The new album of Opposer, entitled «Darkest Path», is between us. After of some years of hard working in the rehearsal place and showing their power on stages of all Spain, they’re back with a dark, deep, raw and melodic album which influences of Sodom, Kreator, Obituary, Paradise Lost, Hypocrisy or Sepultura can be heard.
Recorded again in their own studio «Peñacastillo Sound Lab», they talked with Erun Dagoth to do the mix and mastering in his Khazad-Dûm Studios (Deprive, Moonshine, Hrizg, Briargh…). The result is a very aggressive and mid tempo mixture between Death Metal old school and Thrash Metal in the old vein.
«Yeah, the album has turned into a darker sound. This is the main reason of some stylistic changes in the art and everything in the album». Has stated Jose, lead vocals and guitar. Iván (drums) has said «Everything has been in a natural way, we are more into ‘Death’ sounds than ‘Thrash'».
This time, the artwork was done by the talented artist Enserune (Hrizg, Neverendinghate), who have worked for Deprive or Edenkaiser, between others, showing a new horizon in Opposer‘s path into a darker and more Death Metal sound as they have talked before. A superb point from which the rest of the layout have been continued.
Other mention should be done for KBK Photography (firstname.lastname@example.org) taking another step forward. But special mention goes for Frunfo Films and Felipe Gómez-Ullate and his brutal videoclip with the song «Straight to Hell». A total hit done with excellent taste and proffesional touch.
Then, ok. Finally, the long awaited second album of Opposer is here. A great tune that can be get in CD for 12€ (Spain) or 15€ (rest of the world) with postal costs (in registered mail) included.
Also, a digital copy is available in our bandcamp. But «Darkest Path» will be available for iTunes, Spotify and much others very soon.
1. Straight to Hell
2. Osiris Land
4. Holy Lies
5. Wrecking Low
6. In the Silent Dawn
8. Under my Skin
10. Ashes to Ashes
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We will release the demo tape of Foul Entity very soon, a Greek Death Metal band that comes with a powerful stuff full of reeking darkness and necro-atmosphere.
MS: Hello, how is everythig there? Tell us… what is Foul Entity?
FE: Hey! Fine we just came back from our live in Patra,which was our first show since 6 months. Foul Entity is a Death Metal band from Athens,Greece in the vein of Asphyx,Entombed,Incantation and more and was formed in late 2014. We played our first live show in January 2015.
MS: Your first release “Putid Despair” is imminent. What will find the public in this album?
FE: Putrid Despair is our first release which is a 3 track demo album recorded live,but on the Morbid Shrine release you will also find 3 new bonus tracks,which are different than our first tracks.
MS: “Putrid Despair” sound like a brutal lamentation, however which are your lyric themes? How was the creation process of this demo?
FE: All songs and lyrics are written by our vocalist Kostas, who actually formed the band. The lyrics are just about brutality,darkness,despair…evil stuff mostly, at first it was just random lyrics.
MS: Why did you choose a “rehearsal demo” as first released format?
FE: When the line-up of the band was ready for a live performance we decided that we wanted to record some songs fast, so we just entered the rehearsal room at Made in Hell studio and recorded live. We think it sounds great if you consider it is a live recording and that it was just the 3rd or 4th rehearsal we ever made.
MS: And of course, why did you sign for Morbid Shrine? Was your vision of underground scene the reason?
FE: We were looking for a label to release it. I already knew about Morbid Shrine so we contacted the label.
MS: Is the actual situation of Greece making any difference in the way you are focusing your music?
FE: I wouldn’t say you can notice it directly through are music, but i think the situation helps us to write some pissed off death metal.
MS: The artwork looks killer! Who was the author?
FE: Our vocalist Kostas made both the logo and the artwork.
MS: Which are the future plans of Foul Entity?
FE: Soon our demo »Putrid Despair» will be released through Morbid Shrine. After that we plan to release ome split albums, one is already on the way with a brutal band and soon we will have more details about it.
MS: Thank you for your time. Any last words for the readers?
FE: Make sure to check us out, more to come from us soon. Thanks for the interview! Cheers!
1. Haz una introducción a Ghazghkull. Desgraciadamente, habrá mucha gente que ha llegado al Black Metal sin haber sabido de la existencia de tal proyecto.
Pues empiezas la entrevista con la pregunta más difícil, me resulta muy complicado definir la música que hago…
Definiría GHAZGHKULL casi como una necesidad personal, una vía de escape. GHAZGHKULL es el resultado de juntar la energía y la mala hostia de los 18 años con la decepción constante del ser humano actual.
