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Vixenta/Polarity/Flowing Downward/Avantgarde Music/2021 Full Length Review

samedi 7 août 2021 à 06:21

 


  Australia's  duo  Vixenta  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  for  a  mixture  of  ambient,  atmospheric,  depressive,  post  black  metal  and  shoegaze  and  this  is  a  review  of  their 2021  album  "Polarity"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Flowing  Downward  and  Avantgarde  Music.


  Melodic  riffing  starts  off  the  album  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  the  vocals a re  mostly  high  pitched  depressive  black  metal  screams.


  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  When  clean  playing  is  utilized  it  also  introduces  elements  of  post  rock  onto  the  recording  as  well  as  some  touches  of  shoegaze  also  being  utilized  at  times.


  The  music  also  has  its  atmospheric  moments  along  with  a  couple  of  the  songs  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Ambient  style  keyboards  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  as  well  as  a  couple  of  later  songs  also  introducing  acoustic  guitars  into  the  music  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  vocals  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  and  the  closing  track  is  also  an  instrumental.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  loneliness,  isolation,  hate  and  reality  themes. 


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Vixenta  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  and  post  depressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "A  Dream  In  Darkness"  "Wicked  Flame"  and  "Fall  of  the  Divine".  8  out  of  10.



https://vixentamusic.bandcamp.com/    


  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/08/vixentapolarityflowing.html


Altars Of The Moon/Brahmastra/Disorder Recordings/2021 Full Length Review

samedi 7 août 2021 à 04:44

 


  Altars  Of  The  Moon  are  a  band  from  the  United  States  that  plays  an  experimental  form  of  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Brahmastra"  which  will  be  released  on  August  20th  by  Disorder  Recordings.


  Atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  and  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times.  All  of  the  drum  beats  are  also  programmed  along  with  the  only  track  present  on  this  recording  being  almost  30  minutes  in  length  and  clean  vocals  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the album.


  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  post  metal  style  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  experimental  and  avant  garde  sounding  along  with  some  whispers  also  being  utilized  briefly  as  well as  the  music  also  capturing  the  more  atmospheric  side  of  black  metal  and  the  whole  album  also  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction.


  Altars  of  the  Moon  plays  a  style  of  post  black  metal  that  is  very  experimental  and  avant  garde  sounding  as  well  as  avoiding  the  use  of  any  harsh  er  vocals.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  based  upon  the  ancient  Hindu  poem  "Brahmastra"  which  also  hints  upon  the  early  use  of  nuclear  weapons.


  In  my  opinion  Altars  Of   the  Moon  are  a  very  great  sounding  experimental  and  avant  garde  post  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  8  out  of  10.


http://altarsofthemoon.bandcamp.com

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nz74DLzZyW8  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/08/altars-of-moonbrahmastradisorder.html


Malignament Interview

samedi 7 août 2021 à 02:08

 

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




Malignament was formed maybe around 2018, but the roots of couple songs are as far as 2009. It started as my solo project, but I can’t play drums so I asked if Grond was interested in a drummer's place, and he was. We play black metal in a traditional way, but also try to break the ”rules” and make something of our own in the process.




2.In September you have your first full length coming out, musically hoe does it differ from your previous demo?


Well the production is better and we used more time to create this album than our first demo, but it’s still very much the same entity.




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


I think the lyrical scale is very large. There are songs about personal struggles and spiritual growth, songs about slavery, plagues, apocalypse, spite against humanity and fighting this modern world.  




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




It is a combination of two words. ”Malign” and ”Sacrament”. I think it’s very self-explanatory. 




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


It represents this sleeping giant within humanity, that is now awakened and finds out that the only way to break the chains of mankind and its hypocritical ways is to sacrifice something very valuable and leave it behind. 




6.The main person in the band is also involved with a few other bands, what is it that you bring into the music of 'Malignament' that you are not able to do with your other groups?



Malignament is the only active band I play in. I’ve played in many bands and projects in the past, but that is not important. I started Malignament because this inner flame kept getting stronger and black metal seemed the proper way to spit out these thoughts.




7.So far this band has worked as either a solo project or duo, do you feel you are able to accomplish a lot more with your music with less people?



I’ve learned that working with many people in the band is sometimes very hard. Malignament is my own vision and I want to keep it that way. 



8.So far very little is known about the musical project, do you prefer to keep a low profile?




Yes and no. We don’t want to reveal too much about ourselves. cluelessness is sometimes better, It gives you a chance to use your imagination. I’m not into keepin a ”low profile”, but I just hate this modern way, when all the bands and artists have to push their stuff in social medial all the fucking time. It disgusts me. I want to believe that music speaks for itself and people will find it, without making a social media ”update” every goddamn day. 




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


So far 100% positive. Nothing to add here.




10.What is going on with some of the other musical projects and bands these days that you a part of?


Nothing. Malignament is the only active project at the time.




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




I’ve started writing new songs, but it will probably take 2-3 years before anything new will come out… but I can't be sure of that. We’re planning to play live at some point.




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?


I listen to a lot of black metal, but also heavy metal and classic rock. Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish and Polish black metal has always been my main influence.


13.Does Satanism or Occultism play any role in your music?




Of course, but in Malignament there is such a wide scale, so it can’t be defined as ”occult black metal” or anything like that. I read and study history very much. 




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


"History does not repeat itself, but it rhymes” 


www.malignament.bandcamp.com 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/08/malignament-interview.html


Solacide/Fall From Eternity/Saturnal Records/2021 CD Review

vendredi 6 août 2021 à 04:14

 


  Solacide  are  a  band  from  Finland that  plays  a  progressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Fall  From  Eternity"  which  will  be  released  in September  by  Saturnal  Records.


  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  some  death  metal  growls  also  being  utilized  at  times.


  Acoustic  guitars  are  also  utilized  in  certain  sections  of  the  album  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  progressive  sounding  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  when  they  are utilized  as  well  as  the  music  also  having  its  progressive  moments.


  Keyboards  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  along  with  the  music  also  having  its  atmospheric  and  epic  moments  as  well  as  one  song  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts,  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  also  instrumentals  and  towards  the  end  a  small  amount  of  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  dead  visions  and  liberated  motions.


  In  my  opinion  Solacide  are  a  very  great  sounding  progressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Fall  From  Eternity"  "The  Coldest  Night"  and  "Away  From  Light".  8  out  of  10.


  www.facebook.com/solacide 

https://youtu.be/5wjKuOhh7P4      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/08/solacidefall-from-eternitysaturnal.html


Order Of Omega/-333-/Rat King Records/2021 Full Length Review

vendredi 6 août 2021 à 03:15

 


  Order  Of  Omega  are  an  international  band  with  members  from  Mexico,  Finland,  Iceland  and  Greece  and  plays  a  dissonant  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "-333-"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Rat  King  Records.


  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  dissonant  structures  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams.  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  also  being  utilized  at  times  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to them  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  Spanish  guitars, chants  and  keyboards  can  also  be  heard.


  Order  Of  Omega  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  aggressive  and  dissonant  sounding  as  well  as  adding  in  some  touches  of  death  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  and  Darkness  themes.  


  In  my  opinion  Order  Of  Omega  are  a  very  great  sounding  dissonant  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Ascending  To  Eternity".  8  out  of  10.



http://www.orderofomega.bandcamp.com/


  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/08/order-of-omega-333-rat-king-records2021.html