fredag 25 april 2014


Here is some photos of the latest printed Raw War!

Links and info of the distros who will sell them soon will be updated soon.

Skygge Interview!

1. Hails!
How goes the work on your sophomore album "Djevelsk Blodtørst"?
Can you shed some insights on the albums interia and how the
work on it has been from start to present time? And is there a

- Hails!

It is going very well.
Currently I am in the final stage of recording and getting down all the tracks. The process from starting with song titles/riffs has been an intense, but rewarding process. “Djevelsk blodtørst” is more focused on my own inner life and really getting deeper to the core of my own views/beliefs/experiences
on everything really.
Occultism and magick is becoming a bigger part of my life then it was before. 
Which flows through the music and in the visual art. 

The intent and power of the art is much more fine-tuned and crystalized to my own personality and inner world. On this second album I have used more time getting the whole package complete. 

A specific release date has not yet been set. But it will be released next year.

2. Compared to your debut album "Knokkelkraft " what would you say is the most
apparent difference and similarity ? 

- The biggest difference is the growth in the music and lyrics. How I think now is very much different from the last album. Studio wise I have also learned a lot through trial and error. 
So I am more satisfied with the audio visual this time. 

The visual and symbolism is something that is more important and I have put more time and energy into it on the second album. Also on “Knokkelkraft” we were a due. 

I wrote the music and produced it. Dáublódir (Gandreid, Doedsstraff) did the vocals and contributed with a couple of lyrics. No it is only me behind the wheel. 

3. Your first release the demo "Heksekunst" got out early in the
same year as the debut album also came out in 2012, how was the
first reactions you got and was it only released from your self?
And who did the cool cover art on it?

- Yes I did not want to wait to release the full length album as I had the chance to do it. And the demo was so different sound wise that I wanted it to be part of the world too. 
I think it has it charm, and I think it is important to have demos and such available since I am a big fan and advocate of the “rehearsal space sound”.
The reception were great for both. But the demo has scored a bit higher sound wise. 

People seem to like the raw and “ugly” (beautiful) guitar sound.

4. You write your lyrics in norwegian language
and not in english, was it a conscious move or was its just your
natural instinct when creating your music/lyrics? 

- It came natural to write the lyrics in Norwegian and I often find there is a lot of inspiration in my native language. All the lyrics for “Knokkelkraft” flowed naturally that way.
The music also was perfectly aligned with the music in a way that seemed to fit perfectly. I never really paid much attention to how it was perceived. 

5.How do you feel that Norways strong and bloodfilled black metal heritage
is nurtured? In other words how do you feel about the current hordes
rumbling around now in your country? 

- Most of the Norwegian bands that started out in the early nineties have been scapegoats for the media wanting to find “evil” when doing something that went against the main stream. But without all the media coverage the music and lifestyle would probably not be as “well known”. But we can all thank some local newspaper for throwing gasoline to the fire.
There are a lot of solid bands today that keep the spirit and the flame of black metal alive. But also a lot of crap and bands that have nothing to do with black metal in my opinion. But mainly I feel that the essence of black metal at a soul level is mostly held within a small part of the “scene”.

6.And how does your media and the regular peasants react to the
black metal "activities" nowdays?

- The “common man” today walks around with his/her eyes closed to the dark of nature and has no clue to what is going on other than what is portrayed in the media and who is most “famous” and glorified. 
But that is also a good thing because it is not meant to be for everyone.

As for the media they behave as they have always done. Bringing out the goriest of details and often ridiculing those who are genuine and interesting.
Sometimes they manage to hit gold when interviewing, reviewing or telling a story.
 But rarely portrays the whole picture and often portray the people that live and play black metal from a skewed angle and misrepresented in many ways. But that only shows again how little people really know. 
Hehe… People show their fear really quick and points their guns at anyone who threatens and shakes their own small reality.

