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Nekrasov/Negative Temple/2016 Full Length Review

mercredi 10 février 2016 à 07:22

  Nekrasov  are  a  solo  project  from  Australia  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  ambient  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2016  album  "Negative  Temple".

  Ambient  soundscapes  and  evil  synths  start  off  the  album  giving  the  music  an  experimental  and  avant  garde  feeling  along  with  some  harsh  noise  elements  a  few  seconds  later  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  on  the  recording  at  times  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long and  epic  in  length.

  When  the  music  it  speeds  up  and  goes  fro  a  very  raw  style  of  black  metal  that  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  harsh  yet  high  pitched  screams  and  there  is  also  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  melodies  at  times  and  some  of  the  songs  also  mix  harsh  noise  with  the  heavier  guitars  and  drums  and  one  tracks  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  melodic  yet  ritualistic  chanting  and  the  album  also  brings  in  a  great  mixture  of  both  experimental  and  metal  tracks.

  Nekrasov  creates  an  album  that h as  its  very  raw,  harsh  and  atmospheric  black metal  moments  with  a  few  songs  being  very  true  to t he  genre  while  other  songs  see  the  music  bring  more  in  the  experimental,  ambient  and  harsh  noise  direction  while  he  does  mix  his  2  different  styles  at  times  to create  a  very  original  yet  also  dark  and  underground  sound, the  productions  sounds  very  dark  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  depressive,  philosophical  and  shamanistic  themes.  

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album from  Nekrasov  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  metal  mixed  with  dark  ambient,  harsh  noise  and  experimental  music,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Seeing  Of  the  Mountain  Covered  In  Spirits"  and  "Clarity  And  Nonvision".  8  out  of  10.


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Ashen Horde/Nine Plagues/Mandol Records/2015 Full Length Review

mardi 9 février 2016 à 21:59

  Ashen  Horde  are  a  solo  project  from  California  that  plays  a  progressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2015  album  "Nine  Plagues"  which  was  released  on  Mandol  Records.

  Thunder  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavy  guitar  riffs  a  few  seconds  later  and   you can  also  hear  melodies  in  the  music  at  times  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  Progressive  elements  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit throughout  the  recording  and  a  few  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  it  brings  in  more  of  a  raw  style  of  the  genre  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  you  can  also h ear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  you  can  also  hear  a  lot  of  death  metal  and  thrash  elements  throughout  the  recording  and  the w hole  album  also remains  very  heavy  from  beginning  to end.

  Ashen  Horde  plays  a  style  of  progressive  black  metal  that is  a  lot  more  heavier,  rawer  and  guitar  driven  than  most  bands  of  the  genre  and  the  thrash  and  death  metal  take  the  songs  into  even  more  of  a  heavy  direction,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  yet  powerful  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ashen  Horde  are  a  very  great  sounding  progressive  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Desecration  Of  The  Sanctuary"  "Famine's  Feast"  "Dissension"  and  "A  Reversal  Of  Misfortune".  8  out  of  10.   


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Last Decline Interview

lundi 8 février 2016 à 01:42
1. For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Negative: It's not so much that I can tell about the band, than you can find in metal-archives for example. The main core of the band was always we two, and we never met before we created LD. After few rehearsals we understood that we are on the same wave, have similar visions and can work together without problems. 

Vomh: Our music embodies our disappointment, sociopathy and decay. Death is a main concept which we explore through music.

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

Negative: It is not "avangarde" "symphonic"or another type of "Enter your label here" black metal. In my opinion it neither is "raw" black metal.

3.You released a demo in 2007 and for 7 years there was no new material, can you tell us a little bit more about the gap in between releases?

Negative: The fact that we didn't made any records doesn't mean that there was no new material. The songs that was recorded for "Escape" was decided to be "Escape" songs. We have many songs written, but we aren't satisfied with it's quality and think that this material need to be "polished", you know.. We don't feel that these songs can be released right now. The fact that all songs was written in different periods made them sound different, that also is little challenge. Some of those can be released as single, some can stay as poetry but music deleted.

About the gap.. We was split-up for 7 years and LD was put on hold. I decided to record these songs as one man band, and then we meet at pub.

Shortly - alcohol is not only reason of many people births but also projects births and rebirths :)

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subject the band explores with the music?

Negative: In "early Last Decline" that you hear on "Escape", the main topics was death, hate, suicide, isolation, misanthropy. New songs has also nihilism in lyrics.

Vomh: Happy Meal consists of: Death, mental wanderings and misanthropy.

5.Originally the band was called 'Ohrwurm' what was the cause of the name change and also what is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Last Decline'?

Negative: I don't remember all this so bright right now, but I think that there wasn't any meaning in this.. The only meaning was that Ohrwurm name was stupid, i think..

Vomh: Ohrwurm was something strange and still unexplored so we changed name for our black vomit to more poetic Last Decline. It refers to something inevitably dying, so it’s totally gorgeous.

6. Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you planning on expanding the line up in the future or do you chose to remain a duo?

Negative: We two are on the same wawe. As you can see from metal-archives there was some people with us during LD existence, but for some reasons they left the band. With bass players there was separate problem - that's the reason band never had bassist before I took bass in my hands.

Vomh: We consciously choose to remain ‘’a duo’’ as we find it to be the best way to work within Last Decline. But we are open for partial or session involvement of other musicians if our music demands it.

7.The album was released on 'Beverina Productions', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Vomh: This is underground music label mainly focusing on black / death / pagan metal bands. We find this label highly reliable.

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

Negative: We actually was surprised to read first review on and then in your Zine. Both was rated high - 9/10 and 8/10. I assume that there is not much people that heard something about us worldwide, but if someone find something good in the music we create - it means that goal is achieved.

Vomh: We have few true fans from the beginning and i find it quite a lot.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

Negative: I can not see the particular direction. We will continue with our experiments during rehersals and write those parts that we assume are cool.

The new songs that was written in 2016 sound's little bit different, but I can not say that it is no longer LD.

Vomh: There is no light in the grave.

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?

Negative: At the "Demo" times it was Nargaroth, Lucifugum(UKR), The True Mayhem etc.. It is various metal music genres I listening to nowadays. Main playlist consists of Xasthur, Leviathan, Vanhelga, Apati, Ofdrykkja, Lifelover, Lyrinx.

Vomh: I’m not sure what to say about influence. On the other hand it’s banal to name all protagonists of so called 2nd wave black metal phenomenon in the nineties again and fucking again. Our aim is to get away from all influences and ‘’scenes’’ except ourselves to create individualistic music. There is too much visual based and fake ‘’metal’’ and ‘’rockstar’’ attitude towards music in which we are not interested as we are not interested to entertain public or to be part of scene.

At this moment while I’m answering your questions I’m listening to FDS - Spopielone Słońce.

There is no need for a wider name dropping.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Negative: WW2 history.

Vomh: Anti-urbanism.

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


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Milicia Oscura Interview

lundi 8 février 2016 à 01:39
1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

Right now, the alignment of the band has changed, he HAS RETURNED OUR original drummer, and prepare for new songs and record them

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

Our sound is composed of feelings we have when composing, we try to portray the dark, to our way of SEE

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

We SPEAK ABOUT WAR dark things we think, and feel, express our hatred for Christianity and its doctrines derived

4.Originally the band was known as 'Golgotha', what was the decision behind the name change and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Milicia Oscura'?

NAME CHANGE IS BECAUSE I discovered that there are more groups that name (GOLGOTHA) AND CHRISTIANS ARE HIGH OR WHITE METAL, which I upset and decided to use a name, taking it from the title of a OUR SONG ( MILICIA OSCURA)

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?

At each event we strive to give ALL

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

MAYBE BECAUSE finish recording the studio album .... And CONTACT RESPONSIBLE promoters.

7.The live album was released on MTD Production', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

This album, LIVE, we recorded here in Tijuana, B. C, MEXICO,
The idea came at the invitation of a friend, WHO IS OWNER OF PRODUCTION MTD, who lives in Malaysia, ESA production was very limited edition, and I'm very grateful for that ...

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

We think it has been good, but still needs to be done

9.When can we expect new music and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

Hopefully, the new (new songs, and more mature, full sound) SOON BE A HALF OF 2016, THE RIGHT IS BELIEVED TO START FOR OUR COUNTRY, AND IF THERE SOMEDAY opportunity, perhaps WORLDWIDE

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?


11.How would you describe your views on Satanism and Occultism?

I personally
(GESTHAS) believe that godliness is a means of domination MASSIVE, I idolized NO NO GOD, I BELIEVE IN A PERSONAL AND SATAN philosophical level ..... everything is within oneself.

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

Thank you for this brief interview, hope soon, to give them NEWEST NEWS ABOUT MILICIA OSCURA


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Brundl Interview

vendredi 5 février 2016 à 23:10
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

We are a black pagan band coming from the lands included between Bassano del Grappa and the highlands of Asiago, North-eastern Italy. Gathered since 2010, the band owes its name to the ancient Germanic definition of the river Brenta, which runs aside the highland and breaks through Bassano.
Originally conceived by Markus as a one-man band, Brünndl finally became real and complete only after Myrk and later Stephan joined the project.
Our first aim is to enjoy the music we play, drinking a couple of "grappe" and spend some good time together. Our friendship is still the foundation of our band. However, since we definitely hate haughty or shallow people, we try to give some sense of everything we do, thus lyrics or concepts behind songs are iconic.
It doesn't mean that we must be considered extremely serious or wiser or something else, not at all. We just care our sound and our tradition, without any interest in creating new waves of extreme sound.
Humility and coherence are supposed to be representing words for our band.
Anyway, we play black metal, we like folk sounds and many other music genres, we are influenced by many old-school bands, we love our homeland as well as our heritage or mithology, which are of course the main topics in Brünndl.
Nothing in our sound is revolutionary, but the sound itself is just ours, born from our interpretation and passion.
Most important, we do play what we like without following any unstable mode.

2.How would you describe your musical sound?

In the beginning, it was raw and cold, rather sharp, very old-school, for it had to be realistic and extremely direct: we wanted the guitars to be compared to a blizzard, like a natural violent effect, and the voice like whipping mournful winds.
But also the presence of clean voices and some folk cadences were part of our concept, necessary to express those feelings/descriptions according to the lyrics.
Now, with the new album, we have changed the quality of recordings, keeping the old-school imprint alive but giving more details to the sound, to all the instruments. Still Brünndl, still raw and realistic, but more complete.

3.Your lyrics do go in detail with Paganism and Folklore, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?

It would be easy to understand if you knew our lands. On the mountains and hills where we live, everywhere you may find memories of ancient times, from the toponymy to the legends, and the landscape is always summoning and evocative. This land is always calling, you just need to listen to its voice to gather whispered stories.
Moreover, we are very bound to our ancestors, our heritage and culture, we believe their praises must be sung.
It is quite clear that we will never talk about annoying, silly and abused topics - leave them to the very true ones.
We have something precious and real, we defend it instead of loosing time with useless ideas: nowadays we should all remember where we come from and avoid to hide ourselves in weak masks. That's why we prefer singing about our woods or villages.
Paganism? Easy: we can't suffer Catholic attitude and ignorance. It ruined our places and well as all the other monotheistic frauds around the world.

4.The lyrics are written in 'Cimbiran', what was the decision behind writing songs in this language?

This was the language spoken in our land. Our decision is linked directly to our will of remember traditions with their true meanings and words.
We should confess that it also sounds better than italian for extreme music, the choice sometime is related to the sound; even if, as you could hear from the songs, we use both our native languages and it is not absolutely a matter of being "more pagan" or "more germanic". We try to keep it alive.

5.I know that the bands is named after an ancient Germanic name for the river 'Brenta', how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?

Brenta is a beautiful and magical river, could bewitch the one who's staring at its shape, above all in the valley called Valsugana. Markus has always loved this river and its waters reflecting the mountains, so decided to use its old germanic name for the band. Brun- is the germanic root for "source,spring" wonder that everything came from this inspiring river. So, the name enshrines all the meanings told before in the other answers.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?

We played only in Italy, underground concerts with good bands. Astrophos, Dodsferd, Enisum, Atavicus, Exterminas and our friends Marbas are the most remarkable ones. About the stage performance, usually they tell us we are captivating, but actually you should ask the audience how we are.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

Now we have no plans for touring neither having live gigs, however in the future it may be that we will start doing it with much intensity. It depends also on our jobs and personal business.

8.Can you tell us a little bit more about the deal you have signed with 'Grom Records'?

Grom Records has decided to bet on us, they gave us the chance to reach many more ears and spread our music.
We will always be thankful to this label, in particular to Milan, who follows our release with seriousness and professionalism. We couldn't meet better people and hope our collaboration will long last.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of pagan and black metal?

It's early to say, let our new disc reach these fans. Those who already listened to our music gave us a satisfying feedback, but it is also difficult to answer since a judgement is always too personal to be referred to a complete category of audience. The livings will see!

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

Playing together our music, as we have always done, without thinking much to fame or appearance. We go on and the future will show us what we deserve.

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?

No doubt: Windir, Storm, Kampfar, old Helheim, old Enslaved first; then also Taake, Summoning, Satyricon, Falkenbach, Moonsorrow and probably many other bands. Figure out that we get impressed even by underground bands we play with. Every song and every band we listened to may have left a trace, might influence our composition.
After all, we are just dwarves standing on the shoulders of giants. 
Inside the band, each member has a different taste and various musical influences, from classical to punk, brutal or traditional songs, and so on. We don't close our perspectives at all, we still listen to everything could move either thrill us.

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

Thanks for your interest and keep on defending your local tradition.

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