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Solitvdo/Immerso In Un Boscoe Di Querce/Naturmacht Productions/2014 CD Review

mercredi 17 décembre 2014 à 02:33

  Solitvdo  are  a  1  man  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  very  melodic  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2014  album  "Immerso In Un Boscoe Di Querce"  which  was  released  by  Naturmacht  Productions.

  Dark  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  giving  the  music  an  ambient  feeling  along  with  a  sound  that  would  be  a  perfect  fit  for  a  fantasy  movie  soundtrack  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  black  metal  direction  while  also  keeping  around  the  atmospheric  elements  as  well  as  adding  grim  screams  into  the  music.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  and  you  can  also  hear  a  great  amount  of  melody  in  all  of  the  songs  and  the  synths  and  orchestra  also  incorporate  other  genres  into  the  music  along  with  some  clean  playing  and  acoustic  guitars  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.  and  the  solos  and  leads  that  are  present  on  the  album  are  in  a  very  melodic  direction.

  As  the  album  progresses  the  music  gets  more  progressive  and  clean  singing  vocals  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  some  violins  being  brought  in  at  times  and  some  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  adding  in  blast  beats  at  times  and  the  fast  sections  also  bring  in  a  very  raw  style  of  black  metal  and  after  awhile  nature  sounds  start  becoming  a  huge  part  of  the  songs  and  you  can  also  hear  a  bit  of  doom  metal  being  added  into  the  slower  sections  of  the  recording.

  Solitvdo  plays  a  style  of  atmospheric  black  metal that  is  very  melodic  and  brings  in  a  variety  of  influences  from  many  different  genres  to  create  a  very  diverse,  dark  and  melancholic  album,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  powerful  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  darkness  and  nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Solitvdo  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Rivolta!"  and  "Nella  solitudine  ill  divino".  8  out  of  10.      

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Monte Penumbra/Half Visible Presence/Duplicate Records/2014 7 Inch Review

mardi 16 décembre 2014 à 05:57

  This  is  a  review  of  a  7  inch  between  Portugal's  Monte  Penumbra  and  Netherlands  Half  Visible  Presence  which  was  released  by  Duplicate  Records  in  the  year  of  2014  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Monte  Penumbra  a  band  that  plays  an  avant  garde  form  of  occult  black  metal  with  some  doom  metal  influences  and  their  song  "One  Is  the  Alignment  Of  Shrines".

  Their  song  starts  out  with  ambient  sounds  and  distorted  guitars  which  slowly  leads  up  to  more  of  an  atmospheric  black  metal  sound  along  with  some  grim  screams  and  there  song  sticks  mostly  to  a  slow  direction  which  also  brings  in  some  doom  metal  elements  and  melody  while there  are  also  some  fast  parts,  blast  beats  and  avant  garde  style  vocals  along  with  a  very  dark  sounding  production  and  lyrics  that  cover  Occultism  and  Death  themes.

  Next  up  is  Half  Visible  Presence  a  1  man  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  metal  and  funeral  doom  and  his  song  "Downwards  Deathmarch".

  His  song  starts  out  with  dark  ambient  sounding  synths  and  bells  before  going  into  a  heavy  and  melodic  funeral  doom  metal  direction  and  a  minute  later  grim  black  metal  screams  are  added  into  the  song  along  with  a  small  amount  of  guitar  leads  and  the  song  is  6  minutes  long  with  a  dark  sounding  production  and  lyrics  that  cover  death  themes  and  after  awhile   clean  singing  vocals  and  spoken  word  parts  start  becoming  a  part  of  the  song.

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  to  all  fans  of  the  occult,  atmospheric  and  avant  garde  black  metal  styles  as  well  as  fans  of  funeral  doom.  8  out  of  10.      



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Israthoum/Chalice Of Blood/Ascetic Temples/Sacrament of Death/Daemon Worship Productions/2014 Split EP Review

mardi 16 décembre 2014 à 05:30

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  ep  between  Netherlands  Israthoum  and  Sweden's  Chalice  Of  Blood  with  the  former's  song  being  called  "Ascetic  Temples"  and  the  later's  "Sacrament  Of  Death"  which  was  released  by  Daemon  Worship  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  split  with  Israthoum  a  band  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  atmospheric  from  of  occult  black  metal.

  Their  song  starts  out  with  a  very  fast  and  raw  90's  style  black  metal  sound  along  with  some  grim  screams  and  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  after  awhile  the  song  starts  bringing  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  atmospheric  elements  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  aggressive  spoken  word  parts  and  clean  singing  which  also  makes  the  song  have  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling  and  after  awhile  the  song  starts  incorporating  melody  along  with  some  powerful  bass  guitars  and  the  lyrics  cover  Left  hand  path  themes  while  the  production  has  a  very  dark  yet  powerful  sound.

  Next  up  is  Chalice  Of  blood  with  another  track  that  is  in  the  fast,  raw  and  occult  black  metal  direction.

  Their  song  starts  out  with  a  very  fast,  heavy  and  melodic  sound  along  with  some  guitar  leads  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  one  the  high  pitched  screams  kick  in  the  song  starts  incorporating  more  blast  beats  and  fast  yet  raw  tremolo  picking  on  the  guitars,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  death  worship.

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  occult  black  metal.  8  out  of  10.  


