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Dawn Of A Dark Age/Le Forche Caudine/Antiq/2021 CD Review

vendredi 30 juillet 2021 à 05:57

 


  Italy's  Dawn  Of  A  Dark  Age  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  for  more  of  an  atmospheric,  avant  garde  and  experimental  style  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Le  Forche  Caudine"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Antiq.


 Horse  sounds  start  off  the  album  before  adding  in  some  synths  and  atmospheric  soundscapes  while  the  clarinets  also  add  in  elements  of  jazz  music  when  they  are  utilized.  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  along  with  the  music  also  having  its  experimental  and  avant  garde  moments.


  Both  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  songs  also  mix  both  the  experimental  and  heavy  parts  together.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  some  stringed  instruments  also  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  album. 


  Touches  of  Italian  folk  music  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  as  well  as  some  spoken  word  parts  also  being  utilized  briefly  and  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.


  When  tremolo  picking  it  utilized  they  also  give  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  as  well  as  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  one  track  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  melodic  chants  and  vocals.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  Samnites.  


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  form  Dawn  Of  A  Dark  Age  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric,  avant  garde  and  experimental  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Act  II".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/07/dawn-of-dark-agele-forche.html


Akefal/Opus Darkness/Shadow Records/Regain Records/2021 EP Review

vendredi 30 juillet 2021 à 04:52

 


  Akefall  are  an  international  band  with  members  from  Sweden  and  Denmark  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  ep  "Opus  Darkness"  which  will  be  released  in  September  as  a  joint  effort  between  Shadow  and  Regain  Records.


  Chaotic  sounding  guitar  solos  and  leads  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  demonic  voices  in  the  background  before  adding  in  heavier  riffing.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  the  songs  also  mixing  in  a  lot  of  death  metal  elements.


  Dark  sounding  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Choir  samples  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  the  songs  also  mixing  in  mid  80's  to  early  90's  influences  in  with  a  more  modern  day  brutality  as  well  a s all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them,  as  the  ep  progresses  a  brief  use  of  chants  can  also  be  heard.  


  Akefall  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  the  old  school  styles  of  black  and  death  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  chaos  and  darkness  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Akefall  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  First  Whore"  "Opus  Darkness"  and  "Definite  Savagery".  8  out  of  10.


https://regainrecords.bandcamp.com/album/opus-darkness

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/07/akefalopus-darknessshadow-recordsregain.html


Voodus/Domgard/Ginnungagap/Ljungeld Över Människan/Shadow Records/Regain Records/2021 Split Album Review

vendredi 30 juillet 2021 à 03:30

 


   This  is  a  review  of  a   split  album  between  Sweden's  Voodus  and  Domagard  called  "Ginnungagap/Ljungeld  Över  Människan"  which  will b e  released  in  September  as  a  joint  effort  between  Shadow  and  Regain  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Voodus  who  return  with  their  melodic  style  of  occult  black  metal.




  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  acoustic  guitars  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Vocals  are  mostly  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  both  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.




  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  some  melodies  also  being  added  into  the  guitar  riffing  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  also  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  recording  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Swedish  and  cover  Norse  Paganism,  Occultism,  Darkness  and  Death  themes.




  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Voodus  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  melodic  occult  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "The  Call".




  Next  up  is  Domgard  who  return  with  their  epic  and  atmospheric  style  of  black  metal.




  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  epic  sounding  intro  along  with  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a v ery  melodic  style  while  keyboards  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording.




  When  the  music  speeds  up  a decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  tracks  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  ritualistic  whispers  can  also  be  heard  on  the  closing  track.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Swedish  and  cover  Dark  Germanic  Heathenism  and  Anti  Cosmic  themes.




  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Domgard  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  epic  and  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  " Förbannelsedom".




