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Temple Nightside/Pillars Of Damnation/Iron Bonehead Productions/2020 CD Review

dimanche 5 juillet 2020 à 03:35

  Australia's  Temple  Nightside   have  returned  with  a  new  album  which  continues  the  occult  and  ritualistic  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  from  their  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020 album  "Pillars  Of  Damnation"  which  will b e  released  in  August  by  Iron  Bonehead  Productions.

  Dark  yet  melodic sounding  guitar  leads  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  slow  doom  metal  style  riffing  a  few  seconds  later.  Grim  black  metal  screams  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  the  solos  also  get  chaotic sounding  at  times.

  Bestial  and  cavernous  death  metal  growls  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats.  When  whispered  vocals  are  utilized  they  also  give  the  music  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  The  riffs  also  capture  the  dark  tone  of  90's  era  black,  death  and  doom  metal  as  well  as  mixing  it  in  with  a  more  modern  day  aggression.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them,  the  closing  track  is  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Necromancy,  Mysticism  and  Death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Temple  Nightside  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  ritualistic  and  occult  black,  doom  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Contagion  Of  Heresy"  "The  Carrion  Veil"  and  "Damnation".  8  out  of  10.

http://soundcloud.com/iron-bonehead-productions/temple-nightside-death-eucharist

       

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/07/temple-nightsidepillars-of.html


Grim Tormentor Interview

dimanche 5 juillet 2020 à 00:54
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?



'Grim Tormentor' started back in 2017, but I didn’t really get the project going until 2018.  I tried to turn the project into a band, but that didn’t work out, so I decided to focus on doing this solo and I haven’t looked back since.   





2.So far you have released a demo and 2 ep's, musically how do they all differ from each other?



With the ‘Living Death’ demo I was going for a more Depressive and Atmospheric BM kind of sound, however with the ‘Lizard’ EP I wanted a more riffy and varied sound.  The ‘Inferno’ EP is more or less the same thing just with some better production values. 



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



Cosmic Horror



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



I named the project after the Conan song of the same name, as I thought it would make a great band name.





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



It’s just one of my sketches.  I never have a particular goal in mind with them, I just start with some random shapes until eventually it turns into something, anyway I thought that one would work well as a front cover and it looked like some sort of inferno, so that’s how the EP ended up with that name.





6.Originally you planned on playing more of a raw and old school black metal style, what was the

decision behind going into more of a mixture of black and doom metal?



Doom Metal was one of my first musical obsessions, and I always liked writing songs with a lot of tempo changes, so it was a very natural process for me, with this project I just took it to the extreme.   



7.You once attempted a line up with this project before returning back to being solo, are you open to working with other musicians again in the future?



Maybe, but not with this project, as I don’t see it working in a live setting.





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



It’s been small, but overall positive.





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



Just progressively getting better at what I’m doing. I am now working on the 2nd album for my other project ‘Benighted Illusion’, and then I intend to record the 3rd ‘Grim Tormentor’ EP, which is already written.



10.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?



My biggest influences are Necromantia, Mutiilation, Mortuary Drape, Reverend Bizarre, Darkthrone, Bathory, Leviathan, Xasthur, Saint Vitus, Deathspell Omega, Bethlehem, Voivod, Grief, Celtic Frost, Teitanblood, Blut Aus Nord and many other metal bands, these are just the ones I can list off the top of my head.   I also take a lot of influence from Progressive Rock, Krautrock, Post Punk and Space Rock, but I have to say with this project I am influenced by everything I hear, even things I don’t like.  I’ve been listening to a lot more electronic music than I usually do, but I gotta be honest, I don’t really pay attention to what I listen to, I just always have something on in the background.



11.Does Occultism play any role in your music?



It does somewhat, a lot less now than when I started though, these days I don’t really seek out such things for inspiration as everything is internalised at this point.







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



Thank you for the interview.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/07/grim-tormentor-interview.html


God's Bastard/Last Standing Village/I, Voidhanger Records/2020 EP Review

samedi 4 juillet 2020 à 07:02

  God's  Bastard  are  a  duo  from  New  York  that  plays  a  progressive  form  of  black  metal  with  some  elements  of  death  metal,  hardcore  and  crust  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  ep  "Last  Standing  Village"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  I,  Voidhanger  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Vocals  are  also  a  mixture  of  high  pitched  black metal  screams,  death  metal  growls  and  hardcore  style  shouts.

  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  in a  great  amount  of  melody  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  progressive  sounding  along  with  some  elements  of  crust,  most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  distorted  and  melodic  style  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  God's  Bastard  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  modern  and  progressive  sounding  along  with  the  death  metal,  crust  and  hardcore  elements  making  the  songs  stand  out  a  lot  more.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  a  cathartic  journey. 

  In  my  opinion  God's  Bastard  are  a  very  great  sounding  progressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "To  The  Last  Standing  Village".  8  out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/07/gods-bastardlast-standing-villagei.html


Verikyyneleet/Ilman Kuolemaa/I, Voidhanger Records/2020 CD Review

samedi 4 juillet 2020 à 06:01

  Verikyyneleet  are  a  solo  project  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  and  melancholic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2020  album  "Ilman  Kuolemaa"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  I,  Voidhanger  Records.

  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  which  also  introduces  melodic  riffing  onto  the  recording.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  When  synths  are  utilized  they  also  enhance  the  atmospheric  side  of  the  music  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  here  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  music  also  having  its  depressive  and  melancholic  moments.  Some  of  the  tracks  also  have  brief  interludes  in  between  them  as  well  as  the  synths  also  adding  in  some  elements  of  ambient,  some  of  tracks  also  introduces  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  recording  and  all  of  the  drum  beats  are  also  programmed  and  a  couple  of  the  songs  are  also  instrumentals.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Finnish  and  cover  hatred,  desolation  and  negativity  themes,

 In  my  opinio  Verikyyneleet  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  and  melancholic  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Mitaton  elama"  "Yhta  luonon  kansaa"  "Tiavas  kuolee,  han  elaa"  and  "Ajan  haudalla".  8  out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/07/verikyyneleetilman-kuolemaai-voidhanger.html


Ars Magna Umbrae/Apotheosis/I, Voidhanger Records/2020 Cd Review

samedi 4 juillet 2020 à 04:20

  Ars  Magna  Umbrae  are  a  solo  project  from  Poland  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2020  album  "Apotheosis"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  I,  Voidhanger  Records.

  Atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  while  ritualistic  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  a  couple  of  tracks.  Acoustic  guitars  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music  while  dissonant  structures  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams.

  The  songs  also  mix  the  atmospheric  and  heavy  parts  together  while  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  style.  Blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  in  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  along  with  one  track  also  introducing  whispered  vocals  onto  the  recording  and  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  one  of  the  tracks  is  also  an  instrumental.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Esotericism,  Philosophy,  Witchcraft,  Astral  Journeys  and  Chthonic  Worship  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ars   Magna  Umbrae  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  occult  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Through  Fields  Of  Asphodel"  "Apotheosis"  and  "Ignis  In  Tenebris".  8  out  of  10.

https://youtu.be/8c5DTkNVAW8     

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/07/ars-magna-umbraeapotheosisi-voidhanger.html