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Kuu/Deus Est Mortuus/Medumgiriz/2016 CD Review

jeudi 11 février 2016 à 07:59


  Kuu  are  a  solo  project  from Los  Angeles,  California  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  bestial  form  of  black/death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2014  album  "Deus  Est  Mortuus"  which  was  re-issued  in  2016  by  Merdumgiriz.

  Evil  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  demonic  vocals  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  the  intro  the  music  starts  going  for  more  of  a  raw  black/war  metal  direction  that  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  bestial  growls  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  style  of the  genre.

  When  the  music  slows  down  it  brings  in  the  atmosphere  of  a  funeral  along  with  a  touch  of  doom/death  metal  and  the  music  also  has  a  very  ritualistic  and  minimalist  style  at  times  when  synths  are  used  in  the  background  of  the  heavier  parts  while  some  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  starts  incorporating  more  dark  ambient  elements  which  also  adds  in  more  of an  experimental  atmosphere  while  the music  also keeps  around  a  very  raw  style  of  black  metal.     

  Kuu  creates  an  album  that  has  a  very  raw  and  bestial  style  of  black/death  metal  but  also  has  a  different  approach  by  also  taking  the  genre  into  more  of  an  experimental,  ritualistic  and  dark  ambient  direction  in  some  songs  which  also  makes  the  music  more  original as  well  as  standing  out  a  bit  more,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism, Evil  and  Hatred  themes.

  In  my opinion  Kuu  are  a  very  great  sounding  ritualistic  mixture  of  bestial  black/death  metal  and  dark  ambient  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Deus  Est  Mortuus"  "A  Rebirth  Of  Evil"  and  "Temple  Of  the  Goat".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/02/kuudeus-est-mortuusmedumgiriz2016-cd.html


Cantique Lépreux/Cendres/Eisenwald/2016 Full Length Review

jeudi 11 février 2016 à 00:29

  Cantique  Lepraux  are  a  band  from  Quebec,  Canada  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  atmospheric  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Cedres  Celestes"  which  will  be released  by  Eisenwald  in  March.

  A very  dark,  distorted  and  droning  sound  starts  off  the  album  and  after  a  few  minutes  the  album  goes  into  its  first  track  bringing  in  a  very  raw  black  metal  sound  that  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  as  well  as  some  grim  screams  making  there  presence  known  on  the  recording  a  few  seconds  later.

  Most  of  the  fast  parts  are  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  style  of  black  metal  and  when  the  music  slows  down  it  brings  in  melodic  guitar  leads  that  are  more  related  to  the  modern style  of  atmospheric  black  metal  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

   Some  of  the  screams  have  a  depressive  tone  to  them and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  they  also  bring  in  a  track  that  is  very  and  fast  while also  adding  more  atmosphere  to  the  recording  and  one  song  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  before  making  a  return  back  to  a  more  heavier  and  raw  style  of  black  metal  and  they  also  bring  back  the  acoustic  guitars  for  the  closing  of  the  album.  

  Cantique  Lepraux  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  can  be  very  raw  at  times  while  also  being  atmospheric  at the  same  time  in  more  of  a  guitar  driven  style,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  French  and  cover  the  occult,  death  and  fear.

  In  my  opinion  Cantique  Lepraux  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  atmospheric  occult  black metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Le  froid  lepreux"  "Tourments  des  limbes  glacials"  and  "Le  mangeur  d'  oss".  8  out  of  10.  

 

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/02/cantique-lepreuxcendreseisenwald2016.html


Nekrasov/Negative Temple/2016 Full Length Review

mercredi 10 février 2016 à 07:22

  Nekrasov  are  a  solo  project  from  Australia  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  ambient  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2016  album  "Negative  Temple".

  Ambient  soundscapes  and  evil  synths  start  off  the  album  giving  the  music  an  experimental  and  avant  garde  feeling  along  with  some  harsh  noise  elements  a  few  seconds  later  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  on  the  recording  at  times  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long and  epic  in  length.

  When  the  music  it  speeds  up  and  goes  fro  a  very  raw  style  of  black  metal  that  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  harsh  yet  high  pitched  screams  and  there  is  also  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  melodies  at  times  and  some  of  the  songs  also  mix  harsh  noise  with  the  heavier  guitars  and  drums  and  one  tracks  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  melodic  yet  ritualistic  chanting  and  the  album  also  brings  in  a  great  mixture  of  both  experimental  and  metal  tracks.

  Nekrasov  creates  an  album  that h as  its  very  raw,  harsh  and  atmospheric  black metal  moments  with  a  few  songs  being  very  true  to t he  genre  while  other  songs  see  the  music  bring  more  in  the  experimental,  ambient  and  harsh  noise  direction  while  he  does  mix  his  2  different  styles  at  times  to create  a  very  original  yet  also  dark  and  underground  sound, the  productions  sounds  very  dark  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  depressive,  philosophical  and  shamanistic  themes.  

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album from  Nekrasov  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  metal  mixed  with  dark  ambient,  harsh  noise  and  experimental  music,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Seeing  Of  the  Mountain  Covered  In  Spirits"  and  "Clarity  And  Nonvision".  8  out  of  10.

