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Myrrdin/Profane Metaphysics (Recovered Demos 2003-2006)/2015 Full Length Review

mercredi 7 janvier 2015 à 03:26

  Myrddin  are  a  1  man  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  with  a  musical  style  that  mixes  atmospheric  occult  black  metal  with  dungeon  synth  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2015  recording  "Profane Metaphysics (Recovered Demos 2003-2006)"  which  is  a  compilation  of  demo  songs  from  the  early  2000's  and  display  more  of  a  raw  approach  to  black  metal   while  still  being  very  atmospheric.

  Nature  sounding  and  dark  dungeon  style  synths  start  off  the  compilation  and  after  a  minute  the  music  starts  bringing  in  more  of  a  raw  and  lo-fi  black  metal  sound  along  with  some  clean  singing  vocals  and  a  few  minutes  later  melodic  and  atmospheric  elements  are  added  into  the  music  and  a  good  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  When  synths  are  utilized  more  they  bring  in  more  of  a  dark  ambient  feeling  to  the  songs  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  adding  in  grim  screams  that  are  mixed  down  low  in  the  mix  as  well  as  the  heavier  sections  mixing  in  with  the  more  atmospheric  synth  sound.

  As  the  compilation  progresses one  of  the  tracks  also  brings  in  melodic  Gregorian  chants  while  the  later t racks  go  for  more  of  a  raw  and  experimental  ambient  black  metal  sound.  which  also  brings  in  rain  sounds  and  clean  playing  at  times  while  one  of  the  later  tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melodic  guitar  leads  and  the  last  track  also  shows  the  music  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  samples  along  with  the  track  going  for  more  of  an  ambient  direction.

  With  these  demo  tracks  Myrddin  played  more  of  a  raw  style  of  black  metal  while  the  atmospheric,  ambient  and  dungeon  synth  elements  which  dominated  alter  recordings  are  also  present  on  some  of  the  songs,  the  production  sound s very  dark,  raw  and  lo-fi  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occult  and  Metaphysical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Myrrdin  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw,  atmospheric  and  ambient  forms  of  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Invocation  Of  Plague  Winds"  and  "Profane  Metaphysics".  8  out  of  10.

 

        

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/01/myrrdinprofane-metaphysics-recovered.html


Dzoavits/Demo 2014 Review

mardi 6 janvier 2015 à 11:31

  Dzoavits  are  a  band  from  Florida  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  melodic  style  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  demo  which  was  released  in  2014.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  melodic  guitar  leads  which  are  also  used  again  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  start  off  the  demo  which  leads  up  to  high  pitched  screams  being  added  into  the  music  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  more  modern  style  of  the  genre  along  with  some  melody  also  being  added  into  the  guitar  riffing  at  times.

  Throughout  the  recording  there  is  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  at  times  the  vocals  get  more  deep  and  add  in  a  touch  of  death  metal  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  good  amount  of  90's  black  metal  influences  but  adding  in  a  more  modern  approach  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Dzoazvits  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  melodic  as  well  as  mixing  the  second  and  third  wave  sounds  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own  and  there  is  never  a  soft  or  weak  moment  to  be  heard  anywhere  on  the  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  yet  powerful  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Egyptian  and  Greek  Paganism  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Dzoavits  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  aggressive  and  melodic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Betrayal  Of  Azazel"  and  "Night  of  Pan".  8  out  of  10.    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/01/dzoavitsdemo-2014-review.html


Dead In The Manger/Cessation/20 Buck Spin/2015 CD Review

mardi 6 janvier 2015 à 06:19

  Dead  In  The  Manger  are  a  band  from  Washington  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  war  metal,  depressive  black  metal  and  grindcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Cessation"  which  will  be  released  in  February  by  20  Buck  Spin.

  A  very  dark  and  distorted  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  playing  which  is  also  used  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  as  well  and  after  a  minute  the  music  goes  into  a  heavier  direction  and  also  brings  in  depressive  black  metal  screams  along  with  some  elements  of  sludge  and  doom  metal  as  well  as  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  the  album  starts  bringing  in  more  of  a  raw  style  of  black  metal  as  well  as  utilizing  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  as  the  album  progresses  they  start  mixing  grindcore  in  with  the  black  and  war  metal  elements  of  the  bands  musical  style  which  also  shows  deep  blackened  death  metal  growls  being  used  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  As  the  album  progresses  more  experimental  sounds  are  added  onto  the  recording  while  the  main  focus  remains  on  more  of  a  dark,  raw  and  heavy  sound  which  also  shows  the  band  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  melodic  guitar  leads  and  a  touch  of  post  black  metal  and  the  last  track  is  very  long  and  album  in  length.

  Dead  In  The  Manger  continue  the  black  metal  and  grindcore  mixture  of  previous  releases  while  also  bringing  in  more melody  this  time  around  and  focusing  more  on  the  depressive  side  of  the  black  metal  genre,   the  production  sounds  very  dark  yet  powerful  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Dead  In  The  Manger  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Part  II"  and  "Part  VI".  8  out  of  10.   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/01/dead-in-mangercessation20-buck-spin2015.html


From Hell Interview

mardi 6 janvier 2015 à 04:24
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?


Basically we play more melodic black metal with lots of influent from progressive, folk and ambient elements. Our lyrics have mythology, legend and pagan culture of our ancestors. All of these started from 2004, which develop our music into a more mature and developed one like our music now.



2.In 2013 you had released your first album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?


