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Sarke/Bogefod/Indie Recordings/2016 CD Review

mercredi 20 janvier 2016 à 22:33

  Sarke  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  plays  a  raw  mixture  of  black  and  thrash  metal  along  with  some  elements  of  punk,  doom,  atmospheric  and  technical  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Bogefod"  which  will  be  rleeased  in  February  by  Indie  Recordings.   

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  Norwegian  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodic  riffing  and  grim  screams  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  thrash  elements  while  the  solos  and  leads  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  the  music  has  more  of  a  raw  feeling  when  the  music  speeds  up.

  Blast  beats  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  in  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  slower  riffs  in  the  tracks  bring  in  a  very  heavy  doom  metal  influence  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

   As  the  album  progresses  classical  guitars  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  music  along  with  some  atmospheric  sounds  and  synths  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  the  vocals  also  adding  in  a  touch  of  first  wave  black  metal,  while  later  tracks  add  in  a  touch  of  punk  and  some  of  the  riff  also  start  getting  more  technical  while  a  different  song  also  brings  in  operatic  female  vocals.   

  Sarke  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  the  traditional  Norwegian  style  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  thrash  and  doom  metal  along  with  some  technical  riffing  to  update  the  genre  for  modern  days,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  are  based  on  Norse  classic  "Eyrbyggia  Saga".

  In  my  opinion  Sarke  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  raw  Norwegian  black  metal,  doom  and  thrash  and  if you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Blood  Of  Men"  "The  Wicked's  Transient  Sleep"  "Dawning" and  "Sunken".  8  out  of  10. 

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Cultus/Gezeteld In Zegeruinen/Heiden Hart Records/2016 CD Review

mercredi 20 janvier 2016 à 19:08

  Cultus  are  a  band  from  the  Netherlands  that  plays  a  pagan  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Gezeteld In Zegeruinen"  which  will  be  released  in  February  by  Heidens  Hart  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  screams  and  blast  beats  as  well  as  some  epic  synths  in  the  background  which  are  also  only  used  briefly  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slwo,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  When  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  more  of  a  melodic  style and  the  guitar  riffs  also  bring  in  dark  sounding  melodies  at  times  while  still  utilizing  a  great  amount  of  fast  and  raw  tremolo  picking  that  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  traditional  black  metal  feeling  and  all  of  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  while  also  having  more  of  a  modern  production  and  one track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts.

  Cultus  plays  a  style  of  pagan/black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  melodic  and  traditional  sounding  in  the  90's  style,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  Paganism  and  legends  and  Sagas  of  The  Netherlands.

  In  my  opinion  Cultus  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  melodic  pagan/black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "I"  "IV"  and  "VII".  8  out  of  10.    


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Lugburz Interview

mercredi 20 janvier 2016 à 17:40
1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

B: Greetings! First of all thanks for the interest in Lugburz. We really appriciate this.

We are currently working on new material. In fact we almost had everything ready, but due to the line up problems we just have to start everything again.The line up now is Tanatos-guitars,and Berith-bass,vocals,drumms( at least till we find a devoted drummer).

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

B:It’s pure black metal. I mean we were,are and forever will be a black metal band. Triumph is more raw than Pure Misanthropy of Death. For sure we’ve achieved more brutal and maybe more technical sound with our second album. In our music you can hear some death metal,thrash metal influences. We just use every „tool”  to express ourselfs. Raw Black Metal of Death!

3.The last album was released in 2013 and before that there was no new material for 7 years and there also has not been music released in 3 years, can you tell us a little bit more about the gap in between releases?

B: Well it’s because we release our music when we think it’s ready in 100%. Of course we had some label problems( it seems that old school black metal isn’t a style which labels are looking for haha) and, as i’ve said before, line up problems also didn’t speed thing up.

4.Your lyrics do cover some anti christian, let hand path and Satanism themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the black arts?

