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Moloch/Verwustung/Human To Dust/2014 CD Review

mardi 25 mars 2014 à 20:36

  Moloch  are  a  one  man  band  from  Ukraine  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  ambient  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2014  album  "Verwustung"  which  was  released  by  Human  To  Dust.

  The  album  starts  out  with  ambient  drones  which  also  brings  a dark  and  atmospheric  feeling to  the  recording  and  after  the  first  track  the  music  goes  into  a  more  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  along  with  blast  beats  and  grim,  depressive  screams  as  well  as  bringing  in  a  mixture  of  slow  and  fast  parts  and  you  can  also  hear  a  good  amount  of  melody  in  the  music  and  after  awhile  clean  playing  is  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  When  we  get  more  into  the  album  the  music  starts  adding  in  more  slower  parts  which  also  enhance  the  darkness  of  the  recording  as  well  as bringing  in  atmospheric  sounding synths  at  times  and  the  music  still  retains  a  great  amount  of  fast  parts  along  with the  vocals  having  a  more  suicidal  feeling to  them  and  the  music  also  incorporates  a  great  amount  of  old  school  black  metal  elements  while  always  having  a  dark  atmosphere.

   By  the  time  the  album  gets  into  the  seventh  track  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  is  brought  into  the  album  before  going  into  a  more  slow  and  depressive  suicidal  black  metal  direction  along  with  a  mixture  of  screams  and  cries  and  on  the  following  track  the  music  goes into  a  more  avant  garde  classical  direction  with  the  track  being  a  remake  of   a  Frederic  Chopin  piece  will  also  being  more  dark  and  modern  than  the  original  version  and  the  ambient  side  of  this  project  really  shines  through  on  this  song  and  the  following  track  is  a  demo  track  that  returns  the  music  back  to  black  metal  as  well  as  being  the  last  song  on  this  album.  

  With  this  album  Moloch  cut  back  on  the  dark  ambient  parts  of  the  previous  recordings  while  still  utilizing  them  in  some  parts  and  creates  a  more  straight  forward  depressive  black  metal  sound  with  this  recording  along  with  lyrics  covering  nature,  depression  and  individualism  and  having  a  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  production.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Moloch  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  depressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Todestille"  "Negativitat"  "Die  Kalte  der  Ewigkeit"  and  "Nur  de  Tod  ist  wiklich".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/03/molochverwustunghuman-to-dust2014-cd.html


Malauriu Interview

lundi 24 mars 2014 à 18:38
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Malauriu was born in 2013 from an ideo of Asmodeus (guitars, bass, keyboards and songwriter)
The band was set up with the idea of playing raw black metal inspired by the scene of the early 90’s
We are from Western Sicily and at the moment we have just released of debut EP entitled “Presagi di Morte”

2.Recently you have released a new ep, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical direction you have taken with this recording?
With this EP we have created and tested a sound withi are indeed still consolidating: raw and direct black metal with no innovation nor sound’s experimentation. To put it simple who is looking form technical and polished blackmeal should look elsewhere, on the contrary who is eager of old school black metal is welcome. We still have to work on defining our sound and on improving some things here and there, nevertheless the ep is getting positive review and is quite appreciated by the listeners.
3.Can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the new release?
The lyrics  are mostly about death, hatred, sorrow and religion.

4.The band members named themselves  Asmodeus, Otis and Marbas all goetic demon names, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in Occultism?
I have been always fascinated by Occultism. Over the year I have broaden my knowledge on the matter through books and researches. I am still pretty much into the matter.

5.I know that the band name means 'bad/ill omen' in Sicilian, what was the decision behind using it as a band name?
I (Asmodeus) am really attached to my homeland so I decided to use this term which is part of the Sicilian culture.
I did not really want to use the usual and trite Englishe names. Maybe Malauriu is a name quite difficult to grab outside of Sicily as there is not direct/simple translation but I don’t quite care about that.

6.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 performed live so far and yet we don’t have a live line up. Despite that we have got some offers to play live and we are evaluating them.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
For now live shows are not a priority of ours

8.The new ep came out on Melqart productions, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
Melqart Productions is a tiny label of ours through which we publish our material until the time we find a better label seriously interested into our music.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
On a worldwide level we have received very positive reviews, every day we get mails from every corner of the globe of people that show interest in our EP. We are happy about it and we do hope that in future we will be producing material released by a label that will make our discs circulate abroad as much as possibile

10.What is going on with the other musical project these days that the guitar player is involved with?
Urlo Nero is currently on stand by as we are fully dedicated to Malauriu. Maybe we will release another already recorded work under the name Urlo Nero, but it’s not sure yet-
11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
I see a frutiful future ahead of us, we already have many new ideas to record!.

12.What are some bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
I have been influenced by so many bands, so many that I won’t be listing them. Let’s say that I have great respect for the pillars of black metal, especially those which contributed to create  the very first scene in Norway. Also the  first wave of Italia black metal was a remarkable influence for me. Currently I have been listening a lot to Peste Noire and Inquisition. Furthermore I do listen to some other genres that have a certain degree of influence on my music.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?

Besides music I do like reading and watching movies

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

I just would like to thank Occult Black Metal Zine, all those who follow us and in general all those who support the black metal scene


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/03/malauriu-interview.html


Forgotten Deity Interview

dimanche 23 mars 2014 à 00:43
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the project?