A quien no conozca GHAZGHKULL le diría que si busca un buen sonido o un Black Metal técnico, se está equivocando, ya que los recursos de los que disponía por aquel entonces eran más que limitados, y la música virtuosa o excesivamente pensada me aburre muchísimo y no me dice absolutamente nada.
GHAZGHKULL es visceral, directo, sucio e instintivo.
2. Hay que recordar que Ghazghkull desapareció años antes del auge de las redes sociales. Por lo visto, si no tienes presencia en ellas, no sólo no existes, sino que no has existido jamás. ¿Qué opinas tú de toda esta farsa? Pienso que como todo, si se le da un uso correcto pueden ser de gran utilidad. El problema es cuando la gente basa su vida en estos mundos paralelos y se olvidan de lo más importante: Ser quien de verdad son, sin importar los “likes” que tenga la foto de lo que has desayunado hoy.
En la época de GHAZGHKULL también nos comunicábamos todos a través de una especie de red social, salas de chat o como se llame eso ahora. Y la verdad, por lo menos para mí, fue enriquecedor y surgieron alianzas de lo más interesantes que sin aquella herramienta nunca hubieran sido posibles.
3. Llevando más de diez años inactivo, no ha sido hasta ahora que has decidido editar un recopilatorio con todo el material que grabaste a principios del nuevo milenio. ¿Por qué ahora? ¿Crees que es hora de que retorne el Black Metal en su estado puro? El “Black Metal en estado puro” nunca debería haber desaparecido. De hecho hay muchísimos grupos que se han mantenido fieles a aquella esencia.
La verdad es que la idea de editar este recopilatorio de todo el material de GHAZGHKULL no fue algo premeditado, sino un cúmulo de casualidades.
Un día me escribió Lavín y me dijo “están hablando de tu grupo en SPANISH BLACK METAL” entré en la página y leí con cierta sorpresa los comentarios de la gente, en ese momento me escribió Sixto con la propuesta de editar este material en su sello MORBID SHRINE PROD. Y como creo que todo pasa por algo, me parecieron demasiadas coincidencias como para decir que no.
4. Después de alguna promo o demo, y de aquel split de «Iberian Black Metal War» (Oniric 2004), junto a Mortinatum y Forestdome, ¿Por qué decidiste poner punto final a Ghazghkull? Parecía un comienzo prometedor. De hecho nunca decidí poner punto y final, simplemente GHAZGHKULL quedó aletargado dentro de mí, quizá aguardando el momento de volver a resurgir.
En el 2004 pasaron algunas cosas en mi vida que hicieron que todo se tambaleara, eso me llevo a tomar la decisión de darle otro enfoque a las ideas que me iban surgiendo. En ese momento me volqué totalmente en ÀRNICA, que ya llevaba un par de años rondándome por la cabeza y tenía ya alguna cosa grabada.
5. Actualmente tocas en Àrnica, un grupo de Neofolk ibérico. Las diferencias son muchísimas con aquella otra encarnación del más misantrópico y oscuro Black Metal que era Ghazghkull. Supongo que te sientes más identificado con Àrnica a nivel cultural, artístico y místico pero, ¿qué hay aún de Ghazghkull en tí? ¿Aún eres un misántropo dado a las artes ocultas o dejaste de lado todo aquello para iniciarte en otras prácticas? Bajo mi punto de vista, a un nivel estrictamente musical si hay diferencias, pero el sentimiento y el mensaje no varía tanto.
Me siento igual de identificado en ambos proyectos, si que es cierto que ÀRNICA lleva ya mucho rodaje y quizá es más acorde conmigo ahora, pero me sigo viendo reflejado en las canciones GHAZGHKULL, de hecho estos días escuchando canciones antiguas para SIGNS OF HATE, casi ni me acordaba de haber grabado eso yo, pero me sorprendió que los temas iban evolucionando tal y como los haría evolucionar si los volviese a grabar hoy mismo. Eso para mi mismo les da mucha veracidad.
6. ¿Hay planes de resucitar Ghazghkull o sientes que dijiste todo lo que tenías que decir con ese proyecto? Con el paso del tiempo, ¿cómo valoras tu trabajo en este proyecto? Pues si te soy sincero, ahora que he estado re-escuchando todos los temas, me han surgido bastantes ideas nuevas y ganas de grabar algunos riffs queya tenía en mente. Pero no séque haré, realmente no dispongo de tanto tiempo, ahora estoy acabando de grabar lo que será el primer disco de WIHINEI RITA y con ÀRNICA ya tenemos proyectos nuevos en los que trabajar.
