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Sammath/Godless Arrogance/Hammerheart Productions/2014 CD Review

mercredi 19 février 2014 à 08:13

  Sammath  are  a  band  from  the  Netherlands  that  was  actually  the  first  band  to  ever  be  interviewed  by  this  zine  that  plays  a  very  fast,  heavy  and  aggressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Godless  Arrogance"  which  was  released  by  Hammerheart  Productions.

  The  album  starts  out  with  a  very  fast,  heavy  and  raw  black  metal  sound  along  with  high  pitched  screams  and  brutal  blast  beats  and  at  times the y slow  down  for  a  few  seconds  but  for  the  most  part  stick  to  fast  and  brutal  sound  and  after  awhile  guitar  solos  and  leads  become  a  part  of  the  recording.

  When  the  album  goes  into  the  other  songs  they  continue  their  fast  and  brutal  assault  while  also  adding  melody  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as  bringing  in  a  small  amount  of  death  metal  growls  and  influences  at  times  and  as  time  goes  on  by  the  bass  guitars  start  getting  a  lot  more  powerful  in  sound.

  With  this  album  Sammath  bring  out  a  very  fast  and  brutal  black  metal  sound  similar  to  mid  90's  Marduk  when  they  where  playing  really  fast  but  also  having  a  different  sound  to  them  and  this  recording  returns  a  lot  of  brutality,  speed  and  aggression  which  is  rarely  heard  these  days  in  this  genre.

  Song  lyrics  cover  Violence,  War  and  Anti  Religion  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  strong,  powerful  and  heavy  sound  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Sammath  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  heavy,  fast  and  aggressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Shot  in  The  Mass"  "Thrive  in  Arrogance"  and  "Nineteen  Corpses  hang  In  The  Mist".  8/5  out  of  10.      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/02/sammathgodless-arrogancehammerheart.html


One Master Interview

mardi 18 février 2014 à 09:32
One Master


1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

After a long period of inaction, we're finally back to being a fully functional and productive band.  We have enough material written for a new full length album (5 songs, about 35 minutes) and are preparing for recording.  We're going to try to record the album ourselves and have some outside help with mixing and mastering.  Tracking for the drums should be happening in March, and then everything else finished within the next month or two.  Hoping that it will be ready for release this summer.  It will be released by Eternal Death on both vinyl and CD.  We are also planning on doing a split release with our comrades in Morgirion.  Writing for that has just begun.


2.Recently you have released [Live in the Castle of Quiet], can you tell us a little bit more about the release for those that have yet to hear it?

It is the first recording with our new lineup.  It has two old songs (one from the last full length and one from the split with Glass Coffin) and two new, unreleased songs that will be included on our new full length.  It was recorded live on April 26, 2013 on the radio show “My Castle of Quiet” on WFMU.  We are very pleased with both the performance and the production.  Even though it was recorded live I think it stands up as one of our best releases.  William from “My Castle of Quiet” treated us very well and Juan did an outstanding job with engineering the recording - the guitars sound really massive.  Bill from No Visible Scars did a great job with the release of the cassette.


3.The new release was released on Cassette, were you satisfied with the final results and also do you have that this style of music comes out a lot better on tape than it does in cd or mp3 format?

We are very satisfied with the final results of the cassette.  I personally find vinyl to be the best format, for a lot of different reasons – sound quality, packaging.  I can definitely understand the interest in cassettes given the wide use of mp3s and digital technology and support the revival they have had recently.  Definitely more cost effective for labels than vinyl.

I personally have mixed thoughts on mp3s and the internet, but if you want to be a band today that has any kind of audience or interest, use of the internet is mandatory and there's really no point in trying to avoid it.


4.It has been 5 years since the last full length album, what has been going on during those years?

