparition before Dim Aura?

Dim Aura: Well, Ofir, E.F.F. and I know each other from youth. We had a Black Metal band named "Sitra Achra", but aside for some local gigs, nothing progressed with it, I guess it was an initial experiment playing together. After several years we grew apart from each other. In 2010 we decided to give it another go, and began writing music again, kept it simple and pure, nothing fancy. H. joined us after a few months of progress. I have known him from mutual interests that we had within the Black Metal scene, and we shared a split album of our solo projects (Crux Infernum and Infernal Nature). Since then we are a united Quattro sharing the same ideas and ideology that is expressed out as Dim Aura.
3. What bands inspired the direction that Dim Aura took and motivated you? Writers? Visual artists? Movies? Books?

Dim Aura: Actually, we are all influenced by different genres and forms of art, and with that said, we are all fascinated with Black Metal, as the black light shines brightly within us. Personally, I'd say that the source of inspiration may change, naturally, with experiences during different stages of life, it can be either visual paintings, documentary films on serial killers and mental illnesses, and also locations - ancient ruins and desolate places.  

4. There are two basic ways of looking at music. In the first, there is a mechanism for the arrangement of certain tones, musical style.in the second, a narration occurs where a story is told or a poetic function completed. In your view of compositions, which is more important? Where were you when you first thought the project had the longterm potential for you?

Dim Aura: In my opinion, it's more important that the music will have some sentiment, and that it will be attached to true emotions, true experiences, rather than just being technical and "empty". So, in case you present only two options, I would suggest the more poetic option is the one that should guide us. I think from the very early rehearsals, I had the feeling that Dim Aura, in its form, would be a long term commitment. Due to our early acquaintance, similar perspectives and ideologies, naturally we became good friends, and as we say to each other, Dim Aura is family.

5. What for you is the significance of the name, “Dim Aura”?

Dim Aura: I remember that when we thought of a name, E.F.F. suggested Doom Aurora, I liked the sound of that, but wanted to give it a deeper meaning, eventually, I offered a minor change to Dim Aura, and we decided it suites us, as a descriptive of an aura that is slowly fading away, from light to darkness, holy to unholy, life to death and so on. 

6. If you could tour with other bands in metal, who would you pick if you were looking for bands similar to Dim Aura?

Dim Aura:There are plenty of bands that would be a great match, I don't suppose name dropping would be appropriate here. Personally, I'd be interested in Scandinavian bands, but surely won't rule out other bands, as there are plenty of great musicians out there.

7. Since starting year Dim Aura released 2 full-length album till date, EP, etc and shaped the style of music. How do you maintain this consistency yet keep developing with each release? How do you write your riffs, songs? What is the most difficult part of composing songs as you do?

Dim Aura: I wouldn't say it is consistent, but we do hunger for more, new songs, new releases, new musical ideas to explore. Usually, riffs are written solely, then we bring it to our studio and run ideas around them, trying to glue them together, in a manner that would be beneficial to the structure of the song, later we work on the song production wise, thinking which part to elongate/shorten/move or remove. Lyrics are mostly written by H, and sometimes Ofir and more rarely myself are involved with some additional ideas. In our recently released album "The Triumphant Age of Death", H managed to do amazing work on the lyrics, which are the best we've had so far, in my own opinion. 
I would say that the most difficult part is the discussions and arguing that goes on when a song is still incomplete and several options are on the table. Somehow, we manage to go through with this process, evolving together with our creation. 

8. Do you have a preference for the type of equipment? In your mind, how important is equipment to the production of music?

Dim Aura: I would say that overall, we are not too much enthused by gearing up with massive stocks of equipment. Personally, I like to keep it as simple as possible, "plug and play", trying to avoid as much from numerous effects and pedals. With that said, E.F.F. is up to date with gear and equipment, so if there's a need, his knowledge is useful.

9. Well, now I’m going to the main point about the new album. On 22nd March Dim Aura new album “The Triumphant Age of Death” released which sounds extremely promising and rekindle my affection for Black Metal. When were these
tracks were written, and how does Dim Aura go about the writing process?

Dim Aura: The tracks were composed over a pretty long period of time, even before our Negged 7" EP. Naturally, we took our time with them, working to perfect them. 
Our writing process remained similar as in our first album. We bring riffs, bring in ideas to our studio, and we work through to mold it together. As mentioned previously, this process can be very frustrating for all of us, it is usually accompanied by arguments which can be very irritating, as each one has his own vision on what's the best option. Aside from that, it's highly time-consuming, but in the end, it works out and seems to be the right path for us.
It should be mentioned, that the one thing that did change in this album, is the recording process. We decided to give each other the space to do our thing, I think that we've learned to trust each other. Ofir was the only one who stayed in the studio to oversee the entire process of the recording, lending another set of ears that criticize which take is good, and which take could be better achieved. He was also deeply involved in the mixing, and mastering of the album. The end result met our satisfaction.



10. You are extremely potential. so, what's going on as far as lyrical themes on
“The Triumphant Age of Death”?

Dim Aura: As we all have a misanthropic nature, we are overall pessimistic, anti-social and anti-religion (extremely secular and apart from the religions that are practiced in our country), the lyrics are a result from these experiences. H managed to express it well, ink on paper. His lyrics blended perfectly with our music.

11. I’ve categorized Dim Aura's significant genre. As well you have extends your talents far beyond mediocrity. so, How did you get into this style of music and explain about this music genre?

Dim Aura: Personally, through my teen years, like many others I was a big fan of Metallica, I got familiar with other metal bands down the road. I guess I've started with the more extreme bands during '94-'95, and my taste in music developed in this direction. I found myself drawn to Black Metal, rather than technical death metal. Up to these days, that would be my "go to".

12. How would you describe the sound of Dim Aura to someone who hadn’t heard it, and what distinguishes your music from any other act in the same genre?

Dim Aura: I would not go to verbal descriptions of sound, I'd just say you got to give it a go, you may either like it or hate it. I'd be satisfied either way, as long as you're not indifferent to it.

13. Already Dim Aura unveiled the album. Do you have any Official Video or playthrough videos coming out soon?

Dim Aura: After the album was released, we focused on live gigs. We will, of course, consider having a new video out, but as for now, there's nothing in the making. We do however have some ideas for further plans, but at the moment, these should be kept between the four of us. 

14. Who came up with the album cover? I personally cherish each
and every released artwork because those are truly indelible, remarkable, appreciable and meaningful too.

Dim Aura: The artwork was done by ANIMVS, H. came across it and we all liked it on the first glance at it. The artwork for the "The Triumphant Age of Death" album is more minimalistic compared to our previous full-length album, which has a lot of details. I guess this was a natural turn, as the artwork done for Negged by Alona Dee of DarkArtworks, was less bombastic than the artwork done for our previous full length, keeping it more simple, yet, with no compromises on the artistic side.