7. Háblanos de Wihinei Rita. Para el que no lo sepa, es una suerte de mezcla entre Ghazghkull y Àrnica. Supongo que es una manera de definirlo, para mí es un trabajo muy personal, mi autoretrato. Es la combinación de todo lo que más me gusta y me mueve en esta vida, a parte de mi familia claro.
8. ¿Crees que Wihinei Rita es por donde irá ahora tu trayectoria dentro del Black Metal o volverán los oscuros y tenebrosos tiempos de Ghazghkull en algún momento? ¿Hay hueco para esa negrura en Wihinei Rita? ¿Qué significa el nombre? WIHINEI RITA significa “Religión/Creencia Primaria” y la temática trata de la parte más ancestral y primaria del alma del ser humano, de la mística de los orígenes del hombre. En toda creación hay luz y oscuridad, por lo tanto sí que tendría lugar esa negrura, quizá un poco más “controlada” que en GHAZGHKULL, pero no menos oscura.
Pero como he dicho antes, GHAZGHKULL permanece aletargado en una parte de mí, y no descarto en absoluto volver a grabar algún día bajo ese feroz estandarte.
9. ¿Andas puesto en materia de Black Metal actual? Dime qué bandas aún escuchas, o si alguna ha llegado a tus manos que te haya parecido interesante. La escena ha cambiado mucho en las últimas décadas… La verdad es que no ando muy puesto en el “mundillo” Black metalero actual, y seguramente sea consecuencia de ese cambio que comentas. Para mí el Black Metal no es sólo música, o hacerse fotos lo más pintado y “malote” que puedas. Para mi es algo más, es una forma de vida y de ver el mundo, es una actitud, y al final (bajo mi punto de vista) es eso lo que da esa oscuridad, ese punto extra que nada tiene que ver con la calidad de sonido, las fotos o la cantidad de cruces invertidas que salgan en un disco.
Por ejemplo uno de los discos “actuales” que más escucho es el GROZA de MGLA, o alguno de los últimos trabajos de BURZUM. Aunque cuando me apetece escuchar Black Metal me pongo discos “clásicos” (digo discos y no grupos por que la mayoría de grupos clásicos creo que hoy por hoy son una mierda)
10. Esto es todo, Lord Arhawn. Gracias por tu tiempo y despide la entrevista como mejor creas. Pues me gustaría acabar esta entrevista dando las gracias a Sixto de MORBID SHRINE PROD. Ya no por ofrecerse a re-editar el material de GHAZGHKULL (que también)si no por el hecho de obligarme a revisar material, tanto audios como imágenes, antiguos. Me ha servido para entenderme un poco mejor y recordar tiempos pasados.
Respuestas: Lord Arhawn
1. Please introduce Ghazghkull. Unfortunately, there will be many people who have arrived to black metal without knowing the existence of such a project. You actually start the interview with the most difficult question, I find it very difficult to define the music I make…
I would define Ghazghkull as a personal necessity, a way to escape. Ghazghkull is the result of bringing together the energy and anger typically found in 18 years-old, with the constant disappointment of the present-day human being.
To those who do not know of Ghazghkull, I would say that if you’re looking for a good and technical sounding black metal you are mistaken, since the resources at my disposal at that time were more limited, and technical music bores me too much since it does not make me feel anything.
Ghazghkull is visceral, direct, dirty and instinctive.
2. We must remember that Ghazghkull disappeared years before the rise of social networks. Apparently nowadays if you have no presence there, not only does one not exist but one has never existed. What do think you of all this farce? I think that like everything else, if its given proper use it can be very useful. The problem is when people base their lives in these parallel worlds and forget the most important: be who you really are, no matter how many «likes» you picture of what you had for breakfast today gets.
At the time of Ghazghkull we also did communicate through a kind of social network, chat rooms or whatever they are called now. And the truth is, at least for me, it was enriching and alliances emerged that without that tool would never have been possible.
3. Being over ten years inactive, it has not been until now that you’ve decided to release a compilation with all the material you recorded at the beginning of the new millennium. Why now? Do you think it’s time for black metal in its purest form to return? «Black metal in its purest form» should never have gone. In fact there are many groups that have remained true to that essence.
The truth is, the idea of publishing this collection of all Ghazghkull’s material was not premeditated, but an accumulation of coincidences. One day Lavin wrote me and said «they are talking about your group at SPANISH BLACK METAL». I visited the page and read with some surprise people’s comments, and at that time Sixto proposed me to edit the material on his label MORBID SHRINE PROD. And since I believe everything happens for a reason, I found it to be too many coincidences to say no.