In 2013 we released our first 巫峽 Dynasty single and then we continue with full album creation with same title which was completed in mid 2014. Since we want our first single fully developed, we absorbed many influence from eminent international black metal artists, who are not too far from our characteristic. Also we put a little bit progressive material here because those dynamics are very fun (as uniqueness is our trait), clear, modern, melodic sound ambience play a huge role in the chord harmonization, obviously with rapid drum tempo and the dynamics which makes the listeners’ ears as pleasant as possible enjoying journeys in our world.

3.The band has been around since 2004 and so far have only released one album, can you tell us a little bit more about the first 9 years?

In early 2004 when we first started, we were still young and inexperienced, that time we were still in university in self discovery phase. As campus band that time we had full formation (5 members) and drove us to be more eager on doing live performance. Gigs after gigs we did from within our city to some very far cities. Making connections on the scenes was something we considered important that time. We started with playing our idols covers and started to create our own new songs. Numerous member changes were unavoidable because of vision and integrity differences which impacted on delays in recording process.
Since early 2012 we decided to go duo (Dedi Sadikin as the vocalist and Derick Prawira as the drummer). We had thought to have a break and stop the band for a while, as we were separated by provinces which discouraged us to see each other. Progress in technology and the supports from our new friends on the scene are the integral factor which motivated us to keep going through with FROMHELL.



4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?


The lyrics tell about dark realm, magic, myth creatures, wars mixed with oriental tradition and culture. The sole purpose to explore this music is to take the listeners to an enigmatic dark dimension full with magic, wars and very strong culture mission, where fundamentally people are not far from their ancestors influence and should reflect on them.


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

We, in deed, did not really focus on the meaning and the philosophy aspects the time we chose the band name. We just thought that name sounds cool for a metal band. That name was originated from a movie title From Hell (starred by Johnny Depp), a dark and horror movie about a mysterious killer Jack The Ripper. That was how we agreed to use the name.
But then we realized that name is an important aspect of band identity and we had a thought to change it. But we didn’t do it because we felt that we have a name which was authentic. We have already had that name for 9 years. There are many bands called from hell, even the latest Paul Bostaph’s (Slayer) have the same name as ours.


6.Currently there are only 2 members in the band are you planning on expanding the line up in the future or do you chose to remain a duo?

In the future we are open to possibility to add new members, who clearly have to have the same vision and integrity as us, as these far the problem is the difficulties in finding those characteristics. But for now we are quite comfortable with this condition, where we can pour out really original ideas and limitlessly explore.


7.Recently Naturmacht Productions have re-issued your 2013 album, what are your thoughts on the final product?

We think Naturmacht has been very well in composing every release, start from their artists, time management and very neat production quality and professionalism. We believe the result is not disappointing. One attribute we value is Naturmacht has marketing strategy which we think very well and objective, everything is handled equivalently.

saya rasa naturmacht sudah dengan sangat bagus dalam mengemas setiap rilisannya, mulai dari penanganan artis-artisnya, manajemen waktu, kualitas produksi yang rapih dan professional, dan saya yakin hasilnya tidak mengecewakan, satu hal  Naturmacht memiliki strategi penjualan yg menurut kami cukup baik, dan tidak memihak, semua ditangani secara merata.

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

So far we had wonderful feedback, just like the listener responses who wrote to us asking many things about FROMHELL, several international webzine who have gave us positive review with alright rank/score, which help us in spreading the information about and promoting this album, as well as a number of interview from blogs we received. One thing that surprised us is when the album is listed in progressive metal category in a prog web scene we found.


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

We have a grasp on a number of materials and new inspirations. Perhaps we will start the recording process in mid 2015. We hope they can be released during mid 2016. We are not in haste in this because in our norm, creating developed piece of work is fundamental. In the future maybe we will keep experimenting and adventuring. Maybe the black metal characteristic will be deepened in our future works.


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?

We listened to many genre of music, not only metal. Some world/folk music are really inspiring for us, such as Huun-Huur-Tu a group of throat singing from Tuva -russia, and we will certainly keep exploring Asian oriental melodic in the future. But basically we, still, are inspired by internationally well known black metal group from ulver, windir, until Heimdal Wacht, and even progressive groups from Marillion until Pagans Mind.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Something mythical, culture, history/ legend, and philosophy related will always be intriguing for us. We like to surf on local pre-historical to look into and grasp the aura behind, other than information technology stuffs which we engaged with daily in here.


12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
We would like to thank you for this interview opportunity and to Naturmacht production, as well as everyone who has listened to and buy our first album. We hope you guys can listen and feel what we want to convey. Thank you.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/01/from-hell-interview.html


Astral Blood/Self Titled/Tridroid Records/2015 EP Review

lundi 5 janvier 2015 à 03:46

  Astral  Blood  are  a  band  from  Minnesota  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  and  epic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2015  ep  which  will  be  released  in  February  by  Tridroid  Records.

  A  very  dark,  atmospheric,  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  high  pitched  screams  make  their  presence  known  a  few  seconds  later  and  they  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  death  metal  growls  at  times  along  with  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  When  synths  are  used  in  the  music  they  bring  in  an  early  Emperor  influence  into  the  bands  musical  style  along  with a  small  amount  of  clean  singing  being  utilized  in  some  parts  of  the  songs  as  well  as  a  brief  interlude  that  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  and  the  leads  and  solos  the  band  uses  are  in  a  very  melodic  musical  direction  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Astral  Blood  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  melodic,  atmospheric  and  epic  as  well  as  being  rooted  in  the  90's  Norwegian  second  wave  style,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  yet  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover darkness  and  occult  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Astral  Blood  are  a  very  great  sounding  epic  and  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Our  Almighty  gaze".  8  out  of  10.

 

    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/01/astral-bloodself-titledtridroid.html