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Fiat Noctum/Fran Forna Minnen/2019Full Length Review

jeudi 21 février 2019 à 05:56

  Fiat  Noctum  are  a  duo  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  very  traditional  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2019  album  "Fran  Forna  Minnen".

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  A  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  can  also  be heard in  the  guitar  riffing  at  times  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  as  well  as  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  raw  and  melodic  style  along  with  a  couple  of  the  tracks  being  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Fiat  Noctum  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  old  school  in  the  90's  tradition  while  also  having  its  melodic  moments.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  Swedish  and  English  and  cover  Occultism,  Darkness,  Death  and  Suffering  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Fiat  Noctum  are  a  very  great  sounding  traditional  and  old  school  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Dar  Skymning  Radar"  and  "Of Human  Flesh  And  Devils  Blood".  8  out  of  10. 

 

    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/02/fiat-noctumfran-forna-minnen2019full.html


Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult/Mardom/War Anthem Records/2019 CD Review

jeudi 21 février 2019 à 03:36

  Darkened  Nocturn  Slaughtercult  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  old  school  and  satanic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Mardom"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  War  Anthem  Records.

  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction.  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  you  can  also  hear  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in a   great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  emtal  screams  as  well  as  also  getting  very  demonic  at  times  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Most  of  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  As  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  synths  and  ritualistic  sounds  can  also  be  heard  on  a  few  tracks  as  well  as  on  an  instrumental  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  while  the  guitar  leads  when  they  are  utilized  briefly  are  done  in  a  very  raw  and  melodic  style,  a  brief  use  of  whispered  vocals  can  also  be  heard  on  a  later  track. The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism,  Evil,  Darkness  and  Death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Darkened  Nocturn  Slaughtercult  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  old  school  satanic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Mardom-Echo  Zmory"  "A  Beesechment  Two  Folded"  "Widma"  and  "The  Sphere".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/02/darkened-nocturn-slaughtercultmardomwar.html


Fangsylvania Interview

jeudi 21 février 2019 à 02:31
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical project?

Fangsylvania is a Swedish project that I alone am writing and recording music for. I call it vampiric black metal. It is about the art of vampirism and deals with occult and strange symbolism in its lyrics and also hidden in the music for the, in particular, observant listener and practicer of the vampiric arts. "The blood is the life mr Renfield" as Bela Lugosi so adequately put it in Dracula (1931).

2.Recently you have released your first full length, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?

Yes. I wanted to have a raw but solid base and then sprinkled with haunting strings kind following the melodies. It was important to have a haunting atmosphere lingering around the songs. When I say vampiric metal it is not in the vein of bands such as Cradle of Filth etc. That would be a misunderstanding. Possible their earliest work but it was no influence. Necromantia was more an important influence and even made me do one song with the bass playing as rhythm guitar. It is the instrumental song on the album.

3.The musical project was formed this year and already has an album about, do you spend a great amount of time recording and writing music?

Yes that would be a very correct assumption. You couldn't be more right actually! I spend most of the full nights recording and practicing my arts. I seldom go out on the streets. I live in the dark so to speak.

4.The lyrics deal with vampirism, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?

Yes. It all started at a very young age. I think one of the most special moments was seeing Dracula (1931) for the very first time as a child. I think I saw it a hundred times in a row. Something about it spoke to me. Then I understood it was the vampirism and the dark arts that was speaking to me. It made sense. Ever after it has possessed my life and all my choices in life. I spend my time in solitude. Watching the night. Being one with the night.

5.A lot of the music is very heavily rooted in the 90's, do you prefer the classic style over the modern style?

I do not follow what is current so I do not know anything about music after the 90s. I don't know how music would sound any different than the pioneers of metal. If the music has evolved somehow after that, I am not aware of and nor am I interested to find out about it.

6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Fangsylvania'?

