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Luctum/Ashes of The Titans/Morbid ChapelRecords/2020 CD Review

mardi 8 décembre 2020 à 00:31

 


  Luctum  are  a  band  from  Portland,  Oregon  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020 album  "Ashes  of  the  Titans"  which  was  released  by  Morbid  Chapel  Records.


  Dark yet  melodic  riffing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  drum  beats  a  few  seconds  later  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  Vocals  are  mostly  high pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced and  fast  parts.  Some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  music  also  having  its  atmospheric  moments  as  well  as  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style.


 Keyboards  can  also  be  heard  on  some  of  the  tracks and  the  music  also  adds  in  a  decent  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences  along  with  one  of  the  songs  being  an  instrumental  as  well  as  some  clean  playing  and  whispered  voices  also  being  added  on  the  closing  track.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  mythology  and  occultism  themes. 


  In  my  opinion  Luctum  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Neglect"  and  "Feeding  On  the  Flesh  Of  Memory". 8 out  of  10.


https://morbidchapelrecords.bandcamp.com/album/ashes-of-the-titans

   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/12/luctumashes-of-titansmorbid.html


Uhrilahja/Mustan moukarin legioona/Morbid Chapel Records/2020 Cassette Review

lundi 7 décembre 2020 à 05:30

 


  Uhrilahja  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  very  satanic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Mustan  moukarin  legioona"  which  was  released  on  cassette  by  Morbid  Chapel  Records.


  Sounds  of  wind  and  fire  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  synths  and  percussion  a  few  seconds  later before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.


  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Synths  also  make  a  return  on  the  other  tracks  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  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  melodic  style  along  with  a  couple  of  the  songs  also  introducing  clean  playing  onto  the  album  as  well  as  one  of  the  tracks  also  being  an  instrumental  and  as  the  album  progresses  whispered  vocals  and  ritualistic  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Demonology  and  Anti  Christian  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Uhrilahja  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  satanic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  cassette.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Inhon  lahde"  "Kohti  vapautta  ja  kunniaa"  and  "Vaakaan  perinto".  8  out  of  10.


https://morbidchapelrecords.bandcamp.com/album/mustan-moukarin-legioona  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/12/uhrilahjamustan-moukarin-legioonamorbid.html


Old Growlth/Mossweaver/Supreme Chaos Records/2020 Full Length Review

dimanche 6 décembre 2020 à 02:08

 


  Old  Growth  are  a  solo  project from  Germany  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  and  ritualistic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2020  album  "Mossweaver"  which  will  be  released  on  December  18th  by  Supreme  Chaos  Records.


  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  drum  beats  and  atmospheric  sounding  synths  a  few  seconds  alter  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  when  the  music  speeds  up a   great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.


  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  yet  cascadian  influenced  style  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  songs  also  adding  in  some  nature  orientated  soundscapes  which  also  gives  the  recording  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling  as  well  as  the  clean  playing  also  making  a  return  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  instrumental  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  nature,  wilderness,  shamanism,  primitivism  and  ancient  rites.


  In  my  opinion  Old  Growth  are  a  very  great sounding  atmospheric  and  ritualistic  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of t his  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Oakenheart"  and  "Altar  Of  Wisdom".  8  out  of  10.


https://youtu.be/57GbbxV1VbM


https://oldgrowthblackmetal.bandcamp.com/releases


  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/12/old-growlthmossweaversupreme-chaos.html


Hulder/Godslastering Hymns Of A Forlorn Peasantry/Iron Bonehead Productions/2021 CD Review

samedi 5 décembre 2020 à 23:10

 


  Hulder  are  a  solo  project  from  Portland,  Oregon  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  pagan  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  her  album  "Godslastering  Hymns  Of  A  Forlorn  Peasantry"  which  will  be  released  in  2021  by  Iron  Bonehead  Productions.


