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Havens/On The Verge Of Collapse/2019 Full Length Review

vendredi 12 juillet 2019 à 03:24

  Havens  are  a  solo  project  from  Pennsylvania  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2019  album  "On  The  Verge  of  Collapse".

  Post  rock  style  guitar leads  and  spoken  word  samples  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  brings  in  a  decent  mount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  as  well  as  the  solos  also  being  very  heavily  influenced  by  the  more  melodic  style  of  black  and  death  metal.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  vocals  bring  in  more  of  an  aggressive  approach  to  black  metal.  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  riffs  also  utilizing  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  music.

  At  times  the  music  gets  very  atmospheric  sounding  while  elements  of  hardcore  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  music,  synths  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  spoken  word  samples  also  make  a  brief  return.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a s elf  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  introspective,  personal  and  political  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Havens  are  a  very  decent  sounding  atmospheric  post  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of t his  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out t his  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Generation  Enslaved"  and  "The  Storm  Within".  7/5  out  of  10.

https://havens.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/HavensCult
https://www.instagram.com/havenscult    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/07/havenson-verge-of-collapse2019-full.html


Geistaz' Ika/Trolddomsejd i skovens dybe kendal/Signal Rex/2019 CD Review

vendredi 12 juillet 2019 à 02:04

  Geistaz'  Ika  are  a  band  from  Denmark  that  plays  a  raw  and  old  school  from  of  Nordic  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of their  2019  album  "Trolddomsejd  i  skovens  dybe  kendal"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Signal  Rex.

  Classical  guitars  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  percussion's  a  few  seconds  later   before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  The  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melodies  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  music  are  mostyl  grim  sounding  black  metal s creams.

  Clean  vocals  can also  be  heard  briefly  while  the  tremolo  picking  riffs  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  All  if  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  throughout  the  recording  you  can   also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  A  lot  of  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  as  well  as  the  guitar  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  as  well  as  some  classical  guitars  also  making  a  return  on  later  tracks,  deep  demonic  growls  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  whispered vocal  and  keyboards  are  also  brought  into  the  music  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Danish  and  cover  superstition,  witchery  and  folklore  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Geistaz'  Ika  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  old  school  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Nar  Solen  Bloder  Rod"  and  "Tagedans".  8  out  of  10.

http://geistazika.bandcamp.com/track/n-r-solen-bl-der-r-d     

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/07/geistaz-ikatrolddomsejd-i-skovens-dybe.html


Nor/Octagon/Mosphanic/2019 Cassette Review

jeudi 11 juillet 2019 à 04:18

  Nor  are  a  solo  project  from  Italy  that  plays  an  instrumental  and  atmospheric  form  of  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2019  album  "Octagon"  which  was  released  on  cassette  by  Mosphanic.

  A  very  heavy,  dark  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  synths  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music.  At  times  the  music  gets  very  atmospheric  sounding  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  also  being  used  briefly  and  clean  playing  is  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Elements  of  soundtrack  and  post  rock  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music  as  well  as  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  showing  some  doom  metal  influences,  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound along  with  all  of  the  songs  sounding  very  different  from  each  other,  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  female  vocals  can  be  heard  and  the  production  sounds  very  professional. 

  In  my  opinion  Nor  are  a  very  great  sounding  instrumental  and  atmospheric  post  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Qualcuno  combatte  in  una  battaglia"  "Of  What  Is  Past,  Or  passing,  or  To  Come"  and  "Festa  Pagana".  8  out  of  10.

https://normusic3.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/NorProjects/

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/07/noroctagonmosphanic2019-cassette-review.html


Moor/Impending Death/Acclaim Records/2018 Demo Review

jeudi 11 juillet 2019 à 02:54

  Moor  are  a  band  from  Bulgaria  that  plays  a  very  satanic  from  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  demo  "Impending  Death"  which  was  released  by  Acclaim  Records.

  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  demo  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction.  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  also  getting  very  deep  sounding  at  times.

  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  At  times  the  music  also  captures  a  very  lo-fi  atmosphere  and  the  music  also  adds  in  a  decent  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences  and  most  of  the  tracks  also  sound  very  different  from  each  other.

