Briargh are a band that I can only describe as brilliant; formed in Spain back in 2003, the one-man band have become an amazing mixture of black, death and folk metal, and does it in a way which can only be described as brilliant. Focusing on themes of paganism, mythology and history, the band are back with a new full length album entitled Eboros. A beautiful album with a mixture of beautiful melodies and riffs, hard-hitting and rough drums, as well as dark, screeching, Hellish vocals which adds power and energy into such a powerful album.

The first track on the album, “El Lianto Del Bosque”, starts off with Burzum-sounding guitar melodies which mix beautifully with fast, heavy drums. When the deep, dark vocals start; the melodies and riffs quicken which add to the heaviness of the track. A track complete with different tempos add volume and depth to the track, and it is a brilliant start to the album.

Another track on the album which really stands out for me is the third track entitled “Sword of Woe” which for me is a perfect example of black metal infused folk metal. A song mixed with heavy vocals and female vocals and the mixture of the melodies and riffs on this track have already captivated me in a beautiful, enriched manor. Everything on this track is as heavy as anything including the vocals, melodies, riffs and drums. What really captivates me on this track is the “Whoa-wo-wo” clean vocals part of the track which makes folk metal really stand out on this track in a seamlessly beautiful way. This track for me works amazingly well and it is a track of complete perfection on the highest point.

“El Canto De Las Anjanas P.T II” is the sixth track on the album complete with hard-hitting drums beautiful melodies and riffs and raw heavy vocals kick off the track. Throughout the song can be heard slower riffs and melodies with heavier vocals adding power to this track. There is also a mixture of fast-paced instruments and tempo changes which add incredible beauty to this amazing piece of art. Keyboards and synths also come into work in this track which again just adds to the folk metal theme. This really is just a work of 100% perfection, and the use of the keyboards and synths add more beauty to an already beautiful track.

The last track on the album “Eboros – Epitome of Deat” for me was the best 5 minutes and 58 seconds of my life, a track that starts off with heavy keyboard and synths which almost sound like Summoning. Throughout tempo changes a beautiful keyboard melody can be heard behind what sounds like a male choir which gives off a mystical element on the track, when female vocals start the mystical element of the track, gives of pure beauty. As the female vocals end and synth melodies pave the way for heavy drums, bass and guitar riffs which makes the track seem darker and adds to the power behind the track. As the dark powerful screeching vocals enter the mystical element of the track may be washed away but the rawness and the power of the album remain right until the end.

A beautiful album which keeps on giving right to the end, an album that can only be described as flawless, perfect and beautiful a magnificent piece of art which is written in such a way where everything fits in this album (including instruments and vocals) flawlessly in an absolutely incredible album.

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Briargh – Eboros

Briargh is a one man band made up of, Dux Briargh – All instruments and vocals. Music style is listed as, Melancholic Black Metal. Band location, Spain.

Eboros album released on October 27th, 2015, Morbid Shrine Productions. The music comes through with pure aggression and savagery. Nothing is over-processed. A very natural sounding recording is captured. Interesting aspects of the arrangements is how well the two guitar tracks compliment each other and trade of rhythms.

The song «Eboros – Epitome of Death», has a captive and creative keyboard piece along with female vocals complimented with a clean strumming guitar. A thing to note, these songs are all in spanish. It is the first time I have heard black metal with spanish lyrics, it fits well and adds a different dynamic to the album.

The drums have a natural sound and it is actually good to hear how intense the string parts are pronounced with the relentless battery of blast beats.
Final thoughts, if you want pure, abrasive and from deep in the underground metal music, then this is for you.
~Artemortifica

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Some label owners are way too nice people.  They have their own music project but tend to promote other bands more.  I have no idea why they do that but it seems a habit of some people. Perhaps, they are a bit uncertain about their own abilities, certainly when they hear the masterpieces some other bands on their label produce.  Because of that, some serious gems are left being underrated and unknown, which really is a shame.

Briargh is the blackened pagan folk metal act by Morbid Shrine’s owner Dux Briargh.  Influenced by acts like Burzum and Drudkh he started working on this project years ago.  To me, it sounds like a very old school black metal album with several folk influences thrown in, which obviously is a good idea. It’s been awhile since I heard something like this and I have to say, I’m glad this album reached me.

What I like most about this album, is the combination of bleak black metal and the warm sound of the instruments.  It’s an odd contradiction but one that works very well.  This isn’t a mere blast-beats driven piece of black metal but a melodic and mysterious sounding version of the genre, highlighting in songs like ‘El Llanto del Bosque’ and ‘Dubos Etenos’. Often I’m reminded of acts like Bergthron, Windir or Falkenbach.