B: Triumph indeed treat some anti christian themes but Pure is far from it. Left Hand Path is something which always attracted black metal bands in one or another way and us of course also. As it goes for Lugburz we still have this luciferian rebel and darkness. It is inspiring us in many ways, but i am very, very far from calling our music „occult black metal” or any other, nowadays terms. You know christianity is not something what interests me, and with Pure Misanthropy we’ve just realised that all this anti christianity doesn’t make sens in our case.All those band that are „screaming” about killing christians etc., and doing nothing are just fucking bullshit and we are not going to be one of them.If you preach something you should do this. I am an adversary  not only for christian god, but also for any other false demiurgic form.If you think that some pagan gods are better than christian or islamic god, because it was before them you are very wrong in my opinion. Anti Cosmic Satanism is something which define my world view and through music I am expressing this view but as i’ve said I wouldn’t call Lugburz an „ occult black metal” band.For me black metal always deals with Satan in one way or another, and if some bands don’t get this, they are not a chanells for Dark Forces but only a mindless tools.

5.I know that the bands name comes from the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien, how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?

B:I wasn’t in the band when the name has been chosen, but still I think it’s a great name for the band. It defines us in many ways. Dark Tower is not only tolkien’s invention you know, Lugburz is just one of the names for the Black Tower. But if you are looking for a greater philosophy  in our name you will be disappointed cause the name has been chosen cause of interest in J.R.R. Tolkien and not some occult,satanic rituals etc. It’s powerful, dark and obscure and that’s fine by me because our music is just like this name.If you are listening to our music you should imagine Dark Tower from which cursed souls are howling. I will just say, that not only we have chosen our name from Tolkien, Burzum, Morgoth just to mention haha.

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?

B:Hmmm it’s a hard question cause i’ve only played two times live with Lugburz, and both shows were great for me.But as far as i know shows with Witchmaster and Hell-Born were amazing. You know we are not a band which puts an altar on stage and thousand candles.It’s just not our way of expression. Of course we still use some traditional black metal stuff  like corpse paints, spikes etc.. It is about creating a dark atmosphere and we are using our music to make it, but if we will feel the need of using blood or pig heads for sure we won’t limit ourselfs.

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

B:No, for now there are no live plans cause we are just a duo. Maybe in the future we will find a devoted drummer who will play with us, but for now this case is closed. I am really into playing live, but you know we are tired of playing some shitty shows, cause it only deforms everything what we want to express. If the show is not prepared rightly it’s not good for the band and for the audience.

8.In 2006 you where part of a split with 'Meghorash', what are your thoughts on the other band that had participated on the album?

B:There are no thoughts from my side simply because his music is not interesting for me personally. Don’t get me wrong but some things which Lugburz made in the past weren’t, hmmm just to say, totally contemplated. I don’t consider this split as a mistake or something because our music, on this split, is honest and really in our style, but I think in that time band didn’t thought enough about with whom will they share this split.If there will be any splits in the future i can assure you, that we will be more conscious in this matter.Still I must say that In leauge with Satan is killer track haha.

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

B:Most of the reviews are really great. Especially after releasing Pure Misanthropy I have read only few, but very good reviews. I have sent some cd’s personally and people from Sweden, Norway, Russia and Poland of course, think this album is really strong. It’s really big thing for us that there is a feedback on what we do, since we’ve never had a strong,or any at all, promotion( even if I think Satanath Records did a great job for us!).Of course every band dream about huge events, great promotion and living from music but hey this is black metal, it’s not about money and fame!

10.When can we expect new material and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

B:As I’ve mentioned, new stuff is almost ready( I just need to learn how to play drumms haha!). We are working hard to create something different from what we’ve done in the past and, at the same time, to keep our own style. Hmmm we will see what will come, but i can assure you that it still will be solid black metal. We’ve decided to go a little bit more to the roots of black metal, more raw, less technical and simplier than Pure was.For sure I want lyrics to be more darker and possessed with the new album.We are not planing things they are just happening and we just Jump in the Fire!

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?

For sure the whole norwegian black metal scene from the ’90. Immortal, Mayhem, Burzum, Darkthrone,Gorgoroth just to mention few. For us those bands are the essence of what black metal is, but of course Venom,Celtic Frost, Hellhammer,Bathory or polish Kat are also our great inspiration. Personally, for me Live in Leipzig is the greatest black metal album of all times, Mayhem at it’s best. Nowadawys I am really into Watain, Blaze of Perdition,Vader(new album just killed me!). My greatest band of all time is Dissection, but get me right, we will never be playing like any of these band, because Lugburz is creating and not copying. I’ve always thought that original is better than hundred of copys, and we don’t need 100 Mayhems or Watains.If i want to listen to Iron Maiden i will listen to them not to some shitty band that only tries  to be greatest heavy metal band in the world.

