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Dawn Of A Dark Age/The Six Elements, Vol.4 Air/Nemeton Records 2016 CD Review

vendredi 11 décembre 2015 à 03:45

  Italy's  Dawn  Of  A  Dark  Age  have  returned  with  the  final  volume  in  a  4  part  series  which  also  shows  them  the  jazz  influenced  experimental  and  avant  garde  style  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "The Six Elements, Vol.4 Air"  which  will  be  released  in 2016  by  Nemeton  Records.

  Distorted  drones  and  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  giving  the  music  an  experimental  and  avant garde feeling  and  you  can  also  hear  nature  sounds  at  times  and  after  awhile  grim  black  metal  screams  kick  in  and  after  the  intro  acoustic  guitars  are  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Once  the  music  gets  heavy  it  goes  for  a  fast,  raw  black  metal  style  that  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  once  the  music  slows  down  folk  instruments  and  melodies  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  classical  guitars  can  be  heard at  times.

  Elements  of  jazz  and  ethnic  music  can  be  heard  in  the  music  at  times  and  when  whispers  are  utilized  they  add  in  a  grim  atmosphere  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  also  brings  atmospheric  synths  into  some  parts  of  the  songs  and  one  song  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  melodic  vocals.

  Dawn  Of  A Dark  Age  creates  another  recording  that  shows  that  black  metal  can  be  very  experimental  and  mix  in  different  non  metal  genres  while also  keeping  a  very  raw  and  grim  atmosphere as  well  as  being  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  yet  powerful  and  heavy  at  the  same  time,  while the  lyrics  cover  natural  world,  human  nature,  despair,  hatred  and  seasons.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Dawn  Of  A  Dark  Age  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental  and  avant  garde  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Children  Of  The  Wind"  and  "Jukai".  8  out  of  10.



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Seraphic Disgust/AltarCunt/P-18 Records/2015 Cassette Review

vendredi 11 décembre 2015 à 02:39

  Seraphic  Disgust  are  a  band   from  San  Diego,  California  that  plays  a  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "AltarCunt"   which  was  released  on  cassette  by  P-18  Records.

  A  very  fast,  raw  and  brutal  war  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  blast  beats  as  welll  as  a  mixture  of  growls  and  black  metal  scrams  and you  can  also  hear  a  great  amount  of  morbid  sounding  melodies  in  the  riffing  and  the slower  sections  bring  in  a  heavy  dose  of  early  90's  doom/death  metal.

  Throughout  the  recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  they  also  bring  in  a  brief  acoustic  prelude  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  on  the  following  track while  also  mixing  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  and  atmospheric  sounds  and  all  of  the music sounds  like  it  could  of  been  recorded  in  the  90's.

  Seraphic  Disgust  plays  a  style  that  takes  the  darkest  and  rawest  styles  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  very  blasphemous  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  evil,  demonology,  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Seraphic  Disgust are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Crematory  Waste"  and  "AltarCunt". 8  out  of  10.


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Lauxnos Interview

jeudi 10 décembre 2015 à 05:43
1. For those that have never heard of you, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

Hello, yes, a little background to start! Before the start of my new project Lauxnos I worked in my project Emptiness Soul since 2010. In a musical style of this project I tried to adhere to such direction as depressive black metal. Emptiness Soul during its active lifetime has released 6 albums, these releases can be found worldwide. But unfortunately the project has outlived its usefulness. All of the ideas that I wanted to express in the creative of Emptiness Soul have been stated by 2014. Exhausting depressing attempts of my soul I reconsidered a lot in my life. It is the rebirth of thoughts pushed me to create new musical projects with more deeper meaning, with more well recorded material. Thus was born the idea for a new project, which became Lauxnos!

