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Nemorous/Self Titled/Bindrune Recordings/2021 CD Review

mercredi 3 mars 2021 à 03:12

 


  Nemorous  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  formed  out  of  the  ashes  of  Wodensthrone  and  plays  a  very  melodic  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2021  album  which  will  be  released  sometime  during  the  end  of April  or  beginning  of  may  by  Bindrune  Recordings.


  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  keyboards  also  giving  the  songs  more  of  an  atmospheric  feeling  when  they  are  utilized  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.


  Most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams.  Growls  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  progressive  structures  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording.


  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  along  with  the  tremolo  picking  also  giving  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  when  it  is  utilized  as  well  as  one  of  the  tracks  also  being  a  brief  instrumental,  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  nature  of  their  homeland.


  In  my  opinion  Nemorous  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric,  melodic  and  progressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Crucible  Of  Being"  and  "The  Wind  That  Cracks  The  Leaves".  8  out  of  10.


https://www.facebook.com/NemorousUK

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/03/nemorousself-titledbindrune.html


Valosta Varjoon/Das Flammenmeer/Purity Through Fire/2021 CD Review

mercredi 3 mars 2021 à 02:08

 


  Valosta  Varjoon  are  a  duo  from  Germany  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Das  Flammenmeer"  which  will  be  released  on  March  21st  by  Purity  Through  Fire.


  Fire  burning  sound  and  early  20th  century  marching  music  sounds  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  All  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  90's  and  early  2000's  era.


 The  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  one  of  the  tracks  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in   German  and  cover  history  about  Neumarkt,  patriotism,  melancholy  misanthropy  and  anti  life  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Valosta  varjoon  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  old  school  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Das  Flammenmeer"  "Gspusi"  and  "Der  Krahentisch".  8  out  of  10.


www.facebook.com/ValostaV


https://youtu.be/_gDXGyV68po  


  


      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/03/valosta-varjoondas-flammenmeerpurity.html


Chephreon/Call For Blood/2021 Full Length Review

mardi 2 mars 2021 à 03:28

 


  Chephreon  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  thrash  and  speed  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2021  album  "Call  For  Blood".


  Horror  movie  style  keyboards  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  the  guitar  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  yet  old  school  style.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams.


  Elements  of t hrash  and  speed  metal  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  recording  and  while  the  music  is  heavily  rooted  in  the  80's  it  still  sounds  very  modern  at  the  same  time.  Back  up  shouts  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats.


  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  on  the  closing  track  which  is  also  an  instrumental.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  and  Philosophy  themes.  


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Chephreon  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black,  thrash  and  speed  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Call  For  Blood"  "Sinister  Sorcery"  and  "Dual  Fate".  8  out  of  10.


https://youtube.com/watch?v=iK5c7LzsZEs&feature=share   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/03/chephreoncall-for-blood2021-full-length.html


Nachtig/Der Stille Wald/Purity Through Fire/2021 CD Review

mardi 2 mars 2021 à 02:26

 


  Nachtig  are  a  solo  project  from  Germany  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  atmospheric  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2021  album  "Der  Stille  Wald"  which  will  be  released  on  March  21st  by  Purity  Through  Fire.


  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  all  of  the  vocals  are  also  high  pitched  depressive  black  metal  screams.  All  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly.


  When  synths  are  utilized  they  also  give  the  music  more  of  an  atmospheric  feeling  while  all  of t he  drum  beats  are  programmed.  The  songs  also  mix  in  some  influences  from  the  mid  90's  to  2000's  depressive  style  but  keeping  it  modern  at  the  same  time  as  well  a s all  of  the  music  sticking  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  and  when  when  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  On  this  recording  Nachtig  remains  true  to  the  atmospheric  and  depressive  style  of  black  metal  that  he  had  established  on  his  previous  release.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  melancholy,  depression,  hate,  misanthropy,  love,  night  and  nature  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Nachtig  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  and  depressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Der  Stille  Wald"  and  "Auf  Ewig  Mein".  8  out  of  10.



www.facebook.com/Nachtig-1908290632769976


https://youtu.be/RtTbda7XLd4        

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/03/nachtigder-stille-waldpurity-through.html


Tattva Interview

lundi 1 mars 2021 à 06:00

 

1/ For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the solo project ?

Hails, first, thanks to give me interest and time about my project.For sure, Tattva is not born during the lockdown, it’s a project i have since 2012.I have written several songs, but because i was involved in other bands, i’ve let it on beside.I listened to extreme music since my 15 years old, and i’m now 40.When the lockdown and covid has taken place, a little voice whispered to me “ now, it’s time. Do it.”So Tattva is young but old, and i want to express in my music, rage, anger and wrath.With a singular starting point : what is the place of our soul in our life.


2/ So Far you’ve released an ep, split and full length, musically how do they differ form each other?

