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Sgurr Mor/Through Ancient Woods And Hidden Glens/Rottenheart Productions/2021 CD Review

lundi 28 juin 2021 à 03:04

 


  Sgurr  Mor  are  a  band  from  Scotland  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  with  some  elements  of  folk  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Through  Ancient  Woods  And  Hidden  Glens"  which  will  be  released  on  June  30th  by  Rottenheart  Productions.


  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking.  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.


  When  bagpipes  are  utilized  they  also  bring  in  elements  of  Scottish  folk  music  while  the  album  also  has  its  atmospheric  moments.  The  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  when  they  are  utilized  as  well  as  the  closing  track  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  and  nature  sounds.


  Sgurr  Mor  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  melodic  and  atmospheric  sounding  as  well  as  adding  in  some  bagpipes  and  Scottish  folk  music  elements  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  inspired  by  the  remote  wilderness  in  the  Scottish  highlands.


  In  my  opinion  Squrr  Mor  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  atmospheric  and  melodic  black  metal  band  with  elements  of  folk  music  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Mamores"  and  "Light  Of  The  macabre".  8  out  of  10.


https://rottenheartproductions.bandcamp.com/album/through-ancient-woods-and-hidden-glens

https://www.facebook.com/Sgurr-Mor-106059568256472      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/06/sgurr-morthrough-ancient-woods-and.html


Orgg/The Great White War/Eternal Winter Records/2020 CD Review

dimanche 27 juin 2021 à 22:44

 


  Orgg  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  very  fast,  aggressive  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  202o  album  "The  Great  White  War"  which  was  released  by  Eternal  Winter  Records.


  A  very  epic  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  synths  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  direction.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  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.


  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  aggressive  yet  melodic  style.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  vocals  also  getting  more  deeper  in  some  parts  of  the  album,  a  couple  of  later  songs  also  introduce  war  samples  and  clean  playing  into  the  music.


  Orgg  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  fast,  aggressive,  melodic  and  traditional  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  White  War  from  1915 to  1918.


  In  my  opinion  Orgg  are  a  very  great  sounding  fast,  aggressive  and  melodic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "D.Q.N.S.P"  "Conturina"  "Winter  Coffin"  and  "The  Ascent".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/06/orggthe-great-white-wareternal-winter.html


Viserion Interview

dimanche 27 juin 2021 à 05:29

 

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?


   We just released the single, “The Wraith” Feat. Trevor Strnad, for our new album. We are also busy at work practicing all the tracks for the new album to prepare for live shows. John and Ben have also begun the process of writing some new riffs. All in all, we’re making sure we stay hard at work.


 


2.You have a new album coming out in August, musically how does it differ from your previous ep?


   For this one we wanted to take our sound and expand on it. We decided to come out with an album of pure aggression while keeping our bleak and dismal tone. We also differ production wise on this record as it is an overall clearer listen then our EP.


 


3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored on both of the releases?


    Our lyrics are heavily inspired by internal struggles we as human beings go through. Whether it be depression, pain or loss we find these emotions to be the strongest and a main part of life.


 


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


   Viserion is the name of the dragon in “Game of Thrones” who is killed and then becomes undead. This imagery and story resonated with us as through pain he was transformed.


 


5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?


   We had this idea to showcase the underlying brutality of the world. The animal kingdom is a perfect example of this. The lion carrying the wildebeest skull struck us as the perfect image to go along with our lyrics of hopelessness and pain.


 


6.Has the band done any live shows or open to the idea?


    We have not played live as of yet, but we are very open to the idea. We can’t wait to bring these songs to the stage


 


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


   We would be open to a label if the right one presents itself to us. There are a lot of great ones out there who we would be honored to join.


 


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


   The reaction has been great. Our fans are the best. They are extremely supportive of us and we couldn’t be more thankful for them. We hope to see them from the stage soon.


 


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


   We want to continue to hone our sound and vision until you can hear a song and immediately know: That’s Viserion.


 


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?