15. Let's talk about your early memories. What's the first gig you ever went to? Have you been to any killer live shows lately?

Dim Aura: I've been to several gigs in my teen years that are memorable; some were of local bands and some of the bands from abroad. I especially remember that Ancient played in Tel-Aviv which was special, since it was not too common at that time, having Black Metal bands from abroad here, same goes for Dark Funeral that also played in Tel-Aviv. Lately, I guess some memorable gigs were in Festivals, such as Party-San (Endstille, Urgehal, Carpathian Forest), Steel-Fest (Satanic Warmaster, Sargeist, Dark Funeral, Cosmic Church), Speyer Grey Mass (Acherontas, Archgoat, Svartidaudi, and many others – the lineup was outstanding), Throne-Fest (MGLA, Gorgoroth, Taake). Locally, Marduk, Bolzer, Aosoth, Sargeist, and Watain (most recently) were here with great live performances. Again, so many great bands out there, I can continue on with name dropping, but I don't suppose it's really interesting – since every gig is unique and stands for its own, you can see a band several times, and it is a different experience every time.

16. In before you had performed a lot of gigs so, Which show was the most memorable to you so far? Do you get a good crowd response? Did you get offers to play in other countries or anything like that?

Dim Aura: I remember our first gig, which was the first strike when we were not much known, we got a great response. Later on, we had some other intense gigs at the "Black Metal Opposition" night, you can call it a mini-fest, that we organized having other Black Metal local bands at our side. The release shows for both albums are also memorable, playing new stuff for the first time. Usually, the feedback is great; I guess if the gig sucks, we just won't have any feedback at all. We strive to evoke some emotions at these gigs, not to keep it dull, with just 4 guys playing on a stage.
I guess, the most memorable show for me personally, is the one we had in Steel-Fest 2015, first time on Finnish soil, which is the capital of extreme metal from my individual point of view. Regarding offers, there are several that are on the table, but I can't disclose this info at this time.

17. Do you study other bands music to come up with ideas?

Dim Aura: Well, other bands that we listen to can leave an imprint, leave a mark, if their good enough and influential. So, their impact can be made subconsciously. We do strive for unique riffs and musical ideas of our own and we discourage rip-offs. 

18. How do you prepare yourself before the studio or especially for live performances? Did any band, in particular, inspire you in the shrieking department?

Dim Aura: No special preparations, we enter the studio or the stage, plug in, and after a few technical adjustments, darkness descends and manifests itself through our instruments and through H vocals. Chaos and negativity takes a sonic form and is unleashed upon the crowd.

19. Is there a difference in the band’s sound as compared to the Full length, EP
you’ve released in the past?

Dim Aura: Every release is unique and has its own hallmark. It is always Black Metal! we avoid having the same sound for every release. Music has such a wide spectrum of sounds, so I don’t see any reason to repeat the same sound, as long as we are satisfied with it. We never compromise on that.

20. You are from the Tel Aviv, Israel so, how much have you discovered about the extreme metal scene and how much of it were you aware of before the band started?

Dim Aura: We are familiar both with the local scene, as with the Black Metal scene abroad. Being located in Israel doesn't really change our exposure to music, overall, the secular people here are liberal, bands from abroad come for gigs, information flows. Even before the internet and globalization, most record stores had a metal section, you could trade with bands or labels abroad. As teens, we used to introduce extreme bands to one another. We visited metal festivals and got familiar with other bands through these channels.  

21. What do you do as individual band members to relax, when not working on music? Do you have jobs or business?

Dim Aura: We all have our day jobs and daily routine, but I guess this is not much of an interest for your readers so I won’t go into details. 

22. What albums are you listening to lately or just the bands and albums, in general, you're really digging right now and tell me about your anticipated album of this year?

Dim Aura: New records that are spinning these days are Mare "Ebony Tower" and Sargeist "Unbound". I am looking forward to the new Advent Sorrow record "Kali Yuga Crown". Besides that, I am certain that during 2019 other releases will see the light, our label Saturnal Records will probably release on vinyl Sacrificed Carmen "Hermetica", which I really appreciate.

23.last one question, what are your future band goals & tell us something about an upcoming tour. Lastly, lots of teenagers aim to be full-time musicians. Many of them might be without any proper guidance, any words of wisdom for them?

Dim Aura: We just had 3 gigs, supporting Sargeist in their first show in Israel, opening for Watain (also for their first time here), and we had the release show for "The Triumphant Age of Death". We are looking into new gigs, and also have some discussions regarding a tour abroad, but it's too soon to disclose any information.
For the teenagers, I'd say that if you have talent, and if the Black Metal flame shines bright in your heart, you will find your way. It would be very patronizing by giving any additional advice.


24. That's all I've got right now.best of luck for the future. Looking forward. thanks a lot for enduring this torture haha. Any final thoughts, comments for the readers? Always welcome to India. We are keen to see you play live. If I forgot anything, please insert it in here.

Dim Aura: Support the underground, and be loyal to yourselves, no one else will.


Interview Done By Souvik Basu. Published on 10.05.2019

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GeneOme Released New Single «Write Out Fair»



International Rock band GeneOme has released second new single «Write Out Fair». The single was recorded & mixed in Mixonics studio and mastered by Wim Bult. The video was directed and productions done by Eugene Marinovich.


GeneOme is an international rock project organized by a group leader named Gene Ome. The band was founded in 2017 and released their debut single "Leave Me" in January 2018. Now the band is preparing to release a new single and clip for the song "Believe in Miracles" and "I'm so sorry". It is also in the process of choosing the platform to raise funds for the release of the full-length album.

Split Review :~ Inferno / Devathorn - Zos Vel Thagirion


Czech Republic's purveyors of chaos, Ritual whispering, invocation Inferno and the bringer of wrath, darkness, and liberation Draconian elite Athenian black metal group Devathorn call upon the maddening rays with the brand new split entitled " Zos Vel Thagirion" via World Terror Committee. Mixing black metal with esoteric, obscure, mysterious, introspective passages, dense otherworldly blasting, avant-garde together was always their forte. They both have created a sound as powerfully evil and they intend to abuse us with a punishingly relentless display of rhythms and some overall solid riff, albeit a touch generic for the genre. This is filled with more unearthly, astounding, critical acclaimed, heavy, claustrophobic misery, enigmatic melodies. This new Split is consist with 4 tracks. Indeed they both are the well-established group of bands who can make a full sound and creative and with lots of excellence, ritualistic, hatred, blasphemy in his lyrics, with well crafted, distinct content. After so long in existence, they have gathered a wealth of experience and dark talents, which they liberally pour into their music. "Zos Vel Thagirion" is an infernal and raging metal of blackness. They have been slinging noxious, elevated extreme metal scene. An ever-increasing number of black metal bands feature dissonance and accessibility in equally impressive amounts. Certain black metal bands were able to gain proper attention and actually attempt to cross both realms and unite them under one cohesive effort. Indeed they both are the well-established group of bands who can make a full sound and creative and with a lot of excellence, ritualistic, hatred, blasphemy in his lyrics, with well crafted, distinct content. Aforementioned both bands have poured their musical devotion into a chalice of sulphur flame where it burns with obsidian light. Now I’m straight diving to the point about this new Split.

