Sunday, January 31, 2010
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Sectioned- Purulent Reality-CD ( Paragon Records)
For some reason this style of death metal has never done much for me I do like Dismember and they do sound a bit like them but for me Sectioned is one of those 3rd tier Death metal bands that were all lumped and signed to Nuclear Blast, Earache and Roadrunner in the 90's and just lost there way. They almost have that JL American or Wild Rags vibe to them where if you wanted a new death metal release you could pick any of those as they were so similar. Sorry folks but this just doesnt work for me at all..
Aenaon: Phenomenon-CD (Bleak Art Records)
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Thursday, January 7, 2010
1. For those of us that have missed Borknagar why has there been so many yrs between Universal and last release?
---- Different reasons. First off, time flies as you may have noticed as well. But the most important factor is the fact that we work according to our own schemes. We don’t rush anything just in order to get an album out and so forth. This time around we basically needed the time to re-organize the band as well as the mental side of things. And we did not rush into studio before we were sure that we had a great album up the sleeve. I am pretty sure the gap between UNIVERSAL and the next album will be way shorter. We have already started to work on new songs.
2. You left Century Media and now working with Indie Recordings how did this come about?
---- When we released ORIGIN our deal with Century Media Records was fulfilled. CM is by all means a great label in many ways, but I somehow felt that we came to a dead end with them. I had been working with the label for over 10 years and I just felt the urge to “climb another mountain”. On the other hand Indie recordings came up with a deal that in general terms suited us much better, both economically and artistically. Also we have known the Indie guy’s for ages as they have been our main distributor in Norway since the beginning of our career- and did a great job! So considering all the options we had on the table in front of us, the choice where pretty obvious. So far Indie recordings have done a great job and I am sure they will do as well in the future.
3. Borknagar seems to be a family again with some members returning into the fold even if just a vocal track (like ICS Vortex)
---- Yeah, we are all a big happy family…haha… Even if Mr. Vortex quit the band about ten years ago, we have always been good friends, before and since. So when we finally decided to record “My Domain” this time around we had to get Vortex to do that. The song was written back in the mid/late ’90 and he has always been digging that song, so it was totally natural to ask him to do it….
4. With Universal it sounds like a band has come back full circle with the sounds that are the most powerful since The Archaic Course and Quintessence. Did these 2 amazing releases come into mind with Universal release?
---- Yeah, you nailed it there! This time we really allowed ourselves to be inspired by ourselves. It’s not that we wanted to jump back to the ’90 and repeat ourselves in any way, but I really felt the urge to somehow rediscover our musical core so to speak. The album really belongs to 2010 but you’ll definitely find some nerve that is reminiscent of our past career. In fact, I have always thought of this album as something between “The Archaic Course” and “Quintessence”…. Also I must admit that the song UNIVERSAL really inspired the whole album, atleast on a personal level.
5. Vintersorg vocals sound so brilliant on Universal for the 1st time I can hear his full range from clean to growls. I always knew that he was the right guy for the Borknagar job and with Universal he truly shines was anything do different this time?
---- Hmm… I think the main key here is the fact that we were all very focused on what we wanted to achieve with this album in terms of music. When it comes to the vocals Vintersorg and I had long discussion on how we should do the things. For this album we simply decided to think of the grim vocals as the main vocal and the clean vocals more as an addition instrument. Pretty similar to what we did on “The Olden Domain”…
6. Is there a story line or theme the Universal release??
---- This is not a concept album, personally I don’t like that. But the album definitely has some sort of underlying theme, even though the songs have a different approach lyrically. In simple terms you can boil it down the album title. I have always between interested in the encounter between man and nature, in different manners and perspectives. One of the songs on the new album, WORLDWIDE, deals with the fact that nature play by its rules whatsoever. Man can think, believe or acts however they want. Different cultural or geographical background and so forth, it does just not matter. The point is that nature play by its own rules whatsoever; there is no compromise or remorse. Man basically has two options in life, to play by these rules or not. You may say that this is an attitude or perspective that underlies the album in some or another way.
7. Will Borknagar be coming to USA for shows in 2010 at all?
---- We have no specific plans, but there are some options we are looking into right now. I have a vague but positive feeling that we’ll actually manage to cross the sea this year…..would be cool!
8. Are you working with The End Directly for North America or is that just an agreement with Indie Recordings?
---- Indie Recordings has a distribution deal with The End records for the US territory, so it is first and foremost a general cooperation between our label and The End. But still, we in the band have regular contact with them in order to work out the promotion in the States. First time for us working with this label, but so far the cooperation have worked really well, so looking forward to the rest..
