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Drabataturk/Self Titled/Pesttanz Klangschmiede/2021 CD Review

dimanche 1 août 2021 à 01:08

 


  Drabataturk  are  a  band  from  Russia  that  plays  a  folk  influenced  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2021  album  which  was  released  by  Pesttanz  Klangschmiede.


  Grim  black  metal  screams  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavier  riffing  a  few  seconds  later.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  vocals  also  get  very  high  pitched  sounding  at  times  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.


  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  The  album  also  has  its  atmospheric  moments  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  90's  influences  as  well  as  some  touches  of  folk  music  also  being  mixed  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  tracks,  synths  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  on  a  few  tracks.  


  Drabataturk  plays  a  style  of  folk  influenced  black  metal  that  is  more  aggressive  than  most  bands  of  this  genre,  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Paganism  and  Fantasy  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Drabataturk  are  a  very  great  sounding  folk  influenced  black  metal b and  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Rise  of  Drabataturk"  "Goblin's  Dance"  and  "Throne".  8  out  of  10.


Pesttanz Klangschmiede @ Bandcamp

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/07/drabataturkself-titledpesttanz.html


Korpituli/The Ancient Spells Of The Past/Korpituli Productions/2021 CD Review

samedi 31 juillet 2021 à 05:48

 


  Korpituli  are  a  solo  project  from  Finland  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "The  Ancient  Spells  Of  The  Past"  which  was  released  by  Korpituli  Productions.


  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  The  solos  and  leads  also  add  in    a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.


  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  they  also  give  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  sounding  along  with  one  song  also  introducing  keyboards  onto  the  recording  as  well  as  some  spoken  word  parts  and  whispers  also  being  utilized  briefly  and  the  tracks  also  mix  in  a  good  amount  of  90's  influences,  as  the  album  progresses  a  small  amount  of  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard.  


  Korpituli  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  atmospheric  and  melancholic  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Magickal  Secrets  Of  Nature,  Other  Worlds  and  Dimensions.  


  In  my  opinion  Korpituli  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "On  Forgotten  Paths"  and  "The  Ancient  Spells  Of  The  Past".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/07/korpitulithe-ancient-spells-of.html


Vaciø Interview

samedi 31 juillet 2021 à 03:37

 

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


L77: Vaciø is a new band since we emerged from the abyss in 2019, although the two components that make it up, have been in other Extreme Underground metal bands for more than two decades.


2. So far you have released an ep, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording?


A.84: Our goal is to translate our thinkings by doing something that we like, so I start to make melodies and asking L77 about what he is writing, to adapt melodies with lyrics. And throw away what is not worth it. Sometimes hours with a melody until it has sense. 


Then we contact D.M from Gaerea to record the drums, he sends me the first track, and it was exactly what we were looking for, he understands what we want perfectly. 


After that, I did some arrangement on melodies, so that everything fits perfectly, it takes a lot of time to create a perfect atmosphere.


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


L77: It is my own worldview of Occultism. Not following a path already built by others, but creating your own.


And we want to emphasize this, our Occultism has nothing to do with Satanism at all; and it does have to do with the Void and its knowledge, cycles, rituals, mythology, the mysticism of nature, and the cosmos, ascension, the I ...


In any case, we believe that it is better not to give a complete explanation and that it is the listener himself who enters a journey through our music and lyrics and is part of Everything and Nothing.


4. Lyrically you also cover misanthropy and nihilism, can you tell us a little bit more about what these things mean to you?


L77: Simply my way of thinking and living is transmitted in my lyrics. It is difficult to recreate such a personal vision through a few lines of text.


As for misanthropy, the truth is that I prefer to be alone and a walk through the forest or the mountain is more pleasant than being surrounded by people. I think that saying this already explains a lot.


And nihilism, which comes from the Latin "Nihil" which means "Nothing" ... In these times of Kali-Yuga nothing matters. We are in "The Age of The Fall" ... just that.


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


Vaciø in Spanish means "Void" in English. And the symbol "Ø" of the final name is the symbol that represents the Empty Set.


Inspiration comes from our inner emptiness, from our personal way of seeing the path of Occultism in conjunction with the mysticism of Nature, from loneliness ...


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


The cover has been made by the well-known artist Misanthropic-Art, who has collaborated with his works with bands such as Dismember, Necrophobic, Uada ... to name a few.


The cover represents faithfully what we wanted to convey together with the name of the EP, "Et Destituta Mortis" which means "The Loneliness of Death"


7.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding the lineup or do you prefer to remain a duo?