Their incantations whole compositions are an extremely filthy and unsettling piece of sinister euphoria and unearthly ambiance .when at first I’ve checked out their first excerpt I was just overwhelmed and this split was one of my long awaited, anticipated split off past year. Both bands each and every member are excellent musicians appreciate their unsurpassed quality, ability, and skill. All of their tremendous effort portrayed in this split in a radiant way with excellent diligence and nailed it. After a multiple listen their last studio effort infused me with their Unrelenting, powerful, blasting, overarching, chromatic, chaotic, multi-layered, ultra-dense, ritualistic, monolithic black metal musical style laced with atmospheric vibe just blew me away.T heir's collective wisdom and expels it as almost 32:37 minutes of shadowy artistry. Their musical style has a hypnotic effect and especially ritualistic, esoteric, arcane vibe which adds to the more atmospheric kind of black metal but at the same time, the vocals and other parts of the riffing are straight forward blasphemous simultaneously.



This whole split reflects the grand diversity of sound brought together on this split. It is really not easy to describe their complex musical style. Black Metal with unconventional influences enjoys indeed tend quite popular.A natural synthesis of dissonant sounds and disparate styles all combined in one bold, enlightened display of unbound creativity. Despite the often mysterious ,furious,cacophonous ,heavy and barbarous form of black metal assaults  laced with dark eerie,gloomy  and occult  atmosphere with a lots of segments of slower,mid-paced tempo too where they combine cavernous drum thrashes, melancholic guitars ,previously mentioned all  aspects  enriched this split that is very powerful, strong and excellent all at the same time along with a good  balance  of black metal music, melody and brutality with strangulated, filthy, horrific riffs work and those effective chants simultaneously borrow blackened, gloomy, sinister vibe. They know how to hone their aggression to deal with some grievous wounds. I highly appreciate and embrace this split because of their distinct style.

well, this split's opening track “Azazyel Iscariot” starts with sonic assailment, the obtuse, grotesque, whispering, atmospheric sound followed by an onslaught of tremulous, dark eerie, savage riffs and a wall of blast beating, spectacular drums laced with aggression, deliberate cadence. Their whole composition and musical style are impeccable also borrow great atmosphere. They both have injected ritualistic essence, obscure, arcane, esoteric vibes into blasphemous black metal style. Their musical representation evolves into souls wandering vicious, crushing and ominous wasteland. This whole split gives u pitch-black feel from beginning to the end and I warn you this is a gloomy journey.


This split is filled with a slew of cadence, apocalyptic, squalid, ominous, hellish, crawling, slow but powerful riffs work. Drumming, the percussion line up is bleak, frantic, solid, clattering and powerful. In each track, breathtaking, morbidly delicious, scalding, macabre, soaring riffs, bass lineups matched in a good manner with hellish, devilish chords and horror, mournful sounds are rightly used as an additional uncanny harmonic layer. The most striking thing you’ll notice about the sound of them is the air of darkened auras, occult moods and haunting melodies that quite literally drips from the noise they create. This whole split's sound delivers a dissonant, grim feeling, sinister, occult, gruesome black metal with raw emotion and pure energy. “Zos Vel Thagirion”  endures beauty of black metal. This split indulges strong songwriting and brilliant musicianship. Vocals howling scream, hoarse , immense, inhuman voice and effective chants emerged on this split in a well manner and intertwined perfectly with their utterly  spellbinding,obtuse, mysterious,fully blistering, blasphemous, ritualistic, grandiose  black metal,distant musical style with a lots of melodic,atmospheric,occult,ritualization accompaniment  and  embedded perfectly . Overall you will get sinister, gloomy, desolate, mysterious ambient from this whole split. I really worship and highly cite both bands.



Each song has energy, fluency. Stand out tracks are all of them. Split artwork is atrocious, grisly, indelible. Overall “Zos Vel Thagirion” whole split is Spectacular, engrossing, significant, rich, Spirituality full of evil, Scary shaking of dark vibration. This split sounds so authentic and a truly remarkable sonic journey from beginning to end. Indeed this split is such a true gem. I’ll say this whole split is the aesthetics of black metal.Outstanding another one release so far. This is highly recommended to add it in your collection.If you are looking for something different, epic this pure unadulterated black metal utterance is perfect and it will pull out your soul from your body and take you on a journey into another universe. so, enter the void and I am sure definitely you will come out stronger, darker, gloomier than ever before.

My Rating – 4.9/5   Review done by - Souvik Basu. Published on 26/03/2019



Album Review :~ Glädje - The Unwritten Chants of the Dying Light


This is a prism of unlight. A ruthless plunge into the cold arms of death, told by the blackest of scribes and channeled through an unhallowed wavelength that makes most black metal bands shiver in fear. The obsession with anything outre is not exactly a novelty in the metal scene, but occasionally it will assume a much more complex and nuanced dimension owing to musicians who insist on addressing such topics with utmost maturity and profundity. As caustic as anything released this, year The Unwritten Chants of the Dying Light is an unstoppable mass of swirling black carnage that is immediately haunting and intense. Numerous bands have created albums based around their own ideas that take insight from creative writing, but few bands will dedicate the entire span of an album to the relevant interpretation of the belief With the emergence and escalation of notorious tendency. Spawning from the depths of Sadness, suffering, madness, pain, Knowledge is the newest record from orthodox black metal duo Glädje - The Unwritten Chants of the Dying Light. Glädje this Polish group married the fury of suffering, pain black metal with a creeping dose of mystical, ominous, sinister madness. The atmosphere and tightly plotted albums were based on mystical, occult, incantation while still employing their own take on black metal.

