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Gespenst/Forfald/Duplicate Records/2016 Full Length Review

samedi 6 août 2016 à 23:15

  Gespenst  are  a  band  from  Denmark  that  plays  black  metal  with  some  touches  of  funeral  doom  and  dark  ambient  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Forfald"  which  was  released  by  Duplicate  Records.

  A  very  raw  black  metal  sound  along  with  some  tremolo  picking  starts  off  the  album  before  speeding  up  and  adding  in  blast  beats  as  well  as  some  melodic  riffing  and  high  pitched  screams  and  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  the  music  brings  in  a  lot  of  90's  second  wave  influences.

  Clean  playing  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  elements  of  dark  ambient  and  funeral  doom  can  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  songs  along with  some  synths.

  Some  of  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a more  modern  atmospheric  black  metal  style  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  fashion  and  the  vocals  also  get  very  grim  at  times  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  starts  getting  more  diverse.

  Gespenst  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  both  the  raw  and  atmospheric  sides  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  in  with  elements  of  funeral  doom  and  dark  ambient  to  create  something  very  different,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  Danish  and  English  and  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Gespenst  are  a  very  great  sounding  black  metal  band  with  elements  of  funeral  doom  and  dark  ambient  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Revelation  Of  Maggots"  and  "Life  Drained  to  the  Black  Abyss".  8  out  of  10.

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Ungod/Bewitched By Sins And Lust/Final gate Records/2016 CD Review

samedi 6 août 2016 à 04:39

  Ungod  are  a  band  from  Germany  that has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine and  plays  a  very  raw  and  old  school  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Bewitched  by  Sins  And  Lust"  which  was  released  by  Final  Gate  Records.

  Night  sounds  start  off  the  album  and  after  a  few  seconds  the  music  goes  into  a  very  fast  raw  black  metal  direction t hat  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  along  with  a  great  amount  of  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  music  also  remains  true  to t he  style  the  band  established  in  the  90's.

  At  times  the  riffs  can  be  very  melodic  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  growling  vocals  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  none  of  the  songs  ever  utilize  any  guitar  solos  or  leads  while  every  track  does  remain  true  to  a  very  heavy  and  raw  style  of  black  metal  and  the  last  song  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Ungod  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  raw  and  old  school  black  metal  style  that  has  been  a  very  huge  part  of  all  of  their  albums,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  yet  heavy at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Anti  Christianity,  and  Darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Ungod  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy t his  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Of  Light And  Darkness'  "Path  of  the  Apocalyptic"  "Dust  On  The  Cross" and  "Blessed  By  The  Whore".  8  out  of  10.


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Arid Interview

vendredi 5 août 2016 à 13:48
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
[Riot] We're a 4-piece who play a mixture of black metal and crust. Letting our political anger and depression out in our music
[Logan] We stand on three tenants: Anti-Fascist, Anti-State, and Anti-Human. We started as a 2-piece in 2014 and after releasing our demo, we took a hiatus. We started back with our current line up around November of 2015.
[Danny] Misanthropic blackened-crust four-piece from Chicago, IL with strong anti-fascist beliefs.
[Sasha] Ditto

2.So far you have put out 2 releases, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings and also how do they differ from each other?
[L] For the most part we've retained a fairly unique and raw sound between each release. I think we take it a lot faster and heavier on this newest release though.
[R] Our self titled demo was a lot more raw. The new release still maintains that raw feel but sounds a lot more full and technical. There's also been an expand in influence, hugely attributed to gaining two more members.
[D] We come together well as a four piece. Our vocalist is wonderful, our guitarist is wonderful, our drummer is wonderful, our bassist is...alright (although he burns his pierogies).
[S] We definitely sound like the same band, just more ferocious

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
[L] We've pretty much got the lyrics of a DSBM band. But some songs like "No Flowers', our anti-fascist track, are a bit more political.
[S] We're all very political individually, and that bleeds into the music, but the band itself isnt really a vehicle for that most of the time.
[R] The lyrics are mostly about personal struggles with depression and suicidal thoughts. Also touching on political anger and the way it adds to said depression.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Arid'?
[R] Arid is a representation for feeling uncomfortable. A world sucked dry of vital necessity's. Originally influenced from a Krallice song Aridity in terms of the word itself.
[L] A lot of people equate our name to just meaning 'dry' but a truly arid climate is barren, empty, and devoid of sustainable human life. It's right up our alley.
[S] I didnt come up with the name, but i feel pretty empty most of the time

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
[L] My favorite show is probably our very first show. All of our nerves culminated into probably the most fun, energetic show we've ever played. It was nice being received so well right out the gates as well.
[R] Really any shows we've played at a D.I.Y space. It's more our element. Performance wise we all just bring our own energy to the table and project it.
[D] My personal favorite show that we played was at Situations up on the north side of Chicago. We had played with Bolthorn, an amazing black metal band from Chicago.
[S] Playing with Soothsayer was great. Our show with Old Lines and Prisoner was also sick, it was terrifying having to follow them. As for our performance The songs are very personal to us, so when i'm on stage i just like to embody those feelings. I want the people to feel what i feel. Plus, I just pace a lot anyways.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
[R] To expand as far as our empty pockets and connections take us. Hopefully touring next year.
[L] We're trying to hop on as many shows as we can before things slow down for the winter. Our next show is a Breaking the Borders fest, a benefit for an anarchist library in Mexico City, on August 20th. As for tours, we've recently been dancing around setting up an east coast tour one of these days.
[S] I just want to play anywhere and everywhere. Hopefully with Mantianak from Chicago or Wildspeaker from Texas one of these day

7.Can you tell us a little bit more about 'Dystopian Cult Records'?
[L] Dystopian Cult Records is new distro started by our buddy Yanni from Red Moon Rising. They've really taken care of us and have been paramount in getting us on as many shows as we've been on.
[D] Yanni is a great friend of ours and has been completely supportive in our endevours and he's a great pleasure to be around
[R] He has certainly treated us well and helped with a lot.
[S] They're building an empire of crust
[L] They also have a nice collection of merch from other bands not featured on the label. Check em out on facebook!

