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BANE (Serbia) Interview by Blackened Horde Zine

Posted in Abyss Records Artists Interviews, Interviews with tags , , on January 13, 2014 by Michael McCoy II

BANE (Serbia) Interview

by Blackened Horde Zine

By Summon

Summon: How did the band get started?

Branislav: After quitting another band sometime in 2006, I had some riffs and ideas of mine that were not used in Sangre Eterna, so logically I decided to form my own project, which eventually became BANE.

Summon: What kind of music do you play?

Branislav: The style would be best described as Black/Death Metal.

Summon: How has the fan response been?

Branislav: Mostly positive I guess, judging from the hundreds of reviews published so far our albums got.

Summon: Where did the band name come from?

Branislav: Originally from Serbia, a small country in Eastern Europe. That was until this year, when the band re-located in Montreal, QC, Canada.

Summon: Introduce the band members and what they do in the band.

Branislav: The current line-up consists of Max on guitars (Frostbite), Edd on bass (HolloW, Karkaos) and Gabriel on drums (Brought By Pain).

Summon: Who writes the music? Lyrics?

Branislav: In 95% of the time, I write both the music and lyrics for the band.

Summon: And where do the lyric ideas come from?

Branislav: Chaos. Human abhorrence, ignorance and stupidity.

Summon: What is your view in Satanism and Occultism?

Branislav: No comment.

Summon: How many albums/CD’s have you released?

Branislav: So far we have released 2 full-length albums, 3 splits, 1 EP, a demo and just recently a brand new single entitled “In Darkness And Hatred” which is available as a free download via: http://nocturnemagazine.net/download/68/bane-in-darkness-and-hatred-single

Summon: Tell me about some the songs on the latest CD?

Branislav: It’s our fastest stuff yet. We raised the bar up to 240bpm on some songs there, and for the first time used some orchestral arrangements, keyboards and clean/choir vocals which was not heard on previous material.

Summon: Do you have any side projects?

Branislav: I have a Hard Rock band called Keychain, you can check it out here: https://www.facebook.com/keychainofficial

Summon: Who are some of your musical influences?

Branislav: As far as Metal bands go, here are some of my most inspirational ones: Dissection, Naglfar, Setherial, Dark Funeral, etc…other than that I really listen to just about any musical genre, no limits.

Summon: Which current bands?

Branislav: Lately I have been more into Modern Death Metal like: Job For A Cowboy, As I Lay Dying, The Black Dahlia Murder, etc…

Summon: What is the band like when you play live?

Branislav: Just four really passionate guys about Metal.

Summon: Have you guys ever played in another country?

Branislav: Yeah…so far we have played in over 10 European countries.

Summon: How big of crowd shows up at shows usually?

Branislav: That really depends…from 10-15 people, up to 200-300…it really depends on lots of things such as the bands on the bill, day of the week, season, venue, promotion, etc…

Summon: How is the crowd response when you play?

Branislav: It also really depends on the previously mentioned factors…but it’s very simple, actually – if the band gives their 666%, then so will the people in the crowd.

Summon: What do you think of the US Black Metal/Death Metal scene?

Branislav: There are few really amazing bands, that is for sure. My buddies from A Hill To Die Upon is a great example, also Abigail Williams have proven to be a great band, just to mention a few.

Summon: What do you think of the Overseas scenes?

Branislav: It’s really hard to generalize a question like that, but one thing I know for sure – everywhere there will be ups and downs. In just about any single country you will find great bands, great people.

Summon: What are some of new favorite black metal/death metal bands?

Branislav: To be quite honest, in the last year or so I did not come up with new bands that have really grabbed my attention in the Black/Death Metal scene. Mostly the bands or records I listen to are from lets say 1990 to about 2010, and just in those two decades there are tons and tons of good releases.

Summon: When do you guys plan on writing any new material?

Branislav: I am slowly writing some new songs, but at this very moment I have no clue when will it be finished, recorded nor released…time will tell.

Summon: What does the future hold for the band??

Branislav: If everything goes fine we will hit some stages in North America during 2014, and will work on some new stuff for sure.

