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Dim Aura/The Negation Of Existence/2013 CD Review

dimanche 6 avril 2014 à 22:45

  Dim  Aura  are  a  band  from  Israel  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal  with  elements  of  punk  and  rock  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  album  "The  Negation  Of  Existence".

    The  music  starts  off  with  a  slow  and  depressive  black  metal  sound  before  speeding  up  and  going  for  a  more  raw  direction  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  high  pitched  screams  which  also  bring  an  old  school  feeling  to  the  recording  and  after  awhile  they  bring  in  a  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  vocals  adding  in  small  amounts  of  growls.

  One  of  the  main  strengths  of  the  album  is  the  old  school  aspect  of  the  black  metal  sound  of  the  band  and  there  ability  they  add  a  depressive  edge  to  it  and  when  the  music  gets  more  up  beat  you  can  also  hear  some  rock  music  and  punk  elements  while  the  main  focus  is on  playing  raw  black  metal  and  at  times  the  vocals  use  some  death  metal  influences.

  As  the  album  progresses  you  can  hear  more  first  wave  black  metal  elements  and  powerful  sounding  bass  guitars  being  mixed  in  with  their  sound  and  they  bring  in  a  more  punk  rock  energy  to  the  black  metal  sound  which  is  mostly  rooted  in  the  early  to  mid  90's  era  while  also  having  some  early  2000's  depressive  elements.

  Dim  Aura  have  a  sound  on  this  recording  that  mixes  a  lot  of  many  different  black  metal  styles  together  and  if  you  can  hear  everything  from  raw  black  metal,  black'n'roll  and  dsbm  all  being  mixed  in  the  sound  and  the  music  is  very  true  to  black  metal  along  with  a  raw,  heavy  and  old  school  production  and  lyrics  that  cover  misanthropy  and  hatred  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Dim  Aura  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  misanthropic  black  metal  band  and  if you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Gods  Of  The  Undying  Darkness"  "Rec  17-5"  and  "Black  Metal  Genocide".  8  out  of  10.    

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AlNamrood/Heen Yadhar Al Ghasq/Shaytan Productions/2014 CD Review

dimanche 6 avril 2014 à 07:54

  AlNamrood  are  a  band  from  Saudi  Arabia  that plays  black  metal  with  elements  of  oriental  folk  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Heen  Yadhar  Al  Ghasq"  which  was  released  by  Shaytan  Productions.

    Middle  eastern  folk  music  sounds  and  black  metal  guitars  open  up  the  album  along  with  some  melodic  leads  a  few  seconds  later  and  all  of  the  middle  eastern  sounds  are  done  on  synths  and  the  music  starts  adding  in  symphonic  elements  on  some  of  the  other  tracks  along  with  the  drumming  having  a  more  tribal  feeling  to  them.  

  When  vocals  are  added  onto  the  album  they  have  a  more  melodic  and  chanting  style  feeling  and  they  also  use  some  evil  laughter  as  well  as  bringing  in  a  small  amount  of  grim  black  metal  elements  and  you  can  also  hear  the  drumming  utilizing  blast  beats  and  the  music  can  also  get  very  experimental  at  times  along  with  the guitars  utilizing  some  middle  eastern  scales  and  on  the  4th  track  they  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  folk  instruments  while  the  main  focus  is  in  the  heavier  parts  which  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  AlNamrood  have  a  very  interesting  sound  with  their  music  and  creating  a  musical  style  that  could  be  classified  as  middle  eastern  black  metal  since  it  has  a  mixture  of  heaviness  and  oriental  melodies  which  they  also  mix  in  with  symphonic  synths  along  with  a  powerful  sounding  production  and  lyrics  that  are  written  in  Arabic  and  cover  Ancient  History,  Evil,  Darkness  and  Anti  Religion  themes.

  In  my  opinion  AlNamrood  are  a  very  great  and  original  sounding  mixture  of  black  metal  and  middle  eastern  folk  music  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  these  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Estahat  Al  harb"  "Youm  Yukram  Al  Jaban"  and  "Subat".  8/5  out  of  10.