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal and crust?
[R] Can't say we've really touched world wide yet, but we've gotten pretty good feed back from peeps. It's certainly surprising and all the support means a lot.
[L] Trvefrykt-Zine from Germany recently hit us up about doing a review, so we're starting to get a little attention from outside the country. We'll see where it goes!
[S] I don't know about worldwide, but Dustin from Teen Cthulu likes so, so that's good enough for me

9.When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
[L] With every new song we write we are noticably growing as musicians, and with that our tracks are becoming more and more diverse and technical. That being said, we're hoping that we can have a full release ready by this time next year that shows that growth.
[R] Don't have a specific date but in the near future no doubt. Who knows really anything could happen. We tend to experiment and push hard when writing new stuff.
[S] I'm always down to try and get darker and more evil while maintaing our speed and ferocity. I wan't our music to leave people feeling unstable.

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?
[L] One of my all time favorite bands, and probably my largest influence, is Vektor; I take a lot of notes from them, both in drumming and in compsoition. Lately though i've been listing to a lot of math-rock, like Clever Girl, Totorro, and Tricot. 
[R] Strongly influenced by old crust and black metal. Bands like Deviated Instinct, Iskra, Mayhem, and Ramlord stand out the most to me. These days mainly crust bands as always.
[S] Cannibal Corpse and Cattle Decapataion influenced me from a very young age. I've always been a big fan of second-wave black metal. As for shit i'm listening to nowadays, some Lonesome Wyatt, Rachel Brooke, Cheslea Wolfe, Human Body, and Yonder
[D] Sea of Deprivation, Bathory, Marduk. I really dig Nuclear Hellfrost. Lately i've been listening to Iskra, Vattnet Viskar, and Old school 80's metal like Candlemass and Ancient. I also "worship" vaporwave supposedly

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
[R] Counter cultural communities and partying. (Antifascism, animal rights etc.)
[L] I'm actually a huge anime and video game nerd, haha. When i'm not spending money on the band, i'm blowing it on anime blu-rays and shit.
[D] I'm a bit of a history buff, I try to learn as much as I can about the past.
[S] Anti-fascism, the occult, and psycology. Ia! Cthhulu

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

[L] I'd just like to say thank you to everyone who has been showing us all of their support. We have an EP titled "Offerings" dropping in late September 2016 in both digital and tape format. The title track is currently available for streaming and download on our bandcamp.
[S] Expect us.

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Nox Formulae/The Hidden Paths To Black Ecstasy/Dark Descent Records/2016 CD Review

jeudi 4 août 2016 à 01:13

  Nox  Formulae  are  a  band  from  Greece that  plays  a  very  ritualistic  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "The  Hidden  Paths  To  Black  Ecstasy"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Dark  Descent  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  avant  garde  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  tribal  beats  that  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling  and  after  the  intro  the  black  metla  goes  a  very  fast  and raw  black  metal  direction  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  a  very  raw  feeling.

  Synths  can  be  heard  in  the  background  at  times  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  and  you  can  also  hear  a  great  amount  of  melody  in  both  of  the  riffs  and  guitar  solos  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  after  awhile  the  songs  also  start  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts

  At  times  the  music  can  be  very  atmospheric  along  with  ritualistic  chants  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  some  songs  also  bring  in  spoken  word  parts  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  old  school  black  metal  elements  while  also  sounding  very  modern  at  the  same  time and  one  of  the  later  tracks  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  guitars.

  Nox  Formulae  plays  a  style  of  occult  black  metal  that  is  very  heavy,  raw,  aggression  and  modern  while  also  having  its  melodic,  atmospheric  and  ritualistic  moments,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover Luciferian,  Left  Hand  Path,  Voudon,  Yezidic,  Atlantean,  Drakonian  and  Typhonian  Dark  Magick  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Nox  Formulae  are  a  very  great  sounding  ritualistic,  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Shadow  Smoke"  "The  Dark  Brother"  and  "Yezidic  NOX  Formula".  8/5  out  of  10. 

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Viranesir/Dad's Choking On My Vomit Of His Semen/Merdumgiriz/2016 CD Review

mercredi 3 août 2016 à 23:33

  Turkey's  Vianesir  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  for   more  of  a  synth  pop  orientated  style  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  2016  album  "Dad's  Choking  On  My  Vomit  Of  his  Semen"  which  was  released  by  Merdumgiriz.

  Avant  garde style  synths  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  depressive  black  metal  screams  as  cries  and  drum  beats  a  few  seconds  later  and  clean  singing  new  wave  style  vocals  which  also  bring  in  touches  of  goth  and death  rock  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  lot  of  80's  synth  pop  elements.

  Programmed  blast  beats  along  with  some  industrial  elements  can be  heard  briefly  and  all  of t he  songs  avoid  using  any  having  guitars  or  bass  which  where  a  very  huge  part  of  the  earlier  recordings  while  still  having  a  dark  and   evil  atmosphere. 

  Viransir  plays  a  different  musical  style  on  this  recording  than  they  do  with  previous  releases  going  for  more  of  a  synth  pop  direction  while  still  having  some  depressive  black  metal  elements, t he  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  demented  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Viranesir  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  depressive  black  metal  or  synth  pop,  you  should  check  out t his  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Soul"  "The  Father  In  Me"  and  "Napthalene".  8  out  of  10. 

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