   We are of course influenced by the greats such as Mayhem, Darkthrone and Behemoth. More recently however we have been listening to and influence Akhlys, Ellende, Light Dweller and Deadspace.


 


11.What are some of your non musical interests?


  Matt is a writer with an MFA in Creative Writing. Ben is big into gaming and has been playing a lot of Destiny 2 lately and John enjoys working on cars and spending time with his friends and family.


 


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


   First we would like to say thank you so much for having us. “Natural Selection” will be out August 13th, 2021 and pre-orders are live over at our Bandcamp page. Lastly, thank you to our fans for your continued support!


 
https://viserion.bandcamp.com/
 
https://www.instagram.com/viserion_official 
 
https://www.facebook.com/ViserionOfficial
 
https://twitter.com/viserionband

https://viserion.bandcamp.com/album/natural-selection
 

https://distortedsoundmag.com/premiere-the-wraith-viserion/

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/06/viserion-interview.html


Eldingar/Maenads/Loud Rage Music/2021 CD Review

dimanche 27 juin 2021 à 04:11

 


  Eldingar  are  a  band  from  Greece  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  Hellenic  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Maenads"  which  will  be  released  in  July  by  Loud  Rage  Music.


  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Vocals  are  mostly  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams  that  also  have  their  deep  moments  along  with  some  melodies  also  being  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.


  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  the  music  is  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  Greek  style  but  still  maintaining  a  very  modern  edge.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  the  the  music  also  mixes  in  elements  of  folk,  death  and  thrash  metal.


  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  also  remain  true  to  an  old  school  style  as  well  as  a  couple  of  the  instrumentals  also  adding  classical  guitars  onto  the  recording  as  well  as  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  As  the  album  progresses  stringed  instruments  and  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  the  recording  closes  with  some  Fleetwood  Mac  and  Darkthrone  covers.   The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Eldingar  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  Hellenic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDEED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Maenads  Grave"  "Serenity's"  "Alpha  Beta"  and  "Quintessence".  8  out  of  10.

https://www.facebook.com/Eldingar-band-110698043876252/

 https://www.facebook.com/Eldingar-band-110698043876252/   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/06/eldingarmaenadsloud-rage-music2021-cd.html


AlNamrood/Kitab Al Awthan/Shaytan Productions/2021 Vinyl Re-issue Review

dimanche 27 juin 2021 à 01:16

 


  This  is  a  review  of  an  older  recording  from  Saudi  Arabia's  AlNamrood  which  shows  the  music  being  black  metal  mixed  in  with  elements  of  oriental  folk  music  and  the  album was  originally  released  in  2021  by  Shaytan  Productions  and  is  going  to  be  re-issued  on vinyl  in  2021  by  Shaytan  Productions.


  A  very  epic  keyboard  orientated  sound  starts  off  the  album  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  style  while  elements  of  oriental  and  arabic  folk  music  are  also  utilized  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording.


  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  some  of  the  tracks  are  also  long  and  epic  in  length.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with the  percussion  also  giving  the  songs  more  oa  a  tribal  atmosphere  when  they  are  utilized.


  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  songs  also  sticking  mostly  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction  as  well  as  the  tracks  also  mixing  in  Nordic  influences  with  an  Arabic  twist  on  the  genre.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in Arabic  and  cover  Ancient  History,  Evil,  Darkness  and  Anti  Religion  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  AlNamrood  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  metal  with  elements  of  oriental  folk  music,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Min  Trab  Al  Jahel"  "Kiram  Al  Nataiaa"  and  "Bani  Le  em".  8  out  of  10.


https://metaldevastationradio.com/thebeast/blog/14746/new-promo-al-namrood-kitab-al-awthan-black-metal


https://shaytanproductions.bandcamp.com/album/kitab-al-awthan

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFCFPo1qHEHquAouEMnAtlQ

https://www.facebook.com/AL-NAMROOD-229094443820357   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/06/alnamroodkitab-al-awthanshaytan.html