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Toluca/Memoria/2014 CD Review

dimanche 6 avril 2014 à 01:49

  Toluca  are  a  band  from  Russia  that  plays  an  occult  mixture  of  post  black  metal  and  screamo  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  album  "Memoria".

  Acoustic  guitars  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  and  melodic  post  rock  elements  and  all  of  the  musical instruments  sound  very  powerful   and  the  music  starts  adding  in  more  heavier  distortion  which  leads  up  to  a  fast  black  metal  direction  along  with  grim,  high  pitched  screams  and  they  keep  the  acoustic  guitars  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as  adding  in  traces  of  screamo  and  post  hardcore  along  with  a  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  When t he  album  goes  into  other  songs  the  music  starts  becoming  a  mixture  of  post  black  metal  and  screamo  but  having  a  more  dark  and  occult  approach  to  the  genre  and  the  black  metal  elements  still  have  a  very  dark,  heavy  and  raw  edge  to  them  at  times  and  in  some  of  the  cleaner  sections  you  can  hear  a  good amount  of  dsbm  style  sounds   along  with  a  good  amount  of  shoegaze  elements  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  length  and  utilize  both  electric  and  acoustic  guitars  and  there  are  also  some  melodic  vocals  and  spoken  word  being  used  for  a  couple  of  seconds  in  a  few  of  the  tracks  and  you  can  hear  a  great  amount  of  screamo  being  mixed  in  with t he  black  metal  vocals.

  Toluca  bring  an  interesting  sound  to  this  recording  which  shows  them  taking  the  more  occult,  depressive  and  post  forms  of  black  metal  and  combining  them  with  screamo  to  create  their  own  sound  along  with  a  very  dark and  heavy  production  and  all  of  the  song  titles  are  name  after  a  Goetic  demon.

  In  my  opinion  Toluca  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  occult,  post  black  metal  and  screamo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Gaap"  "Bune"  and  "Amon".  8  out  of  10.

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Crown Of Asteria/Cycles/2014 EP Review

samedi 5 avril 2014 à 21:10

  Crown  of  Asteria  are  a  1  woman  band  from  Michigan  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  with  the  musical  style  on  this  recording  being  an  instrumental  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  with  elements  of  folk  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  her  self  released  2014  ep  "Cycles".

  Dark  atmospheric  ambient  synths  start  off  the ep  and  a  few  seconds later  you  can  hear  nature  sounds  in  the  background  which  also  leads  up  to  folk  music  style  acoustic  guitars  and  after  a  few  minutes  the  music  starts  to  get  more  heavier  with  some  electric  guitars  which  then  speed  up  and  takes  the  music  into  a  more  raw  and  atmospheric  black  metal  direction  while  keeping  around  the  synths  as  well  as  adding  in  some  melodies  and  leads  and  a  few  minutes  later  it  starts  going  into  a  slower  direction  which  also  adds  a  depressive  feeling  to  the  recording  before  going  back  to  the  acoustic  style  beginnings  of  the  track  while  keeping  around  the  distorted  guitar  leads  which  also  brings  the  track  back  to  a  black  metal  direction  a  few  minutes  later  and  towards  the  end  of  the  song  the  music  starts  going  for  a  more  shamanistic  and  ritualistic  ambient  sound.

  The  following  track  starts  off  with  atmospheric  drones  and  acoustic  guitars  which  take  the  song  into  a  folk  music  direction  and  this  this  track  is  all  acoustic  and  a  lot  shorter  than  the  previous  song.

  With  this  ep  Crown  Of  Asteria  continues  her  atmospheric  black  metal  sound  while  also  keeping  around  the  folk  music  elements  of  previous  recordings  and  stays  away  from  the  vocals  this  time  around  to  create  a  very  heavy  atmosphere  along  with  a  powerful  sounding  production  with  one  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Crown  of  Asteria  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  instrumental,  atmospheric  black  metal  with  elements  of  folk  music,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Cassiopeia  -Queen  Above the  Skyline".  8  out  of  10.  