On this year Polish black metallers Glädje Unveiled their debut full-length opus on this year entitled “The Unwritten Chants of the Dying Light” with 39:23 min running time along with skin-ripping, bleak, shadow-cloaked, blood-freezing artistry. This new album consists of 7 tracks. They have developed into an independent mystical, occult and grand entity with their debut album. Now I am straight going to the point about this new album.
When at first checked out their manifestation I was overwhelmed and the track sounds so authentic, mature from then I was clinched that I have to check this whole material for sure and this would be a savage beast. Glädje delivers distinct, atmospherically evil, a vivid, horrifying form of black metal. This bands each and every musician did a fantastic job on this album in a radiant way and It’s really great when your high hopes are not misplaced. This whole album reflects the grand diversity of sound brought together on this album. A natural synthesis of dissonant sounds and disparate styles all combined in one bold, enlightened display of unbound creativity Despite the often crushing,fast ,furious,cacophonous black metal assaults with a lots of segments of slower tempo too where Glädje combines an atmospheric, mysterious, introspective passages with cavernous drum thrashes, morose guitars and those effective rasps. The raw and obscure line is meticulously preserved while more current elements are inserted without compromising the quality and the old school line.

well, their latest incantations opening track starts with raindrops sound along with some brilliant melody after that their quasi opener "The Path" is massive, vivid black metal assaults. The layered tapestry of a duo-tonal whirlwind of guitar noise laced with aggression, deliberate cadence and progression seasonings supporting the likewise vocals large voice drown a bit in the almost unhuman-like drumming, although this evolves to a more dynamic sound on the rest of the album. Their whole composition and musical style are impeccable also borrow great atmosphere with sour, dissonant riffs work. When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are done in a very modern, melodic and atmospheric fashion while the songs include a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with the riffs also bringing a great amount of melody.


 These new album whole compositions are the extremely filthy and unsettling piece of sinister, grim euphoria and unearthly ambiance. “The Unwritten Chants of the Dying Light”  commences chronologically invigorating. Their distinct entity infused me by a lot. Their musical style has a quite soft and smooth edge in the synth playing which adds to the more atmospheric, unique kind of black metal but at the same time, the vocals and other parts of the riffing are straight forward ferocious simultaneously. Honestly, after a multiple listen this album just blew me away with their ethereal abyss,multi-dimensional, ominous musical style. Each musician have exuded tremendous, cohesive effort on this album with excellent diligence and nailed it.G lädje really does the trick for the atmosphere is the overall murky, mysterious, Juxtapositions of darkness and light, the misty sound that comes from the music. I highly cite and embrace this album.


This album is filled with a slew of cadence, apocalyptic, pummeling, ominous, hellish, powerful riffs work. As well bass line up is whopping, intense, strong, rumbling, slithering. Drumming, the percussion line up is bleak, frantic, solid, clattering and powerful. The guitars are solely focused on creating a grandiose atmosphere but predominantly rely on walls of sound and swerving rhythms. In each track morbidly delicious, macabre, soaring, dark eerie, ghastly riffs, bass lineups matched in a good manner. This whole albums sound deliver a dissonant, grim feeling, sinister, melancholic, gruesome black metal with raw emotion and pure energy. “The Unwritten Chants of the Dying Light” endures beauty of black metal. This album indulges strong songwriting and brilliant musicianship. This album has a hypnotic effect on the listener. Vocals decently large voice that does well for Glädje. Especially his menacing and hoarse voice are excellent. Vocals howling scream, immense, deep rasps voice emerged on this album in a good manner adds a thick murky sound and intertwined perfectly with their utterly spellbinding, obtuse, bizarrely arrogant, mysterious, fully blistering black metal, distant musical style with a lot of melodic, atmospheric accompaniment and embedded perfectly. Their sound, the musicianship is absolute prime, with every song unleashing a seething torrent of scalding dissonance and insidious melody, scorching distortion, invective, all of which combine to produce an overarching atmosphere of creeping, crippling dread. Overall you will get sinister, gloomy, desolate, mysterious ambient from this whole album. I really worship this band.


Each song has energy, fluency and draws a savage landscape. Stand out tracks are all of them. Every song, skin-stripping riff, and vile vocal incantation is delivered with the righteous fury and unwavering conviction of the true believer. The vision of the album cover is Pretty neat, solid, atrocious, grisly, macabre, gorgeously hideous. Overall “The Unwritten Chants of the Dying Light” whole album is Spectacular, engrossing, significant and goes all the way through with a relentless rage from the beginning. The sound has a depth to it, that with brief distortion. This album sounds so authentic and a truly remarkable sonic journey from beginning to end. Indeed this album is such a true gem of this year. The production is absolutely impeccable, capable of handling both the massive atmospheric and gargantuan heft. Outstanding another one release of this year so far .“The Unwritten Chants of the Dying Light” is shattering culmination in black metal evolution. The Polish bruisers still possess all the necessary skills and hard-won experience to put younger, newcomer challengers in their place. With "The Unwritten Chants of the Dying Light", Glädje writes another chapter in their book of successive masterpieces. If you looking for something different, epic this album will take you on a sophisticated and weighty black metal journey into another universe where music has the power to transcend the spoken word.

My Rating – 4.7/5   Review done by - Souvik Basu. Published on 14/03/2019

Interview :~ Agon and Black Metal from Miami




Hello Andre, and welcome to MetalHeadSpotted Magazine. Lets start with a simple question - what did you have for breakfast today?

At this exact moment, I only drank some good ol’ Cuban coffee, it’s still early in the morning so I will cook up something sooner than later.

Tell us more about your solo project, and how you decided to form "Agon"

Well I always wanted to create music and spread it around the world to have people hear it and appreciate it, so I wanted to write music straight from my heart, show everyone how my feelings were at the time. I wrote so many different songs and styles just trying to find my sound that I wanted to express, and the final product was the one that finally satisfied the sound I was searching for.

Why you choose the name "Agon" for your project?

I am a fan of Tolkien and his works, so I wanted something related to his lore. I found the word Agon and it said that it means “twilight, dusk” so I chose it since I liked the sound of it. Later on, I found out that agon is also a term from ancient Greece which stood for a struggle or a contest. That definition struck even more with the themes of my music, so I incorporate both meanings into my music.

Some people say it's hard to write good Black Metal if you are not from Northern parts of Europe. What can you tell about this theory since you live in United States

It doesn’t have to come from the northern regions of Europe to be good black metal. It all depends on the musician and what story he or she wants to tell to the audience. If it’s straight from the heart with great musical artistry, then it should be effective no matter the context. You could live by the beach or live in the middle of the darkest forest, no matter where you’re located, if you know how to write black metal and have the listener relate to it, you have done your job.

Last summer your released Agon debut album "Hollowed Lake", can you tell us more about the recording process and how the work was done

It took me up to 2 plus years to finally find my sound that I wanted for Hollowed Lake and during those years, I wrote some riffs for the album sporadically. It was only just to put them together and add additional elements to the songs to flesh them out. Recording-wise, my set up is simply just my iPad with GarageBand, my iRig guitar interface, and Lurssen Mastering Console app for the mastering.

You've made a long way since the release of the album - you signed with GlobMetal Promotions and your music entered the charts in Russian radio stations. How can you explain that after the release magazines all over the world publish the project but the Russian people found your music the most interesting?

I got no clue! I’m as baffled as to how I have a formidable following in Russia compared to even my local Miami scene! All I can say about this grand influx is because of GlobMetal Promotions and the hard work from Kostya Aronberg to promote my music in websites and radio stations in Eastern Europe and Russia. I could not have been more grateful for his help in spreading my music around his region.