Forgotten Deity is my one-man band. It's mainly instrumental music, depicting the beauty of nature. It takes listener into forgotten forests among pure mountains. My music is full of ambient synths, black metal guitars and slow tempo drums. Vocals (black metal screams or whispering) appear very rarely up to this moment.

2.A few months back you had released your first album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

Sound is clean and atmospheric.  Something in between Lustre, Basarabian Hills and Evergreen Refuge if comparing to other projects. 

3.Can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?

Some lyrics are about nature, other are fantasy, some are patriotic - about love to homeland, native forests and mountains. Some of them are inspired by ancient myths. But most of my tracks have no lyrics at all. 

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Forgotten Deity'?

It's a tribute to a memory of  forgotten "pagan" Gods.

5.Currently there is only 1 member involved with this project, do you feel this gives you a lot more room to be creative with your musical sound?

Yes, making music only by myself let's me do it really efficiently and I can feel free to do whatever I like with my compostions. Nobody tells me what to do. It's a complete creative freedom.

6.The new album came out on Le Crepuscule du Soir, how did you get in contact with this label and also how would you describe the support they have given you so far?

To be honest I just e-mailed the label with links to my music. It's a great label releasing great music and I'm very glad they answered. They released my CD perfectly just as I wanted it to be.

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

People comment on youtube and facebook. Those comments are mostly positive, but I'm still awaiting for the moment when my music will be really well known and noticed like Lustre is.

8.Are you currently involved with any other musical projects besides this one?

At this particular moment no, but in the past I made few amateur projects. None of them is worth mentioning.

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

I think the tracks will be much longer, and more progressive, with more samples of nature sounds.

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

I'm inspired by such bands as Evergreen Refuge, Basarabian Hills, Lustre or Summoning. I listen to various types of music from atmospheric black metal to classical music and ambient. For example I like Hyperborea ambient project. I like listening to new and not well-known things as well.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

I love fantasy literature like for example Tolkien, Sapkowski or Ursula K. Le Guin. Another one of my passions is the history of European Antiquity and early Middle Ages. I like European mythologies, esp. my own native Slavonic myths.

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

I would like to invite everybody to my youtube channel, where I upload my newest trackshttps://www.youtube.com/user/forgottendeityband

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/03/forgotten-deity-interview.html


Widerwertig/Trager rostender Maschinerie/Negation Records/2014 Full Length Reviw

dimanche 23 mars 2014 à 00:38

  This  is  a  review  of  another  recording  from  Widerwertig  with  the  music  this  time  going  for  more  of  an  instrumental  black  metal  sound  with  the  album  being  released  in  2014  by  Negation  Records  and  called  "Trager  rostender  Maschinerie".

  The  album  starts out  with  a  distorted  and  melodic  sounding  depressive  black  metal  sound  which  also  brings  in  elements  of  experimental  rock  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful  sounding  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  solos  and  leads  are  added  into  the  music  along  with  some  fast  parts  and  blast  beats.

  When  the  album  goes  into  other  songs  the  music  goes  for  mostly  an  instrumental  black  metal  sound  with  no  vocals  being  utilized  this  time  around  along  with  a  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  adding  in  elements  of  old  school  and  raw  sounding  black  metal  along  with  a  crust  punk  edge  and  after  awhile  there  is  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  before  returning  to  a  more  heavier  direction  and  on  the  last  track  elements  of  post  rock  are  added  into  the  recording.

  With  this  album  Widerwertig  stay  away  from  vocals  and  go  for  more  of  an  instrumental  black  metal  sound  while  also  adding  in  melody  and  elements  of  experimental  rock  and  crust  to  create  their  own  sound  for  this  recording.

  Song  lyrics  are  all  absent  from t his  recording  with  the  music  being  all  instrumental,  while  the  production  has  a  very  raw  and  heavy  sound  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  along  with  a  couple  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Widerwertig  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  instrumental  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Cutting  Ouroborus"  and  "Vualkhorna".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/03/widerwertigtrager-rostender.html


Widerwertig/Lobotomie/2011 Full Length Review

samedi 22 mars 2014 à 23:44

  Widerwertig  are  a  band  from  Germany  that h as  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  experimental  form  of  depressive  black  metal  with  elements  of  punk  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2011  album  "Lobotomie".

  The  album  starts  out  with  a  very  lo-fi  and  raw  black  metal  sound  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  a  few  seconds  depressive  screams  kick  in  along  with  a  mixture  of  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  after  awhile  melody  is  added  into  certain  parts  of  the  recording.

  When  we  get  more  into  the  album  elements  of  punk  rock  are  mixed  in  with  the  more  raw  and  depressive  black  metal  parts  of  the  recording  and  at  time s clean  guitars  are  added  into  the  music  briefly  before  returning  to  a  heavier  direction  and  on  one  of  the  tracks  the  bass  guitars  sound  very  powerful.

  With  this  recording  Widerwertig  played  a  more  raw  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  while t hey  do  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  punk  and  experimental  elements  they  did  not utilize  them  as  much  until  later  releases,  but  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  depressive  black  metal  recording.

  Song  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  German  and  English  and  cover  dark,  depressive  and  philosophical  themes,  while  the  production h as  a  very  dark,  raw  and  primitive  sound  to  it  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Widerwertig  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  depressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "SolEIA"  "TraumA"  and  "Senerade".  8  out  of  10.

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/03/widerwertiglobotomie2011-full-length.html