Interview link: http://blackenedhorde.com/bane

Bane links:

Official Website: http://baneband.com

Myspace: www.myspace.com/baneband

Facebook: www.facebook.com/baneband

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/baneband

Last fm: www.last.fm/music/Bane

Abyss Records links:

Label & Online Music Store: www.officialabyssrecords.com

Myspace: www.myspace.com/abyssrecordsofficial

Facebook: www.facebook.com/OfficialAbyssRecords

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/label/abyssrecords

Last fm: www.last.fm/label/AbyssRecords

Youtube: www.youtube.com/user/MinionfortheAbyss

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AbyssRecords

Other links:

To purchase BANE “The Acausal Fire” DIGI CD, “Chaos, Darkness & Emptiness” DIGI CD and other BANE merchandise go to: www.officialabyssrecords.com/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=bane

 

To preview a song from “Chaos, Darkness & Emptiness” go to: www.youtube.com/watch?v=tP0LoHYAEBE

BANE (Serbia) “The Acausal Fire” DIGI CD review by HomicidalBreath

Posted in Abyss Records Artists Reviews, Reviews with tags , , on January 13, 2014 by Michael McCoy II

BANE (Serbia) “The Acausal Fire” DIGI CD review

by HomicidalBreath

By HomicidalBreath

Bane is basically Branislav Panic(began as a one man project). The line up has been pretty unstable and so has Bane in general, as you’ll see on their page here on the archives they’ve been on hiatus(or split up?) numerous times since forming in 2006; 2006-2007, 2009-2012, 2013-present. Branislav moved from Serbia to Canada(wooo!) in 2012 I believe and got a so far stable line up as of 2013. I was a huge fan of the debut “Chaos, Darkness & Emptiness” which proved the guy has an impressive amount of songwriting skill so when “The Acausal Fire” came out in 2012 I got my hands on it as quick as I could and I was VERY impressed. Their sound is extremely Dissection influenced but not to the point of being a full on clone but nonetheless, this has Dissection written all over it. If you feel like you’ve listened to the first two Dissection albums seemingly 1000 times and want more, Bane is definitely recommended.

They even chose to show their Dissection influence and cover the legendary “Night’s Blood” and did a great job. Believe it or not, I think it’s so close to being as good as the original, the only thing that stops it from being on par is that it doesn’t have the dark atmosphere that “Storm of the Light’s Bane”(wonder where they got their band name?). I blame this on the production, it’s pretty polished but it doesn’t take away from the album as it’s not over polished. Oddly enough, the album still maintains a rather eerie atmosphere but nothing compared to the aforementioned album. Don’t let the production being clean turn you away from listening to this, you’ll regret it.

The album opens up with a rather predictable intro “Bringing Forth the Endless Dark Aeon” which is somewhat unnecessary but it does set the mood of the album which could be described as eerie. Then “The End of Humanity” kicks you in the teeth with an amazing melodic tremolo riff with an icy guitar tone. I love the guitar tone on this album, it just has that cold, icy tone you hear in black metal bands, yet another DIssection similarity. This album is loaded with amazing, melodic tremolo riffs, the opening riff from “In Endless Silence” is a great example. The majority of the riffs are tremolo but Branislav also makes good use of chords and power chords which are also commonly found in black metal, Behemoth uses that style of riffs with chords but I can’t really describe them. There’s also a decent amount of eerie, melodic harmonies(see: “As Chaos Rises”, great melodies and harmonies in this track). There’s also some amazing acoustic sections, the outro of “In Endless Silence” is a good example. The leads/solos are very much as the riffs; very melodic, well executed and eerie. if you’re looking for technical shredding you’ve come to the wrong place, the sole purpose of the leads/solos are to be extremely melodic just like everything on the album. Branislav is great at coming up with melodic black riffs, it may be nothing completely original but I don’t think his intent is to be original, only few bands are these days.

As for the other instruments, the bass is somewhat audible, not much but it’s definitely there, doesn’t do anything spectacular but the fact that it’s audible is satisfying considering it’s became a trend to leave your bass player for dead. The drum work was done spectacularly. There’s loads of phenomenal fills/rolls in each track, Occultum really impressed me when I noticed he did perfect on the beginning drum fill at the beginning of “Night’s Blood” and kept up with the drumming greatly. There’s also very well executed double kick, I can’t tell if he was using a trigger or not but if he is it doesn’t sound very mechanical which is a bonus. There’s lots of wicked blast beats as well which should go without saying, as far as I’m aware every band I’ve listened to that has any sort of black metal in their genre makes good use of blast beats. I’m just a guitarist but I play my buddy’s drum set at least a couple times a week and I can barely even keep a beat so it just amazes me how these guys do this stuff. As for the vocals, there’s two different styles; gravel throat black metal vocals and death metal growls that aren’t guttural at all. There’s times when Branislav layers them over top of each other which somewhat reminds me of Glen Benton’s aside from the fact Glen sounds like a fucking demon, i still question myself if he actually is a demon.