What plans do you have for 2019?

My plans for Agon is to release my second full length album. I already have more than half of the album written out, just need to come up with a few more ideas to then record, produce, and master it all. Hopefully I can also try to play my songs live if I find session musicians who would be willing to learn my songs.

Thank you for your time. Any last words you wanna say to our readers?
Thank YOU for wanting to interview me about my music! I am honored that you want to help spread my music to others around the world. And for all the readers out there, I know my music and the music we listen to leans towards the sad and depressing spectrum of life and our mental states, but I want to let you know that there is a light at the end of whatever depths you are currently in right now. Luckily for me, I feel happy with my life at the moment compared to the time when I wrote this album. So I hope that with whatever help you may get and with all the patience that you can muster, that you can too feel happy about your life as well. Much love and gratitude to all. Up the irons!

Interview :~ Dreamsense about new single and upcoming album



Hello there and wellcome to Metalhead Spotted Magazine. How are you and what are you doing this days? 

George Ognev: Hi! We’re fine and working on our album. Also we’re preparing for a little journey to Saint Petersburg to play our show there on March 17.

Let's start with some old fashion history, can you please tell us about Dreamsense and how it was formed? 

George Ognev: Sure, gladly! Dreamsense is a metal band, which uses symphonic orchestra in arrangements. It was formed by me. In a 2015 we had play our first concert.

What gives you inspiration to write the music? 

George Ognev: Everything! Sunny weather, traveling, tasty food... I can continue this list forever :)
Tony Shabbat: The world around. People, nature, other music and every possible kind of art.

You released the band new single “Glasswall” in the end of 2018, how can you describe the reaction to it so far 

George Ognev: It was very well received by our listeners.
Tony Shabbat: Good. Song was well received by our audience especially at our shows. I can say that people love it and it makes me feel proud to be a part of this.

Do you have any plans for new album/EP? If yes - when it will be released? 

George Ognev: Totally yes! We’re working on our album right now! It almost finished:) If everything’s go well, it will releases in autumn.

I must say that people here in India don't know much Russian Symphonic Metal bands, do you know more bands like you in Russia? 

George Ognev: I don’t know:) Really! Russian Symphonic scene is quite monotonous actually. I find Dreamsense absolutely different from other bands. I can’t even say, that we are typical band for this genre. We are more metal band with orchestral arrangements, than just Sympho Metal. People always say that we sound more like Dream Theater and Within Temptation. Maybe because we like to experiment and trying not to cling to one typical style.

What can you say about the Russian underground metal scene 

George Ognev: It’s very specific and interesting.

Thank you for your time, hope to see you live soon. Any last words for our readers?

George Ognev: Don’t stop dreaming and listen to Dreamsense!
Tony Shabbat: Always support your local scene. Listen to the various music. Be kind to each other and take care of yourself. All the best wishes, ladies and gentlemen.

Interview :~ Belle Morte about music and future plans



Hello Belle and welcome to Metalhead Spotted Magazine. Let's start with something simple - what did you have for breakfast? 
Hi there! I had an omelette and double coffee to wake up - downside of getting up early.

Can you tell us more about Belle Morte project and how it was formed?
Creating music has always been a part of my life, but it’s 2015 when Belle Morte project formally began. We started collaboration with Sergey Butovsky, Ivory band frontman: he did all the arrangement and sound producing for Belle Morte songs so far. We created several tracks first, mostly to check if the songs I had back then were worth listening and if anything good could come of it. Obviously that turned out well 🙂

The idea behind Belle Morte was always about playing on contrasts - in music, lyrics, visual imaginary, everything. It’s about seeing its own beauty in disturbing things, ugly things, and, vice versa, seeing the bad side in nice things which might not be that obvious at the first sight.

What gives you inspiration to write the music?
Inspiration comes from everywhere – sometimes I can feel fascinated by a single word as it gives an impulse. Overall, I don’t write songs when I’m feeling happy. Composing for me is a relief and the only helper when I feel sad and depressed. Luckily (or not) it happens a lot.

In 2018 you released the band debut EP “Game on” and 2 singles after that, it looks like you are working on the new music 24/7
I’d love to say we are, but as we all have full-time jobs, that would be an exaggeration. Still we spend a lot of time working at the studio and thinking through all the details: we have ton of raw material and even more ideas waiting for their turn.

How can you describe your music and it's style?
It has always been “music first” for us, meaning doesn’t really matter how it will be classified and what style it will be in, as long as the song itself is something people love listening to. I hate giving labels and arguing what band is “true” enough: it either produces something worthy or not.
As we still need to mark ourselves somehow, I would say we are closer to symphonic metal with some gothic elements as well. But again.. who knows where our imagination will get us in the end of the day 🙂

Beside the studio work do you have any plans in the near future to have a full lineup and start a big tour over the world?
It depends on what to consider “near” 🙂 Our goal #1 is recording the full-length album. As for the tour, that would be a nice thing to do after we have the album done, which realistically might happen in a year or so.

I know you must be tired of questions like this, but can you describe us Belarusian metal scene
It’s rather small and everyone knows each other. We have lots of talented bands here, sadly, many of them are not so well-known outside the community.

In our magazine we usually ask musicians about their opinion if their president will like their music if he will hear it, and you will not be an exception so - what do you think Alexander Lukashenko will like the band music if he will hear it? 
Ha-ha, nice one 🙂
Hope he does, moreover, plays along on the accordion, giving our music some folk vibes.

Thank you for your time and interview. Any last words to our readers? 
Thank you so much for having us! We appreciate the fans who has been extremely supportive all this time - stay tuned as we are one step close to releasing the third single from our upcoming album and it would be something fresh and solid!

Fragmenta new single release date revealed



Australian Thrash Metal band Fragmenta will release their new single in the new "Imperative MusicCompilation" on 15th February, 2019. The band vocalist/guitarist El Dunco described the band new single: "Exciting, electric, pounding, danceable Kyuss meets Rammstein industrial thrash. Our best blend of industrial and thrash yet".

https://www.imperative-music.com/news/various-rock-metal-bands-the-best/?fbclid=IwAR2n9XJGYfsfalYiELZbGMeX0Hyg5NN1fnZpKxSK26E6640ST64J-_kl8rw 

Fragmenta is an original Industrial Thrash Metal band, formed in Adelaide, South Australia. The band gained national recognition in Australia after featuring on popular currant affairs program Today Tonight, which noted their "dark themes" and branded them "a violent assault on the senses."

Restless Mind released "We are still Alive"



Moscow metal band Restless Mind released their third album. The new album called "We are still Alive" (Мы Ещё Живы) and have 9 songs that were recorded at "Playmaker Sound Studios" by Roman Novichkov. Artwork done by Mark Erskine. 


