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Tetragrammaton/Descendere/2014 EP Review

lundi 18 août 2014 à 04:26

  Florida's  Tetragrammaton  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  them  continuing  their  mixture  of  occult  black  metal,  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  ep  "Descendere".

  A  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  blast  beats  before  going  more  into  a  slower  doom  metal  direction  along  with  some  deep  screams  which  also  leads  to  the  band  mixing  doom  and  black  metal  together  along  with  some  elements  of  sludge  and  all  3  of  the  tracks  are  around  or  close  to  the  10  minute  mark.

    After  awhile  melodic  chanting  can  be  heard  briefly  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  giving  the  music  more  of  an  occult  and  ritualistic  feeling  and  there  is  also  a  perfect  balance  between  fast  black  metal  parts  and  slow  doom  metal  parts  and  there  are  also  a  small  amount  of  psychedelic  noises  being  utilized   at  times  which  also  gives  the  music  and  avant  garde  feeling  at  times  and  there  is  also  a  concept  of  sorts  with  all  3  songs  with  the  title  tracks  all  being  called  sermons  and  the  last  track  has  almost  a  punk  rock  feeling  in  the  beginning  riff.

  Tetrgrammaton  remain  true  to  their  mixture  of  occult  black  metal,  sludge  and  doom  metal  on  this  recording  creating  3  songs  that  are  very  dark  and  heavy,  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  sound  while  the  lyrics  cover  occult  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Tetragrammaton  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  occult  black  metal,  sludge  and  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Third  Sermon".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/08/tetragrammatondescendere2014-ep-review.html


Nuklear Frost Interview

jeudi 14 août 2014 à 06:34
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

J - I joined in late 2011.  We worked on the material that is now on Subjugation for about a year and a half before we began recording.  Numerous logistic technicalities set us back, but we finally secured R as our vocalist in 2013 and were able to finish up the recording over the course of the next year.  As far as a description of NF, I think the music speaks louder than words.

2.Recently you have released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is present on the new recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

J - The material on Subjugation is intricate, yet simplistic.  It is a stripped-down to basics audio assault.  Being a band with only one guitarist, we use heavily distorted bass to fill the void.  We are more concerned with conveying a certain atmosphere rather than showing off technically.  We strove to achieve a production quality that was raw and represented our live sound, but still heavy.  Many black metal releases are far too weak, production-wise, in my opinion.  We recorded the drums and bass in one take to keep a sense of realness.  Everything aside from guitars was tracked in our rehearsal space with minimal equipment.  And a good amount of vodka.

D- It's our own take on what we see black metal as today. We mainly based it on warfare, and a no tolerance stance on religion, yes this includes no tolerance for satanism (same bullshit). Also trying our best to match the subject of each song to the feel that the instrumentation gives you. The biggest difference from our demo back in 2009 was our line-up, we added J on guitar and R as our main vocalist. With the added input our sound changed quite a bit.


3.This is the first release to be released since the demo in 2009, can you tell us a little bit more about the gap between releases?

D - Life happened.  At that time it was just M and myself. We did lots of moving from place to place. Searching for a solid line-up was the main focus in that gap, once we acquired J on guitars back in 2011 we started writing what is now known as "Subjugation". We lost a lot of time on hang ups with the recording process, as well as working on several other bands at the same time. Eventually adding R to the roster also added to the time between releases, as we then began writing the lyrics.


4.You have some very violent lyrics, can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

J - Anti-theism, the decline of civilization, mankind's inherent ability to hinder and destroy himself, both through religion and warfare.  R wrote the majority of the lyrics, but they are very much in line with all of our personal philosophies.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Nuklear Frost'?

D - Just wanted to keep it simple, and have a name that sort of has a feel of what we think our music represents.

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

J - Recently we played a show in Minneapolis in a very intimate, filthy venue.  It was our first live appearance since the release of Subjugation and our first show as a three piece.  The vibe, setting and adrenaline made it the best show so far, for me.

D -I think we can all agree that our first show was our best experience to date. Opening for Absu was pretty awesome, overall it was a good show, no sound issues, no major fuck ups. As for stage performance I really have no idea. We don't get theatrical, we just play our music.


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

J - Not currently.  Realistically, we are barely known outside of Minnesota.  Although there are people scattered around the globe that we would love to play for, it isn't realistic for us at this point.  That said, we are working hard to make that happen.

