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Candelabrum/Nocturnal Trance/Hells Headbangers Records/2022 CD Review

samedi 26 mars 2022 à 02:21

 


  Candelabrum  are  a  solo  project  from  Portugal  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2022  album  "Nocturnal  Trance"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Hells  Headbangers  Records.

  

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  as  well  as  most  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.


  Most  of  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era  while a  couple  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Synths  can  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  along  with  all  of  the  drum  beats  also  being  programmed  and  some of  the  later  tracks  show  the  music  going  into  more  of  a  slower  or  mid  tempo  direction  which  also  captures  a  very  lo-fi  atmosphere  as  well  as  one  track  also  adding  in  some  whispered  vocals.


  Candelabrum  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  old  school  and  lo-fi  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Death  and  Metaphysical  themes. 


  In  my  opinion  Candelabrum  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  old  school  and  lo-fi  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Through  The  Mirror  of  Divination"  and  "Into  Death's  Trance".  8  out  of  10.


http://candelabrum-portugal.bandcamp.com/album/nocturnal-trance 


  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/03/candelabrumnocturnal-trancehells.html


Light Beneath Interview

vendredi 25 mars 2022 à 03:27

 

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

Our music is experimental, gloomy heavy post metal. Of course, there are also parts of black metal, for example, and we all try to bring something of our own preference. Our band consists of four members and we come from Tampere, Finland. -A



2.Recently you have released your first album, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording?

Funny thing is that the album just happened pretty naturally. We weren’t going for any specific direction or style or concept. We just let art happen and had a great fun. -V



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

Some of the lyrics are close to real life and some describe what it could be like. Maybe the lyrics are based on the human and what it is as good as bad for others and for themselves. From the lyrics, everyone can think of their own kind of story and by looking at them more closely, one can find another meaning in it. While one might suddenly think of words and mood that everything is lost, that may not be the case. It is up to the listener to decide how they want to deal with it. I don’t know if I want to open the words any further because I want the listener to find their own theme in them -A


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

We first had the band, the music and the album ready and the name was missing. We went through hundreds of names and combinations and then suddenly Light Beneath just started to feel right. It gives hope and reflects the music and us as a band. Our music is brutal and dark but we as humans we are pretty mellow guys. :) -V




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

The cover art and everything related to it comes from inside the band and they reflect our music. We are all interested in the different forms of art and their implementation. Images are meant to internalize all of our thoughts and gives us a picture as human beings.Taneli is very talented at putting this together in one picture -A




6.Has the band done any live shows or open to the idea?

We actually haven’t because of the pandemic. Live music is slowly starting to happen again and it is possible in the future that we would perform live. -V



Since the pandemic ruled out many opportunities for live performances, we decided to spend time making the record. -A




7.The album was released on Inverse Records', are you happy with the support the label has given you so far?

Inverse has been really great with the release. Just awesome. We’ve been able to focus on the actual music and Inverse has done a great job working on the release. Thanks Inverse! -V



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

It actually has totally surprised us how well we’ve been accepted by the fans all over the world. For a new band like us, doing our own thing, the feedback has been absolutely great. We are so thrilled and thankful. It’s not intentional that we combine black and post metal. It just comes out from us pretty naturally without the need to force it. -V



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

The band will continue to combine the interests of its members and give listeners an experience in the deep elements of gloom, not forgetting the surprises and the atmosphere. While we are looking forward to live performances from our album, new songs are already being prepared and the spirit of the band will be maintained. Of course, we learn and follow the world around us, which brings its own elements into the music. You can get inspiration from almost anywhere. -A




10.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 think we all have our own favorites, but we are still united by an interest in metal music and how to bend it by messing with different music styles. There are so many styles to get inspired by and when this is combined with dark metal music, there is something great to expect. We respect all styles of music as a great art form. -A




11.What are some of your non musical interests?

We all have our own interests. Each of us does a different thing, but the idea is that we get our thoughts out of music for a while. However, our music follows us for the rest of our lives.-A

Some of us try to build our own instruments and some of us actually does succeed in it. -V



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

The last couple of years have been difficult for the whole world and the near future does not seem any better. So let’s take good care of ourselves, our loved ones and especially those who are not as fortunate as we are. The world is desperate for peace, love and mercy. -V



https://www.facebook.com/lightbeneathband 
https://www.instagram.com/lightbeneathband
https://lightbeneath.bandcamp.com

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/03/light-beneath-interview.html


Savage Necromancy/Feathers Fall To Flames/20 Buck Spin/2022 Full Length Review

vendredi 25 mars 2022 à 03:21

 


  Savage  Necromancy  are  a  band  from  Phoenix,  Arizona  that  plays  a  bestial  mixture  of  war,  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2022  album  "Feathers  Fall  To Flames"  which  was  released  by  20  Buck  Spin.


  Apocalyptic  beats  and  synths  start  off  the  album  along  with  a  brief  use  of  ritualistic  spoken  word  parts  before  adding  in  some  bestial  growls  which  also  takes  the  music  into  a  heavier  direction.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  war  metal  elements  can  also  be  heard.


  Dark  sounding  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  songs  also  add in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  chaotic  style  along  with  the  faster  riffing  also  adding  in  some  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  as  well  as  the  songs  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  black  and  thrash  metal  elements.


  Savage  Necromancy  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  war,  bestial  black/death  and  thrash  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Luciferianism,  Black  Magick,  Witchcraft,  Blasphemy,  Anti  Christianity  and  Black  Metal  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Savage  Necromancy  are  a  very  great  sounding  bestial  mixture  of  war,  black, death and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Baptized  In  The  Cum  Of  The  Goat"  "Storming  The  Gates  Of  Heaven"  "Black  Metal  Victory"  and  "666  Dead  Angels".  8  out  of  10.


https://listen.20buckspin.com/album/feathers-fall-to-flames

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7J1ABezRyo            

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/03/savage-necromancyfeathers-fall-to.html


Apogee/From The Shadows Of A Consumed Earth/2022 EP Review

jeudi 24 mars 2022 à 04:27

 


  Apogee  are  a  duo  from  France  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2022  ep  "From  The Shadows  of  A  Consumed  Earth".


  A  very  powerful  bass  guitar  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  heavier  riffing  a  few  seconds  later.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  as  well  as  some  death  metal  growls  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.


  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  they  also  give  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  one  song  also  introducing  synths  onto  the  recording.


  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  the  tracks  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences. When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  finally  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  added  on  the  closing  song.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while t he  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Darkness  and  Misanthropy  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Apogee  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  duo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Cradle  Full  of  Scum"  and  "F.A.I.L".  8 out  of  10.


https://youtu.be/jxP-qNCtzAM   


      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/03/apogeefrom-shadows-of-consumed.html


Conduit Of Chaos/Death, The FInal Awakening/Black Death Production/2021 EP Review

jeudi 24 mars 2022 à 02:17

 


  Conduit  Of  Chaos  are  a  solo  project  from  Portland,  Oregon  that  plays  a mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2021  ep  "Death,  The  Final  Awakening"  which  was  released  as  Black  Death  Production  and  also  consists  of  his  2020  demo  "Only  Death  is  Real"  as  bonus  tracks.


  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  brutal  war  metal  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  and  shouts  while  dark  sounding  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  short  in  length.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  music  also  adds  in  a  great  amount  of  black  metal  elements.  The  songs  also  mix  in  a  lot  of  90's  influences   along  with  the  demo  tracks  also  adding  in  some  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  tracks  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  chaotic  style. 


  Conduit  Of  Chaos  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Death,  Chaos,  Human  and  Anti  Christianity  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Conduit  Of  Chaos  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Kill  And  Repeat"  "Skull  Fucked"  "Antichrist  of  The  Modern  World"  and  "Fuck  Jesus  Christ".  8  out  of  10.


https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Conduit_of_Chaos/3540463065     

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/03/conduit-of-chaosdeath-final.html