The revolutionary Los Angeles-based black-metal collective BLACK TWILIGHT CIRCLE -- home to Volahn, Arizmenda, Axeman, Kuxan Suum, Dolorvotre, and many others on their Crepusculo Negro label -- has given its first official interview to Boston Phoenix writer Ian Duncan-Brown, for the Phoenix's first-ever METAL ISSUE on stands now.
The group's "bloodthirsty music praises ritual sacrifice and
the shamanistic exaltation of mind-altering drugs," writes Duncan-Brown. "The collective's
vision of black metal combines traditional sounds and outré experiments,
with Blue Hummingbird on the Left adding flutes and war drums to their
instrumentation; others, like Arizmenda, churning out muscular, twisting
13-minute epics; and groups like Axeman hewing percussive BM anthems
inflected with traces of '80s punk like GISM and Amebix."
Going on the record for the first time, group spokesman VOLAHN describes the roots of the collective, their struggles to survive in LA, allegience to their pre-Hispanic cultural heritage, and hints at the violence and rage that inspires the collective's music.
You can read the full feature here: BLACK MAGIC: INSIDE THE UNDERWORLD OF CREPUSCULO NEGRO.
The collective's first East Coast tour comes to Starlab in Somerville on October 4.
In the meantime, here's a sampling of what's stoked BTC's reputation as the most fearsome black-metal engine in the western hemisphere: