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Aristarchos/Self Titled/Vendetta Records/2021 Full Length Review

lundi 6 septembre 2021 à 00:40

 


  Aristarchos  are  a  band  from  Scotland  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2021  album  which  was  released  by  Vendetta  Records.


  Atmospheric  and  ritualistic  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  while  synths  are  also  mixed  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times.  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  when  they  are  utilized.


  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  while  the  album  also  has  its  dissonant  moments.  Most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  tremolo  picking  also  giving  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  when  it  is  utilized  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  good  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  as  well  as  some  clear  vocals  also  being  utilized  on  a  few  songs.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Darkness  and  Cosmos  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Aristarchos  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ascension  II  -  He,  I  &  We  Who  Hath  Traveled  And Doth  Avow"  and  "Ascension  V  -  As  Symphonies  Of  Ancients  In  Beseechment,  Accept  This Offering  To  The Abyss".  8/5  out  of  10.


https://vendetta-records.bandcamp.com/album/aristarchos


  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/09/aristarchosself-titledvendetta.html


Gespenst/Den sidste færd/Vendetta Records/2021 Full Length Review

dimanche 5 septembre 2021 à 23:32

 


  Gespenst  are  a  band  from  Denmark  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  dissonant  form  of  black  metal  with  some  elements  of  dark  ambient  and  funeral  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Den  sidste  færd"  which  was  released  by  Vendetta  Records.


  Dark  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  All  of  the  instruments  also  have  a very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  keyboards  are  utilized  they  also  give  the  music  more  of  an  atmospheric  feeling.


  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  elements  of  funeral  doom  metal.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  album  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


 Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also h ear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  melodies  also  being  added  into  some  of  the  riffing.  Dissonant  structures  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  riffs,  touches  of  ambient  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  keyboard,  demonic  voices  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  small  amount  of  clean  vocals  are  also  utilized  and  the  recording  also  closes  with  an  instrumental.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Danish  and  cover  anguish,  nothingness,  spiritual  and  physical  decay  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Gespenst  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  dissonant  black  metal  with  elements  of  dark  ambient  and  funeral  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  " Dødsfærd"  and  "Rejse ".  8  out  of  10.


Den sidste færd | GESPENST | vendetta records (bandcamp.com)      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/09/gespenstden-sidste-frdvendetta.html


Dissenting Minds/Fly In The Face Of God/2021 Full Length Review

samedi 4 septembre 2021 à 23:38

 


  Dissenting  Minds  are  a  band  from  Greece  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2021  album  "Fly  In  The  Face  Of  God".


 Clean  playing  and  atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction.  All  of  the  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  post  metal  style.


  When  acoustic  guitars  are  utilized  they  also  add  in  touches  of  folk  music  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.  Elements  of  death  metal  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  the  tracks  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  a  later  track  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  words,  melodies  are  also  added  into  of  the  the  guitar  riffing.


  Dissenting  Minds  plays  a  style  of  post  black  metal  that  is  very  modern  and  atmospheric  sounding  as  well  as  mixing  in  elements  of  melodic  death  metal  and  touches  of  folk  music  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  based  upon  philosophical  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Dissenting  Minds  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  post  black  metal b and  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "A  Dark  Purpose"  "Rememory"  and  "Delivernce".  8  out  of  10.


https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6OFMCNRFbhHetnnWV8iR5j?si=f78c69f524b94f23

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/09/dissenting-mindsfly-in-face-of-god2021.html


Nexus Imperium Interview

samedi 4 septembre 2021 à 22:43

 

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


    We are an atmospheric black metal act from Athens, Greece. Right now it consists of 2 members, "Synapse" playing bass, guitars and synths and "The Apostate" on vocals. The band started as a solo project with the help of a friend on guitars, recording one track back in 2005.


2.Recently you have released an EP, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording?


   We are obviously engaged in the black metal arts along with some side influences. We explore themes such as the universe and scientific applications on all matter. We are fond of science fiction cinematography and books. We also like electronic sounds, special effects and all similar options the industry has provided us with these years. Hopefully, in our music you can find all these elements blended, manufacturing the final form. Music is something liquid and dynamic. Most of the time we have to put a label so we can recognise what we are listening to, though I think labelling takes something away from the magic of listening.


3.The band has been around since 2005 but waited until 2021 to release any music, can you tell us a little bit more about the long wait?