7. Do you see Skygge as a potential live band or?

- Not at the moment, but I am keeping it in the back of my mind as for the future.
But then is has to very special with unique individuals with the same intense interest and creative spark.  

8. Who made the new Skygge logo? Looks great!

- Thanks!
The first logo was done by Jøran “ildsint” Aasheim (svadilfare, stygg, raseri).
The new logo is drawn by Christophe szpajdel who has done countless other great

9. When the second album is out what is your plans then and will it
also be out from Naturmacht Productions?

- Yes, it will still be on Naturmacht productions.
As for plans I will focus more on getting it out to as many zines and magazines as possible.
So spreading its roots across the world is a big deal for me. Which is a contradiction because I am not a big fan of the whole “rockstar” attitude. It has to come from the soul. 
Otherwise the essence is lost. I am also working on getting more promoters for skygge.

10. Besides Skygge which projects are you involved with?

- I am working on a side project called “nordkraft” which deals more with the heritage and roots
of the Norwegian culture and way of life. And the darker aspects of norse mythology.
I am also thinking of doing a pure ritual based project, but that is for the future to see.

11. Thanks for your time Kuldegys.

- Thank you for your interest and taking the time to do this interview.

   Last word is yours.

- A big thanks and salute to all skygge fans and followers.
 And to those who have contributed to the dark arts.

May the exaltation of wisdom be brought forth by the gnosis of darkness.

lördag 19 april 2014

Itsemurha - Existence is Suffering

After i heard the 3-track debut demo "All my life for Satan" from last year i was sure this was a band to follow more closely. (for more info please read the interview with Mr Kadotus here on Raw War)

After enjoying the classy and tasteful cover i showed into my dusty tape deck and pierced the play button hard! And yes this follow up demo is a devastating return to the cold void!

I get a feeling of  Drowning the Light that has drifted in on a snowy Finish shore... a little"Through the Noose of Existance" mixed with "The Stone of Apathy" but at the same time a strong own personality and the production is not so raw as DTL, it has a more fat and dooming vibe looming over the drums and ice is running in the melodic guitar rifts as well the vocals is harrowing and melancholic.

Both harsh and depressive but at the same time engaging and makes you relisten to it many times.... and here is the only place that i can put in a little complaint. I want MORE songs Kadotus!! hehe...
Yeah i am guilty of the death sin "Greed".

So if you like to dip into a new pond of negativity this is a good place to dive into.

This limited tape (100 x) will also be released on cd (thanks!) so be sure to pic that up if you dont has the tape or get both.

Hard to pick a favorite track but if it has to be one the second song "The last time".

Track list:

1. Wraith of Sorrow
2. The Last Time
3. When Misanthropy
4. Vulture of Tragedies

torsdag 17 april 2014

Moloch - Verwüstung

I had heard a song or two and was fairly sure i would like some of the tunes Moloch had concotted to this new album "Verwüstung" (Devastation).... and as i usually does with a band i am not very familiar with i do some background checks.... and i can say it felt quite a bit of a daunting task to get a firm overview on Moloch´s wholeness after seeing all the releases this one man band has created!!!
- 8 demos, 36 splits(!!!), 12 Albums, 10 Ep´s, 14 compilations, 7 boxed sets!!! 
Yeah as you understand there was no point to even try. then this review would be posted 2015 hehe

So i take this album fair and square as it is!

After the a bit overly long & very silent huming intro the album truly begins! 

And as i said earlier i was was fairly sure i would like Moloch mix of second wave black metal alá Burzum (Thanks is even given to Varg in the booklet) with a more grand epicness. It certainly cant be called a raw production with its large & deep sound picture but at the same time it is raw... in other words it sounds great and fitting Moloch modus operandi. All instruments compliment each other well and it is though somewhat  classic sounding a well composed achievement from start to finish. (i like the many subtle touches that is put inside the layers of the music also.)

