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Caradras/ Schattenkönige/MDD Records/2021 CD Review

samedi 16 octobre 2021 à 23:02

 


  Caradras  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Schattenkönige"  which  was  released    by  MDD  Records.


  A  very  powerful  sounding  bass  guitar  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavy  yet  melodic  riffing  a  few  seconds  later.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  tremolo  picking  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  when  it  is  utilized  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.


  The  songs  also  add  in  a  good  mixture  of  90's  and  early  2000's  era  influences  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow, mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.


  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  a  couple  of  songs  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  also  adding  clean  playing  onto  the  album  as  well  as  the  music  also  bringing  in  a  more  modern  approach  to  an  old  school  style,  stringed  instruments  can  also  be  heard  on  the  closing  track.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written in  German  and  cover  War,  Expressionism,  Impressionism  and  Mythological  themes. 


  In  my  opinion  Caradras  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  old  school  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Im  Nebel"  "Prometheus"  and  "Im  den  Gruften".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/10/caradras-schattenkonigemdd-records2021.html


Non Serviam/I Pleut Partout Derrière/Trepanation Recordings/2021 EP Review

samedi 16 octobre 2021 à 21:08

 


  France's  solo  project  Non  Serviam  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  for  an  avant  garde  and  experimental  mixture  of  black,  sludge  metal,  grindcore,  industrial,  breakcore  and  trip  hop  with  some  touches  of  jazz  and  baroque  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2021  ep  "II  Pleut  Partout  Derrière"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Trepanation  Recordings.


  Atmospheric  sounding  synths  and  experimental  soundscapes  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  programmed  beats  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  bring  in  elements  of  industrial  and  breakcore.  Harsh  noises  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  voices  can  also  be  heard  in  the  background  as  well  as  one  song  also  introducing  clean  playing into  the  music.


  Spoken  word  parts  can  also b e  heard  on  a  couple  of  tracks  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.  Trip  hop  style  beats  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  along  with  the  music  also  having  its  avant  garde  moments  and  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  also  show  an  influence  of  sludge  metal.


  Female  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.  Growls  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  dark  style  when  they  are  utilized,  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  grindcore  elements  can  also  be  heard  as  well  as  the  tremolo  picking  also  giving  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  when  it  is  utilized.  All  of  the  tracks  also  sound  very  different  from  each  other  along  with  some  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.


 There  are  also  some  Nirvana  and  Bloodiest  as  the  ep  progresses  along  with  the  bonus  track  also  adding  in  touches  of  jazz  and  baroque  music.  A  couple  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  French  and  cover  sadness,  despair  and  revenge  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Non  Serviam  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental  and  avant  garde  black,  sludge  metal  and  grindcore,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "II  Pleut  Partout  Derrière"  and  "Something  in  The  Way".  8  out  of  10.


Twitter: https://mobile.twitter.com/NonServ11606883

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Non-Serviam-103846074427132/

YouTube: https://m.youtube.com/cha.../UCQCKxPoJDkE9ScK8woFhsbA/videos

Bandcamp: https://non-serviam.bandcamp.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nonserviamcircle/?hl=fr

Web site: https://nonserviamband.noblogs.org/

Daily motion: https://www.dailymotion.com/passiondestructrice

Soundcloud: https://m.soundcloud.com/user-485058651

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/10/non-serviami-pleut-partout.html


Dunkha Le Pendu/The Shadow Alchimia/2021 Full Length Review

samedi 16 octobre 2021 à 04:44

 


  Dunkha  Le  Pendu  are  a  solo  project  from  Chile  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2021  album  "The  Shadow  Alchimia".


  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  depressive  black  metal  screams  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.


  The  music  also  has  its  atmospheric  moments  while  synths  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording.  Growls  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  some  melody  also  being  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  as  well  as  some  spoken  word  parts  and  clean  vocals  also utilized  on  a  few  tracks.


  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.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  a  couple  of  tracks  also  going  into  more  of  a  ritualistic  direction  and  the  album  closes  with  a  cover  of  Burzum's  "Dunkelheit".  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Spanish  and  cover  alchemy,  existentialism,  earthly  experiences  and  the  indigenous  culture  of  pre  Hispanic  Chile.


  In  my  opinion  Dunkha  Le  Pundu  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Cyclical  Time"  "Mystical  Delusion"  "XII  (Le Pendu)"  and  "Putrefacción  Alquimica  (Duhkha  pt3)".  8/5  out  of  10.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q249sBeFs8w

https://duhkhalependu.bandcamp.com/     


        

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/10/dunkha-le-penduthe-shadow-alchimia2021.html


MX/Hass schürt Krieg/Wolfmond Production/2021 EP Review

samedi 16 octobre 2021 à 03:05

 


  Germany's  solo  project  MX  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  raw  style  of  black  metal  from  their  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  ep  "Hass  schürt  Krieg"{  which  was  released  by  Wolfmond  Production.