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/02/nekrasovnegative-temple2016-full-length.html


Ashen Horde/Nine Plagues/Mandol Records/2015 Full Length Review

mardi 9 février 2016 à 21:59

  Ashen  Horde  are  a  solo  project  from  California  that  plays  a  progressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2015  album  "Nine  Plagues"  which  was  released  on  Mandol  Records.

  Thunder  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavy  guitar  riffs  a  few  seconds  later  and   you can  also  hear  melodies  in  the  music  at  times  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  Progressive  elements  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit throughout  the  recording  and  a  few  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  it  brings  in  more  of  a  raw  style  of  the  genre  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  you  can  also h ear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  you  can  also  hear  a  lot  of  death  metal  and  thrash  elements  throughout  the  recording  and  the w hole  album  also remains  very  heavy  from  beginning  to end.

  Ashen  Horde  plays  a  style  of  progressive  black  metal  that is  a  lot  more  heavier,  rawer  and  guitar  driven  than  most  bands  of  the  genre  and  the  thrash  and  death  metal  take  the  songs  into  even  more  of  a  heavy  direction,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  yet  powerful  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ashen  Horde  are  a  very  great  sounding  progressive  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Desecration  Of  The  Sanctuary"  "Famine's  Feast"  "Dissension"  and  "A  Reversal  Of  Misfortune".  8  out  of  10.   

     

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/02/aghen-hordenine-plaguesmandol.html


Last Decline Interview

lundi 8 février 2016 à 01:42
1. For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?





Negative: It's not so much that I can tell about the band, than you can find in metal-archives for example. The main core of the band was always we two, and we never met before we created LD. After few rehearsals we understood that we are on the same wave, have similar visions and can work together without problems. 

Vomh: Our music embodies our disappointment, sociopathy and decay. Death is a main concept which we explore through music.



2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?



Negative: It is not "avangarde" "symphonic"or another type of "Enter your label here" black metal. In my opinion it neither is "raw" black metal.



3.You released a demo in 2007 and for 7 years there was no new material, can you tell us a little bit more about the gap in between releases?



Negative: The fact that we didn't made any records doesn't mean that there was no new material. The songs that was recorded for "Escape" was decided to be "Escape" songs. We have many songs written, but we aren't satisfied with it's quality and think that this material need to be "polished", you know.. We don't feel that these songs can be released right now. The fact that all songs was written in different periods made them sound different, that also is little challenge. Some of those can be released as single, some can stay as poetry but music deleted.

About the gap.. We was split-up for 7 years and LD was put on hold. I decided to record these songs as one man band, and then we meet at pub.

Shortly - alcohol is not only reason of many people births but also projects births and rebirths :)







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



Negative: In "early Last Decline" that you hear on "Escape", the main topics was death, hate, suicide, isolation, misanthropy. New songs has also nihilism in lyrics.



Vomh: Happy Meal consists of: Death, mental wanderings and misanthropy.



5.Originally the band was called 'Ohrwurm' what was the cause of the name change and also what is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Last Decline'?



Negative: I don't remember all this so bright right now, but I think that there wasn't any meaning in this.. The only meaning was that Ohrwurm name was stupid, i think..



Vomh: Ohrwurm was something strange and still unexplored so we changed name for our black vomit to more poetic Last Decline. It refers to something inevitably dying, so it’s totally gorgeous.



6. 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?



Negative: We two are on the same wawe. As you can see from metal-archives there was some people with us during LD existence, but for some reasons they left the band. With bass players there was separate problem - that's the reason band never had bassist before I took bass in my hands.



Vomh: We consciously choose to remain ‘’a duo’’ as we find it to be the best way to work within Last Decline. But we are open for partial or session involvement of other musicians if our music demands it.



7.The album was released on 'Beverina Productions', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?



Vomh: This is underground music label mainly focusing on black / death / pagan metal bands. We find this label highly reliable.



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



Negative: We actually was surprised to read first review on karametals.lv and then in your Zine. Both was rated high - 9/10 and 8/10. I assume that there is not much people that heard something about us worldwide, but if someone find something good in the music we create - it means that goal is achieved.



Vomh: We have few true fans from the beginning and i find it quite a lot.



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



Negative: I can not see the particular direction. We will continue with our experiments during rehersals and write those parts that we assume are cool.

The new songs that was written in 2016 sound's little bit different, but I can not say that it is no longer LD.



Vomh: There is no light in the grave.



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?



Negative: At the "Demo" times it was Nargaroth, Lucifugum(UKR), The True Mayhem etc.. It is various metal music genres I listening to nowadays. Main playlist consists of Xasthur, Leviathan, Vanhelga, Apati, Ofdrykkja, Lifelover, Lyrinx.





Vomh: I’m not sure what to say about influence. On the other hand it’s banal to name all protagonists of so called 2nd wave black metal phenomenon in the nineties again and fucking again. Our aim is to get away from all influences and ‘’scenes’’ except ourselves to create individualistic music. There is too much visual based and fake ‘’metal’’ and ‘’rockstar’’ attitude towards music in which we are not interested as we are not interested to entertain public or to be part of scene.

At this moment while I’m answering your questions I’m listening to FDS - Spopielone Słońce.

There is no need for a wider name dropping.





11.What are some of your non musical interests?



Negative: WW2 history.



Vomh: Anti-urbanism.





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


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/02/last-decline-interview.html