9. There is a strong string and organ element on this release again I really think that works so well with the very Avant/Progressive guitar sounds. The sounds are so layered this time. How was Universal recorded at a band or part at a time?
---- The album was mainly recorded in Toproom studio during from January- May 2009. We did most of the recordings there but Lars (keys) and Vintersorg (vocals) did their work in their respective home studios. They felt more convenient doing that. The music being multi-layered was fully intentional from our side, so that was basically something we worked out during the pre-productions. I would definitely say that the album where recorded as a band this time around. During the period in studio everybody came by studio to work in one or another way, even though Lars and Vintersorg did most of their recordings at home.
10.Your official website has not been updated in a while do you feel MySpace is the place most goto these days and just need to update that??
---- Well, we have planned to mute and redirect the official site to our official myspace site for a long time. Of some or another reason we had some troubles doing that, even our former webmaster tried to redirect the site, but it would just not work. But then our previous drummer Asgeir Mickelson popped up the other day and fixed it….haha… Right now we’ll just focus on the MySpace site, which seems to be the thing these days!
11. There will be 4 different packages for Universal I see The Dragon and Vinyl packages look amazing. It nice to see a band care to put out an amazing vinyl product the sound on record is just amazing esp with a great record player. How limited are the Dragon Box set as well??
---- Yeah, we really wanted to spend some time and money on a great package this time around. It comes in 4 different versions, which all looks amazing. But personally I thing the LP really is the highlight. It comes with double vinyl’s to make sure the sound is optimal and gatefold, a really goodie for the good old veterans like me…haha… The Dragon Box set is limited, but I am not really sure yet, I think it is 3000 copies worldwide or something like that. I would argue that it is a must for every long run BORK- fan….it will be so great!
12. Thank you for your time any closing thoughts here?
---- Greetings to all our fans in the US! Make sure to check out the new album when it arrives, I am sure you will enjoy it! Take care folks!
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
- MKM tell us the birth of the very Grim Occult/Ritualistic unit called Aosoth.
*** this birth was mostly due to Antaeus being locked in the reh’ room and having always a missing band member not showing up, so we wouldnt waste the time & create something different than what we used to perform, also slower and well, to those who wants to give it a listen, it’s still easy to find... in the mean time, the band had to undergo drastic line up changes, different musical direction & got reborn when Antaeus went to record “blood libels” at BST studio, with the sound engineer (bst) we did discuss about doing again a band together (we’ve known each other for over a decade & also shared a band some years ago) so it all made sense.
2. Aosoth seems to have a few splits on Debemur Morti Productions and a full length out on Total Holocaust Records. Is the material very different from Ashes of Angels release?
*** ? we just had one split on debemur morti, with french act TEMPLE OF BAAL, in the past we also had a mlp split with ANTAEUS on paleur mortelle (reissued lately by Battleskrs on cd format), two demos I mostly didnt spread (one is enclosed in the reissue on cd), then the first full lenght on THR. All those materials are indeed VERY different from each other and all this is due mostly to the line up changes, I was & am the only link in between those releases. Even one of the tape was mostly dark ambiant & rituals whispered/screamed. The work we just achieved is somehow the one of a more matured work combination with BST, since we got to perform live with the first album for the first time since Aosoth got created, that somehow did create the wish to express ourselves in this more sinister way, while the first album was more “built to be performed live”, more catchy riffs I guess...
3. You seem to work with different labels on each release; is Agonia going to be your home now or will you continue to work on a label by label release ideal?
*** Thing is, Aosoth or Antaeus are very small acts & barely noticed, we had to go from label to label just to have our releases out, just like we also were to have a split with sargeist out some years ago & that never happened... it’s always been the same I guess, being a french band gets you to be considered as pure shit to most label & not worth the attention. (unless recently & only for a few selected bands like DSO for instance). So far all is going very well with Agonia & the next release will be done under their banner.
4. MKM, you had a long run with Antaeus; why was the project put on hold?
*** It became nearly impossible to go on, too many issues, and this european tour we did after the release of blood libels really did drain the remaining energy I would have had left. I felt like this tour RUINED all I did in “blood libels” & this was my most precious release and the feeling of “betrayal” towards my own work really made me more bitter than ever. Also we did have the usual line up issues, which leads us to the actual situation : just Seth (main guitar) & myself : being the core of the band & remaining like this. We will use a session drummer in case we record anything else, but NO, we will not perform live anymore, it just doesnt make sense. Too much effort & money lost for such a fucking shit result...