Tracklist:

1. We are stil Alive (Мы еще живы!) 05:29 
2. The Cross (Крест) 04:25 
3. Wind of hundred roads (Ветер ста дорог) 03:36 
4. Instinct (Инстинкт) 04:37 
5. Reset 04:00 
6. To see the sky (Видеть небо) 04:00 
7. Without Tears (Без слёз) 05:24 
8. Moths (Мотыльки) 04:46 
9. Terabytes of emptiness (Терабайты Пустоты) 04:32

Agon released debut album



American Atmospheric Black Metal band Agon released  their debut album «Hollowed Lake». The album was recorded, mixed and mastered by Andre Basora in "Blackened Remains Studio".





The band was formed in 2018 in Miami, Florida as a solo project of Andre Basora who wrote and recorded all his music.


Tracklist:

1. My Yearning Heart 10:02
2. Tunnel of Desolation 08:32
3. Empty Voice in the Forest 09:08
4. Hollowed Lake 09:54
5. Blackened Remains 06:24

Altar of Madness released debut album



Mexican Death Metal band Altar of Madness released their debut album «Tales Beyond the Vortex». The album was recorded in "Lugra Burn's Studio", and mixed/mastered by Bryan Shortell.




Altar of Madness was formed in 2014 at Colima, Mexico. Composed by Bonzo (Vocals), Lugra (Lead guitar) and Fab Chav (Drumms). In 2017 Kraken joined the band as their new rhythm guitarist, and the band start to work on their debut album.


Interview :~ Funerary Bell front man unveiled about band history, believes and many more


• Hello, how are you doing today?

Hi. I'm fine. Drinking morning coffee and answering your questions.

• Funerary Bell was formed in 2007, So, you guys are formed in late 2000's, So Can you give me
a brief history of how the band got together? Had you been in any bands or musical apparition
before Funerary Bell?

I played the drums in Charnel Winds and Utgard but wanted to do something on my own so I formed
Funerary Bell. I am also one of the founding members of Verge but I left in 2006 to focus on the other
bands.

• What bands inspired the direction that Funerary Bell took and motivated you? Writers?
Visual artists? Movies? Books?

Mainly the old first wave black metal bands were the main inspiration. I am also a big fan of Edgar
Allan Poe and Charles Baudelaire. We took a lot of inspiration from old Italian horror films, mostly from
the late Lucio Fulci's flicks.

• There are two basic ways of looking at music. In the first, there is a mechanism for the
arrangement of certain tones, musical style.in the second, a narration occurs where a story is told or a poetic function completed. In your view of compositions, which is more important? Where were you when you first thought the project had the longterm potential for you?

Wholeness of the song is the most important matter here. Without the right composition, good lyrics won't save the song and good composition doesn't work for me if the lyrics are bad. I think that I was in my mom's womb when this project was born so it will last as long as I breathe. This is not just music, this is all I've got.

• What for you is the significance of the name, “Funerary Bell”?

The ancient Bell that tolls in the tower when the funeral is set in the old gothic graveyard.

• If you could tour with other bands in metal, who would you pick if you were looking for
bands similar to Funerary Bell?

Black Oath and Oltretomba from Italy and Ithaqua from Greece.

• Since late 2000's each and every year Funerary Bell's released albums, demos, EPs, Split,
compilation etc and shaped the style of music. How do you maintain this consistency yet keep
developing with each album? How do you write your riffs, songs? What is the most difficult part about composing songs as you do?

In the beginning, I was the main composer but nowadays all of us write the music. I just basically take the guitar in my lap and play. The most difficult part is to get in the right mood to get Funerary Bell sounding song composed.

You can stream the full album here :

Do you have a preference for type of equipment? In your mind, how important is equipment to
the production of music?

We use old tube amplifiers and analog effects for the guitars and bass. If you don't have good songs the equipment can't save the result of the final product.

Well, now I’m going to the main point about the new album. On the 23rd of February via Saturnal Records Funerary Bell “Undead Revelations” released and already so, which sounds extremely promising. When were these tracks written, and how does Funerary Bell go about the writing process?

The tracks were written between 2010 and 2014. We all write alone in our homes and bring the songs
to rehearsals, then the band works with the arrangments to make the songs whole.

• What's going on as far as lyrical themes on “Undead Revelations ”?

The album is my personal diary of the things that happened to me from 2010 to 2014. It starts from the birth after I survived the near-death experience and ends to death only for the protagonist to be born again to this cyclic life – living Hell.

• I’ve noticed Funerary Bell musical style reminds exceptional black metal with the low-pitched screams/chants laced with old-school black metal influence along with avant-garde esque. would you agree with this though aforementioned black metal stalwarts, its purveyors willingly eschewed publicity and allowed 2018’s ceaseless deluge of quality releases to subsume their monumental collaboration?

Well, I agree. For what I have heard the year 2018 was full of high-quality releases and Undead
Revelations should have had a vinyl treatment because people don't buy CDs anymore which is a shame.

• I’ve categorized Funerary Bell's significant black metal genre.so, How did you get into this
style of music and explain about this very rare known music genre?

In 1997 I had my first band (a punk rock one) I heard other bands playing black metal in our rehearsal place and instantly fell in love with the genre. Back then Enthrone Darkness Triumphant was just released and everybody played keyboard led black metal. It was some years later when I found Bathory and all the old first wave acts when listening to the CDs in the local music store.

• How would you describe the sound of the new album "Undead Revelations" to someone who
hadn’t heard it, and what distinguishes your music from any other act in the same genre?

The mixture between death metal and old school black metal. I don't believe that there is any other
band that belongs to our ”genre”.

• Do you guys have any official videos coming out soon?

Nothing has been planned, we are working on our next release.

• How do you explain the album title, what it means and the album art and how it coincides
with the lyrics, themes?

As I stated before, I live cyclic life and therefore am undead in a metaphorical way. And the revelations are the diary.

• Who came up with the album cover? I personally cherish Funerary Bell's each and every
album artwork because those are truly indelible, remarkable, appreciable and meaningful too.

I have been responsible for every Funerary Bell album covers, excl. The split with Blood Red Fog.


• Let's talk about your early memories. What's the first gig you ever went to? Have you been to any killer live shows lately?

Honestly speaking I can't remember the first gig ever but about 20 years ago there were lots of black metal nights with local bands playing and I was always present. Nowadays I don't go to gigs at all because I rather listen to music alone at home.

• In before you guys performed a lot of gigs so, Which show was the most memorable to you so far? Do you get a good crowd response? Did you get offers to play in other countries or anything like that?

Our best live shows were the first one ever in 2013 and the show we released as a live album just a
while ago called The Last Temptation – Light Of Violet Penance.

• Do you study other bands music to come up with ideas?

No, I don't.

• Vocals style is raspy, raw and tortured .appreciate your vocal style.how do you prepare your
vocals before the studio or especially for live performances? Did any band, in particular, inspire
you in the shrieking department?