A few months before the last full length was released, our drummer quit the band.  We had already become at that time a semi-functioning band because everyone was so spread out (one of the band members was a 6 hour drive from our rehearsal space) and him quitting killed whatever momentum/energy we had.  We couldn't find a suitable replacement and just went on an indefinite hold.  I ended up starting a side project (Lustrum) and our other guitar player at the time started his own side project (Hexer).  During the summer/fall of 2012, a friend of mine (the current drummer) contacted me and said that his main band was going to be on hold for a while and that he and another member of the band wanted to join One Master and get it functioning again.  He's a great drummer and good friend so it was an easy choice.  We ended up playing one show with this lineup in late 2012, but then our other guitar player moved to Iceland.  We finally had a fully functioning rhythm section again and I didn't want to let it die, so I ended up asking Doctor Messiah if he wanted to join on guitar.  We had been friends for a few years and he went way back with our new bass player independent of knowing me.  His black metal project (Ipsissimus) was on indefinite hold because their drummer had moved to Europe and he was interested in getting involved in a black metal band again.  At first Doctor Messiah was just a live member because we weren't sure what Phlegethon's future would be, but after he came back to the US it was clear it wasn't logistically feasible for him to be a fully functioning member of the band.


5.Your lyrics cover Occultism, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark and infernal arts?

I see the occult as a metaphorical / mythological way to understand the mind and one's own existence.  I take it as a kind of rational approach to the inescapably irrational aspects of existence – a system to both understand and control the fundamental, core parts of the mind, not a religion “worshiping” spirits or gods in any kind of orthodox sense.  For instance, I am interested in satan not because I think there is a being living in a place called hell who tried to overthrow god, but because the myth of satan and the archetype it represents exemplifies qualities of the human mind (independence, refusal to blindly accept authority or tradition, development of the individual will) that I want to develop in myself. I “worship” satan in the sense of exalting these aspects of existence. I engage in occult “ritual” in the sense of trying to fully understand the effect of, and control, sensory input to create a feeling that I'm trying to achieve – not in the sense of muttering mumbo jumbo or contemplating my navel...


6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?

We have an austere stage presence – we don't really say much and just let the songs stand for themselves.  I remember that the last show we played before going on indefinite hold in late 2008 in NYC w/Ipsissimus and Unholy Goatfucker was attended well.  In terms of best performance, I'm a bit of a maniac and never really satisfied... I remember a show we played in Providence (I think in 2008) w/Haxen that I was probably as pleased as I can get with a performance.
 

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the next few months?

We have some gigs lined up over the next few months in Boston and New York City.  We're hoping that after the release of the full length we can start playing out more frequently and further outside of the New England / NYC area.  We have recently aligned ourselves with Signature Riff promotions.  Given their successful history and Vinny's dedication, they will certainly be able to help us have more opportunities to play live.


8.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'One Master'?

The source of all authority and value is oneself.


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

The response we have gotten from our music has been great.  There are copies of our releases all over the world - from Europe, to Asia, to South America, to North America.  Obviously not everyone gets black metal – and even within the community of people who do, there are different opinions – so it hasn't been unanimously positive, but nothing that is of real value gets unanimous praise from critics.


10.When can we expect a full length album and also what musical direction do you see the band heading into during the future?

Writing for our new full length “Reclusive Blasphemy” has been completed and recording is set to begin in March.  It should be released this summer.  The songs on the new record are more diverse than prior releases.  The input/playing style of the new members has given a new edge to the band that I like.


11.What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

I think its obvious that we've been influenced by the second-wave of black metal, bands like Darkthrone, Gorgoroth, Immortal, Emperor, etc. We've also been influenced by the Ukrainian sound, especially bands like Hate Forest and Drudkh.  There's also an influence from Swiss bands like Darkspace and Paysage d'Hiver. Everyone that has ever been in the band has also had roots in punk music and I think you can hear that, especially in songs like The Destroyer and Intolerance.

In terms of what I've been listening to lately, when it comes to metal bands: Nightbringer (in my opinion, the best US black metal band), Lunar Aurora (only discovered them in the last year or so, have some catching up to do...), Darkthrone (new album is a nice combination of d-beat crust era with some of their late 90s/early 00s sound), Necros Christos (my favorite of the new wave of filthy death metal bands), King Diamond (recently been revisiting the catalog, can't stop listening to Voodoo); Blood Ceremony (newest album wasn't doomy enough for me at first listen but has really grown on me).

When it comes to non-metal bands: Soror Dolorosa (“No More Heroes” was my favorite release of 2013, draws from the best aspects of bands like The Sisters of Mercy and The Cure), Beastmilk (use the best qualities of Joy Division as their source), Of the Wand and the Moon (my favorite neo-folk band); Lustmord (saw live last year for the first time, totally crushing experience).