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Akrotheism Interview

samedi 5 avril 2014 à 09:35
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

1. After a lot of discussions about the paths that we want to follow, Akrotheism came into existence during 2012. From the first day of it’s formation, the band started to work it’s material. Then we showed our first presence to black metal scene on last September with a split along with Order Of The Ebon Hand. Also before a few weeks we had the release of our debut album “Behold The Son Of Plagues” by Odium records. 

2.Recently you have put out your first full length, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical direction of the new recording and also how does it differ from the split you had released a year ago?

2. The musical style of “Behold The Son Of Plagues” album is our effort to combine our influences from mostly the second wave of black metal with elements from bands like Deathspell Omega, Funeral Mist, Aosoth and then to set our own personal manner. As it has to do with “Generation Of Vipers” song , it was composed together with our album. Also our split was released just before a few months, so there are no big differences on musical direction.

3.You lyrics cover a good amount of satanic and occult topics, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?
3. Our lyrics concern more with matters like corruption as the basic instinct of man. His essential adherence to find a sanctuary of religious paranoia that will allow him to hide his true face and the need for a god to save him for the death that he created. About our interest in dark arts, we considered it as something very personal for us and we prefer to keep it for ourselves. 

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

4. Akrotheism is based on two Greek root words. The first one, Akro defines the extreme, the last part of everything, the eschaton and the ultimate end as consequence of fulfilling a purpose. The term Theism derives from the belief that there is god or gods and can also describe the hope of someone to be redeemed through Theosis. The combination of these to two, allow us to express our abhorrence for the destructive fanaticism of mankind about a god that will act in turpitude to serve its passions. Furthermore our name, inspire us to set our thoughts about death and spiritual transcendence. 

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?

5. As a new band there is no history behind us. We had only two shows until now. In Octomber 2013, a few days after our first release, it was the Eikons Of The Underworld-Athenian Rite festival along with Necros Christos, Necromass and Embrace Of Thorns. There were strong vibes during that night and it was a unique experience for us. Before a few days, we took part at the Bloodcult Fest VIII, in Creta (Greece), along with Ravencult, Profane Prayer and 1000Dead. Also a great experience for us. There is nothing specific about our live performance, just five beings setting on stage the darkest aspects of their subconscious. 

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new release?
6. At this moment we do not have any touring plans. We are open to any kind of suggestions. We see a lot of good things happening especially Europe and we would feel great to take part on them. 

7.A year black you released a split album with 'Order Of the Ebon Hand' do you feel this was a huge honor to be a part of the split with this legendary band?
7. Of course we feel glad and grateful to have a split with Order Of The Ebon Hand. Beside their importance to black metal, we are honoured to be good friends with them for many years. We share a lot of common ideas and so it was a great start for us. 

8.The new album came out on Odium Records, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
8. Odium records is an emerging black metal label from Poland. It co-operates with important distributors like Plastic head, Code7 and Red Stream. The owner of the label , Shadow has a good vision about how black metal should be and so we feel glad to be on his roster.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
9. Until now we receive a very encouraging response to our work. There a lot of people who showed interest to our album along time before it’s releasing date. The most significant factor for us, is the positive reaction that we get from souls which we share common beliefs and thoughts. 

10.Are any of the other band members involved with any other musical project these days?
10. We are only involved in Akrotheism except of our guitarist Dagwn which has also a black/death band under the name Nethescerial. 

11.Where do you see the band heading into music wise during the future?
11. We are not the kind o people who make specific plans about the future. Our main purpose is to live intensely the phase of black metal by writing music and lyrics. For us black metal is the tool to understand ourselves. 

12.What are some bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
12. We really admire bands like Mayhem, Darkthrone, Burzum which of course are the basis for everything. Furthermore we are very excited about today’s scene and for bands like Mgla, Svartidaudi, Nightbringer, Portal and the bands that I’ve mentioned before. More generally we are listening and we are influenced by every kind of music which creates a dark and deep feeling to us. Even if it is heavy metal, neo classical, ambient or post punk. 

13.What are some of your non musical interests?
13.literature and films. 

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
14. We are grateful for this nice interview and we would like to thank you.

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