Interview with Varg Vikernes of Burzum

Since leaving the confines of Tromsø prison in early 2009, Varg Vikernes has marked his return to the music world with three fine albums. The extreme split opinion on Vikernes will always exist because of history and ideology. But that doesn’t make his musical ambition and ideology any less fascinating. The release of latest album ‘Umskiptar’ this year has marked new thematic and musical territory for Burzum. Inspired by the poetry of the ‘Völuspá’, Vikernes constructed a more “atmospheric” record in ‘Umskiptar’. SoundShock’s Calum Robson explores Vikernes’ perspective on human nature, philosophy, capitalism, civilisation and death.

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Enslaved – RIITIIR – Review

Let’s face it, when Enslaved began experimenting with progressive music at the turn of the millennium, it wasn’t to everyone’s taste. The Norsemen had the balls to genetically alter their rawer black metal roots and the creativity to launch into unheard technical, progressive territories, reincarnating themselves in epic fashion.

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An Autumn For Crippled Children – Only The Ocean Knows – Review

Holland’s An Autumn For Crippled Children might have turned more heads because of their bizarre moniker rather than their brand of music. In the classroom of black metal, shock tactics are common, but you just get the feeling these guys didn’t really get a sense of how to create a fearsome BM name when they went to the drawing board. Their initial inspiration for the title came from Ebony Lake – a little-known experimental band from West Yorkshire. Strange, don’t you think?

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Interview with Dordeduh

Dordeduh blossomed as an offshoot of Negura Bunget after members Hupogrammos and Sol Faur had a disagreement with drummer Negru. Formed in 2009, they began working on new material, releasing the short but sweet ‘Valea Omului’ EP a year later. Now, the duo – alongside bassist Flavius Misarăş and drummer Ovidiu Mihăiţă – have finished recording their first full-length record and are hoping to announce a release date soon. Multi-instrumentalist Hupogrammos talks us through the spiritual roots and cultural inspirations of the band.

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Interview with Dämmerfarben

Back in 2006, German project Dämmerfarben was the work of just one man. Inspired by the beauty of nature, band founder Nostarion acquired the help of a drummer and a bassist to forge remarkable debut ‘Im Abendrot’ in 2011. The album heard melodic black metal fused with classical influences to summon a dark yet romanticised atmosphere. But in the latest phase of their existence, Dämmerfarben have added yet more members. What does it mean for the now-six-piece? SoundShock finds out…

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Adrenaline Mob – Feature

Adrenaline Mob weren’t exactly received with open arms and big hugs when they unleashed debut record ‘Omerta’. No matter what, the four-piece will always have their critics because of the history that surrounds them. On paper, the membership of the super-group – featuring ex-Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy, Symphony X vocalist Russell Allen, Disturbed’s John Moyer and esteemed guitarist Mike Orlando – look like blueprints to an uber-techincal, over-the-top prog metal band. But what Adrenaline Mob came up with was something entirely different. I did a phoner with Mike Orlando to find out what Adrenaline Mob means to him.

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Interview with Stealing Axion

Five-piece Stealing Axion made their first steps into the musical world when they formed in 2009 and crafted a self-released debut EP by the start of 2010. It gained them praise in all corners of the internet; from nit-picking ‘djenty’ forums to technical guitar-loving sites. They must have been doing something right, because by the end of 2011, the progressive metallers were signing to Century Media/InsideOut. Now, after acquiring the production and mastering skills of TesseracT’s Acle Kahney, the Pacific, North West act have a debut full-length on the way and a UK tour to boot. SoundShock caught up with guitarist and vocalist Dan Forbrich to find out more on the budding band.

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