I only occasionally talk about the lyrics in reviews but I feel I must express how much I like the lyrics on this album, there’s some lyrics that are slightly predictable but others that are phenomenal. The majority of the lyrics are based upon misanthropy and misery with a couple songs having a different theme. Here’s some of my favourite lyrics from the album, taken from “In Endless Silence”;

“From the eternal night, in endless silence I watch the world go by No hope is left, and all was lost I watch the human race die Take away – knowing I will be Forsaken – I shall set my spirit free… Leaving this world – without a goodbye… Frozen – my heart’s bled dry…”

I’m not sure what it is about this song but when I listen to it while thinking of the lyrics I just get that odd, eerie feeling in my gut, that says enough. Now, for the most important thing about an album; the songwriting. The songs are pretty straight forward, most are within 3 minutes and a few a bit over 4 minutes. The song structures aren’t complex at all but they aren’t all “verse, chorus, verse, chorus…etc.” and I’m not usually paying attention to song structures when I’m listening to an album anyway. The songs are highly enjoyable, memorable and all have replay value, aside from the intro “Bringing Forth the Endless Dark Aeon” and “Entering the Paradoxical Sphere” which is kind of an outro but it leads into the Dissection cover. There’s not any filler on here, not even the cover which is impressive as most bands just run out of ideas and figure “Let’s just throw a cover on there instead of writing another track”. I think the statement “no filler” speaks volumes of how much songwriting skill Branislav has especially since this is their second full length and he did great on the debut as well, although he has been in several other projects as well, nonetheless he’s still phenomenal.

“The Acausal Fire” is a great record from start to finish. They have a new single coming out tomorrow “In Darkness and Hatred” so there may be a new album in the works! Hopefully. I highly recommend this album(and their debut) for fans of Dissection, Thulcandra, Behemoth(particularly 1997-2003 era), Sacramentum, Belphegor and although they aren’t similar fans of Watain, Vesania and Necrophobic will probably like this.

Highlights, no order: “As Chaos Rises”, “In Endless Silence”, “World of Desolation”,

Rating: 95%

Review link: www.metal-archives.com/reviews/Bane/The_Acausal_Fire/351511/HomicidalBreath

Bane links:

Official Website: http://baneband.com

Myspace: www.myspace.com/baneband

Facebook: www.facebook.com/baneband

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/baneband

Last fm: www.last.fm/music/Bane

Abyss Records links:

Label & Online Music Store: www.officialabyssrecords.com

Myspace: www.myspace.com/abyssrecordsofficial

Facebook: www.facebook.com/OfficialAbyssRecords

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/label/abyssrecords

Last fm: www.last.fm/label/AbyssRecords

Youtube: www.youtube.com/user/MinionfortheAbyss

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AbyssRecords

Other links:

To purchase BANE “The Acausal Fire” DIGI CD, “Chaos, Darkness & Emptiness” DIGI CD and other BANE merchandise go to: www.officialabyssrecords.com/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=bane

To preview a song from “Chaos, Darkness & Emptiness” go to: www.youtube.com/watch?v=tP0LoHYAEBE

HYPERBOREAN (Sweden) “The Spirit of Warfare” CD review by www.minacious.org

Posted in Abyss Records Artists Reviews, Reviews with tags , on August 18, 2013 by Michael McCoy II

HYPERBOREAN (Sweden) “The Spirit of Warfare” CD review

by www.minacious.org

By Mordant

This is the debut album from Swedish Black Metal band Hyperborean, which is a fitting name since Sweden is the true Hyperborea. “ The Spirit of Warfare” contains seven tracks of melodic Black Metal with a few Death metal hints here and there. I can detect traces of both the more melodic side of the early to mid-nineties Norwegian Black Metal scene as well as its Swedish counterpart. An interesting mixture, not unheard of although. But overall this is well crafted, some really nice guitar work, and with a suitably dark atmosphere. Nothing mind blowing, but give them a listen.

Review link: www.minacious.org/rev-hyperborean_-_the_spirit_of_warfare.html

Hyperborean links:

Myspace: www.myspace.com/hyperboreanofficial

Facebook: www.facebook.com/HyperboreanSwe

Twitter: https://twitter.com/hyperboreanswe

Youtube: www.youtube.com/hyperboreanswe

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/hyperboreanofficial

Last fm: www.last.fm/music/Hyperborean

Abyss Records links:

Label & Online Music Store: www.officialabyssrecords.com

Myspace: www.myspace.com/abyssrecordsofficial

Facebook: www.facebook.com/OfficialAbyssRecords

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/label/abyssrecords

Last fm: www.last.fm/label/AbyssRecords

Youtube: www.youtube.com/user/MinionfortheAbyss

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AbyssRecords

To purchase HYPERBOREAN “The Spirit of Warfare” CD go to: www.officialabyssrecords.com/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=hyperborean

HYPERBOREAN (Sweden) “The Spirit of Warfare” CD review by Wicked Channnel

Posted in Abyss Records Artists Reviews, Reviews with tags , on August 15, 2013 by Michael McCoy II

HYPERBOREAN (Sweden) “The Spirit of Warfare” CD review

by Wicked Channnel

By Mike

Hyperborean is a melodic black metal band hailing from Sweden and signed to Abyss Records. The Spirit Of Warfare is their debut full-length release although they have been together since 2000 and have released three demos.

