Interview With Deeper Vileness (USA)

Fist Of Satan 666: Before we delve into things can you tell us what you’re currently listening to as you answer these questions?

Deeper Vileness: Camille Saent-Saens and Domenico Scarlatti. Brilliant Composers.

FOS: Let’s start at the beginning. Deeper Vileness came into being around 2012 while you were still in high school. What events or circumstances lead to the creation? Was it a need for personal expression? A reaction to circumstances?

DV: I was studying music at that time and I was also listening to many metal bands which I was discovering such as Venom and Bathory. I had originally wanted to do something along the lines of dark ambient, which is still present in the bands music. The ideas for the project were most definitely personal expression and exploring the darker side of music as a whole.

FOS: Once Deeper Vileness came into being it was a few years until the demo ‘Of Darker Realms’ was released. Can you describe the path from band creation to first release?

DV: The creation began with creating mock demo layouts, and song titles as well as an overall image of the band. I wanted to aim for a very dark and medieval type theme. I originally wanted to do a live trio but after a failed search for members locally I decided to do everything myself with the exemption of occasional session members. It took a while to put the instruments together and I had to borrow much of them. They were all very old ,thus the extremely raw sound on the first demo. My only regret is not recording while I was still at University.

FOS: In other interviews you’ve spoke of how your local scene is nothing more than people “jacking off to deathcore”. Black metal often is an expression of a musician’s emotions, philosophies, and beliefs. These are not generally things associated with a scene. Was a scene even necessary in the band’s formative years or was the lack of support just fuel for the fire?

DV: No a scene was never necessary,  I’ve had people message me from Austria and Romania that found the band’s demos at underground shows. My commentary in that interview was very tongue in cheek and was something of an inside  joke. I do not care for other people’s projects if they do not interest me.

FOS: As I write this I am listening to the ‘Dark Crypt Necromancy’ demo. Unlike a lot of black metal which often blends into the background your music constantly claws at the listener. Forcing itself to the forefront.

An unleashing of raw emotion seems to take precedence over more traditional song structure. Is this a conscious act on your part when writing music?

DV: It was indeed a conscious act for this release. I only compose while alone and often at night. The theme for the demo had to do with necromancy which is a very chaotic form of magick. Thus the sound was created to be chaotic.

FOS: Black metal, raw black metal especially, can be incredibly personal to the creator. Often the creators shroud themselves in an enigma with pseudonyms and mystery, creating a separation between the art and the person.

It seems you haven’t taken the traditional path and are more directly connected with music. Is there a place where Deeper Vileness ends and Kadesh begins? Or are Deeper Vileness and Kadesh one in the same?

DV: What others try to create an image of I already am. Some would try to present themselves in a certain way, I make my fantasies reality. I have no need to pretend.

FOS: On all your releases you go from ambient keyboards straight into raw black metal noise and then back again. It’s a constant shifting of gears from lulling the listener with a medieval dungeon like atmosphere to an unleashing of raw emotion.

Why do these styles work together for you? Why not make an entire dungeonsyth album and a separate raw black metal album?

DV: There will be less ambient and keyboard tracks on the next releases. There will be more of layers and breaks of keyboards in the song structure. As for making separate albums I would never call myself dungeon synth ,  I was making keyboard tracks before I even knew what that genre was.

FOS: You cite GG Allin as a big influence. GG was known for his confrontational and over the top personality more than he was known for his music. Is that something you strive for with Deeper Vileness? Have such actions affected how the people around you think of you?

DV: GG allin was never an influence to me. Artists that influence me change my perspective of music. But whether certain black metal bands existed or not I would still be making dark music. I’d  define myself as an intellectual who spends time reading philosophy and composing orchestral works. My personality is over the top in many ways but none of which I consider negative. More so …eccentric. I wear all black  and drink wine while listening to classical music. And often roam about the night through ruins and forests.

FOS: Where do you see Deeper Vileness going in the future? Do you have more plans for the journey rather than the destination?

DV: Well I definitely see the band gathering a following and releasing more intricate pieces of music. I have many plans, a destination is comfort and comfort breeds loss of ambition.

FOS: What else influences you to create? Do you have other creative outlets besides Deeper Vileness?

DV: It is pure artistic passion that befalls me. Once I have an idea I become obsessed with working on it.

I have many creative outlets. I’m working on literature, orchestral music, ambient music, art, and film at the moment. I hope to see much of it reach the public soon.

FOS: Final words are yours!

