For quite some time I have been assessing Endstille as one of the best German black metal acts. The strangest thing here is that the band itself does not think they belong to this genre… However, you probably know how much intense, hard and destructive sound they manage to dictate. So, what the hell is going on here? The vocalist of the band, Zingultus, was kind enough to give his fast answers on the essence of Endstille, its relation with war topics and some more controversial (year, right…) things.
Norway is a fascinating country, definitely. As is its metal scene. There are so many good names out there that you can easily pick at least ten of them for your favourite top. And if you ask me, Helheim is at the very crest of my choice. This band has been overshadowed by many bigger titles like Dimmu Borgir, Enslaved, Satyricon and many others, but this is the crew that has been honest for the fans and the band itself for many years. Moreover, I don’t remember the time when they released a bad album. Probably it’s because that never happened…
Let’s start the interview in non-pseudo-intellectual way and get straight to the point. Your last album was released in the year 2011, and you promised to work in the studio in 2013 on the new one. Did everything go right on plan? Can we expect the new studio album to be released this year? How your next full-length will differ from the previous material?
H’grimnir: Yes, everything goes just the way we have planned. Our main goal was to prepare our next album during 2013. We didn’t work in studio during these preparations, but we did all the pre-prod recordings ourselves in our rehearsal room using a Zoom H4 Handy Recorder. We want to release our new album this year, but we are not rushing it. All the drums were recorded in studio over one month ago (end of March 2014), so I guess the rest should be recorded within a couple of months from now.
Album: Sinister Ceremonies
Label: The Sinister Flame
This debut has been relatively hyped in a hermetic circle of dedicated dark underground, due to the start of a new label, run by long-time supporter of unholy arts, Mr. Northwind. No doubts that this first release was chosen very precisely, and was in preparation for months before it was finally accomplished. Spanish band, earlier familiar perhaps just to a handful of the most dedicated fans and close friends, has been active for close to ten years though
Label: Punishment 18
These guys have been jamming together for more than a decade now, and this fact makes them a bit different from the entire thrash revival with mostly young bands overflooding the market. Still, these nine tracks are only the debut full-length for Sardinia based four-piece, so at the other side of the coin they are sort of debutants in the market.
Last months were busy for The Pope. But he managed to find some interesting music. This weeks Popes Choice goes to….MANTAR.
February 2014 sees the two piece German monster MANTAR release their debut album on Svart Records. Recorded earlier in 2013 and titled “Death By Burning”, the album is a raw, self produced and 100% DIY display of power. The half German, half Turkish band has existed for less than a year and released one limited run 7″ – probably sold out by the time you read this.