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Kerker/Ban All Lights/Nihilistsche KlangKunst/2016 CD Review

jeudi 8 décembre 2016 à 01:16

  Kerker  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this zine  and  plays  a  very  raw,  depressive  and  atmospheric form  of  black  metal  and  this is  a  review of  their  2016  album  "Ban  All  Lights"  which  was  released  by  Nihilistsche  KlangKunst.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  sound  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  starts  off  the  album  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  and  the  melodic  guitar  leads  add  a  modern  touch  to  a  sound  that  is  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  style.

  Most  of  the  vocals  are  grim  black  metal  screams  and  keyboards  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  clean  guitars  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording and  depressive  elements  can  also  be  heard  at  times.

  Kerker  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  raw,  depressive  and  atmospheric  black  metal  style  of  their  previous  release,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  poetic  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Kerker  and  if  you  are  a fan  of  raw,  atmospheric  and  depressive  black metal, you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "A  Lizards  Waltz" "Eurydice"  and  "Bal  All  Lights".  8  out  of 10. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/12/kerkerban-all-lightsnihilistsche.html


Diktatur/L, Agonie d' Un Monde/MELANCHOLIA RECORDS?2016 EP Review

mercredi 7 décembre 2016 à 20:23

  Diktatur  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays an  aggressive  form  of  black  metal  with  electronic  music  touches and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  ep "L,  Agonie  d'  Un  Monde"  which  was  released  by  MELANCHOLIA  RECORDS.

  A  very  heavy  guitar  sound  starts  off  the  ep  before  speeding  up  and  adding  in  blast  beasts  and  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  melody  while t he  tremolo  picking  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  synths  are utilized they  bring  in  elements  of  modern  electronic  music  while  the  heavier  riffs  also  bring  in  a  more  current  style  of  black  metal  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  briefly  and  their  is  also  a brief  use  of  clean  singing.

  Diktatur  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  modern  yet  raw  sounding  and  also  adds  in  eelments  of  electronic  music  to  make  the  genre  sound  different,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  powerful  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  French  and  cover  dark  and  violent  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Diktatur  are  a  very  great  sounding  aggressive  black  metal  band  with  electronic  music  touches  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres, you  should  check  out  this band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Comme  Une  Ombre"  and  "L,  Agonie  d'  Un  Monde".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/12/diktaturl-agonie-d-un-mondemelencholia.html


Imposition/Dark Mysticism/2016 Full Length Review

mercredi 7 décembre 2016 à 05:03

  Imposition  are  a band  from  Australia  that  plays  and  ambient  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  album  "Dark  Mysticism".

  Ambient  style  synths  start off  the  album  and  also  adds  in  touches  of  dungeon  synth  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a   heavier  and  melodic  direction  and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  in  the  faster  sections  of t he  songs  and  they  also  mix  the  heavy  and  atmospheric  parts  together  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams.

  Most  of  the  music  is  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  the  fast  riffs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  psychedelic  elements  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  guitar  leads  are also  used  briefly  and  a  couple  of the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  and  they  also  bring  in  an  ambient  instrumental  before  closing  the  album  with  a heavier  track.

  Imposition  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  and  early  90's  style  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  in  with  elements  of  ambient  to  create  something  different, the  production  sounds  very  raw  and old  school while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  occult themes.

  In  my  opinion  Imposition  are  a  very great  sounding  ambient  black  metal band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sons  Of  The  Full  Moon"  and  "Dark  mysticism".  8  out  of  10.


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/12/impositiondark-mysticism2016-full.html


Wormlight Interview

mercredi 7 décembre 2016 à 04:10

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

Wormlight is a melodic black metal band from Sweden formed in 2014. By King Antichrist and Deafeathered.Soon Lator Mortis joined them and they recorded and released their first demo/Ep "An Ancient Enemy" that same year. Shortly after the release Arktos joined the band. After some major changes in the band I joined in time for the recording of the "Bloodfields" Ep. After the recording of the Ep Nordlyst left the band and I took up the vocals as well.



2.So far you have released 2 ep's, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings?

The first Ep ”An Ancient Enemy”  was a “no-budget” recording that served its purpose to give form to shapeless ideas and to give the band an identity.
“The Bloodfields” was recorded in a studio, which gives the Ep a different sound quality and character compared to the first. The re-recording of “The Bloodfields” was a result of big changes within the band, yet it serves as a transition. The tracks “Pitch black hatred” and “Towards Impious Domination” can be seen as the death of Unhallowed , as the “Wormlight” and “The Bloodfields” can be seen as the birth of Wormlight. And with this rebirth the lyrical themes and visions for the band has seen some changes.

