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Bureviy/Concealed Beyond The Space/Darker Than Black Records/2015 CD Review

mardi 10 mars 2015 à 04:14

  Bureviy  are  a  band  from  Ukraine  that  plays  a  pagan  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Concealed  Beyond  The  Space"  which  will  be  released  on  March  22nd  by  Darker  Than  Black  Records.

  Nature  and  bird  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  and  melodic  chanting  that  gives  the  music  a  pagan  folk  music  feeling  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  which  also  leads  up  to  more  of  a  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  that  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  depressive  screams.

  Atmospheric  sounds,  pagan  chanting,  folk  music  elements  and  harsh  black  metal  get  mixed  together  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  along  with  a  great  amount  of  melodic  guitar  riffs  and  leads  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Spoken  word  parts  and  whispers  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  nature  sounds  from  the intro  also  make  their  return  at  times  while  the  main  focus  remains  mostly  on  a  musical  style  that  takes  the  raw  side  of  90's  to  early  2000's  black  metal  being  mixed  in  with  melodic  pagan  metal.

  Bureviy  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  a  very  raw  from  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  a  more  melodic,  epic  and  atmospheric  form  of  pagan  metal  along  with  a  touch  of  folk  music  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  heavy  and  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  Paganism  and  Heathenism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Bureviy  are  a  very  great  sounding  pagan/black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "In  Bonds  Of  Waves"  "The  Lace  Of  The  Norns"  and  "Gravstad".  8  out  of  10.

    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/03/bureviyconcealed-beyond-spacedarker.html


Blliigghhtted/Zeroes/Merdumgiriz Records/2015 CD Review

mardi 10 mars 2015 à 00:13

  Blliigghhtted  are  a  band  from  Turkey  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  experimental  and  ambient  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Zeroes"  which  will  be  released  later  this  year  by  Merdumgiriz  Records.

  Grim  black  metal  screams  and  heavy  guitar  riffing  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  dark  sounding  melodies  and  there  are  also  a  decent  amount  of  melodic  guitar  leads  and  depressive  screams  being  utilized  at  times  and  the  slow  riffs  and  deep  vocals  give  the  music  more  of  a  doom/death  metal  feeling.

  Ritualistic  chants  can  be  heard  at  times  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  music  also  speeds  up  at  times  and  brings  in  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  and  both  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  synths  are  utilized  they  bring  more  of  and  epic  atmosphere  to  the  recording  and  on  the  second  track  clean  singing  vocals  can  be  heard  at  times  and  the  song  also  brings  in  elements  of  classical  and  dark  ambient  as  well  as  being  very  experimental  and  avant  garde  at  times  and  halfway  through  the  second  track  the  music  gets  more  black  metal.

  Blliigghhtted  creates  a  very  original  and  diverse  recording  with  this  album  that  still  has  its  black  and  death  metal  roots  but  also  gets  more  experimental,  ritualistic  and  avant  garde  this  time  around,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  occultism  themes.  

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Blliigghhtted  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental  and  ambient  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Seven  Zeroes".  8  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/03/blliigghhttedzeroesmerdumgiriz.html


Heaven Abhorred Interview

lundi 9 mars 2015 à 21:20
Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?
I'm starting to write some new music and its definitely going to be a new venture from the traditional style Black Metal that I've done in the past.

 Recently you have released an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
It's a very raw lo-fi quality recording. I believe its best described simply as Black Metal, it’s very very repetitive, which I'm hoping to get away from soon.

 The band has been around since 2012 but waited until recently to release any music, can you tell us a little bit about the first few years?
The first few years were just us figuring out how to record really, the reason it took so long to release some material was vocalist wasn't always around, but now I'm doing a lot of the vocal duties as well so it should move along a tad quicker now.

 What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
We've done a lot of different styles, we did a song about Vikings a few death metal songs but our main focus on the EP was definitely Satanism and Suicide. Not sure if this is something we will come back to or not, who knows, life is happening.

 What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Heaven Abhorred'?
My friend Matt Bass was one of my largest inspirations to write and record music. Just seeing and hearing what he created on his own was great, I hadn't heard of one man metal until I talked to Matt. Long story short I got into recording and we needed a band name so I choose a song from the Misanthropist album by Matt's band Witchclan, and I picked my favorite one.