  Moor  plays  a  style  of  satanic  occult  black  metal  that  is  very  professional.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Anti  Cosmic  Satanism,  Occultism  and  Chaos  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Moor  are  a  very  great  sounding  satanic  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Impending  Death"  and  "Bestia  Sine  Nomine".  8  out  of  10.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sc1DKgTt3v8  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/07/moorimpending-deathacclaim-records2018.html


Rraaumm Interview

mercredi 10 juillet 2019 à 03:32
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

Well, first of all, thanks for your interest. I’ve been recording music by myself ever since I came across – more or less- usable recording gear. The very first demo recordings I ever did were actually on one of those horrible 1-track mobile recorders. So, around two year ago, I started getting interested in modular Synthesizers and inevitably bought some and began to record sounds with them. I combined some of those recording with some guitar melodies, which I had lying around for year, and started writing songs. The final result is „The Eternal Dance At The Nucleus Of Time“.   2.So far you have released an ep, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?

The whole style is a bit more melodic and better produced compared to what I normally record. However, I didn’t really have any framework or anything else in mind. The only rule, I set myself, was to leave my own comfort zone. That’s why there are more guitar melodies, guitar solos, ambient parts and an overall better production. 

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

Lyric wise, the record is sort of a concept album. It describes the astral projection of an unknown individual who wants to wander beyond the stars and the known galaxies It ends at the centre of the universe, the ultimate chaos, where Azathoth, the Daemon Sultan, rules all time and space and is eternally encircled by a horde of dancers. The person basically ends up being part of that neverending circle of dancing figures and won’t make it back to his physical existence. Hence the title. A huge H.P. Lovecraft-worship. 

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

Weird name, isn’t it? It basically dates back to a lyric of a former band. The text passage was „Raum ohne Zeit ohne Raum“ and stuck with me ever since. When I had to find a name for this project, I couldn’t think of any better term to describe the indescribable. The infinite space and the relativity of time, the feeling of inner and outer void and basically not belonging anywhere. At least to me, the term „RAUM“ perfectly described all that. So, the name is some sort of a tribute to that band and especially a huge bow to that vocalist. 

 5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the ep cover?   It’s an older drawing that Kamazid did two or three years ago. It perfectly describes the concept of the record: An astral projection getting dissolved in black spiral vortices of the universe. It’s way more simplistic than a lot of his album covers, but it really fits the album perfectly. Fun fact: The drawing wasn’t even intended for this record in the first place and I always wondered where to use it eventually. So, when I finished this whole record, everything fell into place.

6.With this project you record everything by yourself, what is it that you feel makes you stand out a little bit more to the other solo black metal projects?

Probably nothing, haha. It is special for me, since I put a lot of work in it and am quite pleased with the way it turned out. Sure, in hindsight, I’d change some bits and bobs, but overall, I’m really satisfied. If it stands out among other solo black metal projects is a question, someone else has to answer.   7.There is very little information about the band other than the bandcamp, metal archives or 'Van Records' page, can you tell us a little bit more about the lack of media?

Yeah, that’s mainly due to the fact, that I don’t really believe it’s necessary for this project at all. The music should be in the foreground, not the people behind it. Then again, social media accounts are nearly inevitable nowadays, so I might change my opinion on that at one point in the future.   8.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?

I don’t really know, honestly. I haven’t read any reviews so far and right now, I am just glad, that it’s got released in such a great way. Apparently some people seem to enjoy it and some seem to dislike it, but that’s fine. You can’t please everyone.   9. What is going on with your other musical project 'Haxenzijrkel' these days?

I hope you don’t mind, that I‘d prefer not to speak too much about Häxenzijrkell in this context. We do have some plans for the future, but don’t want to spoil them anytime soon. Time will tell.   10.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

I’d kinda like to refer to „The Eternal Dance At The Nucleus Of Time“ as a full-length, anyways. But I am working on a few ideas, which might develop into a follow-up and a few people have already heard a more or less finished track and the reception has been pretty well. Musically it’s getting a bit more tightened in terms of songwriting, but everything else is way too early to conclude. The finished track is a bit more rockier, but some ideas will turn out pretty harsh. Let’s see if it takes me another year to finish 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?   Lately, I mostly listen to Iron Maiden, King Diamond/Mercyful Fate, some older Black Metal bands such as old Samael or old Mayhem and some Noise/Drone/Ambient acts. The latter definitely sparked my interest in synthesizer, whereas Maiden is the sole reason for ever picking up a guitar in the first place. But I’m not sure, if those influences are actually hearable in the music, I make.

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

Thanks very much for the opportunity to do this interview and keep up the good work! .UPON THE NARROW PATH BEYOND THE STARS.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/07/rraaumm-interview.html