Saturday, 21 October 2017

Brand new interview with Cradle of Filths Richard Shaw Guitarist Cradle of Filth New Album Cryptoriana – The Seductiveness Of Decay

CRADLE OF FILTH: We wanted to make an old school ‘Cradle of Filth’ album
UK’s Extreme Metal icons- Cradle of Filth‘s axe man Richard Shaw sat down to chat with us about their new album and the future plans and how things have been with COF all these years. The new album- Cryptoriana – The Seductiveness Of Decay (2017) is now officially released via Nuclear Blast Records worldwide. Excerpts: re post from MJM Magazine by Oliver /Harsha

MJM. Hello Richard Shaw, thanks for taking the time to talk with us! How are you doing today?

Richard: I’m doing well, thank you. Very busy but feeling good.

MJM. Your new album ‘Cryptoriana – The Seductiveness of Decay’ comes out September 22 and I personally must say it’s one of my favourite COF album.

Richard: Thank you very much. I’m glad you like it. We enjoyed making it and we’re really happy with the fan and critic response so far.

MJM. A lot of fans and Media are saying that the new songs are way more melodic then previous discography which makes them think of material from Cruelty and the Beast, Dusk and Her Embrace; with a more modern approach is that something you’ve intentionally did with this album or was it just natural progression?

Richard: Half and half I’d say. When Ashok and I joined the band in early 2014 and was asked if we’d contribute to the last album, ‘Hammer of the Witches’, we wanted to make an old school Cradle of Filth album but with a fresh approach. We feel we achieved that on the last album and it was received well by the fans. We began writing that album when Ashok and I had only been in the band a few months, whereas on this album we had been in the band a few years. We know each other a lot better now and we know how far we can push each other’s abilities, whether it be songwriting or technical. We definitely wanted to make a more cinematic sounding album and I think we pulled it off.

He happened to be reading a lot of Victorian literature at the time, and was heavily influenced by the Victorian obsession with death and the occult.

MJM. Cradle is known for doing brilliant concept albums and with ‘Cryptoriana…’ being described as infused with Victorian Gothic horror, how did that idea come to mind?

Richard: That was an idea that Dani came up with later in the album writing sessions. Musically the songs were nearing completion when we were finalizing the arrangements in Brno, Czech Republic when Dani realized he needed to begin writing lyrics (other than ‘Achingly Beautiful’ which he had left over from the previous album sessions). He happened to be reading a lot of Victorian literature at the time, and was heavily influenced by the Victorian obsession with death and the occult. It seemed a natural fit to the music we were writing.

Dani has over 900 film soundtracks in his collection

MJM. On this album you also featured Liv Kristine known from the Nymphetamine era; how did that idea came about? And what did she bring to the table this time?

Richard: Lindsay came in to record her vocal parts and something wasn’t quite clicking with that song. I’m not saying Lindsay didn’t do a good job on the song, it’s just that that particular song required a different kind of vocal approach. Scott (our producer) suggested Liv, and she was happy to be a part of it. It’s a nice little homage to Cradle of Filth’s past, while at the same time, this is a very different song to ‘Nymphetamine’.

MJM. Dani had earlier mentioned that the band is deeply inspired by movie soundtracks. Which are your 5 favorites that you cannot stop loving?

Richard: I think; we all love film soundtracks, but Dani and I are probably the biggest fans. Dani has over 900 film soundtracks in his collection, I have nowhere near as many. My top five (off the top of my head) would be:

Danny Elfman – ‘Edward Scissorhands’

Hans Zimmer – ‘Gladiator’

Wojciech Kilar – ‘Bram Stoker’s Dracula’

Daft Punk – ‘Tron Legacy’

Danny Elfman – ‘Beetlejuice’

MJM. You joined the band quite recently. How do you share your relationship with the other members?

Richard: We all get on really well. We seem to gel musically and personally. We all have our own little quirks and idiosyncrasies that we respect and we get on great.

MJM. Tell us about your older projects and the bands you played prior to COF.