D - We are taking time away from live shows to work on more logistical things with the band, maybe even write some more music. We won't be gone for long.


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

J - Very positive.  We wrote this music for ourselves, first and foremost.  So it is just an added bonus when it is well received by the public.  The feedback has been very encouraging.

D- We were pretty confident in our music, and the feedback we have gotten back from all over the world has been great so far. We just play music that we would want to listen to ourselves. Seems to be effective.


9.I have read that one of the band members was in Astral Blood, are any of the band members still involved with any other musical projects these days?

J - Yes, I'm working with Astral Blood for their upcoming EP.  I am involved in several other projects, but none of them are relevant to Nuklear Frost.


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


J - Possibly.  We are working with Myrkr (Russia) for the physical release of Subjugation.  As far as promotion and distribution, we are interested.  We have the ability to record and produce our own music and we prefer to keep it that way.


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

J - Just as much as our sound evolves, it remains centered around what you hear on Subjugation.  The basis for this is simply our vision of black metal.


12.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?

J - Blut Aus Nord is a huge influence for me.  That may not translate into our material, but their music is greatly inspiring.  Sargeist is another.  As of late, I've been listening to a good amount of funeral doom (Evoken, Asunder) and Wolfbrigade's latest album.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?

J - I try to travel as much as possible when I can get away from work, both mundane and musical.  It is necessary for me to stay grounded.

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

J - We are honored that our debut has been so well received.  It encourages us to hone our art.  Thank you for the support and the interview!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/08/nuklear-frost-interview.html


Witches Sabbath/EP Of the Dead/2014 EP Review

jeudi 14 août 2014 à 04:46

  Witches  Sabbath  are  a  band  from  Spain  that  plays  an  aggressive  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  ep  "EP  Of  The  Dead".

  A  very  fast  and  brutal  blackened  death  metal  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  growls  and  you  can  hear  some  old  school  metal  melodies  in  their  music  along  with  some  black  metal  screams  and  the  solos  and  leads  the  band  uses  are  in  a  melodic  and  technical  musical  direction  and  the  band  also  uses  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Blast  beats  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  some  modern  elements  of  metal  as  the  ep  progresses  as  well  as  this  recording  being  even  more  death  metal  influenced  than  their  older  material  while  black  metal  can  still  be  heard  quite  a  bit  in  the  newer  material  with  the  4th  track  displaying  a  melodic  style  of  black/death  metal  close  to  the  Swedish  style  of  the  musical  genre  and  the  version  they  do  of  Danzig's  "Dirty  Black  Summer"  sounds  nothing  like  the  original  version  with  the  music  being  in  more  of  a  brutal  direction  while  the  last  track  has  more  of  a  blackened  punk  feeling  to  it.

Witches  Sabbath  take  the  most  aggressive  forms  of  black  and  death  metal  and  combine  them  together  while  also  having  a  great  amount  of  melody  in  their  style,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  isolation,  suicide,  anger  and  hate.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Witches  Sabbath  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Broken  Glasses"  "Giziel"  and  "Ugly".  8  out  of  10.

 
 

      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/08/witches-sabbathep-of-dead2014-ep-review.html


Uitzichtloos Interview

mercredi 13 août 2014 à 13:54

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

Uitzichtloos was founded somewhere in 2013 by M and R. They released a digital EP called Leeg before I joined. Our aim is to create the music we like and that represents who we are. All of us have been in different bands before Uitzichtloos.

2.Recently you have released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from your previous demo and ep?

The demo is much rawer. Nevelmasker has a raw approach to it, but contains a lot of melody. I would say apart from the classic Scandinavian sound where obviously are influenced by, we also adapted some tunes from the eastern black metal scene. For me Blood in our Wells from Drudkh is a very important record.

3.The band has only been around for a year but has so far released a demo, ep and one full length, do you feel that you put a lot of time and effort into the band?
Yes, we put a lot of effort and time in the record. But mostly by composing our own. We share ideas by mail and when we get together we start building a song. Nevelmasker was written and mainly recorded in a 3 month period. Which might seem fast, but when the inspiration comes it`s unstoppable. We all compose and get extremely inspired when recording. We also believe in the power of improvisation. In previous bands we played the songs so many times before recording, the urgent feeling got lost. Now you have pure songs, recorded with a certain hunger you need to capture magic.

