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Human Serpent/Shrouds/2020 EP Review

jeudi 23 janvier 2020 à 21:09

  Human  Serpent  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  raw  and  misanthropic  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases  with  this  release  also  being  recorded  to  help  the  fundraising  for  animals  being  injured  in  the  Australian  wildfires  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2020  ep  "Shrouds".

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking.  Vocals  are  mostly  deep  yet  angry  black  metal  screams  and  the  first  track  also  bring  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  second  track  being  a  keyboard  instrumental  that  also  adds  in  elements  of  classical  music  and  both  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length.

  On  this  recording  Human  Serpent  brings  in  2  brief  songs  with  one  being  done  in  their r aw  and  misanthropic  style  while  also  adding  in  a  keyboard  orientated  instrumental  as  the  second  track.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  torture the  animals  in  the  Australian  wildfires  have  gone  through.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Human  Serpent  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  misanthropic  black  metal ,  you  should  check  out  this  ep  which  is  also  on  the  bandcamp  link  and  whatever  you  pay  goes  to  donating  profits  to  help  the  workers  and  animals  hurt  during  the  wildfires.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Nature's  Shroud  Against  Humanity".  8  out  of  10.

https://humanserpent.bandcamp.com/album/shrouds-ep



  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/01/human-serpentshrouds2020-ep-review.html


Wilczyca Interview

jeudi 23 janvier 2020 à 20:46

 1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

We’v met 17 years on a Marlyn Manson gig and from the beginning we had starting a band in mind. We didn’t think that it would take that long, though. Wilczyca needed some specific emotional context. The spark finally came. Everything that happened before that, isn’t significant.

2.You have your first album coming out in February, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?

Wilczyca come from the 90’s. Early black metal from that era molded us. We love the Lo-Fi approach of that aesthetic - its fundamental to our style.

We listen to a variety of musical styles, but only a few are hearable on this album.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored so far with the music?

It’s typical for this genre mix of blasphemy, poetry and mental disorders. All fueled by our passionate hate to christianity.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name ‚Wilczyca'?

Wilczyca means „she-wolf”. A wolf, since the early beginnings of black metal was a commonly used symbol. Using a female form was a deliberate decision - we honored the female element: present in pagan spirituality, yet oppressed in almost all religious systems.

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

The artwork displays a she-wolf. She’s gonna eat you alive.

6.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding your line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?

Wilczyca will remain a duo, It’s an essential part of the band concept. Our work is a result of a friction between two personalities. Any new agent would change it’s nature, therefore it would not be Wilczyca anymore.

Although, we’re gonna play live with a bigger line up, it’s the only acceptable way of expanding the band.

7.The new album is going to be released on 'Godz Ov War Productions', how did you get in contact with this label?

We were connected with the label thanks to Haldor Grunberg- producer, sound engineer and musician well known on a polish metal scene. We know him for years, so we send him a demo. Few weeks later our first track was available via Godz Ov War Productions. These guys are fast and effective.

8.The band is from Poland a country known for having plenty of black metal bands, do you feel your style differs from the other bands of your homeland?



 For many years there was a drive within a black metal scene to seek for originality and fresh forms. We are not into that. Wilczyca’s concept is pure and classic. That is a main difference in our opinion.

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

All of the reactions we received were positive. We feel there is a lot of nostalgia for early black metal attitude. Nonetheless, the album has’t beed released yet, so there is still lot to come.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future? We wish we’d know that.

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?

Generally, we are listeners of many music genres: from extreme and underground metal to electronic ambient moods. We love early black metal, new/cold wave, dark trash metal scene from the 80’s, old school hardcore, underground NY techno scene, grunge, noise , post rock, IDM, and more...

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



No laws, no rules , black metal at it’s purest!

https://www.facebook.com/wilczyca.kult/

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/01/wilczyca-interview.html


Invocation/Attunement To Death/Iron Bonehead Productions/2020 EP Review

mercredi 22 janvier 2020 à 20:56

  Chile's  Invocation  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  ritualistic  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  from  their  previous  releases and  this  is  a  review  of  their 2020  ep  "Attunement  To  Death"  which  will  be  released  in  February  by  Iron  Bonehead  Productions.

  Dark  soundscapes  start  off  the  ep  along  with  a  brief  use  of  breathing  voices  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  utilize  a  lot  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Vocals  bring  in  a  mixture  of  black  metal  metal  and  mid 80's  to  early  90's  death  metal  style  growls.  The  songs  also  bring  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  music  being  more  heavily  rooted  in  an  old  school  style  as  well  as  the  slower  sections  of  the  tracks  bringing  in  elements  of  doom/death  metal.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  a  couple  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  the  music  also  having  it's  ritualistic  moments.  The  production  sounds  very  old  school while  the  lyrics  cover  occultism,  spiritualism,  possessions  and  witchcraft  themes.

  In my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Invocation  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  old  school  black  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Flying  Ointments"  and  "Secret  Tongues".  8  out  of  10.

http://soundcloud.com/iron-bonehead-productions/invocation-flying-ointments/s-FWlhm

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/01/invocationattunement-to-deathiron.html


Schwermut/Self Titled/Auric Records/2020 EP Review

mercredi 22 janvier 2020 à 10:13

  Schwermut  are  a  duo  from  Germany  that  plays  a  very  melancholic  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2020  ep  which  was  released  by  Auric  Records.

  Rain  and  thunder  sounds  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Depressive  sounding  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar riffing  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  clean  playing  giving  the  music  more of  a  melancholic  atmosphere.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  solos  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  and  one  track  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  melancholy,  darkness  and  despair  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Schwermut  are  a  very  great  sounding  melancholic  and  depressive  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Dein  Abschied".  8  out  of  10.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VdZlXDyJck&feature=youtu.be 

   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/01/schwermutself-titledauric-records2020.html


Immolator/Ars Morienda/Masked Dead Records/2020 EP Review

mardi 21 janvier 2020 à 21:01

  Immolator  where  a  band from  Italy  that  played  an  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  ep  "Ars  Morienda"  which  was  originally  recorded  in  1997  and  not  released  until  2020  by  Masked  Dead  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  chaotic  yet  melodic  style.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  vocals  also  add  in  more  of  an  angry  approach  on  later  songs  as  well  as  the  music  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  both  first  and  second  wave  influences.

  As  the  ep  progresses  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  and  the  ep  closes  with  a  cover  of  Venom's  "Countess  Bathory"  which  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  towards  the  end.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the lyrics  cover  occultism  and  mysticism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Immolator  where  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Black  River"  and  "Crown  Of  Thorns".  8  out  of  10.

https://maskedeadrecords.bandcamp.com/album/ars-moriendi
https://www.facebook.com/Immolatorofficial1994/
https://immolator.bandcamp.com       

    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/01/immolatorars-moriendamasked-dead.html