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Transneptunian/Infinite Expanson/Nebular Carcoma Records/2016 Cassette Re-Issue Review

mardi 16 février 2016 à 01:12

  Transnuptunian  where  a  band  from Spain  that  played  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2012  ep "Infinite  Expansion"  which  was  re-issued on cassette  in  2016  by  Nebular  Carcoma  Records.

  Ambient  style  synths  start  off  the  ep  and  after  a  few  seconds  clean  guitars  are  added  into  the  music  along  with  some  programmed  beats  an  both  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic in  length  and  once  the  music  gets  heavy  high  pitched  depressive  black metal  screams  make  their  presence  known  on  the  recording.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  ep  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  they  also  mix  the  clean  and  heavy  parts  while  the  vocals  also  get  more  grim  in  some  parts  of  the  songs  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  at  times  and  both  of  the  songs  stick  to  either  a  slow or  mid  paced  musical  direction  and  the  last  track  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of   clean  singing  vocals  and  whispers.

  Transnuptian  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  atmospheric  while  also mixing in  depressive  style  vocals  and  elements  of  ambient  to  make  the  music  stand  put a  bit  more,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Cosmos  and  Space  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Transnuptian are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  meta  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Infinite  Expansion".  8  out  of  10.    


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Schattenfang interview

dimanche 14 février 2016 à 00:22
1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

Invidia:In the last time after a lot of other musicans come and go, it was possible to recruit a good working new horde to rise out of the ashes.
The new formed battle formation is consisting of Bladur Pest (known from Heimleiden or as a Guest from Frostagrath), Nebel. (known from Nebel Misanthrop) and
Arhymanoth (known from Eisenkhrarh).
The work for the upcoming concept-album "Was blieb, als du gegangen bist"  is going well an just has been thwarted by bow tendon-injury of mine in the last weeks.
We already released a little teaser with snippets of demo-recordings of that.
The Concept that was already written in 2013 will finally implemented or re-composed.

2.How would you describe the musical sound of the newer material and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

Invidia: The whole development-process is a lot more professional, the songs are a lot more complex and detailed and more atmospheric,maybe a bit more melancholic and despaired.

3.The last full length was released in 2012 and most of the newer material has either been on compilations or splits, can you tell us a little bit more about it?

Invidia: A new full-leigh album actually was planned since 2013 and songs like "An der Eiche" was written for that but then the rumors inside the band started, members were replaced or betrayed the horde and so the studio-recordings never started. So the last newer tracks are just live-recordings from that songs on compilations.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?

Invidia: The lyrical main-theme are still the facets of human abysses.For example the upcoming Album will tell a story about a soldier who fought at Tannenberg in the first world war and returned mental damaged home.

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

Invidia: The central meanig of this project is the duality of everything, with every light comes the shadows - so it's with this name. In one way it's the name of an castle, cursed with a werewolf-curse and the werewolf represents humanity and the bestial side inside of everyone. In the second way it could be taken literally with catching shadows - noone could reach or defeat his own shadow or his darkest sides.

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?

Invidia: I would definitly name the one at the Torn-Your-Ties-Festival 2012, which was very powerful and honorific to take a place in this atmospheric ritual.
Also i would name the gig i organized at the european tour of Rotten Souls and Ancient Spheres in Halle/Saale in 2013, where the band worked as one and the atmosphere in this little location were hypnotic. the stage performance in the past was ride somewhere between pure hate spitting and desperation, i hope to get this power back on stage with the new fellows.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

Invidia: As soon as the new album is released  indeed we plan a little tour to catch up the canceled or offered gigs from the last two years.

8.Recently you where a part of some splits with 'Mortigor' and 'Forest Of Filth', what are your thoughts on the other bands that have participated on those recordings?

Invidia: The Split with Mortigor was planned after the toursupport for Ancient Spheres and Rotten Souls, because Mortigor includes members of both. The material had a huge odysse left behind and the label there still got issues so still not a single disc of that release reached us.But beside this fact, the band creates a really raw and atmospheric sound and and amazing show.
The Split with Forest Of Filth is planned since 3 years now and got the same problems i named in question number 3 - But as soon as both projects got the time and members back it will be done.

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

Invidia: Since the first day the feedback was very mixed. When i look back at these past 6 years of the band i can say that we sure reached maybe more than some other bands in this sector (where it feels like every second guy got his own one-man-project with a crappy drum-computer)  and got fans worldwide.It was suprising, how the mentale Disharmonie was spreaded quickly.
But in the first way the music is created as a diary. There was a lot of shit going on because of ex-members and their actings besides the band, lets see what the future brings with the new one.

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

Arhymanoth: Eisenkrarh is still active, but at the moment the focus of my songwriting lies on Schattenfang.

Invidia: Baldur is still taking place in different project as a guest and got his neofolk-project Wintersonne and Nebel still working at new material for Nebel Misanthrop. In the last year i played a song togehter with Dark Armgeddon, which will be included on their upcoming 20-years-anniversary-Album and also drummed at a song for Coldnight.

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

Arhymanoth: We hope that we can continue our new work in good cooperation inside the band and being productive, there is nothing more to say at the moment.

Invidia: Hopefully back on stage soon with a few more albums in the back.