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

Mainly our songs deal with local myths and such, like Witte Wieven and Dwaallichten. They`re also about death, misanthropy, darkness and auto mutilation. We get inspired by our surroundings and by poetry we read.

5.I know that the band name means hopeless in Dutch, what was the decision behind using it for the name of the band?

We`re a Dutch band. So it`s obviously we wanted a Dutch name. You can interpret the name in different ways. If you`ve ever been in Groningen you`ll see  there`s nothing. No mountains, no woods only fields of grass and meadows. You can see as far as you like, yet you won`t see anything `cause there`s nothing to see. There is no view (it`s Uitzichtloos).

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

I don`t think Uitzichtloos will ever be doing concerts. Don`t get me wrong. I`ve been on stage many times and playing shows are extremely rewarding. But it also takes a lot of effort. Before you know it you`re playing your tunes over and over again and it kills your creativity. At the moment our main goal is to create the music we love. So no shows for the moment.

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

No, see previous question.

8.The new album was released on Vacula Productions, are you happy with the help they have given you so far?

Yes, we`re very satisfied. Vacula has kept all promises made and has done a great job so far. We hope to work with them again in the (near) future.

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

It`s been good, which is nice. But it is important to stretch out we`re mainly doing this for ourselves. So if the world hated us, that`s fine. We playing the stuff we like to hear and don`t care about what others might think.
But we do have some positive feedback by people close to us and total strangers, which is nice of course.

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

There`s a EP coming soon, called “De Oogst”. This will be raw and fast. It also contains a track inspired by Ede Staal (local hero who died some years ago) called Credo. Not sure when it`s out, but it should not take long. At the same time we`re already working on a new full-length. We recorded three tracks already and have about 9 other songs to choose from.
I think we will continue and expand the songwriting style used on Nevelmasker, but we will return to a much rawer sound.

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?
The classic BM bands obviously. No need to name them. You know who they are. We`re still very involved in discovering new talent. Some bands you should check out are: Skaur, Vemod, Skogen, Cultes des Ghoules, Kjeld, Stilla, Grifteskymfning, Hadanfard, Svartrit, Fyrnask, Fluisteraars, Spite Extreme Wing etc. etc.
Too many!

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

We won`t answer to this question. I don`t think this is relevant. I don’t care about nonmusical interest from other bands either.


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

Thank you for the interview.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/08/uitzichtloos-interview.html


We All Die (Laughing)/Mathieu Drouet/Tentoonsteeling/Kaotoxin Records/2014 Split Album Review

mercredi 13 août 2014 à 05:15

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Bulgaria's  We  All  Die  (Laughing)  and  France's  Mathieu  Drouet  called  "Tentoonsteeling"  which  was  released  by  Kaotoxin  Records  in  2014  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  We  All  Die  (Laughing)  a  band  that  has  been  featured  before in  this  zine  and  played  a  very  progressive  and  depressive  form  of  black/doom  metal  on  their  album  but  go  for  more  of  a  soundtrack  feeling  on  this  recording.

 Dark  sounding  synths  start  off  their  side  of  the  split  giving  the  music  an  avant  garde  feeling  and  a  few  seconds  later  melodic  guitar  leads  start  to  kick  in  along  with  some  bass  guitars  and  psychedelic  elements  and  on  this  track  they  take  out  all  of  the  vocals  and  heavier  parts  that  where  part  of  their  full length  and  create  an  instrumental  piece  that  is  based  on  their  debut  album's  single  track  "Thoughtscan's  main  theme  and  the  song  is  close  to  14  minutes  in  length.

  Next  up  is  Mathieu Drouet  an  experimental  artist.

  Power  electronic  noises  start  off  his  side  of  the  split  giving  the  music  and  avant  garde  and  experimental  feeling  and  the  song  is  10  minutes  in  length  and  is  intended  to  be  a  rendition  of  his  photography  and  you  can  also  hear  a  bit  of   ambient  in  his  music  with  his  side  being  an  all  instrumental  piece

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  id  you  are  a  fan  of  We  All  Die  (Laughing)  and  experimental  music,  you  should  add  this  album  to  your  collection.  8  out  of  10.        

     

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/08/we-all-die-laughingmathieu.html