4. After some promo or demo, and that «Iberian Black Metal War» split (Oniric 2004), with Mortinatum and Forestdome, Why did you decide to put an end to Ghazghkull? It seemed a promising start. I never actually decided to put an end to it, simply put Ghazghkull was lethargic inside me, perhaps waiting for the moment to re-emerge.
In 2004 some things happened in my life that shook everything, which led me to decide to take another approach to the ideas that came to me. At that time I threw myself totally into Arnica, which was already bouncing around my head, and had some stuff recorded already.
5. Currently you play in Arnica, a band that plays Iberian neofolk. The differences with that other incarnation of dark and misanthropic black metal that was Ghazghkull are many. I guess you feel more identified with Arnica on a cultural, artistic and mystical level but, what is still left of Ghazghkull in you? Are you still a misanthrope that dabbles with the occult, or did you leave all that to get started in other practices? From my point of view, at a strictly musical level there are differences, but the feeling and the message does not change much.
I feel equally identified with both projects; it is true that Arnica has now been going on for longer and I am perhaps more in tune with it now, but I still see myself reflected in Ghazghkull’s songs. In fact these days I was listening to old SIGNS OF HATE songs that I had almost forgotten about, and I was surprised to see that they were evolving in the same way they would if I recorded them today. That gives them a lot autenticity in my eyes.
Lord Arhawn today.
6. Are there any plans to resurrect Ghazghkull or do you feel you said all you had to say with this project? Over time, how do you assess your work on this project? Well, if I’m honest, now that I’ve been re-listening to every song I have come up with many new ideas and wanted to record some riffs that I had in mind. But I don’t know what I’ll do, I don’t really have that kind of time, now I’m finishing the recording of what will be WIHINEI RITA’s first album, and with Arnica we already have new projects to work on.
7. Tell us about Wihinei Rita. For those who do not know, it’s kind of a mix between Ghazghkull and Arnica. I guess it’s a way to define it, for me it is a very personal work, my self-portrait. It is the combination of everything that I like and moves me in this life, apart from my family of course.
8. Do you think Wihinei Rita is where your black metal career will head towards, or will the dark and gloomy Ghazghkull era return at some point? Is there room for that blackness in Wihinei Rita? What does the name mean? RITA WIHINEI means «Religion / Primary Belief » and it deals with the most ancient and primary part of the human soul, the mystical origins of man. In all creation there is light and darkness, so there is room for that blackness in it, but perhaps in a bit more «controlled» way than in Ghazghkull, but no less dark.
But as I said before, Ghazghkull remains as a dormant part of me, so I do not rule out a new recording under its fierce banner.
9. Do you follow today’s black metal? Tell me which bands you still listen to, or if any band that you found interesting has reached your hands. The scene has changed a lot in recent decades… The truth is that I’m not really into the current black metal «scene» nowadays, and is probably due to that change you talk about. For me black metal it is not just music, or taking pictures with as much corpse-paint as possible and looking as tough as you can. For me it is something else, it is a way of living and seeing the world, it is an attitude, and ultimately (in my view) it’s what gives this darkness, that extra point that has nothing to do with the quality of sound, pictures or the amount of inverted crosses appearing on a album.
For example, one of the «current» albums I listen to is MGLA’s “GROZA”, or one of BURZUM’s last works. Although when I feel like listening to black metal, I grab the «classic» albums (and I say albums and not bands, since I believe that most classical bands that still play today are crap).
10. This is it, Lord Arhawn. Thanks for your time and end the interview as you wish. Well, I would like to end this interview by thanking Sixto from MORBID SHRINE PROD. And not for offering to re-edit Ghazghkull’s material (that, too), but for the fact of forcing me to review that old material, both audio and images. It has helped me to understand a little better and remember the past.
Answers: Lord Arhawn
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1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the musical project these days?
Ave! Right now we’re still working on promoting “Christeos Chaos” as much as possible (both the label and I). The German label Dark Ritual will soon release a demo compilation with a couple of extra, unreleased tracks, called “Black Illumination”, and I am always working on new songs for future releases.
2.In May you had released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
Yes, a few months back we released my second full album called “Christeos Chaos”, which presents an evolution of the music recorded in my first album “Katabasis”. You can find the same elements that were present there, just more refined and with more variations. There is a bigger variety of tempos, the structure of the songs is generally less simplistic (even though there are a couple of songs that do follow a more traditional structure), and overall I would say there has been an improvement both in the execution and quality of the material. The sound is better too, and I experimented with some clean voices in a couple of songs, which is probably the biggest change. There is also the fact that I included a song in Spanish, something I’ve never done before.
3.The musical project has been around since 2005 but so far has only released 2 demo’s and 2 full length’s, can you tell us a little bit more about the gaps in between releases?