Richard: As a session musician, I still play guitar for orchestras and musical theatre, as well as playing guitar for local pop singers. I play for a karaoke band and an acoustic covers band. My two old bands, Emperor Chung and NG26, unfortunately are not as active as I’d like them to be, as we are all so busy (me especially) that it’s difficult to get together. I tend to now fit in one off projects between Cradle of Filth tours.

MJM. This is your sixth album where you’ve worked with producer Scott Atkins. What new ideas did he bring to the table this time, I understand you guys are also working with Scott for Devilment?

Richard: He’s a great producer with an incredible ear. He’s a guitarist too so he knows exactly how to get the best of me and he knows what makes a great player play at their best. He’s also great at trimming the fat, getting rid of parts that are simply unnecessary. He has the big picture in mind. He has worked with Devilment too. It makes sense. Dani has found a producer that really understands what he wants but at the same time really pushed him to deliver more than what he feels he’s capable of.

We’d go over the songs for a few hours a day and then just hang out and simply be friends the rest of the time. Like a Cradle of Filth holiday/ team building exercise.

MJM.  Let’s talk about the artwork for this record, Cradle is known for its exquisite art and detail, I understand you continue to work with Artūrs Bērziņš, who also directed the video for “Heartbreak and Séance” How did that relationship start?

Richard: From what I gather, Dani was introduced to him when we were looking at artists for the ‘Hammer of the Witches’ album. He did the artwork for that album and did an incredible job, he’s simply fantastic. We knew we wanted him to do the artwork for ‘Cryptoriana….’ but he mentioned that he’s also a film director. Once we saw some of his work, we knew he was the perfect choice to direct the ‘Heartbreak and Seance’ music video.

MJM. How did the writing process for the new album go about this time around? I read somewhere that you went along with the filths to some Team building weekend in Czech Republic could you elaborate more on that?

Richard: We had been writing by ourselves for some months before we went to the Brno in the Czech Republic. We tend to write whole pieces of music by ourselves. Martin brought in three songs, Daniel, Ashok and I brought in two songs each. Then over a period of months we discuss the notes and chord progressions but the we got together in Brno (where Martin and Ashok live) to finalize the arrangements face to face while Dani started working on the lyrics. That week was great. We’d go over the songs for a few hours a day and then just hang out and simply be friends the rest of the time. Like a Cradle of Filth holiday/ team building exercise.

Cradle of Filth‘s ‘Cryptoriana – The Seductiveness of Decay’ in stores and online at the Nuclear Blast Webstore

Friday, 25 August 2017

Austrian Black Death Metallers Belphegor present new lyric video for the track Apophis - Black Dragon taken of their new album TOTENRITUAL,

Austrian Black Death Metallers Belphegor present new lyric video for the track Apophis - Black Dragon taken of their new album TOTENRITUAL, out September 15, 2017 via Nuclear Blast.

Track listing

01. Baphomet
02. The Devil's Son
03. Swinefever - Regent Of Pigs
04. Apophis - Black Dragon
05. Totenkult - Exegesis Of Deterioration
06. Totenbeschwörer [Instrumental]
07. Spell Of Reflection 
08. Embracing A Star
09. Totenritual

Evadne - A Mother Named Death (2017) - Review

Band: Evadne
Album title: A Mother Named Death
Release date: 26 June 2017
Label: Solitude Productions

01. Abode Of Distress
02. Scars That Bleed Again
03. Morningstar Song
04. Heirs Of Sorrow
05. Colossal
06. 88.6
07. Black Womb Of Light
08. The Mourn Of The Oceans

In the last couple of years we have seen a rapid growth inside the doom metal genre, with some older bands like for example My Dying Bride and Paradise Lost still raging strong, it's nice to see more and more underground bands bringing out some amazing doom and the truth is that the underground doom metal scene has actually some of the best bands right now, we got bands like FrowningVanhaSorrowful Land and many more who pretty much conquered 2016 with amazing albums. Now we have the pleasure of enjoying yet another amazing band from the doom universe, Evadne. Their new album A Mother Named Death is as beautiful as it is sorrowful!