DV: It would please me to have any fans of the band look into my many other projects. There are related links on all my online pages. Come and hear all proper! Hear angel trumpets and devil trombones… you…are ..Invited!

Hails and thanks to Deeper Vileness for this interview. Their demos are on constant rotation so I enjoyed delving deeper into the Deeper Vileness mythos.

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Fist Of Satan 666 Podcast – Episode 007 – Black Metal!

Not really a ton to say about this week’s podcast. Obviously it’s all black metal but no general theme other than “awesome”!

0:00 – Sarastus – Routa

From the album ‘Demo I’ released on Depressive Illusions Records in 2015.
Country of Origin: Finland
Lyrical themes: Isolation, Hate, Death

2:59 – Old Graves – This Ruin Beneath Snowfall

From the album ‘This Run Beneath Snowfall’ released on Naturmacht Productions in 2015.
Country of Origin: Canada
Lyrical themes: Melancholy, Nature, Death

10:39 – Lebensnacht – Kuolema

From the album ‘Syksyn Kuoleminen’ released on Naturmacht Productions in 2013.
Country of Origin: Germany
Lyrical themes: Nature, Humans, Life, Death

19:32 – Epäihminen – Seitsensarvi [Tenhi cover]

Released digitally as a single in 2016.
Country of Origin: Finland
Lyrical themes: Hatred, Isolation, Death

23:48 – Vorna – Kaivatun Uni

From the album ‘Ajastaika’ released on Inverse Records in 2013.
Country of Origin: Finland
Lyrical themes: Paganism, Tuonela, Nature, Myths, Mental struggles

29:21 – Mortis Mutilati – Ophelia

From the album ‘Mélopée Funèbre’ released on Naturmacht Productions in 2015.
Country of Origin: France
Lyrical themes: Death, Eroticism, Taphophilia

35:45 – Thorybos – Haruga Flesh

From the album ‘Approaching Conflict’ released on Ván Records in 2014.
Country of Origin: Germany
Lyrical themes: Darkness, Death, Mythology, Ancient history, Bones

37:50 – Judas Iscariot – The Heavens Drop With Human Gore

From the album ‘Of Great Eternity’ released on Elegy Records in 1997.
Country of Origin: USA
Lyrical themes: Nihilism, Anti-Christianity

46:39 – Grá – Kraft

From the album ‘Grá’ released on Unexploded Records in 2011.
Country of Origin: Sweden
Lyrical themes: The dark aspects of ancient Scandinavian spirituality

50:21 – Saor – Carved In Stone

From the album ‘Roots’ released on Fortriu Productions in 2013.
Country of Origin: Scotland
Lyrical themes: Scottish Heritage, Highland Nature/Landscapes, Sorrow

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Latest Releases From Tour De Garde – Support The Underground!

PAGAN HELLFIRE “On the Path to Triumph” 12″LP

Pagan Hellfire is one of the best and oldest Canadian black metal hordes. Their fifth album is no different than all their previous efforts, a restless, powerful and epic black metal journey. A spark from the now forgotten genuine days of the 90s, Pagan Hellfire is staying true to the original black metal sound and ideal. Tour de Garde is proud to collaborate on the vinyl version of another Pagan Hellfire masterpiece.




AMESTIGON “Through the Ages we preserve / Mysterious Realms” Pro-MC

A glorious relic from the forgotten times of Austrian black metal underground…. The first two demos from Amestigon, “Through the Ages we preserve…” (1995) and “Mysterious Realms” (1995), are now gathered on a single pro-cassette release including the rare “Moon turning red” track which originally appeared “The first Battle Cry” (1994). Amestigon were sailing the same waters as Abigor and Summoning, signed a contract with Napalm Records back in the day, and were having everything in hand to become as known as their country mates. Tour de Garde is honored to finally make these rare recordings available again on cassette format. If you were not lucky enough to obtain a copy of these demos back then or if you simply weren’t there, it’s your chance to grab a parcel of what you missed… The pure essence of the true black metal underground.



AMESTIGON “Remembering Ancient Origins” Pro-MC

Originally released as an highly limited CD-R and available for the first time on cassette, “Remembering Ancient Origins” is a monument of supreme Austrian black metal art. Four epic, glorious and frightening sinister hymns and an intro, all recorded back in 1999. It’s now your chance to hold in your hands one of the purest and rarest artifacts of the almighty Austrian black metal underground.