12.What are some of your non musical Interests?

I am very interested in back country hiking and camping.  The atmosphere you get from a good hike / camp can't be matched by anything else.  The White Mountains in New Hampshire are a great place to go for this and I am slowly moving my life up there...  Doctor Messiah and I share a strong affinity for occult / exploitation movies from the 70s.  Definitely have had our share of nights binging on Jess Franco, Jean Rollin, Jodorowski, and the like, especially after gigs...


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

“...you think that sin is an esoteric, occult thing?... Yes. It is the infernal miracle as holiness is the supernal. Now and then it is raised to such a pitch that we entirely fail to suspect its existence; it is like the note of the great pedal pipes of the organ, which is so deep that we cannot hear it. In other cases it may lead to the lunatic asylum, or to still stranger issues.  But you must never confuse it with mere social misdoing.”

- Arthur Machen, 'The White People'

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/02/one-master-interview.html


Verhext/Dogma/Hammer Of Hate/2013 CD Review

mardi 18 février 2014 à 02:33

  Verhext  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  very  heavy,  fast  and  raw  form  of  satanic  old  school  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2013  album  "Dogma"  which  was  released  by  Hammer  Of  Hate.

  The  album  starts  out  with  dark  sound  effects  before  going  into  a  very  heavy,  fast  and  raw  old  school  black  metal  direction  along  with  a  good  amount  of  blast  beats  which  also  lead  up  to  high  pitched  screams  kicking  in  and  after  awhile  the  ban d start  bringing  in  a  mixture  of  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  When  the  album  goes  into  other  songs  melody  starts  finding  its  way  into  the  music  along  with  the  vocals  getting  deeper  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  slower  parts  while  for  the  most  part  the  band  sticks  to  a  fast  sound  for  at  least  95  percent  of  the  album  and  on  one  of  the  songs  there  is  a  small  amount  of  riffs  that  being  a  very  ritualistic  feeling  to  the  recording.

  With  this  album  Verhext  stick  to  a  more  fast,  raw  and  traditional  form  of  satanic  Finnish  black  metal  and  the  music  is  more  rooted  in  the  90s  and  stays  away  from  any  modern  trend  and  this  album  has  all  of  the  most  qualities  of  second  wave  black  metal  as  well  as  playing  the  music  they  way  it  was  meant  to  sound.

  Song  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Luciferian  and  Occult  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  raw,  heavy  and  old  school  sound  along  with  the  bass  guitars  being  mixed  down  low  in  the  mix  as  well  as  some  of  the  songs  being  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  Verhext  are  a  very  great  sounding  heavy,  fast,  raw  and  satanic  old  school  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "L.O.S.T"  "Contempt  of  Emptiness"  and  "...Through  Chaos".  8/5  out  of  10.     

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/02/verhextdogmahammer-of-hate2013-cd-review.html


Morphinist/The Arcane Session/2014 Full Length Review

lundi 17 février 2014 à 03:02

  Morphinist  are  a  1  man band  from  Germany  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2014  album  "The  Arcane  Session".

  The  album  starts  out  with  clean  playing  before  going  into  a  heavier  post  metal  direction  along  with  a  good  amount  of  progressive  rock  melodies  along  with  a  good  amount  of  atmospheric  black  metal  elements  as  well  as  bringing  in  melodic  guitar  leads.

  When  the  album  goes  into  other  songs  dark  and  melancholic  synths  are  added  into  the  music  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  all  of  the  songs  are  instrumental  and  at  time s they  bring  in  fast  guitar  riffing  and  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  as  well  as  bringing  in  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  before  returning  to  a  heavier  direction  and  on  the  last  song  they  mix  clean  and  heavy  parts  together.

  With  this  album  Morphinist  show  a  good  amount  of  diversity  with  his  approach  to atmospheric  post  black  metal  and  while  the  music  might  lack  a  little  bit  in  originality  is  still  very  well  executed  and  melodic  and  I  can  see  a  lot  of  the  younger  black  metal  generation  enjoying  this  record  and  every  song  has  a  different  sound  to  it.