 What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
We have never played live.

 Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
If the opportunity presented itself I would do what I could to find some musicians to fill the holes and go on with it!

 On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
We have a few fans around the world mainly my close friends that have been here since day one which is all I could ever ask for anyways, everyone else is much appreciated I'm glad someone else enjoys it.

 When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
I think maybe next year, maybe... Nothing is set in stone and I have some big plans for our first full length. We've purchased some new gear and I will likely be on the drums for the first album rather than programmed drums. I recently ran into an old friend whom I haven't talked to in a year or what felt like years, and I think she'll be providing some lyrics for a song on the album. I think we may be heading in a more doomy direction rather than a traditional black metal sound. Who knows, time will tell.

 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?
There are too many to count but the big ones are of course, Watain and Dissection. Though lately I've really been into Leviathan and believe it or not Electric Wizard. Its led to an odd new sound that I may let everyone here with a little teaser in the coming months.

 How would you describe your views on Satanism and Occultism?
It isn't something I practice, I'm certainly well versed in it and have a good idea of what I'm talking about but it’s not a huge part of my life.

Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
  I think that as time has gone on and I've connected with some old friends the idea of writing about my experiences has become a more interesting topic, sort of making the music a window into my life. We'll see what the coming months hold and who knows you may hear something completely new and unexpected. Until then all we can do is wait and take life day by day.
https://sixsixsixmusic.bandcamp.com/album/opening-the-gates

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/03/heaven-abhorred-interview.html


Agos Interview

lundi 9 mars 2015 à 20:49
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
The band was created by me Van Gimot in 2014 I wanted to express something different from the other bands I’ve played and play when I made 3 songs and named the band project agos. After this I asked Astrus from Aenaon to write the lyrics. When the lyrics were ready I started recording the vocals and then the mix mastering procedure started!

2.Recently you have released an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
Having a specific plan ethically and lyric wise I was able to materialzse what I had in my mind, with the proper lyrics of course so the result will have the aesthetic quality I wanted. I prefer to let the listener be judge of what he listens it’s up to the listeners imagination and it will be not fair (for the listener) to spoil this

3.Your lyrics cover a great amount of Sumerian, Occult and Magick themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?
The lyrics are based on Sumerian civilization and more specific on death and on how the Middle East civilizations see and understand death

4.I know that the bands name means 'miasama' or the one that has been cursed by the gods in Greek, does the mythology, culture and philosophy of your home country also play a role in your music?
Of course it plays a role it’s not random I wanted the name that will follow the music to be relevant and vice versa

5.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you planning on expanding the line up in the future or do you chose to remain a duo?
At the moment it works just fine like this, I haven’t consider making Agos a complete (member wise) band, this could be handy for a live. Music wise and lyric wise I am 100% satisfied

6.The ep was released on III Damnation productions, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
Yes, III Damnation productions have also released Virus of Koch ”Lux et veritas” on tape and Aenaon “Extance” after a first conversation we had about Agos instantly expressed their interest to release our material, we were absolutely satisfied of our previous cooperation so we arranged to release MLP too!

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and death metal?
The feedback was more than satisfied if we consider that it is a band with only a 3 songs MLP till now!

8.What is going on with some of the other musical projects or bands these days that some of the band members are a part off?
Distance doesn’t bother us at all, internet is a distance killer anyway. Our partnership is as good as if we were working together in the same studio.

9.When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

At the moment I can’t promise a full length album soon. The only sure thing is that there are going to be more songs in the future! About where the band is heading time will tell!

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?
There are many bands I can tell you that in the specific period I was listening a lot of Grave Miasma and Necros Christos. I can’t say that I wasn’t influenced!

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
I like write music the most! But I also like sports reading and movies

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Yes thank you for this interview and let us be cursed by the gods!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/03/agos-interview.html


Eternal Armageddon Interview

lundi 9 mars 2015 à 05:06
1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

War Hails! Eternal Armageddon had a demo out recently titled ‘Black Thrash Bastards’. We came back live after years at Metal Barbarism II. Right now we are set to hit the studio for the full length.

