Articles by Guido Segers
I’m pretty sure that some listeners will find this record, including the whole backstory, to be a tad bit pretentious. Truth be told, this project does seem to be quite something special and I’m curious how this band will manage to pull it off. Still, if you listen to the music alone then there is plenty to be found and enjoyed in there.
The whole live album is a joy to listen to. The band is great live and manages to stay on course, while leaving room for the crowd to jump in at parts later in the show. The feeling it gives you as listener is somewhere between yearning for that mysterious past and a sense of veneration for the delivery of the tunes.
This record is a surprise. Where you expect to be knocked senseless with extravaganzas of the sonic kind, the collaboration has yielded a work of art.
Kilkim Žaibu has been a great experience, with a lot of fun and even something of a spiritual side to it. The weather was dreadful and by the time the last notes die away a lot of people are already sleeping a deep sleep.
One Master sticks to the narrow notion of black metal, but does that extremely well. They released an album that is catchy, empowering and solid from start to finish.
The people witnessing this ritualistic moment are experiencing a particular connection with the elements around them. The blowing wind, the roaring fire and the water of the lake breaking in waves on the shore, all with a beautiful black metal soundtrack. All is well in this harmonious unity at Kilkim Žaibu.
Kilkim Žaibu aims to look back at the past and find its reflection in the present. This makes for a unique festival, with rituals old and new.
Like many other countries south of the states, metal music has found a place and expression in El Salvador. For some bands the story of their country can be found in their music. Disorder has been telling that story for years. Guido Segers finds out more…
Both bands manage to show a big range of what they do in just two tracks, proving their diversity as well as their status in the Dutch black metal scene.
Is ‘Impassable Fears’ an easy listen? No it isn’t and it couldn’t be, now could it? Gravetemple offers a cathartic rite of passage, a transcendental experience created by three fantastic musicians.
What you hear on those tracks is a band that may be a little rusty, but hardly touched by the years of inactivity (and the years themselves). The shrieking voice is even wilder and the music remains a solid piece of art.
Romania has a pretty intense and intriguing metal scene. Many interesting sounds come from that neck of the woods, and one of them is the band named Bucovina. A thriving folk metal project with a distinct flavor to it. Guido Segers speaks to Florin “Crivăţ” Ţibu to find out more.
I wonder how much the situation in Saudi Arabia has influenced the creation of this record. Al-Namrood is an act of defiance, in every touch of the strings, in every beat in every word it seems to reverberate.
We are living in a fine time for some sound of discontent. This time and age definitely gives Wolfbrigade ample material to bring back the rage.
It’s been a great time here in Copenhagen and though it is hard to find a festival that makes it worth the trip, we for sure hope that more people chose this event next year. The environment, the pricing, the acts and everything is perfectly fine about this festival. A great choice and hopefully the organisation can pull it off again to put it up.
A week after Roadburn and still hungry for that riff, so off to Copenhagen for the Northern Discomfort festival. The fest has its second edition this year at community house Ungdomshuset, which is a place for art and activism with a bunch of simple rules dealing with racism, sexism and all those other things that frankly make you an asshole.
Guido Segers caught up with Moldova based folk/pagan metal band Harmasar. “The main message we are trying to present is the one of ‘knowing your roots’, remembering the great and heroic deeds of your ancestors, as well as the idea of conservation of the traditional values.”
Call it avant-garde or experimental if you like, Ashenspire definitely is reshaping some frontiers on their debut full length ‘Speak Not of the Laudanum Quandary’.
Guido Segers caught up with Hounds of Bayanay, who are a folk metal band from Yakutsk in the Sakha Republic, an autonomous region of Russia.
Molodost is a one man black metal band from Lebanon with songs that are vehicles for poetry, expressions of nature and deal with anti-Zionism. Guido Segers asked the man behind the band some questions to find out more.
Though length is no guarantee for greatness, delivering a true epic is rare. Cultes Des Ghoules might have succeeded here at making something grand.