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Verge/The Process Of Self-Becoming/I, Voidhanger Records/2017 CD Review

samedi 5 août 2017 à 03:53

  Verge  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  an  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "The  Process  Of  Self-Becoming"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  I,  Voidhanger  Records.

  A  very  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  that  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  the  vocals  are  all  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  Throughout  the  recording  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  pump  organs  in  the  background  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  some  of  the  tracks  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  singing  and  spoken  word  parts  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic,  modern  and  atmospheric  style and  some  of  the  tracks  also  add  in  90's  era  second  wave  influences.

  Verge  plays  a  style  of  occult  black  metal  that  is  very  modern  while  also  having  its  raw  moments,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  based  upon  the  philosopher  Soren  Kierkegaard's  theory  of  existence  stages  but  with  a  more  left  hand  path  and  Luciferian  touch.

  In  my  opinion  Verge  are  a  very  great  sounding  occult black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Aesthetic  II  _  The  Futility  Of  It  All"  "Moral  I   -  The  Decision  Behind  Calculation"  and  "Religious  II  -  Grounding  In  The  Unground".  8  out  of  10.  

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Ignominious Interview

vendredi 4 août 2017 à 17:34
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?
After the release of the new album I began to write new songs for our next material. I have already finished two of them yet. Fortunately I'm inspired again and I'm full of ideas.

2.In April you had released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
The throne and the altar spreads melancholy and decay through its fast-paced, cruel, melodic and aggressive way. I've written all music in the same vein as mid 90's northern black metal. It has more advanced song structures than the former releases. It has solos, the bass themes are more varied and the vocals are more wrathful than before.

3.This is your first album since 2011, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?
We have done few gigs in 2012 and most of the songs from The throne and the altar were finished. I have done some gigs with other black metal bands as session bass guitarist in 2013. We started to record the drums on 23 July 2014. The recording process was very slow because my private life was very busy. I moved back to my hometown and I had to put the band to sleep. The recording process ended on 22 December 2015 with the vocal recordings. I have got the final mastered version on 16 August 2016 so it was a long journey...

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
The main lyrical line is death and passing later on. The lyrical topics on our new album include the fall of royal and ecclesiastical power, too.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Ignominious'?
I always wanted a name that has negative meaning and not reserved by other bands. It's in English but it looks like a Latin word. Perfect for the band.

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?
I like every show we did. I only have good experience. We have done several shows from 2007 to 2012 in Hungary and Slovakia. Our every show was unique because we have never played the same setlist. You can view some of them on our youtube channel. There is one gig we always mention. Mortal Fest 7 in Martos, Slovakia back in 2008. That was mainly a gore/grindcore/death metal festival but we played there as a black metal band with two demos behind our back. The crowd was crazy and they liked what we have done. Great memories...

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
We don't have any request at the moment but I want to play live soon. As a first step I want to organise an album release gig here in Hungary in autumn. And before I forget the band is 10 years old this year so it deserves a show too.

8.Currently the band is signed to 'Hidden Marly Productions', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
It's a Japanese label run by Shota Oishi. He is a really cool guy. When we finished our latest album I have sent him an email and I told him we are looking for label. I would like to mention here we haven't talked since the release of Death walks amongst mortals. He was listening to Sacrilege (first song of our new album) and he liked it and he said "I can release it in April". After that I sent him the entire material then he released it. Everything went really smoothly.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
I don't remember any good worldwide feedback. I have read some foreign reviews of our demos but we had bad ratings. Our reputation is very low abroad. Not so many people know about the existence of the band. Here in Hungary we had moderate to good reviews. Nothing outstanding. We have never done any marketing before so that's why very few people know about us.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Later on my main goal is to writing music that has the perfect balance between melodic and devastating. Melodic but not soft, devastating but not boringly raw and monotonous.

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?
My major influences are 90's black metal albums. Without completeness, Gorgoroth's first three albums, Obtained Enslavement's first, Taake's first, Those of the unlight and Opus nocturne from Marduk, demo of Strid and so on. My minor influences are 80's thrash, speed, and heavy metal albums like Helloween - Walls of jericho, Viper - Soldiers of Sunrise, Cobra - Back from the dead, Dark Angel - Darkness descends, old German speed metal demos and so on. Nowadays I'm listening to old heavy metal like Tokyo Blade - Midnight rendezvous and some new bands who successfully revive the old school art. Satan's Hallow and Blade Killer for example.