The band formed back in 2003 in Spain, probably not the country you'd expect to find a prominent doom band to come out of. With one full length album, The Shortest Way (2012) and one EP, Dethroned Of Light (2014), behind their back, they are now regarded as one of the pioneers and leaders of death/doom in the Spanish scene.

While having toured with bands like Evoken ,Swallow The Sun and Novembers Doom, to name a few, they quickly established a strong fanbase. Their new album A Mother Named Death is again one of those doom/death metal records that you just love from the start, without going into too much in depth talk, we can safely say that everything flows together very nice and the songs feel like they have been matured a bit more while also retaining their old-school sound, one thing that is perhaps a bit unexpected is their blending of black metal influences in some parts of the songs.

Evadne is not the type of doom band where you can expect them to be lingering on one riff for ten minutes, they bring everything to their game. Sometimes the songs are almost too fast for being described as a proper doom metal, but I guess this is up for some other discussion, some people might say its more black/doom rather then actual doom/death, hence the growling vocals. The album is characterized by heavy guitars, strong rhythmic line, gloomy keyboards, and growl performance in combination with parties of pure vocals, and all these things make the music of Evadne diverse, emotional and fascinating.

Overall the highly atmospheric sound on this record is amazing, extremely melancholic and organic. It's hard to pick up favorites as the entire record is a pure milestone of doom, raging from slow funeral doom tempos to more typical death metal tempos and it's safe to say this is a record that will keep the listener occupied for a very long time. Lingering in a time where everything is almost given away at the start, it's nice to find a band that still remains a bit unknown to the more die hard fans.

Evadne's A Mother Named Death is just that extra piece that fits so well with the gloomy days ahead and all human plauges. If you're looking for that one record to keep you wishing for more then this is it. Being a follow up to their previous works this one surely puts the standards a step higher.
Rating: 8,5/10

Tuesday, 22 August 2017



Dark Essence Records' band roster has never been lacking of Black and Extreme Metal,  but the slow, heavy tones of Doom have, until now, been noticeable by their absence.  but as of today's signing that has been taken care of.

Formed during 2014 in Norway's capital city Oslo, DWAAL can best be described as  is a five-headed beast , assaulting the listener with a dense wall of sound that lies somewhere at the intersection of Doom and Post Metal. The atmosphere they create is one of slow motion, laden with heavy, sludgy, gloomy riffs,  punctuated alternately by despairing vocals one minute, and minimalistic, melancholic melodies the next.  Or, as the band like to put it: " A punch in the throat followed by a soothing caress, followed by another punch in the throat".

DWAAL's lineup is comprised of Christian Natusch on Vocals &  Synth, Eigil Dragvik on Guitar & Backing Vocals, Rikke Karlsen on Guitar, Stian Hammer on Bass and Anders Johnsen on Drums.  The band's studio debut was self-released in April of this year to a warm reception from the Norwegian underground.  The EP,  titled "Darben", is a 31 minute, two-track opus which can be heard at

Work has now begun on DWAAL's first full-length album, with tracking expected to start in the spring of 2018 for release later in the year.

More information about DWAAL can be found on the band's Facebook at

A video of DWAAL performing live at Blitz, in Oslo, during 2017 can be seen at

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Saturday, 19 August 2017

Toronto's blackened metallers ASTAROTH INCARNATE have announced their fourth single entitled 'Unfleshed'. The song is taken from their forthcoming album Omnipotence - The Infinite Darkness

Toronto's  blackened metallers ASTAROTH INCARNATE have announucned their forth single  entitled 'Unfleshed'. The song is taken from their forthcoming album Omnipotence - The Infinite Darkness, Out  September 8th, 2017 via CDN RECORDS.