It is really a play of words. It came to me on a cold night and got stuck in my head. It is also an anagram with a hidden meaning. It is very powerful. You could say it contains a magic spell in disguise. If you can figure it out, that is great. But I can't say what it is or the spell is being broken. I can not risk that!

7.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the album cover?

Yes. It is my future home. I will live there one day. Watching the night skies. Pondering about existence and staying in a natural habitat for me. I can not wait to rule from there. It will be a reality one day.

8.On the album you recorded everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?

Oh no, I wouldn't know how to work with other people. It is not natural to me. I stay by myself. Watching the night. Not being out in day time. I don't understand how anyone would want to live in other way. No, I can not work with anyone.

9.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

I don't keep contact with people or try to search labels but anyone is welcome to contact me with an offer.

9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?

I do not really know. What I know is that it has spread out on the internet. On youtube and such. I get an interest. I get people buying the album on bandcamp.

10.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?

The only thing mattering to me right now is my music and my future home. Far, far away from human civilization. I will continue my work as always. More music will be unleashed. I have material written for maybe 10 albums ahead. Rest assure!

11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

I grew up with the 90s black metal. I also like older stuff. Black metal being nr one. Then I also similar genres. Heavy metal, death metal, thrash. But it depends. It has to have the right feel. I think you know what I mean.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

I thank you for taking the time with me for this interview. Look out for Fangsylvania now and in the future!


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/02/fangsylvania-interview.html


Akrotheism/The Law Of Seven Deaths/Osmose Productions/2019 CD Review

jeudi 21 février 2019 à 02:08

  Akrotheism  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  goes  into  more  of  an  experimental  style  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "The  Law  Of  Seven  Deaths"  which  will   be  released  in  March  by  Osmose  Productions.

  Dark  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  When  clean  vocals  are  utilized  they  give  the  music  more  of  an  avant  garde  feeling  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  At  times  the  music  gets  very  experimental  without  ever  losing  the  aggression  or  heaviness  that  is  a  very  huge  parts  of  the  bands  musical  style.  Some  of  the  guitar  riffing  and  leads  also  bring  dissonant  style  structures  onto   the recording and  all  of the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them

  As  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction.  Later  songs  also  introduce  acoustic  guitars,  wind  instruments,  percussion's  and  ambience  which  gives  the  music  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling  and  the  tracks  on  this  recording  are  very  different  from  the  previous  recording  while  still  capturing  the  aggression  of  past  releases.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Esotericism,  Misanthropy  and  Human  Decadence  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Akrotheism  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental  and  occult  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Typhonian  Serpents"  "Virtue  of  Satyr"  and  "En".  8  out  of  10.

 

   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/02/akrotheismthe-law-of-seven-deathsosmose.html


Downcross/Mysteries Of Left Hand Path/Saturn Sector Rex/2019 Full Length Review

mercredi 20 février 2019 à 05:45

  Downcross  are  a  duo  from  Belarus  that  plays  an  anti  cosmic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Mysteries  Of  Left  Hand  Path"  which  will  be  released  on  February  21st  by  Saturn  Sector  Rex.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  musical  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  A  great  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  vocals  are  black  metal  screams  that  range  from  being  both  very  deep  to  high  pitched.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Some  of  the  music  also  shows  a   death  metal  influence  at  times  along  with  some  growls  also  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  songs,  very  little  guitar  leads  are  ever  utilized  and  the  music  always  remains  very  true  to  a  very  heavy  and  raw  sound  as  well  as  the  last  couple  of  tracks  being  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Downcross  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw, aggressive  and  melodic  along  with  some  touches  of  death  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Anti  Cosmic  Satanism,  Left  Hand  Path  and  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Downcross  are  a  very  great  sounding  anti  cosmic  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Where  Illusions  Sink  In  Accausal  Fire"  "Black  Flame  Of  Reason  And  Will"  and  "In  The  Depth  Of  Masak  Mavdil".  8  out  of  10.    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/02/downcrossmysteries-of-left-hand.html