I have never really been a fan of melodic black metal because black metal is more of a predefined niche and I like my black metal to remain true to black metal roots. I know, I know, I am a nitpicker. Outside of me being anal about black metal, I will say that I can get behine Hyperborean’s The Spirit of Warfare a little. The riffs are abundant and there is a lot of homage being paid to black metal classics on this release. They are pretty technical and make a nice mixture of the technical elements within the classic black metal riffs. Some riffs are even thrash metal-style riffs. With all of these subgenres of metal mixed together, you would expect to hear a bunch of chaos within each song, but while tempo and riff changes are all over the place on most of the songs, at no point, did the music ever sound chaotic to me.

My favorite track on the album right now is the 7 minute track Weapon Making, which is the second track on the album. The tempo changes are all over the place, but maintains a nice song structure for the entire 7 minute length. The riffs are running rampart on this one and the vocals are pretty solid as well. Another standout would be The Last Stand of Leonidas And the Battle of Thermopylae. Almost 10 minutes in length, it is very epic in style and works well. While the title is quite a mouthful, the song is very solid and is another song which is all over the place, but still contained nicely.

1. Channelling The Spirit Of Warfare (7:12)

2. Weapon Mankind (7:03)

3. Viper (7:10)

4. The Last Stand Of Leonidas And The Battle Of Thermopylae (9:54)

5. A New Sun Rises (5:39)

6. Killing Grounds (4:21)

7. The Sick Man Of Europe (6:33)

Hyperborean was formed in August of 2000 with the intention of playing melodic extreme metal. We recorded two demos Of Malice and Thorns Scar her Soul with basically the same line-up and they were well received by the underground media and some labels. After the early demos our line-up changed, and with so did our sound when Andreas joined the band. The music took a darker and more aggressive path . A third demo, Prey, was made in 2005 and after that the band was put on hold for a few years. We where still writing material during this time and those songs became the foundation for The Spirit of Warfare, which we recorded in August of 2009. And now, with the help of Abyss records we are ready to release it upon the world.

Review link: http://wickedchannel.com/2011/04/metal-review-hyperborean-the-spirit-of-warfare-2011/

Hyperborean links:

Myspace: www.myspace.com/hyperboreanofficial

Facebook: www.facebook.com/HyperboreanSwe

Twitter: https://twitter.com/hyperboreanswe

Youtube: www.youtube.com/hyperboreanswe

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/hyperboreanofficial

Last fm: www.last.fm/music/Hyperborean

Abyss Records links:

Label & Online Music Store: www.officialabyssrecords.com

Myspace: www.myspace.com/abyssrecordsofficial

Facebook: www.facebook.com/OfficialAbyssRecords

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/label/abyssrecords

Last fm: www.last.fm/label/AbyssRecords

Youtube: www.youtube.com/user/MinionfortheAbyss

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AbyssRecords

To purchase HYPERBOREAN “The Spirit of Warfare” CD go to: www.officialabyssrecords.com/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=hyperborean

HYPERBOREAN (Sweden) “The Spirit of Warfare” CD review by www.mariosmetalmania.com

Posted in Abyss Records Artists Reviews, Reviews with tags , on August 10, 2013 by Michael McCoy II

HYPERBOREAN (Sweden) “The Spirit of Warfare” CD review

by www.mariosmetalmania.com

By Robin van Tilburg

Hyperborean is not a band that likes to rush things. They formed in 2000 and since then three demos have seen the light of day. “Of malice” in 2000, “Thorns scar her Soul’ in 2003 and Prey”in 2005. A few years later, in the year 2009 to be exact, the band recorded the songs for what would be there debut album. That album is called ‘The Spirit of Warfare’ and has just been released through Abyss Records. When a band has been around for as long as Hyperborean has, you can’t help but to grow expectations towards the material. Sadly, these expectations are only partly redeemed. The music, which holds up mostly between black and to a lesser degree death metal, does not exceed the mediocre a lot of the time. But there is still enough to enjoy the album as a whole. Take for example the opening track ‘Channelling the Spirit of Warfare’ with its catchy melodic riff and fast blast beat sections. Also worth mentioning is the lyrical theme, which mainly handles the period of World War I. Not a very original subject for a metal band, but Hyperborean has made it quite interesting. I think I’ll give Hyperborean the benefit of the doubt. No matter for how long they’ve been around, they’ve managed to come up with an interesting debut album that justifies their existence. Check their MySpace if you dig fast, melodic Black Metal.