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

On “An Ancient Enemy” the lyrical theme was more centered on Anti Christianity and Devil worship. On “Bloodfields” the transition to the themes surrounding death and the anti-cosmic begun. An essence that will permeate the coming albums, even when the lyrical theme itself may take the focus elsewhere. The next album will primarily focus on some of the creatures of the old Norse mythology and folklore.

4.Originally the band was called 'Unhallowed', what was the cause of the name change and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Wormlight'?

In 2015 when I joined the band after Deafeathered's departure, there were already plans for the recording of the Bloodfields Ep. And we entered the studio shortly after. Some time later Nordlyst chose to depart, and i took the role of vocalist as well as guitar. This left us with a new band structure, influences and sound. A name change came natural to represent this rebirth.
The name itself symbolises the death, eating away the blind eye of man, so that you may once again see far beyond the false light and stare into the void.







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

The best show we have had so far is the most reason one. The show we played to celebrate the re-release of our EP and its physical release on the third of December together with some other acts at "Klubb:Fördärv" with sold out tickets.
The performance acts as a threshold. It is best experienced at the shows.

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

We have some shows planned for next year. But since we are in the middle of recording our full length album, and just finished the work with the bloodfields, we try to put all our energy into the album.

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

I have gotten positive feedback from those attending the shows, especially on the new  material. And the reviews for the “Bloodfields” Ep that we just released worldwide has been great so far.

8.When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

As I stated earlier, we are recording the album at the moment and it will be released in 2017, that much I know. We have performed some of the material live, so a taste of the album can be heard online.
The upcoming album has been written by me from the start to the end, which gives it a consistent sound all the way throughout the record. The album will contain heavier and faster tracks,  As well as slower, more melodic parts than before. My voice will change the atmosphere of the vocals, which will affect the interpretation of the sound, yet the essence of the sound remains. We are working on new material for the future and are always planning ahead. But for now all our focus are on the completion of the full lenght album set for release in 2017.

9.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?

Dissection and Behemoth have been the biggest influences for me of all the bands out there. I have always been drawn to black metal and bands like Ofermod, Watain, Fides Invesa,Funeral Mist, and so on. Lately I've been listening a lot to Summoning.

10.How would you describe your views on Paganism and Anti Christianity?

Paganism has always been an interesting subject to me. Especially the Norse and Hellenistic religions with its gods,creatures and magic of old. The Chaos-Gnosticism being the foundation of my studies together with the anti-cosmic Satanism, the doorway to the mysteries of the creation of the true Norse gods is open. The occult studies takes you to the most far out corners of all that is known and unknown. So the defiance towards the sole creator that the word "pagan" represents, is indeed important to me.


11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Most of my spare time evolves around music in some way, either i play,compose or listens to music. Or I am reading a lot of books to find inspiration for lyrics. Since I also write music and lyrics for my other band Sons Ov Omega, music is given most of my time.

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

We will play a show in Umeå on the 18th of February as support for the release of Sons Ov Omega's debut album. Keep a lookout for the next Wormlight album. The title of the album

FACEBOOK : https://www.facebook.com/wormlightsweden

YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCQpyaocvUsujcqkUJjN20A

EP STREAM + ORDER LINK:
http://wormlightsweblacklion.bandcamp.com/album/bloodfields

will be revealed in the beginning of next year.



Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/12/wormlight-interview.html


Nachtzeit/Sagor I Natten/Nordvis Produktion/2016 EP Review

mardi 6 décembre 2016 à 04:43

  Nachtzeit  are  a  solo  project  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  very  minimalistic,  monotonous  and  primitive  form  of  Nordic  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2016  ep  "Sagor  I  Natten"  which  will  be  released  on  December  23rd  by  Nordvis  Produktion.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  and  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  tradition  and  after  awhile  high  pitched  screams  make  their  presence  known  on  the  recording  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of melody.

  Most  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  very  fast  musical  direction  and  the  music  sounds  like  it  could  of  easily  been  recorded  and  released  more  than  20  years  ago  and  there  is  also  a  brief  epic  synth  instrumental  before  closing  the  ep with  a  heavier  track  and  none  of  the  songs  ever  use  any  solo  and  leads  and  the  last  track  is  long  and  epic  in  length..

  Nachzeit  plays  a  style  of  Nordic  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  tradition,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Swedish  and  cover  nature  and  philosopshy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Nachzeit  are  a  very  great  sounding   minimalistic,  monotonous  and  primitive Nordic  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ett  Fjarran  Minne"  and  "Dar  Allting  Har  Sin  Borjan". 8  out  of  10.     

    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/12/nachtzeitsagor-i-nattennordvis.html