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Ritual Laceration/I/Caligari Records/2019 EP Review

samedi 1 juin 2019 à 03:17

  Ritual  Laceration  are  a  band  from  the  United  States  that  plays  a  dual  bass  form  of  bestial  black  noise  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  ep  "I"  which  will  be  released  on  June  28th  by  Caligari  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  war  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  dual  bass  guitars  also  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking.  Vocals  are  a  mixture  of  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  bestial  growls  as  well  as  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  short  in  length.

  Elements  of  harsh  noise  and  grindcore  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording.  The  music  also  slows  down  at  times  but  keeping  the  main  focus  on  a  very  fast  and  brutal  style  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  heavier  musical  direction  along  with  the  longest  song  being  over  2  minutes.

  Ritual  Laceration  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  war,  and  bestial  black/death  metal  and  mixes  it  with  noise  and  grindcore  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  violent  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ritual  Laceration  are  a  very  great  sounding  bestial  black  noise  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Decimation  Spear"  and  "Claws".  8  out  of  10.

https://caligarirecords.bandcamp.com/album/i   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/05/ritual-lacerationicaligari-records2019.html


Hate Manifesto/Herald Of Triumph/Helter Skelter Productions/2019 EP Review

samedi 1 juin 2019 à 02:00

  Hate  Manifesto  are  a  band  from  Greece  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  ep  "Herald  Of  Triumph"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Helter  Skelter  Productions.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  before  going  into a   very  fast  and  raw  war  metal  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  bestial  growls  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  black  metal  elements  and  a  small  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  riffing.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  The  music  also  brings  in  a  good  mixture  of  both  modern  and  old  school  influences  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  heavier  direction  and  towards  the  end  a  brief  use  of  melodic  guitar  leads  can  also  be  heard.

  On  this  recording  Hate  Manifesto  remains  true  to  the  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  from  previous  releases.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  war,  hatred  and  genocide  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Hate  Manifesto  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  war, black  and  death  metal,  you should  check  out t his  ep. RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Herald  Of  Triumph"  and  "The  Deification  Of  Your  Extinction".  8  out  of  10.

https://hatemanifesto.bandcamp.com/

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/05/hate-manifestoherald-of-triumphhelter.html


Darkthrone/Old Star/Peaceville Records/2019 CD Review

vendredi 31 mai 2019 à 06:11

  Norway's  Darkthrone  have  returned  with  a  new  album  which  shows  the  music  going  into  a  mixture  of  black,  death,  doom  and  heavy  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Old  Star"  which  will  be  released  on  May  31st  by  Peaceville  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Vocals bring  in  some  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams before  evolving  into  more  of  a  first  wave  style  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  elements  of  doom  metal  are  added  into  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Elements  of  death  and  traditional  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are utilized  they  remain  true  to  an  old  school  style.

  Most  of  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  80's  and  90's  but  still  also  sounds  very  modern  at  the  same  time.  When  fast  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  closer  to  their  earlier  albums,  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  heavier  direction  and  this  recording  brings  in  a  different  style  from  the  band  that  has  not  been  attempted  on  previous  releases.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  philosophical  and  satanic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Darkthrone  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of t heir  current  material,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Hardship  Of  The  Scots"  and  "The  Key  Is  Inside  the  Wall".  8  out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/05/darkthroneold-starpeaceville.html


Vuzem/Ortus/Casus Belli Musica/Beverina/2019 EP Review

vendredi 31 mai 2019 à 03:33

  Vuzem  where  a  band  from  Austria  that  played  a  medieval  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  ep  "Ortus"  which  will  be  released  in  August  as  a  joint  effort  between  Casus  Belli  Musica  and  Beverina  and  consists  of  2  songs  they  recorded  in  1996 for the 'A.B.M.S Norici Obscura Pars' compilation album.

  Atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  off  the  ep  and  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  tracks  also  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in a   decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  The  synths  also  give  the  music  more  of  a  medieval  atmosphere  as  well  as  adding  in  touches  of  dungeon  synth  and  clean  vocals  are  also  added  on  the  second  track,  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  demonic  voices  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  Vuzem  played  a  style  of  black  metal  that  was  very  raw,  atmospheric  and  medieval  for  its  time  while  showing  a  more  underground  style  than  they  stuff  they  did  when  they  evolved  into  'Hollenthon'.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  medieval  tales.

  In  my  opinion  Vuzem  where  a  very  great  sounding  medieval  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out t his  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Invocation". 8  out  of  10.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrjqcKSdL2A&feature=youtu.be     
  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/05/vuzemortuscasus-belli.html


Ancient Hostility Interview

vendredi 31 mai 2019 à 02:09
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?


Imber: Ancient Hostility is a collaboration between SadVoice and I. He lives in Ukraine and I live in the States, so he sends me the music he writes via email so I can record the vocal parts. We’ve done some music before, so this was something we’ve been wanting to do together for over a year. AH is heavy, dark, and melodic in parts, and I think his writing style is unique in black metal pairs well with my concepts, lyrics, and vocals.


2.In June you have your first full length coming out, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?


Imber: That’s something SV would have to answer since he composes all of the music.


3.Can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?


Imber: The whole concept of AH is violent human nature and history so I write about torture and the fact that humans have always and will always kill each other. We’ve evolved to do so. We are all unique so we have divisive ideals that lead to war, genocide, torture etc. and this is something that will continue to happen. “Primal Urge for Bloodshed” means exactly that, our primal urge to kill each other.


4.On the press release they where a quote from Hegel, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in philosophy?


Imber: People can relate certain views and ideas to a philosophy in history, so my concepts on hate and violence in human history can easily be connected to certain teachings. I definitely have an  interest in it because I don’t think questions of our existence should be simplistic. People come from every corner of the earth with different cultural backgrounds, but our commonality continues to be violence and hate.


5.Both of the band members are also involved with other musical projects and, what is it that you bring into the music of 'Ancient Hostility' that you are not able to do with your other groups?


Imber: I had always done cosmic themes in my main projects before AH, so conceptually this is different for me and I love exploring this side.


6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Ancient Hostility'?


Imber: What I spoke of before with the concept. Ancient Hostility references the violence and hate between humans since the dawn of our existence.


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


Imber: Alex Shadrin of Nether Temple Design did the art for the cover and did a great job at referencing torture in the art like I wanted.


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


Imber: We will observe that after the release of the full album.


9.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?


Imber: SadVoice continues to make music for his project Inner Suffering and I am working on a full length album with Aludra, so we are actively doing music outside of AH.


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


Imber: I hope to see it create its own path in black metal becoming well defined and more intense as long as SV stays with me for it


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?


Imber: We both listen to a variety of artists but it’s the combination our musical tastes and styles that create what AH is.


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


Imber: I’m just glad to have a musical partner that has made the journey of creating this album so enjoyable. He puts the feeling behind my concepts.


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/05/ancient-hostility-interview.html