5. Aosoth has a very Dirty Grim Dissident Black metal sound with a strong Ritualistic feel almost in the same way bands like earlier Marduk, Deathspell Omega and a more obscure band called V.E.G.A. Was this a progression or is this what Aosoth was intended to sound like all along?
*** VEGA for instance, I am not familiar with, did listen to one track or something like “cocaine”, I’m not too sure... there is no discussion with BST during which we would name bands we would be interested to “copy” or be in the vein of. I guess both our musical backgrounds just gets to influence us into this writting but the main direction was to create something that we wouldnt necessarly perform live (on the opposite of the first album which was way more simple in the structure)
6. Is there a theme on the very powerful " Ashes of Angels"?
*** Lyric wise, this album got written in the same kind of process as “blood libels” from Antaeus, those who did get to listen to that album can get an idea or a glimpse of what it is about. Mostly an exposition, like a window inside my world, my words, an offering somehow.
7. Does Aosoth have any real alignment with " Order of Nine Angels" or is the name just taken from that belief as it fits you feeling and view of the world?
*** The earlier releases were strongly related to the ONA principles but the band does not claim to belong nor to be doing any kind of propaganda on that field, those willing to be educated or know more can look for themselves.
8. With Aosoth be doing many shows in 2010 and for someone that has never seen the band before is there a stage show or is just raw Black metal fury live on stage?
*** So far, there has been a talk for a mini european tour in april 2010 & that would be it. I doubt we could afford to do anything else for that year but who knows... maybe nothing will be done in the end. No there is no stage show nor anything planned, this is just adreline and exposition. There are some videos online I guess with “ok” result and you can get to see the difference in between the first gigs with the earlier line up (first album era) & the latest we did (gigs at the frontline in belgium).
Ah and some gigs in Belgium got secured as well, but that will depend on if we do find a suitable session drummer by then, since the latest we had is now impossible to afford it seems...
9. What are your thoughts on the current digital age with Black or Extreme metal? Do you feel it's too easy to get exposure to bands that are not ready or does it weed out the garbage to the world before the labels see or hear them?
*** I seriously dont care. In the end, the bands from scandinavia will get interests from the listeners & labels and will mostly be it.
10. It's very timely right now so I'm asking most BM bands this: what are your thoughts on all the hype with new Burzum release and do you feel that in 2010 Varg holds any importance to the scene any more after a decade out of the sound or vision on Black metal?
*** Just got to read one sentence of the man saying that he has nothing to do with “black metal” but yet his music will be affiliated with the genre.
To each its own, I did play a good amount of times the first two releases on my vinyl player but never got much in the rest... Just like I never heard anything after “hvys...” I will not give a listen to this piece either, be it well written or not, I just dont care – if I want dark folk or ambiant industrial, I go check with tesco or cold meat industry...
11. Will Aosoth be touring or performing in the USA at all in 2010?
*** Impossible. How could we? Just like this one time Antaeus performed in New York, was such a mistake... the promoter must still be pissed on how ridiculous the turn out was. There is no reason to go and do gigs for us there, who would care anyway? It’s already like 20 people showing up in europe, so I guess it would be 5 in the USA. We’re not anything “hype” or having the support from bands over there, so no. Nothing, yet I have great memories of my stays in the USA but not with Antaeus, on a more personal level. But trust me, if some promoters would show interest, we would agree, but DOUBT IT.
12. Do you feel Corpse paint is a needed element to the live ritual of Black metal music? I just saw Marduk tour and the bands with corpse paint seem to have a more powerful showing.
*** I did perform ONCE without paint since I felt like the whole gig was just a pathetic joke and I couldnt stand the idea to be part of that, I still wonder why I even did the gig myself, I guess I wouldnt let the others down... but yes I do consider the paint as an emphasis somehow – though with all the sweat and anger & me always having hair in my face, it doesnt get to be seen much.
Marduk really managed to get an amazing turn out with Mortuus on vocals, when Antaeus toured with them in 2002 or 2003, really thought that the band was soon to be dead. And now they’re stronger than ever.
13. If you have any closing thoughts please place them here:
616 all hails to you Clint for the coverage in your zine.
Give a listen to the french act VI, the guy is also our second live guitarist & we shall soon do a split ep with him, great work !!
Also in the latest releases, the demo tape from Ascension from Germany is a must have.