2.Recently you have released a new demo, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the ep, you had released in 2011?

Well, the demo, ‘Black Thrash Bastards’ was recorded live in a rehearsal studio. As it’s demo and we tried to capture a raw and live chaos in it. Back in 2011 Eternal Armageddon had an EP out titled ‘Her Forlorn Monsoon’. Back in that time Eternal Armageddon was used to play Melodic Black Metal. All the tracks were recorded at Studio Niflheim and the sound was a bit polished or should I say cleaner than the current sound.

3.The band has been around since 2009 and so far has only released an ep and a demo, can you tell us a little bit more about the gap between releases?

The band was on hold for a year or more after the release of our debut EP. Then again it got reformed with a new three men lineup by the mid of 2014. That was quite a long pause. But now we are marching furious than ever and by this year we are planning to come up with a full length album.

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

Blasphemy! War! Hatred!
Nailing the Distorted Doctrines of the Mainstream Religions.

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

There was no inspiration, Ha Ha! We were just thinking off some name and suits or can express our sound in a better way and we found Armageddon! Then again, we thought, hey! Why not make it Eternal?!! We are not gonna stop anyway from producing this devastation chaos, right? Ha Ha! That’s how Eternal Armageddon came up!

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?

Well, first gig was definitely a memorable one. Again, the recent one (Metal Barbarism II organized by Primitive Invocation) that we have performed also carries some great value. It was more likely a comeback gig anyway. Long after we smelled the stage and exhaled the fire. About the stage performance, we just try to be us. We don’t feel like we need any imitation or what. We ride, we destroy!

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

Yeah! In future, probably after the next studio album gets released, we might go for one~

8.I have read that one of the band members also runs a black metal webzine, is that still going on these days?

Of course! Asmodeus, the only existing original member and the founder of the band runs the Venustus Diabolicus Zine along with his war brothers Zoheb, Somber and Safwan. Yes, contributors from other parts of the world has also joined with us. And, Venustas Diabolicus is not actually a webzine, it is a community/cult that exists to support black metal. Yet, webzine is the major initiative of VD.

9.On the demo you did a cover of Sodom's "Blasphemer", what was the decision behind doing your own version of this legendary song?

Sodom is one of our biggest influences. And that song! Better say that album, ‘In the Signs of Evil’ is gem in the history of Metal. And We thought it’s worth giving them a tribute.

10.The demo was self released but the band did work with a couple of labels on the previous release, are you open to working with another record label again in the future or do you prefer the DIY approach a lot there?

Well, soon the demo will be released worldwide through a label. And yes, we are always open to work with new labels.

11.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your newer music by fans of black and thrash metal?

Till now we are receiving very good responses. We salute all the warriors supporting us!

12.Are any of the band members currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?

Sarcophagous plays guitar in Burial Dust and Blasphemouranter is playing in Nafarmaan as the live drummer.

13.When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

Like I said, probably by this year! And well, in case of art, we do not think there could have any set destination. It’s not us who drive it, rather it’s art that drive us. Let’s see where it takes us!

14.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

That’s a tough one to answer! Well, to mention some influences some names from the early Black Metal era can be mentioned, Venom, Sodom- moving on to Norwegian scene, Immortal, Emperor- in case of Sweden, Dissection, Marduk… many more you know. And yes! IRON MAIDEN! The biggest personal and common influence for all of us!

About listening, well, we listen through a hell lot of new acts and of course, the old ones. Can’t make any specification here.

15.How would you describe your views on Satanism and Occultism?

Satanism is a quintessential part of black metal. Black metal is closely associated with Satan. Probably the modern era black metal bands are getting into much more deeper spiritual and occult elements. It is good to see it actually. But, it bothers me when bands tend to switch occult topics that are somehow not related to black metal.

I am neither an occultist nor a spiritual guy. My knowledge is more or less limited to the books and in terms of ritualistic or practical side, my experience is probably empty. Yet, I support the bands that are actually into these spiritual and occult aspects from their soul. When bands are reflecting their practices or beliefs through the music, I really admire it.

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

Practice What You Preach (The Term is Perfect when it comes to Black Metal). Thanks for supporting us! War Hails!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/03/eternal-armageddon-interview.html