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Mork Gryning/Tusen ar har gatt/Eisenwald/2015 CD Review

mercredi 6 janvier 2016 à 07:30

  Mork  Gryning  where  a  band  from  Sweden  that  has  also  had  an  album  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  played  a  very  melodic style  of  Swedish  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  1995  album  "Tusen ar har gatt"  which  was  re-issued  in  2015  by  Eisenwald.

  A  very  epic  sounding keyboard  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  samples  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into a   very  fast,  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  blast  beats  while  the  solos  and  leads  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  while  the  vocals  are  very  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  All  of  the  songs  are  in  the  90's  style  of  Swedish  black  metal and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and they also  mix the  keyboards  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  and  clean  playing  and  classical  guitars  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  When  deep  vocals  are  utilized  they  give  the  music  a  touch  of  death  metal  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  they  also  bring  in  a  brief  acoustic  instrumental  before  making  a  return  to  vocal  tracks  and  there  is  also  a  few  seconds  of  melodic  singing  on  one  of  the  songs  and  the demo  songs  that  are  present  here  have  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Mork  Gryning  played  a  style  of  black  metal  that  was  very  dark,  raw,  melodic  and  atmospheric  for  its  time,  the  production  has  a  sound  that  was  considered  professional  for  the  90's  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  English  and  Swedish  and  covers  a  concept  story  based  upon  Nidas,  Eldon,  Erin  and  Cahn.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  recording  from  Mork Gryning   and  if  you  are  a  fan  of 90's  Swedish  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Journey"   "Unleash  The  Beast" and "The  Final  Battle".  8  out  of  10.   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/01/mork-gryningtusen-ar-har.html


Persecutory/Perversion Feeds Our Force/Hell's Hammer Music/2016 EP Review

mercredi 6 janvier 2016 à 05:23

 Persecutory  are  a  band  from  turkey  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  ep  "Perversion  Feeds Our  Force"  which  will  be  released  on  January  29th  by  Hell's  Hammer  Music.

  A  very  fast,  raw  and  chaotic  black/war  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  high  pitched  screams  and  when  the  music  slows  down  elements  of  death  metal  can  be  heard  along  with  some  growls  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  At  times  the  riffing  can  be  melodic  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  thrash  and  first  wave  black  metal  elements  while  also  having  a  very  modern  sound  at  the  same  time.

  Persecutory  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  a  very  raw  and  blasphemous  style  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  in  with  thrash  and  a  touch  of  death and  war metal  to  create  some  very  heavy  sounding  music,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  yet  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  perverse  and  anti  religion  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Persecutory  are a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Maelstroms  Of  Antireligious  Chaos"  and  "Perversion  Feeds  Our  Force".  8  out  of  10.      

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/01/persecutoryperversion-feeds-our.html


lluvia/Eternidad Solemne/Hellthrasher Productions/2015 CD Review

mercredi 6 janvier 2016 à 04:30

  Lluvia  are  a  solo  project  from  Mexico  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2015  album  "Eternidad Solemne"  which  was  released  by  Hellthrasher  Productions.

   Water  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  ambient  style  synths  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  very  fast,  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  direction  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  grim  screams  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and fast  parts.

  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  they  also  mix  the  heavy  and  atmospheric  parts  together  and  there  are  also  a  couple  of  ambient  instrumental  on  the  album  while  acoustic  guitars and clean  playing can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  when  thunder  sounds  are  utilized  they  give  the  music  more  of  a  depressive  atmosphere.

  On  this  recording  Lluvia  plays  a  style  of black  metal  that  is  very  atmospheric  and  melodic  while  also  having  its  raw  and  depressive  moments  and  bringing  in  a  touch  of  ambient  to  create  a  very  haunting  sounding  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Spanish  and  cover  war,  hate,  and  nationalism themes.

  In  my  opinion this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Lluvia  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Vientos  de  Olivdo"  "Eternidad Solemne"  and  'Divinidad".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/01/lluviaeternidad-solemnehellthrasher.html


Cave Dweller/Chaos Part I:The Night MareBlackwood Productions/2015 CD Review/

mercredi 6 janvier 2016 à 00:27
Cave  Dweller  are  a  solo  project  from  the  United  kingdom  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  doom  and  death  metal with  touches  of  ambient  and  noise  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2015  album  "Chaos Part I:The Night Mare"  which  was  released  by  Blackwood  Productions.

  Water  drop  noises  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavy  and melodic  guitars  a  few  seconds  and  after  a  minute  grim  black  metal  screams  make  their  presence  known  on  the  recording  which  also  leads  to  the  music  speeding  up  and  also  introducing  blast  beats  and  death  metal  growls  onto the  recording.

  Synths  can  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  songs and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  very  dark  and  melodic  sounding  and  throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length. 

  At  times  the  vocals  can  be  very  depressive  and  high  pitched and  some  of  the  tracks  are  instrumental  and  you  can  also  hear  the  atmosphere  of  ambient  also  being  mixed  in  with  black  metal  at  times  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while some  riffs  also  bring  in  the  darkness  of  90's  doom  metal  along  with  growls  being  utilized  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  last  track  also  brings  in  more  of  a  raw  side  of  black  metal.