The vocals also derives from the Burzum howling & complaining witch-style but it also wanders around to lower scales and even some clean parts, all flows nice together and creates a powerful attack in all its misanthropic glory. The cold winds of old times intertwines with modern emptiness and the longing for meaningfulness  is evident.

For me i would not classify this as suicidal depressive BM because it has a more constructive nature in its blood even if some parts feels bleak.

Well i like this very much even if i felt a little cheated by the "listen to it once then i always skip them" intro and outro´s. then if you fast forward the 9th track to about 20 minutes you´ll get a great Chopin symphony as a "hidden track".... well it is not so hidden when it is announced both on the backside and in the booklet. ;)

All in all i  recommended this record even if you know nothing about Moloch´s past releases and an extra plus to the design and artwork which is splendid ! Looks great!

My pick out songs would be: 3,6,7

Track list:

1.     Todesstille      instrumental
2.     Blutmond         
3.     Spiritueller Selbstmord         
4.     Negativität         
5.     Nur der Tod ist wirklich         
6.     Die Kälte der Ewigkeit         
7.     Du bist nichts in dieser sterbenden Welt         
8.     Verwüstung      instrumental   

44:24 min

lördag 12 april 2014

Nadiwrath Interview!

1.Hails and greetings to Raw War! Thanks for taking time off for answering this interview. 

-Hails to you too, thanks for the interview. 
Semjaza from Nadiwrath here.

2.How are things going with the new Ep? 
Feeling satisfied? And when will we have the chance to buy it?  

- We feel really satisfied with the ep, since we released all the anger and hatred towards the cosmic nothingness that we had at that point of time. 

- You can order our ep any time via official facebook Nadiwrath page and other worthwhile 
black metal distros. 
The response has been great so far. 

3. Last time we heard your music was with the nasty split with Dodsferd, That one really wetted one's appetite. Whats the background to this splits creation?  

- The split with Dodsferd is something we were arranging for some time since their is an eternal brotherhood between the two bands. As for the background, we composed and recorded one new track and a glorious Deathspell Omega cover in my Sitra Ahra studios. 
Dodsferd recorded one new track and one cover too ,the results can be heard in the misanthropic bonds split. 

4. What was the feelings boiling around that got you to start Nadiwrath, when you already had great bands in action?  

- Nadiwrath created to glorify the ancient aura of true black metal without compromise.

5.Now when the second full lenght is in plans how long have you gotten with it? 
And has it a release date?  

- I am sure that we created a classic black metal album. 
We spawned an album fully influenced by the 90s Swedish, Norwegian and obviously Greek bm. 

6. Now whith almost 3 years between the last vile full length "Nihilistic Stench" and the coming one what would you say has transformed under this time in the core of Nadiwrath? 

- Nothing transformed, nothing changed, the core is of total demise and total destruction. 
The stream of everlasting chaos that influence unconsciously every living being, some know about the source, others ignore it but chaos cannot ignore.  

 Worship death!

7. I must say that one of my favorite songs is "The Last Days of the Parasitical Results of Humanity (Part 1)"! So much great compositions and deep feelings runs trough it and by that said one of course wonder if a part 2 is to look forward to on some new era? 
- Thank you, it is my favorite too, the reason why I joined the band was this track, due to the Burzum-ish aura that captured. We created the main themes of the second part and it sounds great too. 
Yes,there is a new era that rises, which is the era of Satan, as an old Greek band proclaims! 

8. Great cover art by the way on the new Ep! Who did it? 
Good move also to print a t-shirt with it!  

- S. from Ravencult did the cover,we are proud of it. 
We explained the concept behind it and he created this Qliphotic realm that we see at the cover, we really like the cover. 

9. How frequent is Nadiwrath playing live? 
And how does the plans look like now in 2014? 

- We play live only when we feel like playing, playing with no reason is something other bands do. 
We prefer concentrating on new songs and playing when we feel the urge to do it. 

10.All support and good luck with all.

- Support to you too.