  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  occult  and  pagan  black  metal.  8  out  of  10.




https://regainrecords.bandcamp.com/album/ginnungagap-ljungeld-ver-m-nniskan

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/07/voodusdomgardginnungagapljungeld-over_29.html


Seer of Gallows/Entropy Of Holocene/Iron, Blood And Death Corporation/2021 CD Review

jeudi 29 juillet 2021 à 05:07

 


  Seer  Of  Gallows  are  a  solo  project  from  Sweden  that  plays  an  aggressive  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2021  album  "Entropy  Of  Holocene"  which  was  released  by  Iron,  Blood  And  Death  Corporation.


  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavier  riffing  a  few  seconds  later  along  with  some  dark  sounding  melodies  also  being  added  into  some  of  riffs.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  with  some  black  metal  screams


  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  tracks  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  One  song  also  introduces  clean  playing  onto  the  album  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  a  good  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences  as  well  as  the  guitar  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  when  they  are  utilized.  


  Seer  of  Gallows  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black  and  death  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Seer  Of  Gallows  are  a  very  aggressive  sounding  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Our  Kingdom  Will  Come"  "Portals  Of  Hunger"  and  "Entropy  Of  Holocene".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/07/seer-of-gallowsentropy-of-holoceneiron.html


Praise The Plague Interview

jeudi 29 juillet 2021 à 03:02

 

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?


We are finally able to rehearse on the regular and we are getting ready to play live again. We've been spending the last months promoting the release and looking to book shows for the next year.


2.You have a new album coming out in July, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?


To us, 'The Obsidian Gate' feels like a journey. The songwriting has rather been influenced by black metal, than it had been before. 'Antagonist' and 'Antagonist II' have more doom parts in them. All in all it still is a good mixture between both of the genres.


3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music and also how would you describe your progress as songwriters over the years?


We often talk about depression in our lyrics, 'The Obsidian Gate' is no different there. The story is about a person, who thinks is dying, only to realize that it's all just an illusion. In the end this illusion still becomes reality.


As for the progress, this is the first full length, that we have written together. The process might've similar to our prior releases, since Marcel is still the main songwriter, but he had our influences to work with. We all grew together as a group and we grew as individuals.


4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Praise The Plague'?


It is about humankind being the plague, considering itself to be above all. We praise ourselves for what we have become, and we don't realize what we have destroyed along the way.


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


It is very important to us, that we not only transport impressions and emotion through our music, but also through the visual side. 'The Obsidian Gate' is a suppressing journey between a dream and the reality. This path takes you through anxiety and dark emotions, a journey till the end, into complete darkness.


It was a weeks long process that aligned with Roberts story writing phase. In the end we realized a depiction of what the lyrics transport. Therefore the artwork is like a veil, which is penetrated by harsh and solid elements. The deeper you look into the landscape, the more details you can find.


6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your progress as songwriters over the years?


We had the opportunity to play with a lot of friends like A Secret Revealed, Ancst, Earth Ship and Der Weg Einer Freiheit. Sharing the stage with people we like is probably the best thing that can happen to us and we are always looking forward to that.


7.The new album is going to be released on 'Lifeforce Records', how would you compare working with this label to your previous label 'Black Omega Recordings?


Lifeforce is the well known label here. They have a long history of releasing bands. We have felt very comfortable with Black Omega, pretty much equally comfortable as we are now. This is as far as i will go with comparisons.


8.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black, sludge and doom metal?


We are glad if people get to know us here in Europe. Sure, there are a couple of people that have heard of us in the US for example, but i wouldn't dare and say that we are a worldwide known artist.


9.Are any of the band members currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?


As a matter of fact, Marcel, Sascha and Benjamin have a side project called Naenia. But other than that, it's all Praise the Plague here.


10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?


We will stick to what we know, maybe change the emotions a little. Things like that usually happen pretty natural without us forcing things, so we'll see.


11.What are you listening to nowadays?


Pretty much whatever the combined worlds of doom and black metal throw at us.


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


Thanks for the interview, we really appreciate that and we hope to see some of you sooner than later!

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/07/praise-plague-interview.html