Ars Moriendi Interview

Ars Moriendi III: LUCIANA LUPE VASCONCELOS yields to instinct, chance, and automatism to explore the divine feminine

Without any doubt, one of the most striking visual styles to come about in recent times is that of Luciana Lupe Vasconcelos from Brazil. Her work blends the spastic and automatic style of Austin Osman Spare with a rich, passionate atmosphere full of intrinsic and inseparable occultism. Hers is a body of work that seems …

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Ergo Sum Interview

Ergo Sum KYLE MORGAN: Ash Borer’s nomadic maniac pushing American black and death metal into the next frontier

Ash Borer is a name that seems to have been lurking through the Pacific Northwest for an infinitely long time, with appeal and demand for booking from all corners of the regional heavy metal world, and even beyond. It should come then, as no surprise, that the mind behind Ash Borer is one capable of …

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Interview

BÖLZER front-man Okoi Jones challenges controversy, reveals the source of inspiration, and will never surrender!

We here at Covenant, like many others, were utterly spellbound the first time we heard Bölzer. One resonant strike from the ten-string guitar, one primordial howl, and our hearts were instantly seduced. The last four years have seen Bölzer appear near and far, bringing their singular two-piece magic to stages in five continents, release records …

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Festival Interview

KILLTOWN DEATHFEST’s mastermind DANIEL ABECASSIS gives a taste of life on the road and behind the scenes at Europe’s best death metal festival

We first met Daniel Abecassis off Vancouver’s Main St. in a hidden, locals-only bar called The Narrow. It was December of 2013, and we had met to discuss how operating a tour booking agency for underground death metal actually works, and to better understand the logistics involved. Since then he’s taken a few Covenant circle …

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Interview Spirit

ASCENSION crosses the line between life and death, dream and truth

The crux of the Covenant has always been the synthesis of artwork with a much higher significance beyond what we can readily perceive. The ineffable. The liminal. The numinous. Call it what you will. Since the inception of this fledgling movement we have always championed music that sincerely presents a powerful spiritual current. A defiant …

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Ergo Sum Interview

Ergo Sum MATRON THORN: the void philosophy of magic and inverse creation from AEVANGELIST’s leading enigma

Today we have the unique pleasure of speaking with one of the most enigmatic figures in the extreme metal world. Coupling a bizarrely tangible aesthetic with exceptionally unforgiving, unapproachable music, Matron Thron has made a name for himself with a compelling and unique atmosphere in a genre that so often celebrates copying, and even direct …

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Ergo Sum PAUL RIEDL: how BLOOD INCANTATION’s restless cosmonaut evolved into the busiest man in death metal

“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” -Carl Sagan The dream of being a touring musician is an interesting one, and almost intrinsically demarcates a peculiar, singular soul. A perpetual outsider. In exchange for many of the things valued in this society- security, wealth, stability, family- one lives out a considerably more Quixotic journey, …

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Ergo Sum ANTIMO BUONANNO: Mexico’s living legend – From gore-soaked maniac to blackened warrior from Hell

There are few names in the pantheon of Mexican heavy metal history as important as that of Antimo Buonnano. From being a catalyst in the Mexican death metal sound,  to an international tenure in the legendary IMPIETY, to finally settling in to a project where he finds contentment, Antimo’s career spans 25 years without having …

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