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

B: Once again thanks for the interest in Lugburz. We hope to release new stuff in this year, so keep your eyes and ears open for the damned sounds will attack! Blackest Regards to you for keeping the Black Flame burning!

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Oranssi Pazuzu/Varahtelija/20 Buck Spin/2016 CD Review

mercredi 20 janvier 2016 à 16:38

  Oranssi  Pazuzu  are  a  band from  Finland  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  psychedelic  and  experimental  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Varahtelija"  which  will  be  released  in  February  by  20  Buck  Spin.

  Avant  garde  sounds  and  folk  instruments  start  off  the  album  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  after  a  minute  the  music  starts  getting  more  heavier  and  melodic  while  also  being  very  distorted  and  adding  in  experimental  and  psychedelic  elements  as  well  as  some  grim  black  metal  screams.

  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  they is  also  a  touch  of  60's  and  70's  psych/progressive  rock  in  the  music  at  times  along  with  some  guitar  solos  and  leads  adding  in  some  of  these  retro  sounds  while  also  being  very  modern  at  the  same  time  and  some  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  tribal  elements.

  Every  song  has  a  different  sound  to  them  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  mostly  to  a  slow  or mid  paced  musical  direction  where  there  is  a  brief  use  of  fast  playing  and  blast  beats  that  also  gives  the  music  a  raw  style  of  black  metal  on  a  few  songs  while  one  track  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing.

  Oranssi  Pazuzu  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  black  metal  while  also  being  very  psychedelic  and  experimental  at  the  same  time  to  create  a  very  original  sounding  recording  that  also  shows  progression  from  their  previous  album,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  abstact  themes  and  cosmos.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Orassi  Pazuzu  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Lahja"  "Vasemman  Kaden  Hierakia"  and  "Valveavarrus". 8  out  of  10. 


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Rotting Christ/Triarchy Of The Lost Lovers/Sleaszy Rider Records/2016 CD Re-Issue Review

mercredi 20 janvier 2016 à 15:02

  Rotting  Christ  are  a  band  from  Greece  that  has  been  around  for  30  years  and  are  a  very  legendary  and  influential  band  for  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  1996  album  "Triarchy  of  the  lost  Lovers"  which  showed  the  band  focusing  less  on  a  raw  black  metal  style  and   focusing  more  on  a  melodic  dark  metal  sound  and  the  album  was  re-issued  by  Sleaszy  Rider  Records  in  the  year  of  2016.

  A  very  melodic  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  atmospheric  and  epic  sounding  keyboards  and  after  awhile  aggressive  black  metal  screams  are  added  into  the  music  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  sound  very  powerful  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  A  lot  of  traditional  metal  influences  where  present  throughout  the  recording  along  with  the  songs  sticking  to  mostly  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction  and  they  also  bring  in  a  touch  of  the  more  melodic  style of  death  metal  at  times  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  it  displays  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  style  along  with  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  and  as  the  album  progresses  elements  of  goth  and  doom  metal  can  also  be  heard  and  when  spoken  word  parts  are  used  briefly  they  add  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling  to  the  music.

  Rotting  Christ  played  a  style  on  this  recording  that  was  still  very  much  rooted  in  black  metal  while  also  getting  more  slow,  melodic  and  atmospheric  on  this  recording  and  playing  a  musical  style  that  was  more  closer  to  dark  metal,  the  production  sounded  very  professional  for  the  era  it  was  released  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  war,  Occultism  and  Greek  Mythology  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  this  was  a  very  great  sounding  recording  from  Rotting  Christ  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  probably  already  own  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "King  Of  A  Stellar  War"  "Snowing  Still"  "Diastric  Alchemy"  and  "The  First  Field  Of  the  Battle".  8  out  of  10.  

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