The main reason why there has been so big gaps between releases is that I play in several other bands (or used to, less so nowadays), and I like to focus on one thing at a time, so if I am working on a specific band’s album, I can’t be really working very seriously on other releases. I think that is probably the best for the band though, because otherwise the music could become stale; you have bands that release an album every year and there is little change between them, it’s basically the same album, stretched through several years… It’s great to have a formula and follow it constantly, but by recording stuff for several different bands I space their releases, and in my opinion that keeps the music in all of them fresher, more authentic. I of course don’t mean change for the sake of change, I love bands which are true to their sound, like Iron Maiden for example, but I think an evolution is necessary, if not unavoidable. This is something I didn’t understand nor accept years ago, but with time and age I have come to appreciate; take for example Satyricon, some would say that they have betrayed their roots and that they are not even a black metal band anymore, that they have sold out, but in truth they have sticked to their style, simply altering and evolving the formula. Imagine if they had never evolved from Dark Medieval Times (amazing album, by the way), we would have never gotten Nemesis Divina or Rebel Extravaganza. I think it’s important to stay true to one’s essence and message, and evolve as necessary, without artificial boundaries created by what the general public expects from a specific musical genre.
4.Your lyrics go in depth into Occultism and Black Magick, what are some of the aspects that you explored lyrically on the new album that you where not able to do with previous releases?
I would say that the core concept behind CoB is the Left Hand Path, with its wide arrange of subjects. Most of the songs in “Christeos Chaos” are chants in praise of darkness and the forces that dwell within it, with a few exceptions. Lyrically speaking, this is quite an eclectic album, since I also added some older, unused lyrics and mixed them with newer concepts and chants. In a way, this is a continuation of the previous album since I touch many subjects that I treated there, just from a new perspective. Some lyrics are based on ancient traditions and prayers, other like the song “Christeos Chaos” are based on modern grimoires, in this case Nicholai Saunder’s Arbor de Magistro. So with this album I explored themes both old and new for CoB.
5. I know that the band name is related to the Goetic demon Beleth, what was it that inspired you to name your project with this deity being a part of it?
I wouldn’t call Beleth a deity, but back when I started composing music for what would become Chains ov Beleth I was working very closely with him, and I felt in a way chained to him… So it was a natural option, I suppose. Sometimes we become obssessed with the entities we work with for a longer period of time.
6.With this musical project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo on this project?
Not really, I honestly like having full control in CoB. I have another band, Eald, which also started as a solo project but right now has another two members, and that is enough for me. CoB is a very personal project, and I don’t want to spoil that. There are of course advantages to playing with other people, mostly the opportunity of playing live, but since that is not one of my goals, it doesn’t bother me at all.
7. For awhile you where living in Norway, what was the decision to move back to Spain?
Norway is a wonderful country to live at or simply for visiting, and I still have great friends there, but for personal reasons I decided that it was time to change. I actually didn’t go back to Spain, I went to Serbia. Since then I’ve been back at Spain, Germany and again Serbia.
8. You also run ‘Fall Of Man Press’, what are some of the authors that you have worked with and what can we expect in the future?
I guess the most known author for black metal fans would be Shamataae from Arckanum, who used to write under the name of Vexior. We have recently released the first book of the man behind the black metal band Sanguinary Misanthropia, entitled Diabolic Gnosticism, and we will soon release a new book focused on the ancient art of Brazilian necromancy and ancestor worship called Quimbanda which has the title of The Black Book of Quimbanda. Those are just some of the books we have released that would probably appeal to the sensibility of a black metal fan, but we have released a few more. Anybody interested can checkwww.fallofman.eu to learn more about it.
9. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your newer music by fans of black metal?
I personally haven’t gotten any feedback from fans, but the label tells me that people buying my CD seem to like it, which is great. There have been a few reviews here and there, but we are still promoting the album so I believe not that many have had the chance to listen to my music yet.
10.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that you are a part of?
The only bands I am really active with right now are Chains ov Beleth and Eald; even though I am still in theory a member of Alverg (we have just had our first album re-released on Vinyl, by the way), that band is a bit frozen for now, since it’s difficult for us to rehearse together, and Lóge has shifted his focus from music to other activities as of late. With Eald we have just welcomed a new band member who will be dealing with the vocals, and we are now recording a new demo, but we will talk about it in detail when the time comes.
11.Where do you see yourself heading towards as a musician in the future?
It is hard to tell, to be honest; I don’t think I will ever stop playing black metal, but I do see myself experimenting more and mixing genres; I believe that is the only way for a band to progress and evolve and become something else, something more personal.