  Song  lyrics  are  absent  from  the  recording  with  the  music  being  all  instrumental  while  the  song  themes  cover  philosophy,  cosmos  and  drugs,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  strong,  dark,  powerful  and  heavy  sound  for  being  a  self  released  recording  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  album  as  well  as  all  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  Morphinist  are  a  very  decent  sounding  instrumental,  atmospheric  post  black  metal  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Physis"  and  "Secret  Formula".  7/5  out  of  10.    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/02/morphinistthe-arcane-session2014-full.html


The Somberlain Interview

lundi 17 février 2014 à 00:26
1. Can you tell us a little bit about the band for those that have never heard of you before?
Hello, here’s Necrogrim talking. THE SOMBERLAIN is a black metal band with black metal attitude. So don’t expect a bored extreme metal band. We’re from the cold and rainy Galicia, northwest region from Spain. At the moment we’ve released a LP called ANCIENT SATANIC CULT and a split EP with HELDE. This last release will have a CD edition through COLD RAWRECORDS from UK.

2. How would you describe your musical sound?
It could be described as old school black metal. We play what we feel, without intentions of sounding similar to other bands. We make old punk music but faster and darker. Anyway,that’s simply what black metal is: dark fast punk!!

3. The lyrical topics cover a lot of Satanism and Occult themes; can you tell us a little bit more about your views on these topics?
Occultism is part of our lives. In our Galician culture we’re surrounded of a thousand myths and legends regarding occultism. Witchery is part of our lives, so it’s very easy to make lyrics about it. We’ve grown up with it. Religions have a bunch of weird ideas, but they fear Satan. Not as demon, but the antithesis to
their ideas. So that’s why we’re into Satanism, we’re that antithesis. Our purest hate goes to religions and this stupid human race that feed them.

4. According to the Metal Archives and Facebook pages the band started in 1997 but waited tell 2010 to release the first recording, what was the cause of the long delay?
I’ve started the band in 1997; I think it was my first extreme metal band. After some months rehearsing the other members left the band and it remained as a personal project. I’ve been into other projects all these years but always waiting for the right members for the band. It was as easy as talking with Arkham and Éride to make reborn the band. We change the band name, I took back my old compositions and we recorded ANCIENT SATANIC CULT.

5. When can we expect another release and what musical direction well it be in?
We’ve already got some songs recorded and waiting to be released. It’s similar to our music in ANCIENT SATANIC CULT or the split with HELDE. But at the same time it sounds more old school than the previous material. From my point of view, the new songs are much better: pure fucking black metal.  So we’re looking for a proposal to release these songs. A split with other band would be great for us.

6. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?
All shows are different. I enjoyed the last one we did in Madrid at Black Congregation Fest. It was a black metal show for black metal fans. Our performance is full of mysticism; you can feel it in the atmosphere…

7. Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
We’re always thinking about touring, we did it several times in the past. But it’s hard for us because of our jobs and other projects we’re in. Arkham is busy with his other bands NASHGUL and HONGO and I’m busy with WARPIG AGENCY, an agency of booking and promotion. THE SOMBERLAIN will make some shows, festivals, etc... And of course we will make a tour in the future if we can find the time for it!

8. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
We are sharing pure music with the black metal community and the feedback is being great. Curiously it’s not only from the black metal fans but the punk crust people. They enjoy our music because it’s straight and with attitude.

9. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the bands name?
As everyone knows it’s just the name of a DISSECTION’s album. But also it’s the dark path we want to ride. Our deepest respect to DISSECTION music and legacy.

10. Are there any other musical projects going on these days?
Arkham is playing drums in the grindcore band NASHGUL and doom crust band HONGO.

11. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
 I think our music is influenced by a lot of styles, but we make black metal because it’s what we feel. I love a good bunch of styles but when I start composing a riff, it’s fucking black metal. I love from hard rock to electro dark. Right now while I’m replying the interview I’m listening to AGONOIZE, so you can imagine we’re open minded regarding music.

12. Outside of music what are some of your interests?
I can speak by myself. I love reading, horror movies, bikes, sex and beer. So the fine art of being a bastard!

13. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview
Thank you very much for the interview. Occult Black Metal Zine is keeping the black flame alive.  All our support goes to your zine.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/02/the-somberlain-interview.html