1. Obscurity
2. Curse of the Black Plague
3. Unfleshed
4. Sanctum of Torment
5. Re-Creation

Recorded at Monolithic Productions by Tyler Williams
Mixed and mastered by Tyler Williams
Artwork by Dee Gozali / Dee Artwork
Photos by Jordanna Clarke

Astaroth (Sam) - Vocals/Lyrics
Pablo Sagastume - Guitars
Ric Galvez - Guitars
Sergio Moyano - Bass
Émile Giordan - Drums

About the band, frontman, Astaroth, commented the following...

"The vision of bestowing the ideologies of Astaroth to our hell spawns through our interpretations and relating them to our world and society of today. Our goal is to create extreme metal which feels limitless in its creative form while staying true to our roots and influences in metal.

With each member coming from a different musical background, it allows us to craft each song with a different mindset, in an effort to intrigue the listener and entice their mind to dissect the lyrics which are encrusted with multi-layered meanings.

All of our songs, music and lyrics combined, are built around personal exploration for each spawn to experience in their own way."

Combining a cornucopia of the extreme, Astaroth Incarnate are not easily categorized, though their approach is one that coalesces black metal with elements of death, thrash, melodic, doom, and groove.

Too put a long story short , Astaroth Incarnate is a blend of sub-genre fluctuations, which includes a wide spectrum of vocals, progressive drumming, and technical yet groovy bass lines all driven by memorable riffing and solos.

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Finnish doomsters Red Moon Architect are back with their third full-length, Review for Return Of The Black Butterflies 2017

Finnish doomsters Red Moon Architect are back with their third full-length, after the Concealed Silence (2012) and Fall (2015). While their sound dives deep into the death/doom roots, they still manage to create here and there kind of a sound of their own, especially with strong female vocals and captivating melodic riffs. Although the band label themselves as funeral doom, I still feel they are closer to regular death/doom, or even better said to melancholic doom.

Red Moon Architect is clearly no newcomer to the scene and they clearly know what defines a good record. The guitar work is exceptional, just like the whole instrumentation itself. The album Return Of The Black Butterflies is a strong follow up to the bands past works, I can say that it's their best so far and in a way could easily be considered as a fourth part of Swallow The Sun's album Songs From The North.  

The album pulls you under and crushes you under the weaves of the tide. Slowly carrying you out in the open sea, especially the emotional vibes of the amazing "Tormented" or "Journey" where such a catchy melody and breathtaking male/female duet can easily get under your skin. Beautifully and ferociously the album lingers on in its beautiful sorrowful way.

The album consists of six tracks of pure sweeping, yet crushing and highly atmospheric doom that will draw you down into the abyss. With the full album being "only" 48 minutes long its still quite a short one for being a doom metal album. The album name hints to a bit of inspiration from fellow Finnish doom masters Swallow The Sun and their monumental album Plague Of Butterflies.

All of the songs feel lengty yet very open in its sound, allowing them to breath more naturally. The deep growling vocals of Ville Rutanen sounds almost identical to the vocals of Mikko Kotamäki of Swallow The Sun. One might think he just went under a different name for this album. But never the less the album delivers on all basis heavy, melancholic and dark sound while slowly bringing in the melodies and cold vibe that only Finnish doom seems to have. The album is an esential must for fans of atmospheric and melancholic death/doom metal.
Rating: 7,5/10

Repost from Terra Relicta

Friday, 9 June 2017

[SEREGOR]: Carach Angren has created its own world Interview 2017 Repost from Metaljesus magazine by Oliver