12.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
The bands that influence me the most when I think of composing for CoB are several; when it comes to black metal I have to mention Deathspell Omega and Funeral Mist, but also Satyricon’s Rebel Extravaganza and even Ved Buens Ende; out of black metal I would say Virus, The Cure, Sisters of Mercy, King Dude… Nowadays I listen basically to the same stuff I always did; classical black metal bands, with some modern ones here and there, like Ascension or the amazing Kozeljnik, lots of classic gothic rock and post-punk, a bit of electronic music, and even some blues here and there.
13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you for giving me the chance to talk about my art. And to any true follower of the Left Hand Path: Keep the Black Flame alive!
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Briargh seems to be a very personal and occult project from Erun Dagoth (ex-CrystalMoors, Hrizg, Neverendinghate, Deprive…). This one does not even have a Facebook or website, in a total Underground, misanthropic and mysterious way, like in the old times. Let us see what its creator has told us about this solo project and his new masterpiece: Eboros.
1. Briargh is your solo project since its birth, back in 2003. Have you ever considered sharing it with other musicians for studio or live shows?
Not really. Briargh is my dream, and I don’t like it when someone disturbs it. I think it is purer in this way, even when I am sure the material could sound better with other musicians. But this is not my goal. Anyway, I could do an exception for one album or so. But Briargh is what it is. Me alone.
About live performances, well… I think it is very hard to achieve it. Briargh has a lot of arrangements and melodies that cannot be done on live. You should use extra samples or a lot of musicians. Not of my taste, to be honest.
2. When did you start to explore so different languages? Talk about it, please.
I started since the very first demo «Labaros». I used Spanish and English. I added Protocelt around 2004, when I started to write the lyrics of the «Kanttrug» album. I think it sounds very primitive and unique. The way that Briargh should sound.
3. What does «Eboros» mean?
«Eboros» means «Yew» in Protocelt. It is a very common tree in Cantabria (where I live). Used by our ancestors to end their lives when they felt useless to the community. It was used as alternative to enslavement too. Better dead than a slave.
4. How was it recorded? I saw that it was done during the years 2013 and 2015. Why?
I did the drums in an old rehearsal place in early 2013, but the rest of the recording was frozen during some months. I returned to it, with the guitar parts, when I changed rehearsal place. I did all the strings (bass and guitars) between the last of 2013 and early 2014. For the vocals, I used another old rehearsal place. The old one from my past band CrystalMoors. I also recorded some extra screams and vocals in the Ucieda forest at night. A great and mystic place here in Cantabria. About the rest of arrangements and keyboards, I did them in early/mid 2015, really. I had some job changes, and I got a new flat. Things that have delayed it a bit.
5. And you have worked with Enserune on guest female vocals… Introduce her to our readers.
Yes, she is a very talented singer and we worked some harsh and melodic lines for the album. She is the lead singer of Neverendinghate, and plays bass guitar in Hrizg.
6. Lower Silesian Stronghold released it on CD a couple of months ago. How’s it going with the promotion and the response?
It is going good, I think. LSS is doing a good job, as always. I support it from my side, of course, and I count with Morbid Shrine Productions here so, the album is working fine for my taste. The distribution is wide and I think a lot of people can get a copy without problems. Anyway, the album is still very new and there is a lot of work to do.
Ucieda forest (Cantabria)
7. I have been reading something about a fourth album?
Yes, you are well informed. I am working in my fourth full length. There are four years from «Kanttrug» to «Krigas», and six from «Krigas» to «Eboros». It won’t happen again.
8. Any advance about the future of the project?
Just that I am working on this fourth album, and it will have a similar sound to «Krigas», but mixed with the melodies of «Eboros». I am preparing a good one, and I am very satisfied with the advance. Appart from this, I don’t know what to say. The future changes every day.
9. Thanks for your time Erun. Say your last words for this interview, please.
Many thanks for this interview. Any individual interested in Briargh can contact me through email@example.com
Briargh parece ser un proyecto muy personal y oculto de Erun Dagoth (ex-CrystalMoors, Hrizg, Neverendinghate, Deprive…). Éste ni siquiera tiene Facebook ni página web, permaneciendo así en un estado totalmente misantrópico, Underground y misterioso, como en los viejos tiempos. Veamos qué nos ha comentado su creador sobre él y su nueva obra maestra: Eboros.
1. Briargh es tu proyecto en solitario desde su nacimiento, en 2003. ¿Has considerado alguna vez la posibilidad de compartirlo con otros músicos bien para el estudio, o bien para directos?