  A  very  dark  synth  orientated  intro  and  war  samples  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction.  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  war  samples  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  at  times.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  and  as  the  ep  progresses  a brief  use  of  melodic  guitar  leads  can  also  be  heard.


  On  this  recording  MX  remains  true  to  the  raw  style  of  black  metal  that  they  have  established  on  previous  releases.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  war  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  MX  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  " Kriegsbeginn"  and  "Im  Schützengraben".  8  out  of  10.


https://wolfmond-production.de/shop/produkt/mx-minax-hass-schuert-krieg-ep-tape-pre-order/
 
https://wolfmondproduction.bandcamp.com/album/mx-hass-sch-rt-krieg-ep-tape-pre-order

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/10/mxhass-schurt-kriegwolfmond.html


Krvna Interview

vendredi 15 octobre 2021 à 06:01

 

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




KRVNA is a solo/‘one man’ Black Metal band hailing from Sydney, Australia. After many years of musical inactivity (I have previously been involved with numerous bands here in Sydney), planets aligned, blows were dealt and the end result is the music that now begins to comprise KRVNA’s catalogue. There were numerous motivators & stressors attributed to getting this off the ground, all whilst under the obvious ‘shit show’ setting of CoVID 19. Lyrically & philosophically KRVNA explores the timeless nature of the ‘vampire’ - its mythos, origins & subsequent incorporation & influence in European/Balkan culture, superstition & folklore.




2.So far this year you have released  both a demo and a full length, musically how do they both differ from each other?




‘Long Forgotten Relic’ was released in early September, comprising two songs; ‘Gethsemane Ablaze’ & ‘Long Forgotten Relic’. ’Sempinfernus’ has five songs including one instrumental that ‘breaks’ the album up into two distinct parts. Fundamentally - ‘Sempinfernus’ is more aggressive, dark & more focused in sound & performance. My main goal is always to ensure a healthy dose & mix of melody/atmosphere & aggression; the two needn’t be mutually exclusive constructs. In summary the ratio between these extremes shifts a little, but the distinct ‘KRVNA’ sound is there in the same, on both releases - 'Long Forgotten Relic' is more atmospheric & 'open' and 'Sempinfernus'; more focussed & aggressive.




3.A lot of your lyrics cover vampirism themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic and also what are some of the different aspects of vampire folklore have you covered with your music so far?




Sure! As a species we are hard wired not only to attempt to understand the tangible, visible universe but also our physical & metaphysical lot, within ‘it’. We can grasp easily at the tangible experiences, at life… but the true questions begin when we consider notions of death, becoming one with nothingness & the void. I think many of humanity’s belief systems, past & present, grasp with absolute futility to fill this void - this ‘nothingness’, by imposing attributes of permanence & sentience to the human ‘soul’ beyond death; a means of compensation, of sorts.




The most fascinating aspect of the vampire mythos to me is that it also posits potential for eternal life - a re-animation of the physical being in a permanent & undead state (& in stark contrast to many other systems…) - sans ‘soul’, or sans ‘essence’. An antidote to animism, if you will… The very notion is anathema to the metaphysical and religious systems implying morality, sentience and permanence beyond the precipice of life & death.




We are left with a soulless, blood hungry, ageless killer, in a very literal, physical and otherwise transient, cold world... a being capable of destroying life in the here and now, and obliterating its need & potential, in the next. 




My interest in vampires stems completely from the stories handed down to me via my mother’s family. They are Istro-Romanians, a small group of people who’d seemingly left Transylvania ~600 years ago and migrated to the modern day Istrian Peninsula. Through the centuries they’d managed to keep their language, culture and (of most interest to me) their superstitions, in tact… up until recently. Their language (a derivative of proto-romanian) is endangered & the fear is their culture and customs will soon disappear into the annals of history. I even have stories of my own mother being visited and set upon by vampires as a child (they called the vampire by name… ‘Morana’/which is also the Slavic deity of Death & winter, but this is for another time) & subsequently being cured of incurred illness from the town’s witches. 




What seems ridiculous to us here in the west in modern times, was considered to be true and factual even just up to a generation or two back in time, in the Balkans. It brings to mind the saying from Stoker’s ‘Dracula’ - ‘…Our ways are not your ways…’ My lyrical focus covers numerous literal examples of vampirism throughout Europe, the genesis of the vampire mthyos, its influence & proliferation amongst predominantly European cultures over the centuries, the timeless & anti-animistic nature of vampirism, and of course, a focus on the great Count, Tepeš. 




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




‘KRVNA’ is the female genitive form of the word for blood in many Slavic languages, ’Krv’/‘Krov’/‘Krew’/‘Krev’. I’d settled with the name when reading up on balkan blood feuds, or ‘Krvna Osveta’. 