  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era  along  with  the  songs  also  giving  the  songs  more  of  an  atmospheric   feeling.


  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  At  times  the  music  also  captures  the  atmosphere  of  the  classic  pagan  black  metal  bands  along  with  a  couple  of  the  tracks  also  introducing  folk  instruments  and  classical  guitars  onto  the  recording.


 A  couple  of  the  tracks  also  being  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  when  guitar  leads  are  finally  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style,  as  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  and  clear  vocals  can  also  be heard  briefly.  The  production sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Belgian  Folklore,  Medieval  and  Torture  themes.   


  In  my  opinion  Hulder  are  a  very great  sounding  old  school  pagan  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Creature  Of  Demonic  Majesty"  "Lowland  Famine"  and  "From  Whence  An  Ancient  Evil  Once  Regained".  8/5  out  of  10.


http://www.hulder-official.com 


https://youtu.be/c9kXvvjrJhU     

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/12/huldergodslastering-hymns-of-forlorn.html


Spectral Dance Interview

samedi 5 décembre 2020 à 21:08

 

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


Jo: Spectral Dance is an outlet for all my slow, dark, depressive black metal song ideas. I started it in November 2020 as a one man band in true black metal tradition.


2.In 2020 you had released 2 demo's, musically how do they both differ from each other?


Jo: in December 2020 there will be 4 Spectral Releases on different formats. They all have different songs and where recorded all within the same week.


3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored on both of the releases?


Jo: The songs mostly deal with personal issues and real life struggles using an allegorical way of writing. The lyrics are very unstructured and so far I haven't even written them down as they represent the emotions felt during the recording.


4.With your other musical projects you have also played heavy, speed, thrash and death metal, do you feel playing a variety of many different metal styles has made you a better musician?


Jo: I always like to keep an open mind with music. I even have played in some punk, oi, industrial, synth, hardcore bands as well. I don't want to limit myself or waste any good song ideas. Playing different styles of music helps push my creativity and improve technique.


5.In your other black metal solo project 'Dexezon' you have explored some occult topics, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?


Jo: The music in Dexezon is improvised and chaotic. The themes are very obscure and a secret. The music speaks for itself.


6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Spectral Dance'?


Jo: Sometimes I feel like i am nothing but a ghost dancing around other people; invisible to an uncaring person.


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


Jo: "Like an Avenging Spectre" tape has a simple cartoonesque ghost that i stole from a kids book from the 1970's about ghosts. Its like Spectral Dance's "Eddie" mascott. 


8.With this project you record everything by yourself but also have experience working with other musicians, how would you you compare the two?


Jo: I like working alone because i can work at my own pace which is usually extremely fast. I have recorded five releases in the space of one week, where as with a full band it takes one year to make an album. I always thought that bands with a singular vision sounded more eclectic yet focused.


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


Jo: So far the only people that have heard Spectral Dance are labels and the reaction has been mixed. Sometimes its negative, claiming that the music is too minimalist or simple or sometimes its positive with people saying it reminds them of the black metal golden age.


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


Jo: Alot of stuff as usual here at the music factory. Yesterday I released three LP's for three different bands of mine.


11.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future?


Jo: There will be a full length at the end of 2020. Being in a one man band means that I can change  or evolve as i please but for now the style will remain the same. Its highly unlikely that I'm going to start playing jazz or nu-metal!


12.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?


Jo: Right now I'm listening to Iron Maiden's "soundhouse tape" ep. its so raw and catchy. As for influences in Spectral Dance I would just name drop obvious ones like 1994-Darkthrone, Hades, first few Gorgoroth LP's, late 90's Judas Iscariot, early works by Deathspell Omega, Moonblood, Satyricon, Armagedda or more contemporary bands like Hulder or Pagan Hellfire. Also a lot of the rhythms are taken from Viking era Bathory and Manowar. 


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

always looking for labels to work with. contact me 🙂



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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/12/spectral-dance-interview.html