12.How would you describe your views on Occultism?
In my younger days I read several books about the topic. I have always been curious about the post-mortem life. It perfectly fits in the lyrical themes of Ignominious.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you for the opportunity! Keep the black art alive! Mephyriz / Ignominious - Heralds of passing since 2007.

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AnKou/AnKourea/2017 Single Review

jeudi 3 août 2017 à 01:19

  This  is  a  review  of  another  single  from  France's  AnKou  which  which  shows  a  melodic  style  of  black  metal  with  some  death  metal  elements  from  previous tracks  and  the  song  is  called  "AnKourea"  and  features  Skyggefigurrer.

  Nursery  rhyme  samples  start  off  the  track  along  with  some  heavy  guitar  riffs  and  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later as  well  a s some  death  metal  growls  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful  and  the  track  is  6  minutes  in  length  and  also  brings  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  briefly  and  there  is  also  a  small  amount  of  melodic  guitar  leads  and  clean  playing.

  AnKou  goes  for  more  of  a  melodic  black  metal  approach  on  this  track  while  also  adding  in  touches  of  death  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  violent  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  track  from  AnKou  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  melodic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  song.  8  out  of  10.


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Misanthropic Rituals/Human Dirt/2017 Full length Review

mercredi 2 août 2017 à 06:20

  Misanthropic  Rituals  are  a  solo  project  from  New  Jersey  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2017  album  "Human  Dirt".

  Heavy  guitar  riffs  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  singing  and  thunder  in  the  background  before  adding  in  some  melodies  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  fashion  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  can  be  head which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Blast  beats  can  also be  heard   during  the  faster  sections  off  the  songs  while  the  vocals  are  a  mixture  of  both  deep  and  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  melodic  vocals  are  also  used  briefly  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  acoustic  guitars  are  also  used  briefly.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  a  couple  of  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  second  wave  influences  as  well  as  having  a  modern  atmosphere  at  times  and  clean  electric  and  acoustic  guitars  are  also  used  briefly.

  Misanthropic  Rituals  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  while  also  being  a  little  bit more  different  than  most  bands  of t he  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  nature  and  misanthropic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great sounding  recording  from  Misanthropic  Rituals  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE  "The  Coming  Storm"  and  "Serenity-In  A  Death  Filled  Paradise".  8 out  of  10.

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At Dusk/Sacerdos/Pacific Threnodies/2017 Split Album Review

mardi 1 août 2017 à 05:25

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  California's  At  Dusk  and  Sacerdos  which  was  released  by  Pacific  Threnodies  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  At  Dusk  a  band  that  plays  a  very  depressive  form  of  black metal.
  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  nature  soundscapes  along  with  some  whispers  and  spoken  word  parts  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  leads  up  to  a  more  heavy  and  melodic  direction  which  also  introduces  depressive  black  metal  screams  onto  their  side  of  the  recording  along  with  their  track  being  15  minutes  in  length  and  elements  of  ambient  are  also  used  at  times.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  their  side  of  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  some  of  the  slower  riffing  also  add s in  a  touch  of  doom  metal  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  fashion  along  with  the  song  sticking  to  either  a  slow or  mid  paced  direction  and  when  tremolo picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  song  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy while  the  lyrics  cover  nature  worship and  misanthropy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  At  Dusk  are  a  very  great  sounding  depressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.

  Next  up  is  Sacerdos  a  band  that  plays  and  ambient  form  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  ambient  sounds  and  heavy  guitar  riffs  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  and  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  while  their  track  is  almost  14  minutes  and  when  synths  are  utilized  they  give  the  song  more  of  an  atmospheric  feeling.

  A  decent  amount  of  melody  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  spoken  word parts  are  also  used  briefly  along  with  acoustic  guitars  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  the  song  sticks  mostly  to  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  history,  occultism,  philosophy  and  mythology  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Sacerdos  are  a  very  great  sounding  ambient  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.

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

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