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?

Invidia: The roots always are the biggest influence. For me its still  the early Burzum and Nargaroth but also the first self-named Album or the Îsern Himel of Lantlôs (not the later stuff!) and through the new members there are a lot of doom-influences. Also, to get back to the duality, there are more raw stuff like Altar Of Plagues, Vivus Humare or Whiskey Ritual that sure influence the newer stuff.
Also sure the own and past projects from everyone of us are reflected through the upcoming material.

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

Es wird wieder begangen!

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Celtefog/Sounds Of The Olden Days/2016 Full Length Review

vendredi 12 février 2016 à 01:29

  Celtefog  are  a  band  from  Greece  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays an  atmospheric  form  of  pagan/black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self released  2016  album  "Sounds  Of  The  Olden  Days".

  Wind  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  making  their  presence  known  a  few  seconds  later  on  the  recording  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  after  awhile  high  pitched  black  metal screams  are  added  into all  of  the  songs.

  You  can  hear  a  lot  of  folk  music  elements  in  the  bands  musical  style  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  an  epic  atmosphere  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  they  also  add  in  some  flutes  and  tribal  beats  which  are  in  a  very  shamanistic  style  while  also  bringing  in  a  sound  close  to  the  middle  ages.

  Whispers  can  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  songs  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  it  goes  fro  more  of  a  raw  style  of  black  metal  which  also  uses  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  and  te  fast  riffs  also  mix  in  a  lot  of  tremolo  picking  and  on  some  of  the  tracks  the  back  up  vocals  also  get  very  angry   and  deep  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  songs  also  start  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  their  is  also  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and melodic pagan  chants  present  on  some  of  the  tracks  and  they  also  bring  in  an  instrumental  before  closing  the  album  with  a  vocal  song.  

  Celtefog  creates  another  pagan/black  metal  album  that  is  very  atmospheric  and  melodic  while  also  having  a  great  amount of  raw  aggression  to  them,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  yet  powerful  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  cover  nature,  winter,  revenge  and  Paganism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Celtefog  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  pagan/black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Call  Of  The  Ancestors"  and  "Nykta".  8  out  of  10.


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Aggressive Mutilator/Langrocken/Bifrost Records/2014 EP Review

vendredi 12 février 2016 à 00:07

  Aggressive  Mutilator  are  a  duo  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  mixture of  raw  black  metal,  death,  thrash  and  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  ep  "Langrocken"  which  was  released  by  Bifrost  Records.

  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  ep  giving  the  music  a  very  dark  atmosphere  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  which  also  introduces  high  pitched  screams,  blast  beats  and  melodic  guitar  leads  onto  the  recording  and  the  music  also  mixes  both  the  first  and  second  wave  of  the  style  together.

  Elements  of  80's  thrash,  death  metal  and  punk  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  ep  while  some  of  the  riffing  also  mixes  in  dark  sounding  melodies  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  

  Aggressive  Mutilator  plays  a  musical  style  that mixes  both  80's  and  90's  black  metal  while  also adding  in a  touch  of  death  metal,  thrash  and  punk  to  make  the  songs stand  out  a  bit  more,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  Swedish  and English  and  cover  sickness,  rituals,  evil  and  lust  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Aggressive  Mutilator  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of r aw  black,  death,  thrash  metal  and punk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  duo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Storangen"  and  "Barbo  Pale".  8  out of  10.

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Burial Dust/Oshubho Ahobaan/2016 EP Review

jeudi 11 février 2016 à 22:35

  Burial  Dust  are  a  band  from  Bangladesh  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a review  of  their  self  released  2016  ep  "Oshubho Ahobaan".

  Nature  sounds  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  clean  playing  and  after  a  few  seconds  drum  beats  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  they  also  give  the  music  a  very  ritualistic  feeling  which  also  leads  up  to  more  of  a  dark,  heavy  and  melodic  musical  direction  that  also  introduces  deep  black  metal  vocals  onto  the  recording.

  A  lot  of  the  riffs  have  an  old  school  metal  vibe  to  them  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  after  awhile  the  vocals  also  start  utilizing  more  high  pitched  screams  and  when  the  music speeds  up  a  great  amount  of blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  you  can  also  hear  a  touch  of  early  90's  occult  black/death metal  in  the  bands musical  style.

  A  great  amount  of  evil  sounding  melodies  in  both  the  leads  and  guitar  riffing  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  clean  singing  and  when  synths  are  utilized  they enhance  the  ritualistic  and  occult  nature  of  the  bands  musical  style  while t he  main  focus  remains  more  on  a  heavy  and  raw  style  of  black  metal  and  all  of  the  tracks  also  sound  different  from  each  other  and  the  outro  uses  clean  playing  that  gives  the  music  more  of  a  Middle  Eastern  vibe.

  Burial  Dust  plays  a  style  of  occult  black  metal  that  is  very  dark,  raw  and  ritualistic  while  also  having a  very  old  school  90's  vibe  and  a  touch  of  death  metal  which  also  makes  the  musial stand  out  a  bit  more,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  and  Blasphemy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Burial Dust  are  a  very  great  sounding  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Where  Is Your  Rahmaa"  and  "Sandshaded  Mausoleum".  9  out  of  10.          


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