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ZUD/A Wilderness Left Untamed/2017 Full Length Review

jeudi 7 septembre 2017 à 05:45

  ZUD  are  a  band  from  Maine  that  has  been  featured  before in  this  zine  and  plays  black  metal  with  elements  of  blues,  classic  rock  and  NWOBHM  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self released  2017  album  "A  Wilderness  Left  Untamed"  which  will  be  released  on September  15th.

  Nature  sounds  and  spoken  word  parts  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  while  also  using  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  mid  70's-early  80's  traditional  metal  elements  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  while  influences  of  classic  rock  are  also  utilized  at  times  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  adding  in  a  touch  of  first  wave  black  metal  while  on  other  tracks  they  also  add  in  touches  of  blues  rock   and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  a  couple  of  songs  as  well  as  two  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  on  the  instrumental  Asian  style  folk  instruments  are  added  into  the  music.

  ZUD  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  original  style  of  black'n'roll  that  was  established  on  their  previous  release,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  stairs,  insanity,  travelling  and  dream  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  ZUD  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black'n'roll,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Thundercats  Don't  Play  Dead"  "Off  The  Map"  and  "Chasing  The  Dragon's  Tail".  8  out  of  10.


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Ctulu/Cultis In Tenebris/Static Tension Recordings/2017 EP Review

mercredi 6 septembre 2017 à 23:36

  Germany's  Ctulu  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  H.P  Lovecraft  inspired  fast,  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  style  of  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Cultis  In  Tenebris"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Static  Tension  Recordings.

  Militant  style  drum  beats  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  heavy  riffing  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  melody  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  when  vocals  are  brought  onto t he  recording  they  bring  in  a  mixture  of  growls  and  black  metal  screams.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  faster  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking,  elements  of  thrash  and  death  metal  are  also  utilized  at  times and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  clean  vocals  and  a  couple  of  tracks  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  guitars.

  Ctulu creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  raw  and  melodic  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases  while  also  progressing  with  their  style,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  based  upon  the  writings  of  H.P  Lovecraft.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Ctulu  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  melodic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ctulu  Fhtagn"  and  "Mare  Belli".  8  out  of  10.


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Seventh Genocide/Toward Akina/WOOAAARGH/Third I Rex/2017 CD Review

mercredi 6 septembre 2017 à 03:54

  Seventh  Genocide  are  a  band  from  Rome,  Italy  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Toward  Akina"  which  will  be  released  on  September  22nd  as  a  joint  effort  between  WOOAAARGH  and  Third  I  Rex.

  Distorted  amp  sounds  start  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  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  bringing  in  a  melodic  post  metal  style.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  acoustic  guitars  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  some  psychedelic  elements  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody,  some  tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  slid  guitars  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  singing  along  with  spoken  word parts  and  female  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  the  closing  track  is  an  instrumental.

  On  this  recording  Seventh  Genocide  expands  on  their  atmospheric  post  black  metal  style  by  adding  in  more  acoustic  guitars,  psychedelic,  folk,  ambient,  and  progressive  elements  to  create  something  very  different,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  nature,  spirituality,  afterlife,  nostalgia,  and  sadness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Seventh  Genocide  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  post  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Astral  Bliss"  "Immense  As  The  Universe"  and  "Last  Fall  Before  The  Impact".  8  out  of  10.    

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Zifir/Kingdom Of Nothingness/Duplicate Records/2017 CD Review

mercredi 6 septembre 2017 à 02:13

  Zifir  are  a  band  from  Turkey  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Kingdom  Of  Nothingness"  which  was  released  by  Duplicate  Records.

  Ritualistic  chants  and  spoken  word  parts  start  off  the  album  along  with  an  avant  garde  style  intro  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction  which  also  introduces  grim  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  the  tremolo  picking  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  melodies  at  times  and  on  some  tracks  the  music  adds  in  a  more  modern  atmospheric  touch,  melodic  chants  and  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  all  of  the  musical instruments  have  a very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  spoken  word  parts  also  make  a  return  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Zifir  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  while  also  mixing  old  school  and  modern  influences  from  both t he  European  and  Eastern  styles  of  the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  yet  heavy  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  cover  anti  religion  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Zifir  are  a  very  great  sounding  traditional  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Relief  In  Disbelief"  "Diabolis Praescriptum"  "Abet"  and  "A  Crowded  Nothingness".  8  out  of  10.

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Ereskigal Interview

mardi 5 septembre 2017 à 22:49
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
The band formed when the two members of the band worked together in a previous project. We were dissatisfied, that band ceased to be and Ereskigal was born.

2.In May you had released an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
A cacophony of savage, antinomian Black Metal.

3.The band has been around since 2012 but waited until 2017 to release any music, can you tell us a little bit more about the first 5 years?
The first year or so of the band was hampered by many line up changes and so was spent writing mostly. We played a single show and then went on hiatus. Myself and Azott decided the time was now right to resurrect it.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
All of the songs are in one way or another based in anti-cosmic occultism. Some are corruptions of rituals I’ve used before, others are narrative explorations of humanity’s place in the cosmos and what lies beyond it. A reasonable starting point for research would be Gullveigarbok by Vexior, Book IV by Crowley or the Book of Sitra Achra by N.A-A.218. Those who know, will know. It matters not.

5. I know that the band was named after a Mesopotamian goddess, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?
We chose the name because Ereskigal is a goddess associated with the underworld and more importantly with law-making and self sovereignty. We didn’t want to set out to make music like another band, the point of the project was to explore the darkness we want to create and set our own law. To create music as vicious, murderous and unyielding as we choose.

6.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding the line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?
We’re in the process of creating a new live line-up, and still writing material as a duo. Time, as always, will tell.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Ereskigal has been beset with issues in this area since our inception. We’ve had offers for shows in 2017 in various places, but unfortunately none have yet come to fruition.

8.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Somewhere dark.

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?
Nightbringer, Acherontas, Misthyrming, Dissection, Svartidaudi, 1349 and Pseudogod were all large shared influences whilst writing ‘Sojourn’. Beyond that, we listen to an eclectic range of things. Both of us and the current live members are active in other bands in the UK underground but some leading lights who we do not share members with are Abduction, Wolvencrown, Trivax, Qrixkuor and Funeral Throne, to name a few.

10.How would you describe your views on Occultism?
Study is a lens to use understanding, or destroying, the many facets of reality. Read a book.

11.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Rejoice, everything ends.

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