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




The artwork was completed by a close friend of mine, ‘Scourge’. He also goes by ‘Balam’ & is a very talented tattoo artist & is the singer/songwriter/guitarist in Pestilential Shadows, Rift & Varw. I’d asked if he could draw a picture of ‘The Night Attack Of Targovište’, and he came up with this monumental piece which is completely awe inspiring & breathtaking. Is there no greater show of unconscionable & vampiric force than Tepeš’ ‘forest of impaled’?




6.With this project you record everything by yourself but also have experience playing in a band with a full line-up, which one do you prefer?




I’m very much a hermit so the appeal & setting of solo/one man band wins, for me… if only just. There are obvious pros and cons to either setting. I miss collective brain-storming and creating music with peers in a band environment, playing shows… amongst other things that come along with playing in bands. Then there’s the fact that going solo allows for complete creative control over every aspect of musical & lyrical concepts. At times I see these things as either blessings or curses, depending on workload.




Both ‘Sempinfernus’ and ‘Long Forgotten Relic’ were recorded under CoVID related lockdowns & restrictions here - I want to state however this was by no means the catalyst for the creation of the music. My father’s death & a few broken bones in 2020 served as motivators for my ‘fuck you’ to the universe, haha.




7.Both the demo and full length have been released on 'Seance Records', are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?




Their total support, guidance and camaraderie is genuine & absolute, and having similar philosophies & goals makes this a perfect relationship. I love what they do, and (hope I am not speaking out of turn,) vice versa.




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




I’m cognisant of the fact that there are hundreds and thousands of people out there creating similar music… trying to achieve similar things. Band Promotion has changed considerably since I’d first entered this sphere, and manoeuvring the modern day minefield that is the internet and the oceans of white noise that comes along with it is challenging, to say the least. It is a one day at a time modus, for me. The demo has served as an appropriate stepping stone for the album, and as the weeks draw nearer to it’s release, reactions will be telling, I’m sure. I’m remaining pragmatic, though, but welcome listeners to the music that is KRVNA, regardless.




9.What is going on with your other band 'Dearthe' these days?




From my understanding, at current, not a great deal. The releases were well received & that is always welcoming. All other members are involved in subsequent bands that involve greater attention & energies at current, but I would most definitely be speaking out of turn as to posit any future moves or releases by the band!




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




As I’d stated previously I’m enjoying focussing on the day to day, at current. All of this activity comes at stark contrast to what I have (or more to the point, haven’t) been doing over the past decade. Having said that though, I am currently working on the follow up to ‘Sempinfernus’, as we speak.




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’d made a conscious effort to reduce the amount of music I was exposing myself to whilst writing both ’Sempinfernus’ & ‘Long Forgotten Relic’. I wanted whatever I’d managed to pluck from the ‘ether’ to be as unadulterated by external influence, as possible. However, I think it’s pretty obvious that my sound is deeply rooted in the realm of 90’s Black Metal, to be sure. 




Despite all of this, bands that currently interest me are (of course) Nazxul, Drowning The Light, Pestilential Shadows, Ichor, Varw, Rift, Ignis Gehenna, Tyrannic, Orbysmal, Auld Ridge, to name a few. As for classics - Beherit, Bathory, Abigor & early Deathspell Omega provide me with more than enough to listen to when I’m feeling nostalgic… I like to keep it simple.




12.Do you also have an interest in Occultism?




It might be obvious that by now the answer should be a ‘yes’. Death is the greatest & last true taboo, and musings over this mysterious biological and prospectively metaphysical phenomena interests me, greatly. With time and age you’d think interest could plateau or wane, but I think the closer we walk toward that precipice between life and death & the more we personally experience it, the more fascinating all attempts to rationalise death & experiences surrounding it, become. Seemingly, attempts to marry forms of thought and any potential pantheistic musings always end with more questions than answers, but this is the nature of ‘the Great Work’.




Anything… to reduce or minimise the daily existential dread that crushes the psyche, I suppose. 




Which leads me to my next point. I am a firm believer that philosophically Black Metal must be a completely negative and destructive force waged against all forms of life and matter. The vampire - soulless, anti-animistic & metaphysically anti-optimistic provides us with the perfect, eternal creature capable of outlasting life, gods… crossing religious boundaries, cultures & superstitions  - & subsequently providing modus for the destruction of potential for good in both the current physical world, and any prospective spiritual world we may or may not encounter… in the next. It is under these guises that KRVNA exists.




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




Sure, thank you for the opportunity to discuss KRVNA, ‘Sempinfernus’ & Long Forgotten Relic’ & hope that readers take an opportunity to listen… and finally, keep posted, there is more coming your way!


www.facebook.com/krvnaofficial 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/10/krvna-interview.html