Yes, we prefer to be a duo, we understand each other perfectly.


8. The ep was released on 'Morbid Shrine Productions', how did you get in contact with this label?


We know Morbid Shrine Production a long time ago, Javier is a friend of ours. During the pandemic, we send some parts of the songs we were preparing, and he got interested. When everything was finished, he listened to all songs and he liked them a lot, so he told us if we wanna release the EP with him. It's very difficult these days to release an EP with a label, and he bet for us.


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


We are amazed about how is being the reaction, many messages, from all the world giving us thanks for this EP, and for the good job done.

We didn't expect that reaction, just We are doing our vision of Black Metal.


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


 A.84: Actually we are working on new songs, we hope, next year can have finished a full-length album.


About the future, we live in different countries, but we are in contact usually, because this band is provided by our feelings and this is the beginning, still we have a lot to say.


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?


L77: I listen to all kinds of Extreme Metal and also a lot of Dark Folk and Neofolk. More than some bands, styles like Black Metal, Doom and Death have influenced me. To this day, the last albums that I have bought have been from the Black Metal groups Faidra and Avsky and the mythical Dark / Neofolk group, Darkwood.


A84: I also listen to every type of Extreme music, most I listen is black metal and Swedish Death metal from the '90s.

These days, I am listening to a French band SETH, also a Byelorussian band DownCross, and Death Metal bands Endseeker and LIK.

Order the EP:
https://vaciobm.bandcamp.com/album/Et-destituta-mortis (CD, Digital, Merch)
https://www.morbidshrineproductions.com/producto/vacio-et-destituta-mortis (CD)
https://smarturl.it/Et-Destituta-Mortis
(Digital: Spotify, Deezer, Apple,…)

Follow Vaciø:
https://www.facebook.com/vacioblackmetal 
https://vaciobm.bandcamp.com 

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


Dawn Of A Dark Age/Le Forche Caudine/Antiq/2021 CD Review

vendredi 30 juillet 2021 à 05:57

 


  Italy's  Dawn  Of  A  Dark  Age  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  for  more  of  an  atmospheric,  avant  garde  and  experimental  style  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Le  Forche  Caudine"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Antiq.


 Horse  sounds  start  off  the  album  before  adding  in  some  synths  and  atmospheric  soundscapes  while  the  clarinets  also  add  in  elements  of  jazz  music  when  they  are  utilized.  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  along  with  the  music  also  having  its  experimental  and  avant  garde  moments.


  Both  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  songs  also  mix  both  the  experimental  and  heavy  parts  together.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  some  stringed  instruments  also  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  album. 


  Touches  of  Italian  folk  music  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  as  well  as  some  spoken  word  parts  also  being  utilized  briefly  and  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.


  When  tremolo  picking  it  utilized  they  also  give  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  as  well  as  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  one  track  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  melodic  chants  and  vocals.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  Samnites.  


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  form  Dawn  Of  A  Dark  Age  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric,  avant  garde  and  experimental  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Act  II".  8  out  of  10.


www.facebook.com/dawnofadarkage

https://youtu.be/ylDqXzb96sg    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/07/dawn-of-dark-agele-forche.html


Akefal/Opus Darkness/Shadow Records/Regain Records/2021 EP Review

vendredi 30 juillet 2021 à 04:52

 


  Akefall  are  an  international  band  with  members  from  Sweden  and  Denmark  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  ep  "Opus  Darkness"  which  will  be  released  in  September  as  a  joint  effort  between  Shadow  and  Regain  Records.


  Chaotic  sounding  guitar  solos  and  leads  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  demonic  voices  in  the  background  before  adding  in  heavier  riffing.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  the  songs  also  mixing  in  a  lot  of  death  metal  elements.


  Dark  sounding  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Choir  samples  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  the  songs  also  mixing  in  mid  80's  to  early  90's  influences  in  with  a  more  modern  day  brutality  as  well  a s all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them,  as  the  ep  progresses  a  brief  use  of  chants  can  also  be  heard.  


  Akefall  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  the  old  school  styles  of  black  and  death  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  chaos  and  darkness  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Akefall  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  First  Whore"  "Opus  Darkness"  and  "Definite  Savagery".  8  out  of  10.


https://regainrecords.bandcamp.com/album/opus-darkness

https://youtu.be/cDEFwoMX3lE  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/07/akefalopus-darknessshadow-recordsregain.html