Saturday, July 31, 2010
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Interview answered by L.G. (drums)
1. For those new to KOZELJNIK tell us about the band?
Kozeljnik as a band started out in 2006, but the thought of its formation found itself in the back of our heads years before that. In first running months, we already had our first EP recorded and got it released on tape. This led to a contract with the small US label Humanity’s Plague Prod. which had later released our debut album “Sigil Rust”. Even though not highly promoted it sure got into ears of some people who greeted our art with real passion. One of them was chief of Paragon Records from NY, whom we later signed a new contract with and one month ago released second full-length material “Deeper the Fall”. Be sure to check this one out.
2. The sound of the band is very Avant/Prog/Extreme Metal; I hear a lot of Voivod, Code and Ved Buens Ende in you. Are these bands influences at all?
Those are one of the favorites, along with thousands of other creations, that’s for sure, but I wouldn’t put much of it as an influence to our sound, nor Kozeljnik as a band of certain category in music. We could speak about the influences for hours, though I think it’s pointless and rather unnecessary. I believe this is our thing from the very start and we’re always in the ever-lasting search for our ‘definite’ sound. Others will tell if we have succeeded with that.
3. The vocals are very tormented in a Bethlehem or Deinonychus fashion. How did you get the vocals so tortured in sound?
Original plan didn’t hold Kozeljnik for a vocalist, but only a string operator, as he does this duty so fiercely in his other bands. We actually didn’t plan to continue as a two-piece band neither, but we found this way to be perfect for us. It took us some rehearsals before we realized K.’s vocal potential and enormous progress he had from the very beginning. Now I think he’s one of the very unique voices in the scene. Can’t really explain how it worked out for him and how exactly did he find that Devil inside his throat, but it’s one of those things that simply has to crawl out to the surface and embrace all. As we expand our sound he goes further with his vocal performance. One can easily realize that by comparing these two albums.
4. You're working with Paragon now. How did this alliance come to be?
Well, they were one of few labels out there we found to be really interesting. And we thought the release of our next material could be a nice deal for them, so we gave it a try. We sent out rehearsal with some new songs we had at the moment and it didn’t take much to make some deal with Mike, since he really liked our music from the very beginning. We’re signed for the release of “Deeper the Fall”, but are willing to stay if all the promotion goes well and really suits our needs.
5. You're in Serbia - what is the metal scene like in the former Eastern bloc nations in 2010? Is Black metal or extreme metal very popular there?
Yeah I think it’s very popular and there are lots of people who’d like to be involved with all this. Unfortunately, not many quality bands or true promoters of the crime emerge from dust these days, but that’s scenario in most parts of this world nowadays. On the other hand, this thing is strictly individual so therefore we still find souls who caress the spirit of this Black fashion in very dedicated manner.
6. “Sigil Rust” your last release was much more cold and black. Do you see the band moving into more avant sounds??
“Sigil Rust” dwells in one dimension and the structure of the album is far simpler than the one we have on “Deeper…”. All of it that came with time is natural to us, being avant-garde or however you’d like to put it, but we’re not avoiding it. We are Ourselves in this more than anywhere else and we got lot more to deliver.
7. Does KOZELJNIK perform live or is it just a studio action?
Sure, we perform live with Kozeljnik and so far we had few remarkable gigs, while sharing stage with some cults of the genre. We plan much more on that field as this needs to be xperienced on stage equally as listening of the album.
8. How does KOZELJNIK create its very ritualistic sounds in studio? Is it all written out or are there a lot of studio-created ideas?
It’s all studio-created sound, most of it came on studio sessions that we have very often during the week. It’s the way we work with this band, just let it go with the flow and tend to involve ourselves in it as soon as it appears to be a serious step in the making.
9. Will there be any video or DVD outputs for KOZELJNIK? Or is that just not possible with size, funds and labels you work with?
Of course we’d like this kind of opportunity and we do have some plans concerning that, but it stays untouched for now.