   Nexus Imperium was formed by me. I then wanted to form a full band. I recorded a song in 2005 and another in 2008. I played guitar and bass and programmed the drums and a friend recorded the second guitar. This demo never saw the light because I used drum machines, something that I didn't prefer doing at the time and there were no vocals either. Additionally I was playing in 2 other bands and was very busy recording albums and playing live shows touring Europe. Though I kept composing material, gathering gear like synthesizers and other stuff for Nexus knowing that one day I was surely going to start releasing music. In 2017 I started working on the E.P and when I had it ready I met our vocalist "The Apostate" and we immediately started working on vocals.


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


   As I previously said, space is my main lyrical influence. But this is a general description. In this first E.P. one can experience the creation of the universe. When time began. Starting with the occurrence of the big bang, 13.8 billion years ago, we wanted to explore how this event may have sounded and imagine the vortex of events that followed. This universe, created by brutal natural interactions.


5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Nexus Imperium'?


   This I don't want to speak about yet as it is part of a story we want to tell as our discography unfolds.


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


   The artwork is a co-creation of two great artists I have the privilege of knowing, Giannis Nakos and Lukas Spanos and I totally left them to their own devices to create. We discussed the lyrical theme I used and after that, it was all them. So what I previously said about the lyrical theme of the E.P. is what you see in the artwork.


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


   Right now the two of us can do the work just fine. I have not any plans for live shows yet. I think it will be difficult to recreate what I have in mind in a live show. Though I don't want to close these doors either because you never know. I mean expanding the line up as you said. Maybe a good drummer shows interest in participating or a guitarist. For the E.P, I had to find a session drummer and he did a fine job but to participate in the albums as a standard member is a whole different story and most session musicians don't have the time for this dedication.


8.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?


   There are a couple of labels I cannot name yet which showed interest in releasing our material though we are still discussing it. 


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


   We all know that these days if you want your music to reach more people you have to rely on PR agencies or have a friend present your work in promotional black metal youtube channels. Some people also believe that you must be part of a certain ideological group to have your music exposed to more people. Nexus Imperium prefer the old school way. Do you like our music? Just review it. You happened to catch the feel of the band? We will understand it by the way you reviewed the music. Therefore I can say that fans or zines worldwide that happened to catch the music, responded in an amazing way. We thank them. 


10.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?


   We have some nice surprises for people that like our music in the future. From physical stuff to musical stuff we have planned to expand the universe of Nexus Imperium's point of view. We want to tell a story about the evolution of species and its relationship to nature through all our albums. I just can't say more but expect some interesting soundspaces from this project.


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?


   Since I was a child, synthesizers were a musical instrument I was very fond of. Musicians like Jean Michel Jarre, Klaus Schulze, synth-based movie soundtracks of the 80's and 90's triggered my imagination. Also classical music in sci-fi movies like Jerry Goldsmith, John Williams or mixed synths and classical music like Brad Fiedel and Vangelis were all on the influence table of my mind. I was creating whole pictures and scenes in my mind just by listening to this type of music. So I wanted to use this music in one of my projects. Nexus seemed the most suitable soil to host such elements. On the other hand nature is brutal. Black metal is extreme and brutal music that I also like very much. Bands like Thorns, Mayhem, Blut Aus Nord, Dodheimsgard are some of my favorites. I inevitably am influenced by these bands.


12.Does Occultism play any role in your music?


   No.


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


   Thank you for hosting an interview and expect the unexpected from Nexus Imperium in the future.

https://nexusimperium.bandcamp.com/releases
https://www.instagram.com/nexusimperium/
https://www.facebook.com/Nexus-Imperium-109764188009330
nexusimperiumbm@gmail.com
https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Nexus_Imperium/3540490239

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/09/nexus-imperium-interview.html


The Bleak/Unwritten/Ritual Abuse Hysteria/2021 EP Review

samedi 4 septembre 2021 à 22:37

 


  The  Bleak  are  a  musical  project  from  the  United  States  that  plays  an  avant  garde  mixture  of  raw black  metal  and  harsh  noise  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  2021  ep  "Unwritten"  which  was  released  by  Ritual  Abuse  Hysteria.


  Programmed  industrial  style  beats  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  heavy  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  as  well  as  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats.


  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  avant  garde  and  experimental  sounding  while  harsh  noises  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  recording.  The  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  distorted  sounding  melodies  also  being  added  into  some  of  the  riffing


  The  Bleak  plays  a  musical style  that  takes  raw  black  metal,  avant  garde,  industrial  and  harsh  noise  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  lo-fi  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.


  In  my  opinion  The  Bleak  are  a  very  great  sounding  avant  garde  mixture  of  raw  black  metal,  industrial  and  harsh  noise  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Culminate  In  Breathing"  and  "I  Can  Hear  You  Breathing".  8  out  of  10.


https://ritualabusehysteria.bandcamp.com/album/unwritten  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/09/the-bleakunwrittenritual-abuse.html