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Grandeur/Aurea Aetas/Personal Records/2021 EP Review

mercredi 28 juillet 2021 à 06:33

 


      Grandeur  are  a  so9lo  project  from  Austria  that  plays  a  very  melodic  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  with  some  elements  of  crust  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2021  ep  "Aurea  Aetas"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Personal  Records.


  Atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Most  of  the  music  is  also  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  angry  sounding  black  metal screams.


  Elements  of  crust  punk  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  recording  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  melodic  style  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them,  touches  of  modern  era  post  black  metal  can  also be  heard  at  times  as  well  as  a  couple  of  songs  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  and  clear  vocals  can  also  be  heard  on  the  bonus  track.


  Grandeur  plays  a  musical  style  that  goes  back  to  the  90's  era  of  melodic  black  emtal  as  well  as  mixing  in  some  elements  of  crust  punk  and  post  black  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  quest  for  the  Aurea  Aetas.


  In  my  opinion  Grandeur  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  melodic  black  metal  solo  project  with  some  elements  of  crust  punk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Grandeur"  and  "Aurea  Aetas".  8  out  of  10.


http://www.personal-records.bandcamp.com/album/aurea-aetas-bonus-track-edition  


    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/07/grandeuraurea-aetaspersonal-records2021.html


Nöldr/Misanthropic Forest/Humanity's Plague Productions/2021 Full Length Review

mercredi 28 juillet 2021 à 04:40

 


  Nöldr  are  a  solo  project  from  Brazil  that  plays  a  very  raw  an  misanthropic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2021  album  "Misanthropic  Forest"  which  was  released  by  Humanity's  Plague  Productions.


  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.


  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  One  of  the  tracks  also  introduces  clean  playing  onto  the  recording  and  the  songs  also  add  in  a  good  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences  as  well  as  some  synths  also  being  added  on  the  closing  track  which  is  also  an  instrumental.


   Nöldr  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  misanthropic  and  traditional  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  misanthropy,  vengeance,  myths  and  darkness  and  also  adds  in  some  inspirations  from  books.


  In  my  opinion   Nöldr  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  misanthropic  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Misanthropic  Forest"  and  "Pale  night".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/07/noldrmisanthropic-foresthumanitys.html


Pa Vesh En/Maniac Manifest/Iron Bonehead Productions/2021 CD Review

mercredi 28 juillet 2021 à 03:19

 


  Belarus's  solo  project  Pa  Vesh  En  has  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  raw  style  of  ambient  black  metal  from  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2021  album  "Maniac  Manifest"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Iron  Bonehead  Productions.


  Atmospheric  sounding  drones  and  ambient  style  synths  start  off  the  album  and  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  yet  depressive  black  metal  screams  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  album  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  solos  and  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style.  A  small  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  riffing  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well as  a  lter  track  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  vocals  and  spoken  word  parts.


  On  this  recording  Pa  vesh  En  gets  less  experimental  and  adds  more  depressive  elements  into  his  raw  style  of  black  metal  and  the  music  is  also  a  lot  more  aggressive  than  previous  releases.  The  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  lo-fi  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  violence,  horror  and  occultism  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Pa  Vesh  En  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  ambient  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Homicidal  Sacrifice"  "In  The  Wood  Of  The  Hanged  Man"  "Sister  of  Sin".  8  out  of  10.


  http://soundcloud.com/iron-bonehead-productions/pa-vesh-en-the-eyes-full-of-horror


  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/07/pa-vesh-enmaniac-manifestiron-bonehead.html


Ashes For The Mute Interview

mercredi 28 juillet 2021 à 02:12

 

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




A: The band started out as a solo project but truly took form once David, Donovan and Spy joined. Our influences are varied across genres from Technical Death Metal to Punk, but we have solidified our sound around our common love for the tones and atmosphere of Black Metal. We try to keep everything as DIY as possible within a small community that has grown around our rehearsal/recording space. Art, production, merch, etc are all done in house. 




2.Recently you have released a full length, musically how does it differ from your previous ep’s?




A: While we are still happy with our initial releases, this is the first release that will truly capture our sound as a band. Before Celestial Revelations all songwriting, playing and production was completed by me alone, whereas this album represents our collaborative efforts as a band. On top of that we believe the higher production value and attention to songwriting/arrangement has resulted in an end product that we are more proud of than any prior release.




3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer release and also how would you describe your progress as songwriters over the years?




A: Lyrically this project has always centered around the battles we wage within our own minds and spiritualism as it relates to nature. The primary focus on this record is the connection between our deepest thoughts and the outer reaches of the universe. Lyrically this album encourages the listener to explore a variety of perspectives and states of consciousness, and to examine how their intrinsic beliefs are challenged by alternate life experiences.




4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind 'Ashes For The Mute'?




A: The name can be interpreted ambiguously. For those interested in the mindset that inspired the name I encourage you to read the opening chapter of Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace and form your own conclusions.




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




A: The artwork is a visual representation of the ideas put forth in the album lyrics. It can be seen as the iris of an eye or the cataclysmic end to the life of a planet. 




6.originally the band was from Georgia but currently resides in Colorado, can you tell us a little bit more about the move?




A: The band was a solo project when I was living in Athens, GA, as there aren’t many outlets for people that love heavy music in that city. I moved to CO to get far away from the South in the US and it wasn’t long after that I met the other members of the band and we began practicing together.




7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?