I don't prepare at all, I just sing. I can drop few names who inspired me: Vincent Crowley from
Acheron and Sanctis Ghoram from Paul Chain Violet Theatre / Death SS.

• Is there a difference in the band’s sound as compared to the Full length, EPs and demos
you’ve released in the past?

All of them sound different but it is just a natural progression.

• Saturnal Records has been a great supporter of extreme metal, especially black metal. So it’s
nice to see that you’re signed to them now. How did this happen?

An interesting fact: I was one of the founders of Saturnian Productions that later, after my departure,
turned to Saturnal Records when the guys started work more professionally. So it was natural to us to
release our work through Saturnal as we knew all the guys personally.

• You guys are from Finland, how much have you discovered about the extreme metal scene
and how much of it were you aware of before the band started?

Finland is full of black and death metal bands and has always been so I discovered the scene already
when I was a kid.

• There is some satanic, Occult imagery with your lyrics, logo, theme. Is this just an image or something you believe in?

Everything is personal for me. I don't keep just an image, I have lived through my art and experienced
everything that has been sung in our records.

• What do you do as individual band members to relax, when not working on music? Do you
have jobs or business?

I am unemployed at the moment but one of our guys is a student, one work in a record store and one is a professional tattoo/piercing artist. I relax by listening to music, reading books and watching movies, don't know what others do in their spare time.

• What albums are you listening to lately or just the bands and albums, in general, you're
really digging right now and tell me about your anticipated album of the past year?

Right now I am listening to Finnish punk/psychobilly band Flesh Roxon, really good stuff. I didn't
follow the releases of past year or years. I don't follow the scene anymore. Mortuary Drape demo
collection DLP was a really great rerelease.

• Last one question, what are your future band goals & tell us something about an upcoming
tour. lastly, lots of teenagers aim to be full-time musicians. Many of them might be without any proper guidance, any words of wisdom for them?

Our next goal is to record the new album. There is no tour coming, maybe some little gigs here and
there. For the teenagers I could tell that try to find your own sound, there are too many black metal
bands around that sound the same or copy each other.

• That's all I've got right now.best of luck for the upcoming release. "Undead Revelations" this
album is one of my top listed release of the previous year. thanks a lot for enduring this torture haha. Any final thoughts, comments for the readers? If I forgot anything, please insert it in here.

Thanks for the interview. Stay true to yourself.

Interview was done by Souvik Basu. Published on 21/01/2019

Interview :~ Barshasketh Chats about Satanic Imagery, New Incantation, History and any more.


1. Barshasketh was formed in 2009, so, this band is formed in late 2000's but still keep early
black metal in their forte, So Can you give me a brief history of how the band got together?
Had you been in any bands or musical apparition before Barshasketh?

Barshasketh started as a solo project, back when Krigeist was still living in New Zealand. After
relocating to the UK, he expanded the lineup to a full band. Since then, he's moved away again and
we're now split across three different countries (UK, Finland, and Serbia). We've all been involved
in various projects before and alongside Barshasketh, although there are too many to name here. In
recent times, Barshasketh has taken up most of our time and energy, however.

2. What bands inspired the direction that Barshasketh took and motivated you? Writers?
Visual artists? Movies? Books?

Some of our early influences are fairly typical, the old masters such as Mayhem, Emperor or
Gorgoroth has all shaped our approach to a certain extent. Beyond that, mid-period Deathspell
Omega (SRMC in particular) as well as other releases from around the same time such as
Ondskapt's Dodens Evangelium have had a significant impact. Additionally, more recent releases
from the likes of Thy Darkened Shade, Ascension or Nightbringer continue to inspire us.
It's harder to pin down non-musical influences but to name just a few, Andrei Tarkovsky, Albrecht
Dürer, Jacob Pins, Ingmar Bergman, Michael Haneke, Alan Moore, Francis Bacon, Alasdair
Crowley and Rainer Maria Rilke have all played a part in shaping my outlook and perspective.

3. There are two basic ways of looking at music. In the first, there is a mechanism for the arrangement of certain tones, musical style.in the second, a narration occurs where a story is told or a poetic function completed. In your view of compositions, which is more important? Where were you when you first thought the project had the longterm potential for you?

I think the distinction you draw between them is erroneous. In actuality, it's simply a case of
analyzing music on a different scale, so to speak. This is analogous to the study of matter in Physics,
which is built upon on a more 'macroscopic' level in the discipline of biology, for instance.
As far as my own compositional process is concerned, I tend to consider the narrative first as a
guiding principle, but when it comes down to working out specific arrangements, I'll then deploy my
knowledge of music theory if and when required. I know some musicians who are self-taught tend
to look down on this practice as it's widely considered to be a less 'natural' approach, but I
personally, think this is misguided since music theory simply offers a toolkit and language through
which we can better communicate and manipulate our ideas, which stem from the same kernel of
pure inspiration regardless. I'm a bit of an outlier with regards to this due to my classical
background, which influences my general workflow when composing.

4. What for you is the significance of the name, “Barshasketh”?

Our band name derives from the Hebrew Be’er Shachat, which roughly translates as ‘Pit of
Corruption’; a multifaceted esoteric idea in the Qliphoth concerning the self-existing in a cyclical
the process that goes through phases of destruction, purification, and rebirth.
The Qliphoth being the mirror image of the holy Sefirot and is composed of various ''shells'' that
represent the evil and impure spiritual forces in Jewish mysticism.

5. If you could tour with other bands in metal, who would you pick if you were looking for
bands similar to Barshasketh?

Although there are far more popular and prominent bands, the two bands that immediately come to
mind as some of the finest contemporary practitioners of Black Metal are Thy Darkened Shade and
Nightbringer. Both display total dedication to their art and set a standard that all bands should strive
for in terms of proficiency and artistic integrity.

6. Since starting year each and every year Barshasketh's released albums, demos, EPs, Split, compilation etc and shaped the style of music. How do you maintain this consistency yet keep developing with each album? How do you write your riffs, songs? What is the most difficult part about composing songs as you do?

The evolution and progression of our songwriting is largely a natural process- we simply feel compelled to compose regularly and we've managed to refine our craft over time without it being a conscious effort on our part.
As for how the songs are constructed, what could be called the skeleton or basic structure of the
songs always stems from either myself or Krigeist. This is then further refined over time through a
process of demoing, where several drafts are produced as we work out the finer points of the
compositions. During this phase of the process, all members pitch in and make a major contribution
to the final result. The most difficult aspect of composing the songs is probably the sheer impracticability of our situation- since we are all scattered over different parts of Europe, we seldom get an opportunity to 'jam' the songs together and quickly try out new ideas. That said, this has not hindered us too severely and we still manage to get the job done in the end.