I really think it would be a shame if this album wouldn’t get much attention.  It is a very strong example of a strange and underrated subgenre.  So yes, I would like to recommend it to all the black metalheads out there, certainly the ones who love a bit of paganism and melody in their music.  Nice work…

​Serge

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 Briargh: Eboros (Review)

Artist: Briargh
Album:  Eboros
Medium:  CD
Stil:  Melancholic Black Metal
Label:  Morbid Shrine Productions
Erschienen:  October 27th, 2015
Website:    Briargh

Bereits der Opener «El Llanto del Bosque » prügelt gleich nach dem choralen Vorspiel los.
Schon die ersten Takte sind für eine Gänsehaut gut: Ein Einstieg, der an Intensität und Spannung reich ist und schwer fesselt – man wird förmlich eingesogen in die dunkle Landschaft von «Eboros».
«Silom Sego» ist eingängig, einnehmend und mit Hooks versehen, die nicht so schnell wieder aus den
Gehörgängen verschwinden. Hier wird das Tempo angezogen, die Bassdrum wummert vor sich hin.
Das folgende «Sword of Woe » brilliert mit seinem markanten Rhythmus, «El Canto de las Anjanas (Pt II) »  ist der vielleicht stärkste Song auf dem Album, sicherlich aber, ob seiner Klasse, besonders erwähnenswert ist auch «Dubos Etenos» und «Sun of the Dead». Jede instrumentelle Einzelleistung ist
dabei beachtlich – wieder einer dieser Punkte, die jeden weiteren Hördurchlauf interessanter macht und der «Eboros» eine besondere Note gibt. Über «El Nubero de Samhain » geht´s zum Albumabschluss: «Eboros – Epitome of Death «.

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Dux Briargh – All instruments and vocals

Track list:
1. El Llanto del Bosque
2. Silom Sego
3. Sword of Woe
4. Dubos Etenos
5. Sun of the Dead
6. El Canto de las Anjanas (Pt II)
7. El Nubero de Samhain
8. Eboros – Epitome of Death

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This is the cover art of the re-release of “Skapt av Helvetesild”, the demo of the true Norwegian act DJEVELKULT. The cover was done by Erun Dagoth, and the CD will include a cover song of Bathory and some extra live tracks. The stuff is being remastered at Khazad-Dûm Studios. More news and clips very soon. Stay fucking tuned!

“Skapt av Helvetesild” is planed to be out in one month worl wide!

Ayer noche tuve el placer de intercambiar unas palabras con Oskar, de Noche de Rock, personaje mítico de la escena cántabra que lleva ya más de 20 años al frente de este programa, a través del cuál hemos pasado distintos músicos hablando de Forestdome, Moonshine, Opposer, Fatal Portrait, Briargh, Hrizg, Karonte y un largo etcétera.

Hoy tocaba hablar de Morbid Shrine Productions, así que en una fría noche lluviosa me acerqué por ahí a saludar y, de paso, hablar un poco de la historia del sello y alguna de sus bandas.

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Here is a new awesome video uploaded by Gloom of their drummer Ayuso performing Erich Zann. This is what they have posted in their official Facebook:

«New video of our drummer Ayuso playing Erich Zann, one of our songs from new album Doggod. Remember he is available for drum lessons and session drumming.
Hope you enjoy!!!»

Opposer has entered in studio to record their second album, which name will be «Darkest Path»! This time, they are working a much more deep and heavy sound, darker than before, more into the Death Metal sound. Drums are in the way so we will have more news about it very soon. Music will be done in their own personal studio, but the mix and mastering will be done on Khazad-Dûm Studio.

Meanwhile, enjoy the next video:

The Morbid Shrine will re-release the sold out demo «Skapt av Helvetesild» by Djevelkult very soon. The Underground hidden masterpiece of this Norwegian cult band shall come remastered and with some bonus tracks. A new cover art is in the way too, so expect a «new old» opus of true Occult Black Metal released in CD format.

Stay fucking tuned!

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There is all the info the flyer. New official Briargh t-shirts to be manufactured very soon in a very limited edition. We open preorders writting to labarosrecords@gmail.com

Write now! This piece is 15€ + postal costs. Will be available in all sizes.

Ghazghkull/Signs Of Hate/Morbid Shrine Productions/2015 Demo Compilation Review

Ghazghkull  where  a  solo  project  from  Spain  that  played a  very  raw  and  misanthropic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  demo  compilation  album  «Signs  Of  Hate»  which  was  released  by  Morbid  Shrine  Productions.

Nature  sounds  and  atmospheric  synths  start  off  the  compilation  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  that  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  some  grim  screams  a  few  seconds  later  and  the  songs  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

Most  of  the  music  is  rooted  in  the  90’s  second  wave  style  and  you  can  also  hear  synths  in  the  background  at  times  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  and  distorted  fashion  and  one  of  the  tracks  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  a  later  track  brings  in  melodic  Gregorian  chants  that  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  while  the  main  focus  remains  more  on  a  raw  style  of  black  metal.

Ghazghkull  played  a  style  of  black  metal  that  was  very  raw  and  misanthropic  taking  the  90’s  style  into  the  early  21st  century  and  also  had  an  atmospheric style  at  times  which  was  very  common  for  the  Iberian  bands  of  the  mid  90’s,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  misanthropy,  darkness  and  blasphemous  themes.

In  my  opinion  Ghazghkull  where  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  misanthropic  solo black  metal  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  «Avatar  Of  Darkness»  «Witness  Of  Nocturnal  Silence»  and  «The  End  Of  The  Human  Race».  8  out  of  10.

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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.

foto espada bosque-12. 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.

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Preguntas: Erun
Respuestas: Lord Arhawn
Traducción: Heolstor

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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.

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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.

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Questions: Erun
Answers: Lord Arhawn
Translation: Heolstor

Chains Ov Beleth Interview

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!