10. Do the members of the band have other projects they record or play in???
Yeah, both of us are involved with bands The Stone and May Result. These have been K.’s bands for over a decade and I joined them some years ago. Both groups have more than 4 albums in their career and many shows behind. The Stone has just returned from a great tour where we promoted our latest album “Umro”, released on Folter Records. On the side, I’m also working with this band called Dead Shell of Universe, having 1 EP behind, released on a label from UK. Next year, we’ll enter the studio to record our first full-length material.
11. What are your thoughts of Corpse paint? Is it needed to be a Black metal band or is it an ideal past its time?
Nothing’s needed or labeled as a ‘must have’ in order to achieve itself as the black metal entity, except for the true spirit Underneath, the Will stronger than all and enormous sense of creativity and exploring of yourself.
We use that in a way that suits us, but not relying on any currents where this might be a trademark or whatever. We may or we may not put that dirt on our faces in the future as well, it depends on the inner feeling in the very moment.
12. Where do you see underground music heading? More independent of labels or a new breed of Internet/Digital labels??
There’s always goin’ to be labels fairly independent and secure with their position in the underground of this music and I think it’s the right way to be after all. On the other hand, there’s a battle on the higher ground with richer labels, there’s only a question for how long will they truly be dedicated to the bands that dedicate their works to them and are they strong enough to withstand the “era of Downloading”.
13. Your website site seems to be out of date. Is myspace all bands really need today for internet presence?
True, our website is out of date and for unknown reasons not updated with all the news important for Kozeljnik, but we sure as hell are gonna make something worthy out of it in a very short time. I don’t think myspace is everything or even enough for bands to promote themselves, but it’s free, everybody’s using it and is constantly present.
14. Thanks for the time. Please place any closing thoughts here...
Thanks a lot for this great interview, our best regards to you. Keep up the good work!!
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Tub Ring- Secret Handshakes-CD (The End Records)
Theater/ Avant Rock and Wierdos Tub Ring are back with there 5th release and the 2nd for The End Records. Tub Ring go through so many genres on this release like last I put them next to bands like Mr Bungle, When, Dog Fashion Disco etc. Tub Ring mix electronic, drum and bass, Alt Rock, Post Hardcore , Industrial and commercial hard rock into a sound all there own. The multi layers of vocals , guitars, synths and electro and real drumming with a bassist clearly on mood altering drugs.. Tub Rug are not just weird and wonderful they are clearly a band way ahead of the current musical curve. Its like Carnival music gone very of the rails and I could not be more happy that " Secret Handshakes" is in front of me now to review. If Trent Reznor and Mike Patton sat in a room and just starting making music and for the hell of it thought of making a rock band out of it Tub Ring still would be the odder unit... The End Records has magic with this band maybe theyll try to push them this time... I understand Danzig and a Slipknot side project are in your roster now...
City of Fire- City of Fire-CD (Candlelight Records)
So what we have here is a powerful force of Fear Factory Vocalist Burton C Bell with member of Strapping young lad and Econoline Crush making a band that hold Industrial, Metal, Rock and Post Metal elements. City of Fire is hypnotic, groovy , heavy and slick as all can be. The band is very impressive. City of Fire is much more focused on Heavy bass grooves and the Melodies of the sounds. They remind me a lot of Soundgarden and Shinedown in the way the add that blues backbone to all of there tracks. City of Fire is not brutal at all this is not what there about. Their all about making memorable songs you can here the Strapping Young lads in the arrangements as well. They have a lot in common with bands like Katatonia and Opeth after listening to a few tracks as well esp musically. I'm really loving this release.. Hats off to Candlelight for this gem....
Black metal comes in all shapes and sizes and with Blood of Kingu we have a group out of some other well known Black metal forces. Drudkh, Hate Forest.. Blood of Kingu good more for the no frill full in your face Blackened Death metal sound with some pagan / eastern heathen percussive moments . Otherwise this is more a chainsaw of metallic fury throwing everything that have at you , So you clearly know who and what Blood of Kingu are about. Sun in the house of the Scorpion is massive in sound the vocals are ultra low and guttural in the presentation they are giving us. The drumming sounds so full and the bass rumbles from the headphones right now. There is more to do with melodic Death metal at time then Black metal. Its the Guitars that keep the real raw BM sound through out the release.. Really dig the eastern elements between the tracks they work so well. I swear Blood of Kingu are the Blackened Brothers to Nile in many ways...