I had a chance to speak with the Dutch horror masterminds Carach Angren about their new upcoming album, horror movies, collaborations, originality and much more. Speaking with the guitarist and vocalist Seregor. Excerpts:
MJM. How are you doing today?
Seregor (CA): I’m doing fine. Thank you very much.
MJM. How did Carach Angren start? Could you tell us the beginning of this horror tale?
Seregor (CA): Well, The Netherlands is a small country. Back in the day in the beginning of the millennium, Ardek and I had our first metal bands. So we found ourselves pretty easily because we had the same taste for music. Ardek was the one calling me one day if I was interested. I declined because I was too busy at the time. Later on he got caught up in a band that needed a singer. They asked me to help out and there Ardek and I where together. Carach Angren started as a project. Ardek told me he had a younger brother who was able to drum. That’s where Namtar came in.
MJM. Your new  album comes out this June 2017. How satisfied are you with the overall initial response to the singles that were out from the album?
Seregor (CA): Very satisfied. I mean you can never please the full 100 % off course but that’s how it works in music and taste. Especially with the complexity in our music. But in general all reactions I’ve seen so far are great for this album.
MJM. Who took over the artworks?
Seregor (CA): We have always worked together with Erik Wijnands when it comes to photography and artworks but on this album we chose to collaborate with Costin Chioreanu who did an amazing job. He’s responsible for our animated horror-lyric videos and his style projects CA in a perfect way.
MJM. How was the studio process this time? Tell us about how it progressed?
Seregor (CA): It went more controlled or streamlined this time. We always work on pre-productions to have an image of how a song should sound for real. We work with different people like Patrick Damiani, Peter Tägtgren and Jonas Kjelgren etc. So actually there are more studios’s involved for recording, mixing and mastering the whole album. This time our brother Ardek took a great responsibility by not only composing but also mixing and recording main parts of the album before it went to Peter Tägtgren. For example; Ardek set up a little studio in his own place to record and edit the vocal parts I was screaming in next door. Our equipment was good enough and it gave us the opportunity to have a certain freedom to experiment with different styles of vocals.

MJM. Some bands do everything in the studio, while others are able to bring raw material into the studio and stick closer to the budget. How do you guys work when writing? Do you write at home or does most of it happen inside the studio.
Seregor (CA): No we definitely write the whole process at home. Off course things can change during the recordings but like said we always work on a pre-production. I literally need to have that song here in my fucking face for weeks and months hehe. I see it as raw statue we work on. It takes time. Like one of my handmade masks. It would cost us a fortune if we had to go into a studio starting from scrap. We could invent some parts during a jam-session. But only if they’re good enough they’ll be taken home to be analysed and dissected like some fucking alien organism. In order to be rebuilt until we are satisfied.

MJM. Each record by Carach Angren has always featured a very complex and brilliant orchestration along with its story telling, how do you work to combine the two elements?
Seregor (CA): Thank you! In most cases we come up with a story and we simply start to compose in its atmosphere. Especially in Ardek’s area there’s much room for instruments in order to make it already sound like the story without any lyrics at that time. If you listen to our second album you’ll hear many sounds associated with a nautical environment. Ghost ships and seas! It’s not that complex. We simply write music as if we’re directing a film. If you’re deep into composing it will take all your time! And I believe that’s the trick. You begin to like what you compose, you’ll fall in love with it until a point it becomes obsessive. You cannot let it go until it’s perfect and that’s the way Carach Angren composes. From musical arrangements, drum rhythms to storytelling.

MJM. How was the overall response to new single Charlie?
Seregor (CA): There was a great response! Before ‘Charlie” we released ‘Song for the dead”. I noticed that some people didn’t know what to expect because this song was not that complex and fast compared to our previous material. But this was a conscious choice. With ‘Song for the dead” we wanted to create a very sickening and emotional atmosphere. No use here for blast beats and aggression. But off course CA will always be a metal band. That’s where ‘Charlie’ came in. ‘Charlie’ has that typical threatening Carach Angren feeling in it. It makes you feel uneasy but powerful in a way. “Charlie” is a perfect first track for this album.

There were hundreds of bands who tried this since the late nineties but we can prove with our albums that Carach Angren has created its own world

MJM. Carach Angren is often linked to bands like Cradle of Filth, Dimmu Borgir, etc. What is your opinion about that?
Seregor (CA): That’s understandable because that’s the area of music we come from and these are the bands we grew up with. Since the beginning of our time these bands ruled their scene so when we came up with corpse paint and keyboards we had to prove ourselves. We are simply not the first band who invented this kind of music/image so we had to work hard to create our own unique style. There were hundreds of bands who tried this since the late nineties but we can prove with our albums that Carach Angren has created its own world.