La verdad es que no. Briargh es mi sueño, y no me gusta que nadie lo moleste. Creo que es más puro de esta manera, aún cuando estoy seguro de que el material sonaría mejor con otros músicos. Pero no es mi meta. De todas maneras, supongo que podría hacer una excepción para algún disco o algo así. Sin embargo, Briargh es lo que es. Yo sólo.
Sobre directos, bueno… Creo que es bastante difícil conseguir eso. Briargh tiene muchos arreglos y melodías que no pueden hacerse en un concierto. Para ello, deberías contar con samples o muchos músicos. No me apetece mucho, para ser sincero.
Erun in 2006
2. ¿Cuándo comenzaste a explorar los diferentes idiomas? Habla un poco sobre ello, por favor.
Comencé en la primera demo «Labaros». Utilicé el español y el inglés. Posteriormente, añadí el protocelta, sobre el 2004, cuando comencé a trabajar en las letras del álbum «Kanttrug». Creo que suena muy primitivo y único. Justo como debería de sonar Briargh.
3. ¿Qué significa «Eboros»?
«Eboros» significa «Tejo» en protocelta. Es un árbol muy común en Cantabria (donde vivo). Usado por nuestros ancestros para terminar con sus vidas cuando se sentían inútiles para la comunidad. También fue utilizado como alternativa a la esclavitud. Mejor muerto que esclavo.
4. ¿Cómo fue grabado? He visto que tuvo lugar durante los años 2013 y 2015. ¿Por qué? Hice las baterías en el antiguo local de ensayo a principios de 2013, pero el resto de la grabación se «congeló» durante unos cuantos meses. Volví a ello, con las partes de guitarra, cuando cambié de local de ensayo. Hice las cuerdas (bajo y guitarras) entre finales de 2013 y principios de 2014. Para las voces, utilicé otro viejo local de ensayo. El antiguo local de una banda donde toqué: CrystalMoors. También grabé algunos gritos extra, y otras líneas de voz, en el nocturno bosque de Ucieda. Un gran lugar místico aquí en Cantabria. Sobre el resto de arreglos y teclados, los hice a principios/mediados de 2015, realmente. Tuve algunos cambios de trabajo y de vivienda, cosas que han retrasado el tema un poco.
5. Y has trabajado con Enserune para las voces femeninas… Preséntala a los lectores.
Sí, ella es una cantante con mucho talento y hemos trabajado algunas líneas melódicas y otras rasgadas para este disco. Ella es la cantante de Neverendinghate y toca el bajo en Hrizg.
6. Lower Silesian Stronghold lo ha editado en CD hace un par de meses. ¿Cómo está yendo la promoción y cómo está siendo su respuesta?
Está yendo bien, creo. LSS está haciendo un buen trabajo, como siempre. Yo lo apoyo desde mi lado, desde luego, y cuento con Morbid Shrine Productions así que el disco está yendo bien para mi gusto. La distribución es amplia y creo que mucha gente puede obtener una copia sin problemas. De todas formas, el disco es aún muy nuevo y queda mucho trabajo por hacer.
7. ¿He leído algo sobre un cuarto álbum?
Sí, estás bien informado. Estoy trabajando en mi cuarto disco. Pasaron cuatro años desde «Kanttrug» a «Krigas», y seis desde «Krigas» a «Eboros». No volverá a pasar.
8. ¿Algún avance sobre el futuro del proyecto?
Tan sólo que estoy trabajando en este cuarto disco, que tendrá un sonido similar al «Krigas», pero mezclado con las melodías de «Eboros». Estoy preparando lo que creo será un buen disco y estoy muy satisfecho con el avance. Aparte de esto, no sé qué más decir. El futuro cambia cada día.
9. Muchas gracias por tu tiempo Erun. Dinos tus últimas palabras para esta entrevista, por favor.
Muchas gracias por esta entrevista. Todo aquel interesado en Briargh puede contactar conmigo a través de firstname.lastname@example.org
«Eboros» is out and we have the copies here! The new opus of Briargh was released through Lower Silesian Stronghold (Poland) and we have received the copies today.
Briargh is a solo project made by Erun (ex-CrystalMoors, Deprive, Hrizg, between others) and «Eboros» is the third full album. This time, the style returns to the early days, with less folk instruments and more work in the guitars.
«I bring more importance to guitars this time. I create all the folkish and epic elements with them, but also helped with the keyboards and synths», explained Erun.
The production was done again in the Khazad-Dûm Studios, working a more clear and natural sound. «Eboros» has developed the personal style of Briargh, with lyrics written in Spanish, Protoceltic and English. You can check it here:
Hrizg is crawling through the Underground swamp since 2005. It means that this personification of hate, repugnance, sadness and power has 10 years of existence and activism.