Salt Lake City in Utah is not a common place for a Black metal band like this to come from at least not to my knowledge. Yaotl Miclan are taking Black metal and adding a Central and South American flavor to it and making it all there own. Bombastic is an understatement for them as they sound like ancient warrior in mortal combat with moments of there lives left before the one common destruction of all around them. The vocals are very powerful and a bit up front in the mix but work so very well with the icy cold style the guitar and bass play. It's almost dis-harmonic is all its wonder.. Yaotl Mictlan are Black metal warriors for sure on this release the melodies and brutality just play off each other so well. Blackened war metal is a rare thing done with this passion so horns up to this one..
Techinical , Progressive 21st Century Death metal is what I hear here in no short term or manner. They remind me of Meshuggah with strong elements of Strapping Young lad and many of what I call the Listenable bands. There is a very futuristic / Sci fi element to this band . Divinity is like Clockwork in there riffing and arrangements. This band using the Synths as a layer more then a tool.. The prog music is heavy in this band as well. I wasn't ready for a band like this from the Candlelight roster. You here this more from Nuke Blast, Sensory, Season of Mist or Listenable as I said.. Divinity has made a strong war cry in the metallic scene with The Singularity without question.
Low fi , raw and hateful Black metal that I remember from the early days of Scandinavian Black metal. This has a lot in common with early Darkthrone, Mayhem ,Emperor and early Satyricon.. Sound like it has that am radio sound to the production and that always works very well with the more grim cult BM . A band like Armagedda needs to embrace the pagan/black arts as much as the music they create. This is corpse paint music my friends. It's a shame to find out this is an Ep release from a long defunct project as they are very very impressive at the BM sound they create. Armagedda is the real deal nothing more needs to be said.
Shadowgarden-Ashen-CD (Napalm Records)
Gothic Metal is something Napalm as a label has perfected for there bands and with Shadowgarden there is nothing less. This is a few Draconian member making a style change here this is not doom in anyway it reminds me of bands like Tiamat and Mid Period Paradise Lost and even touches of Sisters of Mercy going on with Shadowgarden. Ashen is a very catchy album . At times they sound a lot like the more rock moments of The Gathering or Nightwish... I'm very hit or miss with bands like this and with Shadowgarden its all thumbs up for this very emotional metallic release.
Beautiful and Lush is what Tristania has always reminded me of when listening to there now classic releases to my ears. This is Gothic Doom like no other since the days of Theatre of Tragedy & Within Temptation. They production is second to none and the musicial arrangements move the very soul of anyone that is listening . Tristania vocals are so powerful and brilliantly sung . Love the Female/Male interplay of the vocals styles.. Yes they have gotten more goth and melodic over the years but this doesn't make Tristania any less majestic or wonderful to listen to is any way or fashion. This is the new Arena rock for the 21st century. They could fill stadiums with there awesome songs, themes and albums. Tristania are one step from greatness and with albums like this the world will know them all the more. Europe has already caught on now its North America's turn...
Clint Listing - Ancient Gods release
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
5. Your sound to me is very much melodic Black /Death with a progressive element is this what the demo was like or have you grown to this sound?
Our foundation lies in the feeling and atmosphere. Without those there is nothing. Darkness, chaos, death, despair...all of these and similar things infest our minds and must therefore enrich our music. Somber melodies, catchy riffs, tempo changes, growling, screaming, choirs, epic arrangements...we like diversity and details. As said before, we could be labelled as melodic death/black metal of the mid-1990's Swedish kind. Albums from those years by bands like Decameron, Dissection, Unanimated, Opeth etc. could fall in the same category. All of us listen to all kinds of music though, and all of that influences us. The main motivation and inspiration comes from within us, though, and that is what drives us forward.
Friday, July 9, 2010
1. Tell us about Sorgeldom as most of us have never heard of you before?