There are people who love, there are people who hate. Diapsiquir is an installment that divides, welcome to “180°” and if you don’t like it please leave now… A chaotic, poetic and realistic voyage into Damien and Pascal’s reality. Diapsiquir escapes the nostalgic fantasies of the metal underground to create a profound analysis of their life and the modern world that surrounds them. Musically somewhere in between Fantomas, Assassin and Jacques Brel, Diapsiquir provides a new kind of music for a new kind of listener. It’s now time to leave the past behind… Be warned that understanding French is a must to enjoy the poetry behind this masterpiece.



SAPAUDIA “Sainte nuit” Pro-MC

The relatively unknown Sapaudia might be a whisper from the depths of the French black metal underground but a recent addition to this French unit’s lineup has made a very interesting case for exploring. Re-introducing Swedish black metal vocalist and weirdo extraordinaire Ravenlord, formerly of Woods of Infinity fame, the powerful, morose atmospheric black metal defined in Sapaudia’s debut, which is actually featured in a subsequent section, Sapaudia’s sonic depression takes on a much more sinister, desperate persona. Youngster Duc de Sapaudia’s traditional take on a more depressive black metal sound which wouldn’t sound out of place on a shelf with Shining and Drudkh, pairs perfectly with Ravenlord’s over-the-top shrieks and wails. Though this ultimately leaves us with an unquenchable thirst for more Woods of Infinity, Sapaudia fills the void left in their absence surprisingly well.



COFFINSHADE “Songs for the Sleeping Dead” Pro-MC

Gloomy, mysterious and depressive black metal created by darkened souls from the U.S. (Lord Psychosis) and Poland (Cmentarna Dusza). Coffinshade’s “Songs for the Sleeping Dead” is a revival of forgotten sorrow and of living nightmares. Raw, atmospheric and yet progressive underground black metal to its best… A magnificient release to listen to on rainy days or solitary nights.



Coming sooner or later under the Tour de Garde banner:

A:S: “Necroveneto” MC
BLACK WITCHERY “Desecration of the Holy Kingdom ” Pro-MC
BLOOD TYRANT “Aristocracy of Twilight” Pro-MC
CURVED BLADE “Coiled Together” 7″EP
OLD TOWER “The Rise of the Specter” Pro-MC
PAGAN HELLFIRE “Distant Winds Returns” Pro-MC
SACRED DOMINIONS “Sacred Dominions” MC
WĘDROWCY~TUŁACZE~ZBIEGI “Światu jest wszystko jedno” CD

Interview With Selbst (Venezuela/Chile)

Fist Of Satan:  In preparation for this interview I scoured the internet for clues as to who or what SELBST is and I came up with very little. Can you talk a bit about what lead to formation of SELBST?

SELBST: Well, SELBST started somewhere between 2009 – 2010 as a full band, but it became a recording project in 2010, when I started to recording the first demo “Veritas Filia Temporis”. It was formed by “Frozen” on vocals and me, “N” on guitars, bass and lyrics.
Recently Frozen quit the band, so now I’m finishing the first full length recordings with a new vocalist and I have some new plans…

FOS: 2011 saw the release of the two track demo ‘Veritas Filia Temporis’ (Which translates to “Truth, Daughter of Time” if I am not mistaken). Were the songs something that were inside you and creating SELBST was the only way to expose them to the world? Or did the formation of SELBST come first?

S: I think I start Selbst with those two songs…That was the change, the moment when I realize that It won’t work as a full band, when it becomes more personal…

FOS: It’s often said that art is never finished but is just abandoned. Since it’s beginning SELBST has not released very many songs.
Are there reasons for such a limited musical output? Or are the vaults full of unreleased tracks?

S: This has been for many reasons, since I finished the demo in 2010 I started working in the full length, but it was postponing until I finally had the willingness (and conditions) to work on it at once I left my native country, Venezuela. Now I am in the final stage of recordings (only waiting for vocals) and It’s now announced the release of the first full length album to May 2017!
I think the best is what happens finally…

FOS: How do you create your music? Do start with lyrics? Or do riffs come first?

S: I think in general I am messy, I have no methodology to compose, I prefer let things flow…So sometimes lyrics came first, and sometimes the riffs, or whatever… I am more orderly and determined at the time of recording.

FOS: Regarding the actual recording, can you talk about your instruments and the recording process? There are a lot of aspiring musicians and gear-heads who would love to know.

S: Well, I work with a really simple gear, my laptop and a very simple audio interface. Nothing special to be mentioned…

FOS: What influences your art? Are you influenced by external forces such as the violence and corruption in your home country? Or do your influences mainly come from internal places?