A: Our best and worst show was the only show we have played. It was a few weeks before the entire world shut down due to the pandemic. While this should have been disheartening, we took this as an opportunity to hone our writing and playing skills and immediately began writing Celestial Revelations. 




8.With Colorado booking more shows recently do you see yourself returning to the live stage anytime soon?




A: We will begin playing shows again very soon. 




9.With this new release you worked with 'Reaping Scythe Records' and 'Habilis Tapes', do you feel both of these labels have been very helpful when it comes to getting your music out there heard?




A: Yes. These are independent labels who are just starting out and have worked tirelessly on behalf of the band. Reaping Scythe and Habilis Tapes are out there to put out great music rather than make a quick profit off of fledgling bands and I highly recommend everyone check out the other groups they are promoting. 




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




A: We are very grateful for the reaction we have received so far! It’s always surreal to see people listening to our music from all over the world. Metal has been and should remain an international community and we hope to visit Europe for some shows at some point in the future. 




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




A: We learned a lot writing this album and will continue to build upon the sound you hear on Celestial Revelations for our next record. We will not shy away from abrasive guitar tones and relentless blast beats, but plan to further refine our songwriting to create the music that is heavy, atmospheric and melodic. 




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?




A: We all have a lot of different influences, but some big ones you might hear on the album are Dissection, Darkened Nocturne Slaughtercult, Hypocrisy, Portal, Yellow Eyes, Deathspell Omega and Der Weg einer Freiheit. Other bands we have been enjoying recently include Ninkharsag, Spectral Wound, Akhlys, Cathexis and many more. 




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




 A: Thank you for having us on for this interview and for everything you all do for the underground metal scene. Cheers.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/07/ashes-for-mute-interview.html


Bicephalic Interview

mardi 27 juillet 2021 à 03:43

 

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

1) Answered by Ariton: We're a bastard child of Craigslist. All jokes aside, that is how we all met. We're all passionate about black metal and what we do. Each of us have widely different influences, which has created our sound that has been described as raw, aggressive, powerful and as you have said, misanthropic


2.So far you have released an ep and you have a new release coming out on Halloween, musically how do they both differ from each other?

2) Ariton: 'Nihilistic Dreams' was written and recorded in the span of three months with one shitty microphone on an old BR-864. Its simplicity has been effective, however the upcoming album has layers to it and some production value. That being said, it's still going to have our raw edge to it.


3.Some of your lyrics cover occultism themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?

3) Answered by Lord Ibex: A strong question. The interest for myself personally began at a very early age despite being raised religiously. Although the lyrics are brutal they are also meant to be poetic and captivating as being exposed to Satanism, free thinking, folklore, etc, were to me originally. There is a strong resentment towards organized religion and the pure facade that they shroud themselves in, but more so I am hopeful it’s able to transfer those few listeners who take the time to experience the music in whole to the extreme scenarios we depict that artistically appeals to our shared misanthropy.



4.The lyrics on the new release are going to be horror themes, can you tell us a little bit more about the songwriting approach the newer music is going for?

4) Ibex: Black metal has existed for a long time. It’s a very traditional, close-minded form of musical cult. Knowing this I ask myself how to keep it “Trve” while still adding something more impactful than that of ordinary second and third wave black metal bands. Horror has always appealed to me and fascinated my senses. Be it the imagery, jump scares, or simply the creepy music. Obviously many bands incorporate this into their projects already however, I believe we’ll be able to summon something truly fearsome sounding that draws adrenaline. 


5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Bicephalic'?

5) Ariton: Bicephalic is a creature with two heads. Having bipolar in this life I thought it was a fitting name. When Ibex and Lord Unferth came up with the band's logo it really solidified the decision.


6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the ep cover?

6) Ariton: As previously mentioned Lord Unferth made the logo, a two headed snake strangling Jesus on the inverted cross. While Golgota Calvary made the artwork behind the logo. If you read the lyrics you'll see that the design incorporates a piece from each song.


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

7) Ariton: We have not, yet we're very much looking forward to it. Unfortunately we've had Spinal Tap luck when it comes to bass players, so we may start out playing as a three piece. It is black metal…


8.You also released a cover of Darkthrone's "Transilvanian Hunger' this year, what was the decision behind covering this song which has already been done before by plenty of bands instead of a lesser known Darkthrone song?

8) Ariton: We attempted to be featured on a USBM tribute to Darkthrone, but somehow missed the deadline. The rationale was that's arguably their most popular track, so go big or go home. Fortunately another band from the Pacific NW, Dioghaltas, chose to perform the same track and was featured. 


9.Currently the band is signed to 'Analog Ragnarok', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

9) Ariton: Yes, it is run by Siara, who is located in the UK. He comes up with amazing tape designs and deals solely in cassettes. The experience of working with him has been amazing and humbling. We've grown to become good friends, partly due to our Polish descents. 


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

10) Ariton: We've garnered positive attention from all over the globe. The first person to purchase our music is from Russia. And quite possibly our biggest fan, John G, is from Scotland.


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?

11) Ariton: Lately I'm really digging into bands from the US that started around the same time as us, such as Stake Driver, Dioghaltas and Alghol. Of course the second wave always gets me going. Outside of BM I enjoy classic rock for nostalgic purposes and some classical for the dark undertones. And you can always find our drummer, Crusher, listening to old school death metal.


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

12) Thank you for providing us this opportunity. Support the underground, support BM and stay twisted as fuck. Or don't.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/07/bicephalic-interview.html