2. How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?

In late 2013 when the idea about running Lauxnos was a rough entry on a piece of paper I loved spending time at improvisational playing guitar, playing different came to mind and pleasing to the ear pieces of melodies both acoustic and congested sounding. Previously, when composing new material I wrote down his notes in a notebook or well-known program Guitar Pro and then when there was a desire recorded track. With Lauxnos happened everything is different, no wonder I mentioned my passion for improvisation! This project has no notes and tablature, I at all desire to re-performing the songs can't do it without their selection of music process. Sound of the songs performed until 2015 it is the result of the one-time recording the album and subsequent mixing tracks with favorite sound for me at the moment, with no desire to look for something new. New music works of this project are also being created through improvisation, with the exception of some tracks that I would like to keep as notes for future repetition. To the sound of my new compositions I began to take more seriously, in search of sound for guitars now take a much longer time, my vocal abilities are developing, the experience of mixing and mastering after creating every track is also improved!

3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects that you explore with the music?

The project Lauxnos in lyrics I discussed the subject of travel, self-knowledge and knowledge of the mysteries of the universe - all this is concentrated in the stories associated with the ocean! In the first works of the project focuses on the history of man which left the earth and people, in one word - everything, and went to meet the horizon, to meet his fate that awaits him amid the waters of the boundless ocean. Each new album is another news about the fate of the protagonist. Ideas for every new album I get it from my same story of "My Dead Ocean", on which work will soon be completed and all the events which happened with the main character you will learn not only of songs.

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

The meaning of the word "Lauxnos" comes from the ancient Prussian language and translated as "dawn", "stars", "moon". The question arises - how the moon and stars associated with the sea? The answer is very simple. For centuries sailors used the stars as a guide in the endless waters, and the moon illuminated the night with its light.

5. With this musical project you record everything by yourself, how would you compare working solo to a working with a full band?

I work alone for a long time - not only in this project. I had to work in complete groups such as KabalaH, Goat Testicles, Hyperborean Frost, Epitaph Of Life, Nakrahal, Die Scherben Der Seele. My role in these projects varied, I played bass guitar and electric guitar, but mostly I was engaged in music writing, recording, mixing. This year I finally left all these groups. I simply got tired of the inaction of people in these groups. No one wants to work knowing that I can all - from music writing and recording to the search of the label to implement it. The only positive thing that I learned from the complete group, so is the opportunity to perform on stage. So I can safely say that working alone I convenient and comfortable! Maybe I will revive one of their projects if there are willing to develop musicians.

6. Can you tell us a little bit about 'No Life Records'?

This is my humble label. Creating it I wanted to combine the functionality of a few things - music releases which favourite for me, the publication of printed books and web-zines, recording / mixing / mastering songs. All this slowly I manage. Also with me cooperate other much higher level labels, for example Nihil Art Music, Dark East Productions, Satanath Records, Metallic Media.

7. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of post black metal?

No answer to this question because a large amount of direct feedback from people from all over the world difficult to trace... Of course with the release of the EP "Horizon" and full-length CD "My Dead Ocean" I received a number of reviews from different magazines and web portals, which are quite highly praised the work of Lauxnos. I is certainly nice, but the music I write primarily for my fun and my soul. But if any listener listening to my music will feel what I have invested in these notes, this will let me know that not in vain were the efforts at entry and implementation material!

8. What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that you are a part of?

Except Lauxnos I work with a few more solo projects:: Emptiness Soul (2010-2014), K.M., The Happiness Cage (2013-2015), Six Realms Of Existence (Ex-Reincarnation), Frost Flame, Post Traumatic Syndrome (2012-2013). Some of them ceased operations. From 2015 I decided to sharpen its focus only on 3 projects: Lauxnos, K.M., Six Realms Of Existence, also his first and last album in 2016 will released the project Frost Flame. Then will begin work on new albums of Lauxnos and K.M.

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

Difficult question for me, so far especially as I don't like to plan, life is unpredictable. This can be called more desire or something like a dream. I would like to get to revive some of the projects and go on tour, play live. And, of course,  I hope that in the future I will even more improve the sound of my music!

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?

The music I listen to completely different, don't get hung up on the style! All music from Neoclassic / Dark Electro / Ebm and to various metal styles, especially black metal gets me to the player or the optical disk. Only disgusting for me music styles are all end on "core" and accordingly all directions of popularized music. At the moment I listen to 2 bands from my collection: Disolvo Animus and Erhabenheit. Love periodically to re-listen previously tagged me and favourite works from groups.