S: At first I was more influenced by the shit that we lives in my country, I think that affected me as an individual. Right now I can look more inside me, I have less shit distracting me or something, so I can digging in my personal miseries and that was reflected in the EP and it will also be reflected in the full length…

FOS: It’s been over six years since SELBST began. Does it occupy the same role in your life as it did at the beginning?

S: It has always been a priority for me, but I think it takes a lot more of my time now. At the end one should devote himself to mundane things, but I have this always on my mind. Suffocating me somehow…

FOS: What is it like being a black metal band in Venezuela? Are you part of a scene or do you tend to keep to yourself?

S: Over time, I began to be present in the “scene”, but in a discreet way. I follow certain bands, I acquire their material and have contact with some members of whom are, in my opinion, remarkables. But I think I’m not too involved in this little shitty world…

FOS: What are the bands’ aspirations. Where would you like to be in the next couple of years?

S: I have no idea, maybe dead…

FOS: Artists are often not limited to mediums. Do you express yourself in ways other than black metal? Painting? Poetry? Etc.

S: Not for the moment.

FOS: What music have you been listening to lately? What books are you reading?

S: I’ve been listening to little black metal and metal in general because of the recordings and composition of the album, so I prefer to not contaminate me too much. So I’ve been listening to something from King Crimson, Peter Gabriel, In Solitude, Subrosa, and the last Secrets of the Moon album, to name a few. About books, I’ve been a bit lazy to read lately, the last I read was 1984, by Orwell.

FOS: Your latest EP ‘An Ominous Landscape’ was released by Sun & Moon Records of Romania. How did that alliance begin and was it beneficial to both parties?

S: They knew me for a demo I sent to them in 2012, if I’m not mistaken. Since then we have been in contact until the label that would releases my EP close, and I started looking for a label again.
And it has been excellent to work with them, their people very committed and have given me a lot of freedom. No complaints.

FOS: Final words are yours!

S: The first full length will be ready in May 2017 by Sun & Moon Records!

Thanks for your interest in Selbst!

Hails and Thanks to SELBST for doing this interview!

SELBST – “Selbst” will be one of the best and most interesting albums in black metal in 2017, no big words here, no pretentious wisdom, only the truth, mark our words!

A must for everyone devoted to Black Metal Art.

Review- Blatta- Ghast

Layers upon Layers

A one-man Atmospheric, Depressive Black Metal project straight from the heart of Münster, Germany, Blatta has progressed a long way and re-defined what it means to be a German Black Metal band. Blatta’s most recent effort, an independently released demo entitled “Ghast”, takes its music to another level, in terms of atmosphere.

Arisas, the sole member, is dedicated to writing massively-layered compositions that fans will even find comparable to those of the great Nortt. In fact, I contacted him recently and asked what some of his influences were and how his songs come to be, and he cited Xasthur, Leviathan, I Shalt Become, Mutiilation, and a relatively new band named Byyrth as his major inspirations. But it did not stop there.

He reflected, “not just music inspires me… I live in a very small town and… it’s really depressing here. The people, the atmosphere… the streets in general,” showing that even his every-day surroundings are fuel for his creativity. He continued, saying “The songwriting process begins with a basic idea, [it] could be a riff or a vocal melody,” and from there he “layers a lot of guitars [in order to] make it feel like the sound is buried underground”.

This said process yields tremendous results, which are ostensible throughout “Ghast”, from its pensive, ambient stages to its roaring, atmospheric riffs, exposing the listener to a miasma of deep, dark depression. Blatta will likely not tour this year, but Arisas plans to build further upon the musical accomplishments of “Ghast” and will independently release a split album with Putrescence in the near future. This album will feature even more layers of guitars than ever before, as well as some Burzum-inspired riffs, so stay tuned!






Fist Of Satan Podcast – Episode 3 – Atmospheric Black Metal

Atmospheric black metal is a sub-genre of black metal that I’ve been exploring a lot lately.

The heavy incorporation of atmospheric and sometimes dreamy textures makes for a more passive listening experience. I want to just close my eyes and let the sounds take me somewhere else.

Oddly I feel a sense of peace when listening to atmospheric black metal.

So turn the lights down low and enjoy!

0:00 – Chiral – Part 1 (The Gazer)
14:44 – Worthless Life – I Am The Wind And The Rain
21:45 – Dreams Of Nature – Forest Of Eternity
28:47 – unrest – Suicide
39:31 – Mi’raj Aswad – III
46:56 – Time Lurker – Judgement
55:04 – In Tenebriz – Anxious Flame
59:00 – Seer’s Fire – A Forlorn Name
1:04:18 – Valiant – Autumn Darkening