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Chalice Of Blood/Helig, Helig, Helig/Daemon Worship Productions/2015 EP Review

mardi 16 décembre 2014 à 05:00

Chalice  Of  Blood  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  old  school  form  of   occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  ep  "Helig,  Helig,  Helig"  which  will  be  released  in  2015  by  Daemon  Worship  Productions.

  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  ep  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavy  and  melodic  direction  and  after  the  intro  the  music  starts  going  for  more  of  a  fast  and  raw  black  metal  sound  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  high  pitched  grim  screams  which  also  gives  the  songs  an  old  school  feeling  along  with  a  very  dark  and  evil  presence.

  On  the  following  songs  the  band  slows  down  a  bit  for  a  few  seconds  at  times  bringing  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  main  focus  remains  on  a  very  fast  and  raw  old  school  black  metal  sound  which  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  melodies  at  times and  they  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  on  one  of  the  songs  while  the  last  track  also  brings  back  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  before  going  back  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction

  Chalice Of  Blood  plays  a  style  of  occult  black  metal  that  is  very  fast,  and  raw  and  also  has  more  of  an  old  school  feeling  than  most  of  the  bands  that  are  their  counterparts,  th e production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy,  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  left  hand  Path,  and  Death  Worship  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Chalice  Of  Blood  are  a  very  great  sounding  fast  and  raw  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Nightside  Serpent"  and  "Transcend  The  Endless".  8/5  out  of  10.



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Downfall of Nur Interview

lundi 15 décembre 2014 à 07:26
1. For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

Downfall of Nur is an atmospheric black metal/folk musical project formed as a solo project by myself last year.
The project concept of Downfall of Nur is based on the Nuragic civilization and the folklore of Sardinia, Italy, place where i am born and lived my childhood.

2. So far you have released 2 demo's, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both recordings and also how do they differ from each other?

Like you said Downfall of nur has two works so far, both have a raw and atmospheric sound but different orientations.
The first demo "Jhanas-Nur" has more experimental influences without leaving the black metal sound, this was the first demo and from this, the project started to have a particular focus.
The second work, "Umbras and forests" features four songs, these four demo songs originally will be used in the first upcoming Full-length "Umbras de Barbagia" but remained outside the track list. "Umbras and forests" was recorded between february and march of 2014  in the cabin of a friend in the woods, and the musical sound of this one is more atmospheric and hypnotic than the previous demo, has many ambient intervals with sounds of nature which were recorded on a trip in march realize in a mountain location.
All lyrics on this album were written in Sardinian language (Sardu).

3.Your lyrics cover the Nuragic Civilization and the folklore/paganism of Sardinia, Italy which is very original yet still perfect for pagan or black metal, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?

I was born in Sardinia, (Italy) in 1996, which is a special kind of land in this world, full of ancient traditions, tales and an immense historical past, which nowadays continues unknown to many people (and that's is good).
Downfall of Nur is an very personal protect, was born with the idea of translating this into music, make music, talking about my ancestors, my land and my roots.

4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Downfall of Nur'?

Nur is the root of the name Nuraghe, which are the main type of ancient megalithic edifice found in Sardinia developed by the Nuragic civilization, today it has to be the symbol of Sardinia.
The meaning behind "Downfall of Nur" name basically is the fall of the Nuragic civilization, anyway this name meaning goes beyond this, it is a personal perspective, which not only reflects the previously named theme, but also a social reality.

5. According to the Metal Archives page you where born and raised in Italy and now reside in Argentina, where you involved with metal in your home country and also how would you compare to the 2 countries?

At the moment I am not involved with artists or bands from Italy, got involved with music here in Argentina one year after arrival from Italy starting to go at guitar classes at 12 years old.
There is a lot of good and bad things in Italy and in Argentina too, both countries have many things in common, anyway make a comparison would take a long time.

Similar and different from each other but both are great countries.

6. With the exception of a session drummer you record everything solo, are you open to working with a full band in the future or do you prefer to remain solo?

Like I said before, Downfall of Nur is a very personal project and for the moment i just want to work with it by myself and some musician friends as guests or session players.

7. Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

I am looking for a serious record label interested in the Downfall of Nur for release the upcoming first full-length "Umbras de Barbagia", had received some proposals from small labels about re-release some work on very limited editions but still is more convenient to me and Downfall of Nur upload the album on Bandcamp and let it rotate online for free.
By this I do not mean that the small labels are crap, I really have a lot of respect to their work, and the support than they make to the underground bands, the first two works of Downfall of Nur were released by small labels.

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

Worldwide feedback is great, from Argentina and United States specialty… Will be going better in future, I´m sure about it.

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

The first full-length is already on mastering process, it will have a total of five conceptual songs with some special guest by various friends musicians as session players, maybe for end of December / early 2015, will be available.

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?

Maybe the most influential bands are Ulver, Burzum, Arckanum,  Agalloch and Darkthrone , all these somehow influenced me and the sound of Downfall of Nur, but anyway the inspiration comes from everywhere, nowadays i'm often listening some old rock and folk records of bands like Led zeppelin, Deep Purple, King crimson, Nick Drake, Vashti Bunyan and as always some metal stuff.

11. What are some of your non-musical interests?

Most of my interests rest into music, but also in everything that is art and literature.

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

Many thanks for your time and support

Best Regards


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