After of some words, infected chords and insane drums, Hrizg turned into a real band in the last of 2014. With the add of three lost souls to the discipline: Enserune (exLucifuego, Neverendinghate), Kaornekan (exBittencross, exFatal Portrait) and Varkhen (exAncienthorn, exBittencross, exFatal Portrait). With this new line up, Hrizg started a new age for the band itself.
Three albums, two eps and two demos are the signs of the imminent apocalypse that will happen tonight, on September 18th of 2015. The first Hrizg gig ever. The best and most Underground expression of the Black Metal cult. No compilations, no t-shirts, not other stuff to commemorate it. Just the dark power rising in the battlefield.
«I think there are too much bands releasing commemorative merchan, album compilations, downloads, etc., which is good. But I think Hrizg has not the same spirit than every band. Hrizg walks it’s own path, and I think to play a special show -the first one- is the best thing we can do.», stated Erun Dagoth.
Tonight, Primitive Noise shows a very impressive act of three bands. Homicidio, Nashgul and, of course, Hrizg. It will happen in Santander (Cantabria, in the top north of the old Spain).
Ego sum quod tu esse optas.
Tuae animae obscuritas. Dei verber.
Praevalere post tempestatem.
Erectus superbusque, dignus aemulus.
Enserune, Varkhen (bottom) and Kaornekan
Hrizg logo by Sasha Leonard.
Rehearsal pics by Orgen.
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Now Hrizg is a full band. It happened in the last of 2014, including Enserune (Neverendinghate, ex-Lucifuego), Varkhen (ex-Bittencross, ex-Fatal Portrait, ex-Ancienthorn) and Kaornekan (ex-Bittencross, ex-Fatal Portrait), along with Erun Dagoth (Briargh, Neverendinghate, Deprive, ex-CrystalMoors… and many others). But back in 2007, Hrizg was done by an only member: Erun (aka Hrizg). He recorded «Enemy of Weakness», a demo which was released in split tape via Final Embrace Records, with the Greek band Mortuus Caelum. It was done for only 300 copies which are very hard to find nowadays.
Here is the digital version of the demo, for only 2€.
I. Tears of Hate
II. Aequat Omnes Cinis
III. War & Intolerance
IV. Si Vis Pacem Parabellum
«The stuff was made in Autumn of 2007. In those days, I was living in other place, but I recorded drums in my homeland» Erun said. In fact, drums were recorded in the Damned Studios (owned by Txerra, ex-Eldereon), in less than one hour. «I started to play drums with no marks nor idea what to do next. All drums were recorded in less than one hour. This is the reason of some mistakes and shit. But Hrizg was made of the visceral hate, not super produced albums or whatever». In addition, the drumkit chosen was an old and broken kit of Misanthate (ex-Hrizg, ex-Eldereon), with shitty cymbals and no tuning at all.
The rest of instruments were spawned in Khazad-Dûm Studios and the result is a fast, furious and grim Black Metal with no concessions.
Also, a videoclip was done for «Si Vis Pacem Parabellum», done by Labaru Films. Check it here:
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Selaphiel is a Black/Death Metal band hailing from Cantabria, in the north side of Spain. Jesus, the mind and soul of the project, has announced recently that they’re back to their personal studio to start the production and recording sessions of their second attack.
Helped again by David, his mate in Gathering Darkness, all he can say is that «all the previous brutality is again with us, but we have added new influences, new thematics and new vocal lines». It seems that an evolution is happening in the Selaphiel’s duo. «It is a big challenge for us, because we have chosen Spanish as main language, and we have put a lot of intention on it, speaking the words carefully to be understood by the listeners», he added.
When I asked him for the recording sessions, Jesus said «It was very similar to the first demo. We worked some details a bit more and it is less improvised. We walk towards a more strict way of work, but we don’t forget the premise in which we created the band. Everything is done with old fashioned recording material. We have even recorded a lot of stuff with an old eight tracks studio». A total declaration, of couse.
New good shit is happening…
About how was the process of production, he proudly said «it was great. Very fluent and quite easy to be honest. It was also hard, but we got what we looked for so…».
Selaphiel is a great blast of unholy Black/Death Metal with a lot of old school blood. It’s just for followers of the old sound. No modern shit here, and the demo tape format is very important for the band as Jesus said «We want to define our sound so we will continue recording demo tapes till it happens. In the past, it was very common in the bands to record some demos before to proceed with an album and we will continue this way».
So, this are the words of Jesus of Selaphiel, who is very excited with the continuation of «Death Metal on the Cross», their successful first demo tape, that their are finishing just now. More news about it soon.
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