Rating: 70/100

Review link: www.mariosmetalmania.com/CDDVDreviews.html

Hyperborean links:

Myspace: www.myspace.com/hyperboreanofficial

Facebook: www.facebook.com/HyperboreanSwe

Twitter: https://twitter.com/hyperboreanswe

Youtube: www.youtube.com/hyperboreanswe

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/hyperboreanofficial

Last fm: www.last.fm/music/Hyperborean

Abyss Records links:

Label & Online Music Store: www.officialabyssrecords.com

Myspace: www.myspace.com/abyssrecordsofficial

Facebook: www.facebook.com/OfficialAbyssRecords

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/label/abyssrecords

Last fm: www.last.fm/label/AbyssRecords

Youtube: www.youtube.com/user/MinionfortheAbyss

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AbyssRecords

To purchase HYPERBOREAN “The Spirit of Warfare” CD go to: www.officialabyssrecords.com/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=hyperborean

HYPERBOREAN (Sweden) “The Spirit of Warfare” CD review by www.metalcorefanzine.com

Posted in Abyss Records Artists Reviews, Reviews with tags , on August 8, 2013 by Michael McCoy II

HYPERBOREAN (Sweden) “The Spirit of Warfare” CD review

by www.metalcorefanzine.com

By Chris Forbes

HYPERBOREAN/The Spirit Of Warfare (Abyss Records) Now this is more like it as this band just whipped my neck into fury with their death metal style. Wicked riffs along with some killer drum parts and vocals made this a winner. The riffs on here were completely awesome as they totally crushed and didn’t seem generic or awful at all. This is a band doing something a bit different, but still having enough of a melody to them and also not slowing down in the speed department neither. A really cool release of death metal that is not of the norm.

Review link: www.metalcorefanzine.com

Hyperborean links:

Myspace: www.myspace.com/hyperboreanofficial

Facebook: www.facebook.com/HyperboreanSwe

Twitter: https://twitter.com/hyperboreanswe

Youtube: www.youtube.com/hyperboreanswe

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/hyperboreanofficial

Last fm: www.last.fm/music/Hyperborean

Abyss Records links:

Label & Online Music Store: www.officialabyssrecords.com

Myspace: www.myspace.com/abyssrecordsofficial

Facebook: www.facebook.com/OfficialAbyssRecords

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/label/abyssrecords

Last fm: www.last.fm/label/AbyssRecords

Youtube: www.youtube.com/user/MinionfortheAbyss

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AbyssRecords

To purchase HYPERBOREAN “The Spirit of Warfare” CD go to: www.officialabyssrecords.com/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=hyperborean

HYPERBOREAN (Sweden) “The Spirit of Warfare” CD review by www.slugmag.com

Posted in Abyss Records Artists Reviews, Reviews with tags , on July 29, 2013 by Michael McCoy II

HYPERBOREAN (Sweden) “The Spirit of Warfare” CD review

by www.slugmag.com

By Bryer Wharton

Hyperborean The Spirit of Warfare Abyss Records: One of three records released Tuesday from Abyss Records, it’s a massively promising debut from this Swedish melodic black metal act. A far cry from your typical Swedish melodic black metal, precise and potent songwriting not ruled by the standard black metal tremolo riffing. A great sensory assault reminiscent of the innovativeness of Melechesh and Absu.

Review link: www.slugmag.com/article.php?id=2772&page=5

Hyperborean links:

Myspace: www.myspace.com/hyperboreanofficial

Facebook: www.facebook.com/HyperboreanSwe

Twitter: https://twitter.com/hyperboreanswe

Youtube: www.youtube.com/hyperboreanswe

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/hyperboreanofficial

Last fm: www.last.fm/music/Hyperborean

Abyss Records links:

Label & Online Music Store: www.officialabyssrecords.com

Myspace: www.myspace.com/abyssrecordsofficial

Facebook: www.facebook.com/OfficialAbyssRecords

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/label/abyssrecords

Last fm: www.last.fm/label/AbyssRecords

Youtube: www.youtube.com/user/MinionfortheAbyss

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AbyssRecords

To purchase HYPERBOREAN “The Spirit of Warfare” CD go to: www.officialabyssrecords.com/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=hyperborean