11. Does Occultism or Paganism play any role in your music?

In Lauxnos music - no / no, I draw inspiration from various philosophical aspects, which for me is very important or similar to my thoughts and worldview. The basis of the thoughts gleaned me is hidden in esoteric literature, stories and novels, for example in the stories of Carlos Castaneda which I deeply respected. But my project Frost Flame was inspired by paganism theme, project based as slavonic black metal. I Russian man, a Slav, and I never reach the stranger and false faith of the Christians - it is alien to me. Paganism, native belief, in my blood, it's my roots, which I sing in the songs of the project Frost Flame!

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

Finally I would like to say that the music required to people in different periods of his life - she gave him sorrow in a moment of weakness and give the charge of strength and anger at the right time! To your portal I wanted to wish a more high quality groups and their dark creations!

Translite: Dunkle

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Heimdalls Wacht/Der Untergang der alten Welt/Heidens Hart Records/2015 CD Re-Issue Review

jeudi 10 décembre 2015 à 03:01

  Heimdalls  Wacht  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  melodic  form  of  pagan/black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2006  album  "Der Untergang der alten Welt"  which  was  re-issued  in  2015  by  Heidens  Hart Records.

  Nature sounds start  off  the  album  bringing  in  a  very  cold  feeling  along  with  a  brief  spoken  word  part  before  going  into  a  very  fast,  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  direction  that  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  high  pitched  screams  have  a  very  crazy  style  going  on  with  them and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  the  music  at  times.

  Most  of  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  mid  90's  second  wave  style  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  some  of the  clean  sections  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  classical  and  acoustic  guitars  which  also  have  a  medieval  and  epic  atmosphere  to them  at  times.

   When  melodic vocals  are  added  onto  the  recording  they  also  give  the  music  more  of  a  pagan  metal  feeling  and  the  solos  and  leads  the  band  uses  bring  a  great  amount  of  melody onto  the  recording  and  spoken  word  along  with  the  sounds  of  nature  also  make  a  return  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  some  of  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  punk  and  thrash  influences. 

  Heimdalls  Wacht  played  a  style  of  pagan/black  metal  on  this  recording  that  was  very  raw,  epic  and  melodic  as  well  a s having  more  of  a  guitar  driven  approach  to  this  genre,  the  production  sound s very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  Paganism  and  Anti  Christian  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Heimdalls  Wacht  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  melodic  pagan/black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Der  Tranen  des  Altens  Watchers"  "Weltenbrand"  and  "Ein  Denkmal  fur  die  alte  Welt".  8  out  of  10.


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Frozen Ocean/The Prowess Of Dormition/Apocalyptic Witchcraft Recordings/2016 EP Review

mercredi 9 décembre 2015 à 04:24

  Russia's  solo  project  Frozen  Ocean  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  continuing  the  atmospheric  style  of  ambient  black  metal  that  has  been  established  on  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  ep  "The  Prowess  Of  Dormition"  which  will  be  released  in  2016  by  Apocalyptic  Witchcraft  Recordings.

  A  very  raw,  heavy,  melodic  and  atmospheric  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  solos  and  leads  that  also  utilize  a  great amount  of  melody  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  at  times  and  on  some  of  the  tracks  acoustic  guitars  and  ambient  style  synths  are  added  onto  the  recording.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  vocals  that  are  used  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  while  one  of  the  tracks  is  all  instrumental  and  as  the  ep  progresses  elements  of  electronic  music  can  be  heard  while  the  music  is  still  mostly  guitar  driven  and  most  of  the  songs  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction  while  one  song  the  riffs  speed up  briefly  and  also  brings  in  a  few  seconds  of  blast  beats.

  Frozen  Ocean  continue  the  epic,  atmospheric  style  of  black  metal  of  previous  recordings  while  also  being  more  guitar  driven  this  time  around,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  winter,  death  and  depression  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Frozen  Ocean  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  ambient  and  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  enjoy  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS INCLUDE  "No  Blizzard"  and  "The  Prowess  Of  Dormition".  8  out  of  10.




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