Gorycz are a band from Poland that has had music reviewed before in this zine and on this recording plays a very progressive and avant garde form of black metal and this is a review of their 2022 album "Kamiene"
Percussion's start off the album before adding in some distorted sounds and clean playing which also takes the music into more of a progressive direction. Avant garde elements are also mixed in with the heavier sections of the songs while the vocals are mostly grim black metal screams and all of the musical instruments also have a very powerful sound to them.
When the music speeds up a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats can be heard which also gives the song s more of a raw feeling. Throughout the recording you can also hear a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with one tracks also introducing spoken word parts into the music.
Melodies are also added into some of the guitar riffing along with the music also mixing in influences from other musical genres at times as well as one track also adding in a brief use of angry sounding shouts. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics a re written in Polish and cover the deep experience of life.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Gorycz and if you are a fan of avant garde and progressive black metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Matka" "Szczurom niebieskim" and "Kamienie milcza". 8 out of 10.
Unfyros are a duo from Finland that has had music reviewed before in this zine and plays an old school and mid tempo form of black metal and this is a review of their 2022 album "Alpha Hunt" which was released by Aural Hypnox.
Dark soundscapes start off the album before going into more of a heavier and melodic musical direction. Vocals are mostly grim sounding black metal screams while all of the musical instruments on the recording also have a very powerful sound to them and the music also adds in a great amount of old school influences.
Some of t he tracks are also very long and epic in length while the music sticks to mostly a slow or mid tempo direction. Some of the riffing also shows an influence of traditional metal along with the riffs also adding in some more modern dissonant touches at times synths can also b e heard in the background briefly.
On this recording Unfyros brings in more of an old school and mid tempo style of black metal with some dissonant and traditional metal touches. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover darkness and nature themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding album from Unfyros and if you are a fan of old school and mid tempo black metal, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The Dagger Within" and "Onyxian (Abyss-Mother)". 8 out of 10.
Os are a b and from Hungary that plays a bestial mixture of war, black, death metal and grindcore and this is a review of their 2022 album "Tehom" which will be released in November by Iron Bonehead Productions.
A very ritualistic sounding intro starts off the album before going into more of a darker and heavier musical direction. Bestial growls can also be heard quite a bit throughout the recording while grim black metal s creams can also be heard at times while most of the tracks are also very long and epic in length.
When the music speeds up a decent amount of blast beats, grindcore and war metal elements can also be heard. Throughout the recording you can also hear a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts while the music is also very heavily rooted in the 90's era along with the tremolo picking also giving the songs more of a raw feeling when they are utilized along with all of the musical instruments on the album also having a very powerful sound to them and some of the slower sections also add in a touch of doom/death metal.
Os plays a musical style that takes war, black, death metal and grindcore and mixes them together to create a sound of their own. The production sounds very raw and old school while the lyrics cover death, decay, bones and occultism themes.
In my opinion Os are a very great sounding bestial mixture of war, black, death metal and grindcore and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Gaze" and "Dissolve". 8 out of 10.
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the solo project?
Wind of Eternity started in 2010 after the split of my previous band Orchid. My name is Zeb-zero and I take care of all instruments, programming's and voices. In reality first compositions which are present in the current album, are dated long time ago (2005-06). During all this time song have been dismantled and re-arranged to take a new form. With this solo project I just try to compose the music that I like more, putting together powerful riff and melancholic atmosphere. That's just a depressed aggression!
2.Recently you have released your first full length, musically how does it differ from your previous ep?
The first album of Wind of Eternity (After All These Years) is really different to my previous EP released with Orchid (Monumento Suicida). Orchid was a amorphous creature devoted to a sad, darkened raw black metal. Wind of Eternity, which is always full of somber atmospheres, shows songs which are more articulated and complex also from an arrangement point of view.
3.You also took a 7 year break, what was the decision behind making a comeback after the hiatus?
Yes, indeed the projects remained on hold for a lot time. This break was due to other priorities but the woodworm of the music was always penetrating my mind. After a long disease, to turn my life, I have decided to work again in my old writings.
4.What are some of the ,lyrical topics and subjects that you have explored with the music so far?
As you can imagine the themes of the lyrics are not ideal for a beach party. Main topics are the decadence of the society, negative personal experiences, nostalgy of past times, repulsion against boring - following mass people.
5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Wind Of Eternity'?
With this name I wanted to represent something that can remain during time. Something pure.
6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?
That's a bit funny how the cover was created. In a first instance I wanted to use a picture taken in a industrial area located in the country close to my house during the last winter. A mix of asphalt and greyness of unused buildings. Later I wanted to use my own drawing representing an entity in the solitude of a grey city. At the end I have tried to combine the picture and the drawing and you can see the final result. That's easy to understand the meaning: un undefined entity in the loneliness between grey buildings and abandoned factories.
7.With this project you record everything by yourself but have experience working with other musicians in your previous band 'Orchid', how would you compare the two?
There is a huge difference; as you can imagine with Orchid the composition process was done by my partner and I separately and then in the rehearsal room we tried to put all together and define the structure of the songs. Now, doing all in my own, and working in the absolute loneliness I take care of the composition of everything, track by track. First approach was mostly based on instinct, second one is a bit more reasoned.
8.The new album is going to be released on 'Visionaire Records', are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?
Yes, they are supporting me on the promotion of this opus and I am happy so far, they are doing a great job. I suggest also to have a look on their full catalog because they are plenty of interesting releases.
9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of depressive black metal?
I think it is a bit early to say, the album has been just released. I am not sure that this album could be appreciated only by fans of this kind of music. In this album there is a mix of different musical aspects that could be appreciated by a wider range of listeners. I would define my music like a sort of depressed metal aggression
10.Where do you see yourself heading into as musician during the future?
That's hard to say. I am currently working on new material and my focus is to have a new album ready soon. Song are mostly all composed, now I am in the recording phase. Name of the second album should be Storpio Mentale (Mentally Crippled). And it is not completely excluded a live activity in the future. This will depend if I find the right people for the band. And another focus is to improve my mixing skills in order to mix the songs in my own
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?
There are a lot of band that influenced me. As you can imagine I am a lot into music. If I have to provide some names for sure I would say: Darkthrone, Leviathan, Shining, Novembre, Katatonia, Forgotten Tomb, Krohm...Coming to my nowadays listening's I like different stuff from dark, progressive, till to the most deviated metal
12.Before we wrap up this interview., do you have any final words or thoughts?
Please listen the first album of Wind of Eternity, it is a well recorded and mixed stuff. Use an good quality audio system and raise up the volume! You will enjoy it!!!