Oh, these 3 release are really different, sound aspect, and also the songs themselves.I find my first EP more “ raw “, more synthetic. It’s the like the first chapter of my book.Drum programming is not as worked, that it is in the split, or NIRJARA.The spirit is the same, i play with my guts, and even it’s a kind of progressive vision of black metal, Leave The Body Live The soul, is the first step for the soul trip.The split was a challenge for me. I was already finishing the songs for Nirjara.I’ve met Nick from Ashes Of  Old, and we have discussed a lot about our music, our material and others things. A really great one, and...we have decided to join our forces in this split.Pure Hate Ritual was for me the perfect opportunity, to improve and test my new drum program, and a approach really agressive of my music. More speed, more scorched.You can find more different elements inside. More blast, more dark guitars, and a hard research on lead guitars, a deep completion between them.And also, this split is a kind pf prequel to my EP. It’s talking about the men behind the soul, and how they can live, to reach or not, a way to take a ride on the Ether.And then, Nirjara. It’s the most mature in my point of view. The composition is deeper, and every song is really linked, the running order is not random. It’s also, the more progressive.I’ve kept an old touch in the architecture and the song written. But there is singular elements, ambiance and a long research in the riffing. I have wanted to tell a painfull story, where the soul is searching for the final light, but the path is always full of suffering, painfull memories. It’s the most singular of my 3 releases.


3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored so far with the music?

I especially love to write like short stories. It’s fiction. My main themes are act and consequences, the butterfly effect. The difficulty to live our emotions, our sadness, regrets.The loss of control. The chaos, destruction. With also, the lies we can read and ear everyday, from every kind of religion. For me, We have to rise ourselves, by our own way, not by following false dogmas.

4/.I know that the projects name comes from the Indian school philisophy, can you tell us a little nit more about your interest in this topic?

For sure. Yes Tattva comes from the Sanskrit philosophy. There is kinds of steps, to rise and free the soul, for a new cycle, a kind of “ purification “. In sanskrit, Tattva means “ verity”, “ reality “. In indian pholisophy, no religion is involved into it. I don’t believe in gods, but in this invisible DNA that is the soul, Yes. And we carry everyday, the weight of our choices.

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

With pleasure. The artwork has been released by Deuteromali, a talentuous graphist. I’ve seen his work on the social network, and i was sure, we have to work together.This artwork, represent the goal for all the lost souls. The burning sun, will be their answer.A tower, like a mountain, is always an trial, and it means making a lot to climb it. The reward is not always what we expect. That’s the game. No winner, no looser, only ones who are lookinkg for answers.For this Nirjara tower, climb it, try to. Be burn in the sun, and wait to see, i you will be liberated , or not from your past.

6. With this project, you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?

Yes, for Tattva, i’ve done everything, excepted the voices, recorded in a studio, in the middle of nowhere, to be immersed at 100%. For now, i’m ok with myself. But my door is not closed for the future. Covid has an impact on everybody now, but thinking to better days. And make of Tattva a live project with musicians, is a possibility.

7. Recently you where a part of a split with ashes of old, what are your thoughts on the other solo project that had participated on the recording?

It was a great experience. Lot of challenge, like i’ve said before, and the music of Nick ( AOO) is different from mine. It’s more raw, more melodic lead guitars, and very deep voices. The interest of the split, was to show two different vision of underground music, both extreme, with a single goal : show our anger and our vision of it. Our world is sick, we wanted to show that through the 8 songs of Pure Hate Ritual.

8.The New album was released by Void Wanderer Productions, how did you get in contact with this label?

When i’ve launched my first EP, i was a new comer. I have created a bandcamp and put it on, with also an instagram account. And i’ve discovered some releases by VoidWanderer ( Grivance, dekira...). So i’ve just emailed him, to ask for a work together. He gave me very good advices and tips to improve my communication, and said to me “ i could be interested in a full lenght, send it to me when you’ll be ready”; and i’ve done it with Nirjara. And here we are now !


9/ On a worldwide level, how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?

Good, and i’m glad to see it. Because i’ve added singular elements in my music, like huge guttural voices, some modern riffing, and also a very low tuning. I’m playing in G tune, with baritone guitars, this is not the way used in classic standard black metal.Returns are positive, from fans, and from other musician. My vision of Black Metal is very minded opened. The music can be dark, black, you have to be right with yourself. Don’t try to create what people wants to ear. Create what you are.


10 . Where do you see yourself heading into a musician during the future?

Now Nirjara is achieved, i have to focus on spreading it, and also give more opportunities to people, to discover it.It was a real good moment, to create, write and record it. It’s just the beginning.I’m already thinking to the next full lenght, but i need time.I have also an other project for this year, where i’ll be the singer. A typical band, inspired by the early french first wave ( Mortifera, Mutiilation, early Alcest...)the EP is finished, and the label is currently finishing the production ( Drakkar productions )So i’m alive and will be very active this year.


11/.What are some of the bands or musical projects that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

My most influenced bands are, DeathSpell Omega, Mayhem, Penitence Onirique, Morbid Angel, Oranssi Pazuzu...especially extreme scene. Lot of Black but also Old death metal scene. Nowadays, i’m listening a lot of unknown projects, or underground, like PanzerWar, VIDE, La Mer, Asgrauw. I love loose my mind to discover new jewels.I also listen some ambient sounds or minimal music like Carboned Based LifeForms.


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


First, Thank you again for the interest in Tattva. Then, i would like to say thank you to Void Wanderer for his work and everything. A huge thanks too, to everyone has spent a buck, or share something about Tattva and support me. The times are pretty crazy right now, so just stay safe, and believe in ourselves.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/02/tattva-interview.html