  Cave  Dweller  plays  a  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  black  metal  while  also  mixing  in  a  bit  of  the  90's  doom/death  metal  sound  as  well  as  a  touch  of  ambient  and  noise,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Cave  Dweller  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  metal  and  doom/death  with  a  touch  of  ambient  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Interrupt"  "Lost  In  The  Murk"  and  "The  Night  Mare".  8  out  of  10. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/01/cave-dwellerchaos-part-ithe-night.html


Styggelse Interview

mardi 5 janvier 2016 à 22:39
> 1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?


Larsson: We just released a 3-way split with Wan and Curse which we were really fucking satisfied with. Not only with our own material but with the whole constellation, a good mix of bands. All original in their own way so you actually get 3 different bands. This split will be interesting for a lot of people i think. New blood.
>
> 2.In 2015 you had an an ep and a split, how would you describe the musical sound of your newer material?

L: Always hard putting music into words, but lets see.
We have combined many elements, we're aiming for a straight forward music that is pretty necro in its foundation, but still with small melodic inputs.
You may hear that we are highly influenced by these old & great pioneers within extreme metal, we like it raw and live, but hard and tight!
Lets just say we are influenced by both black, trash and with some parts heavy metal, even extreme-punk. All these are of course very similar.
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> 3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects that you have explored over the years?
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L: We have been around for like 11 years so the topics have been very varied.
In the beginning it was just a lot of "new beginners" topics, nothing very well thought thru.
But very soon we started digging around, taking our personal thoughts and feelings to another level and putting them on paper.
We have always tried to keep both our feet on the ground with the lyrics, something that people can relate to and maybe understand, not always accept of course, but we're not aiming for acceptance either.
For example, we can take the track "Stay true to satan for eternity", it might sound like a high-school title, but if you read or listen to the lyrics you might understand that this is a song about brother and sisterhood, about not giving up on your principles , not give in to money and fame.
Don't trade your values in life for these shit-things the society is offering.
Money,  security, "Moral duties" as they call it, a collective thinking or whatever. In general its all BULLSHIT.

> 4.I know that the band name means 'Abomination' in Swedish, how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?

L: The name fits us well. Its just another word for outsider, lawbreaker, destroying traditions and disobeying the masters. Of course, we don't try to do this just because we are a bunch of teenagers, rebelling.
We are grown up guys that just don't give a shit what people think. Its in our nature and we have gladly passed the point of no return a long time ago.
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> 5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?

L: Chaotic, but still performing the best we can!
If i think all of our gigs have been crazy at some level, and both carries good and less good memories.
I'll give you some examples;
Cops kicked in the door and razzia the shit out of the club, every paying guest were searched and interviewed, all the bands were put backstage were we got drunk as fuck being filmed by the cops!
Small ones would be, bassplayer making the restroom his stage, guitarist getting his head beaten by falling amplifiers, being on the road in germany and denmark, drunk as fuck of course, playing with another 10 punkbands in one night, our gig being at 7.15 pm with the whole punk audience completely drunk and chaotic.
There are a thousand of memories. But you have to understand that the bonds between the members in STYGGELSE are very tight, we hang out a lot and not only do we have memories about the gigs, but much more in life. Equally or worse chaotic.

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> 6.Do you have any touring plans for 2016?

L: We are right now in contact with several festivals. But a Tour right now, is not on our list. Even though we like to do one.
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> 7.Recently you have been a part of a split with 'Curse" and 'Wan', what are your thoughts on the other bands that had participated on the split?
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L: Great fucking bands and both original in their own way. As i said earlier in the interview.
All three bands all play the same kind of music but all three are very, very different. Which makes this a great split.

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

L: Some give us great credits while other think its not enough metal in the music. But we have always done things in our own way, disregarding peoples opinions about it.
But in general the response is great, receiving both mails and comments about when the next full-length is coming.
But right now we're looking for a new label, so we actually don't know exactly when its going to be released.
we are currently working on the new material.
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> 9.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects that some of the other band members are involved with?

L: I cant really say whats going on with the bands because i don't really know for sure. But here are some of the names and you can check it out yourself. Snakeskin Angels, Stormdeath, Swedenborg, Blodlust
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> 10.When can we expect another full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

L: We’re working on a new full length album as we are currently looking for a label.
I think this full-length is gonna be the best we ever made, its gonna be even more metal, the lyrics are even more worked with as are every single song.
The direction is so much more clear now then it ever has been.
If you like what you heard on the split you will not be disappointed.
Its gonna be fucking hell!
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> 11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
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L: I think every member has its own list of bands and musicians being an influence on each and one of us.
But i think there has always been three bands that has been the general influence on this band, Bathory, Venom and Motörhead.
I can only speak for myself, but music that is playing in my home a lot right now is some metal from the states like Midnight, Poison Idea. Also some Nwobhm, Black metal both 1 and 2 wave. Destroyer 666, Primordial, D-beat music in general (old Swedish) and a lot of other bands.
The list is fucking eternal now when i think about it.

> 12.How would you describe your views on Satanism, Luciferian, and Occultism?
>
L: We don't.
If you asked every single member of this band you would get a different answer like you would with any other person in the whole world.
These subjects are one of many things in this world that can not be answered as a collective. Neither should it.


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


Thanks to You and to all the great fuckers that like our music, we appreciate it!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/01/styggelse-interview.html