7. Do you have a preference for type of equipment? In your mind, how important is
equipment to the production of music?

I can't speak too much about the drums or bass, but we do have a general philosophy when it comes
to our approach to recording guitars. This being an emphasis on tracking more layers, but with less
gain, which has the effect of making things sound 'bigger'. For this reason, the pickups that we use
are not especially high output. We generally favor Les Paul style, single cut guitars with a
mahogany body for reasons of playing comfort as well as tone. While I wouldn't say that the choice of equipment is totally irrelevant, it's important to remember that the foundation of everything lies within the quality of the songwriting, without this there is nothing. A compelling song, performed well, will shine through a bad sound, but the reverse is not true.

8. Well, now I’m going to the main point about the new album. In January 2019, new opus will
release. When were these tracks written, and how does Barshasketh go about the writing
process?

If I recall correctly, the bulk of the songs were composed prior to the release of Ophidian Henosis,
with just a couple being written not long after that. Although it would take much longer for the
songs to reach their final form, maybe just a couple of months before we were set to start recording
at Necrommorbus studio in mid to late 2017.

9. I’ve categorized Barshasketh's significant black metal genre.so, How did you get into this
style of music and explain about this very rare known music genre?

I'm not sure what route the other guys took, but speaking for myself, I started with 80s thrash and
then sort of followed the historical development of extreme metal from that point, beginning with
early death metal and finally black metal. I've been hooked ever since. One major point of interest
for me is the combination of atmosphere and aggression, as well as the relative flexibility of the
genre when it comes to arrangements.

10. How would you describe the sound of the new album to someone who hadn’t heard it, and
what distinguishes your music from any other act in the same genre?

If I had to use just a few words to describe the new album, I think I would use these: aggressive,
dark, melodic, multifaceted. Although in many ways, we can be considered to be a fairly traditional
black metal band, what sets us apart is our extensive layering of different guitar parts and
setting up a counterpoint between these. While the bulk of the album has two or three guitar distinct
guitar parts happening at any given time, this number rises to 4 or 5 here and there, which can be
quite complex to handle in the mix, but produce an interesting effect and greater perceived depth in
the overall sound.


11. Do you guys have any playthrough videos coming out soon regarding new incantation?

That's not really something we're interested in doing, it just doesn't feel right for us.

12. How do you explain the album title, what it means and the album art and how it coincides with the lyrics, themes?

The album is self-titled and focusses on the aforementioned concept of Be'er Shachat, we've
structured the album to describe each phase of this process both musically and lyrically. The central
idea is also reflected on the front cover, where we see two facets of the self both engaged in a
struggle, but also intertwined and part of a larger whole.

13. Who came up with the album cover? I personally cherish Barshasketh's each and every
album artwork because those are truly indelible, remarkable, appreciable and meaningful
too.

The album cover, as well as the vast majority of illustrations in the whole layout, were produced by
Artem Grygoriev (AKA Black Typography), the layout itself and the art direction was provided by
Fenomeno Design, who is a Chilean graphic designer and a long time collaborator of ours. We
couldn't be more satisfied with the result, thanks to the excellent work of both of the
aforementioned artists.

14. In before you guys performed a lot of gigs so, Which show was the most memorable to you
so far? Do you get a good crowd response? Did you get offers to play in other countries or
anything like that?

We're lucky enough to get offered shows abroad fairly regularly, which is actually pretty rare for
bands that play such an underground type of music. I think the best show we played was in Hobart,
Australia in 2017. The sound on stage, crowd reaction and atmosphere was just perfect that night.
Our set at Inner Awakening festival in Budapest was also very intense as was our set supporting
Mayhem at Nosturi in Helsinki, Finland.

You can stream the latest opus right below :


15. Do you study other bands music to come up with ideas?

Not really to come up with ideas, I do sometimes learn parts of other bands' songs since I'm
interested in seeing how they are constructed, but when it comes to writing my own material, I try
my best to put all of that out of my mind and try to think about what it is I want to express, rather
than specific techniques I've picked up from other people and so on.

16. Vocals style is raspy, aggressive, raw and tortured .appreciate your vocal style.how do you
prepare your vocals before the studio or especially for live performances? Did any band, in
particular, inspire you in the shrieking department?

Well, I'm not the vocalist in the band, but Krigeist told me that this time, Simon Wizen from
Valkyria played an important role in the studio by suggesting different vocal styles for specific parts
and so on- it really made a big difference to the final result by the sounds of it.

17. Is there a difference in the band’s sound as compared to the Full length, EPs and demos
you’ve released in the past?

I would say that the new album presents Barshasketh at it's most aggressive, complex and darkest.
Beyond that, I would say that the new album is a continuation of the style we've been developing
since the very first release, although our approach certainly involves a lot more technical elements
at this stage as we've grown more proficient on our respective instruments.


18. "World Terror Committee" has been a great supporter of extreme metal, especially black metal. So it’s nice to see that you’re signed to them now. How did this happen?

Indeed, W.T.C is a fantastic label and we're honored to have collaborated with them since our
previous album (Ophidian Henosis) in 2015. I think it would take something drastic to make us part with them since they've been extremely accommodating and easy to work with.
Unfortunately, the story of how we got signed with them is rather banal, we simply sent our material
to them via email and they were interested in what they heard. It's that simple, haha.

19. There is some satanic imagery with your lyrics, logo, theme. Is this just an image or
something you believe in?

It's not just an image, we're deadly serious about this stuff.

20. What albums are you listening to lately or just the bands and albums, in general, you're
really digging right now and tell me about your anticipated album of this year?

Personally, two albums that have been on heavy rotation for me are: Adaestuo ''Krew Za Krew'' and
Bestia Arcana ''Holokoston''. Besides that, I've actually mostly been listening to classical music by
Messiaen, Ligeti, Arvo Pärt and Alfred Schnittke. I have to admit I'm not up to date on albums that
are scheduled for release in 2019 so I can't comment on that.


21. Last one question, what are your future band goals & tell us something about an
upcoming tour. Lastly, lots of teenagers aim to be full-time musicians. Many of them might be without any proper guidance, any words of wisdom for them?

We've got a European tour planned for late April/early June. Interested promoters can contact us at
barshasketh@live.com . We're also working on some festival appearance later in the year and a
Mexican tour in July. We're willing to play anywhere where there is interest, so promoters can
contact us at the email address listed above. Considering that we're not full-time musicians, I'm hesitant to offer any guidance on this. However, one thing I would recommend is to do whatever you do with absolute integrity. I have a suspicion that people can tell if an artist is not genuine.

22. That's all I've got right now.best of luck for the upcoming release. this would be one of my
anticipated release of 2019. thanks a lot for enduring this torture haha. Any final thoughts,
comments for the readers? If I forgot anything, please insert it in here.

Hail Satan.

The interview was done by Souvik Basu. Published on 15.01.2019

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