MJM. The production on Carach Angren albums has always been very polished and clear compared to many Black Metal records. How do you work to achieve such perfect balance between clarity and atmosphere? 
Seregor (CA): That’s comes with the style of music. Since the beginning it was clear that Carach Angren is a band that needed a pure sound. We don’t need too much distortion on guitars or delay/ reverb on those vocals. That’s because we have so much to tell in our music. And when you want everything to be heard it can be a challenge for the sound engineer. We always have to make choices because certain melodies can drown within the sounds-spectrum when there’s too much going on. Off course sound engineers will determine how it sounds in the end after mixing/ mastering. But most of it we automatically decide when the writing process begins.

MJM. Carach Angren’s lyrics have always been one of the very well made.  Who’s the mastermind behind the lyrics of Carach Angren and how are the stories chosen and written ?
Seregor (CA): We come up with appropriate stories all together. If we like a certain tale it starts to grow in our imagination and later we decide if this story works for on album. For ‘Dance and Laugh Amongst the Rotten’ Ardek and I are responsible for writing the lyrics.

MJM. Now, speaking about the new album. Who came up with the title?
Seregor (CA): That’s a phrase from the track ‘Song for the dead’ written by Ardek.

We are very satisfied with his work because manages to make the album sound really powerful.

MJM. Your new album was recorded in Tidalwave Studios’ and Abyss Studios in Sweden. I understand this is the second time you work with Peter Tägtgren. How was it and what did he bring in musically into the bands sound?
Seregor (CA): It was great as always! I myself never had to be physically present at the Abyss Studios but Namtar and Ardek worked some time with Peter to record the drums. They always come back with fun stories. But Peter did an awesome job. We are very satisfied with his work because manages to make the album sound really powerful. It’s easy to pump up an album and make it sound ‘full’. But its art to make it pounding like a hammer and let the rings, bells and melodies come out perfect at the same time. Peter Tägtgren is simply one of the best sound-artists out there.

MJM. What are your thoughts about the overall metal scene today with streamings, and albums being leaked almost even before they are written?
Seregor (CA): Well it’s the way of the world now and if you take care of business you should be fine. These are the changes you have to go along with anyway. The internet is a great tool to promote your band but off course it has its ups and downs.

MJM. CD sales are dropping and vinyl sales are increasing. Do you find this is a growing problem for you and other bands ?
Seregor (CA): If it would compensate I don’t see it as a problem. These kind of changes can be difficult for bands but I believe that people always want something in their hands. A record, CD, LP whatever. This is a time where you have to stay sharp, release strong albums and keep doing live performances to sell your products.

The guitars are much tighter now, my vocals more controlled and my stage performance became more explosive.

MJM. Carach Angren is known as a three piece band most of time but you have emphasised on using live musicians even without a bass player. What is the reason behind it?
Seregor (CA): We started as Keys (Ardek), Drums (Namtar) and myself on guitars and vocals. We called ourselves ’the triangle’ because we collaborated with different musicians and it never worked out for several reasons. That’s when we decided CA will always be a three piece band. Meanwhile, it became more difficult to combine the guitars and vocals for me and it resulted in an injury. So 2 years ago we decided to permanently use live-guitarists. Luckily we have some good friends, ‘Bastiaan’ and ‘Ludo” who have been doing a great job on it!  The guitars are much tighter now, my vocals more controlled and my stage performance became more explosive.

MJM. Have you ever considered to score a horror movie ?
Seregor (CA): As I speak for myself, I thought about acting now and then and it would be great to have a fitting act. It shouldn’t be that difficult for me being a good ‘bad guy’.

MJM. Could you tell us about your upcoming tours lined up? What are your plans for Carach Angren in 2017?
Seregor (CA): There are some tour plans but nothing has been confirmed yet so more news on that later. For now we are doing some European festivals in Sweden, Germany, Belgium, Finland and Italy.

MJM. Do you have any final words to your fans and followers?
Seregor (CA): Many thanks for your support and see you soon at our show… to Dance and laugh amongst the rotten.