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Nostalgie Depression/Grays Days... Sad Happiness/Depressive Illusions Records 2014 CD Review

lundi 13 octobre 2014 à 14:26

  Nostalgie  Depression  are  a  band  from  Chile  that  plays  a  very  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Grays  Days...  Sad  Happiness"  which  was  released  by  Depressive  Illusions  Records.

  Thunder  and  rain  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  tortured  human  noises  and  drones  in  the  background  which  dominate  the  first  track  and  on  the  second  song  keyboards  and  spoken  word  parts  which  are  also  used  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  as  well  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  while  the  first  2  songs  are  in  more  of  an  experimental  direction  the  music  on  the  third  song  is  where  the  black  metal  influence starts  to  kick  in  a  little  bit.

  You  can  hear  a  decent  amount  of  melody  in  the  guitar  riffing  at times  along  with  some  clean  playing  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  there  are  also  a  few  songs  on  the  recording  that  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  screams  are  added  into  the  music  they  are  high  pitched  depressive  black  metal  vocals  and  there  are  also  saw  blast  beats  and  melodic  guitar  leads  being  added  into  the  music  at  times.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  a  more  experimental  style  of  depressive  black  metal  and  the  keyboards  seem  to  have  a  more  powerful  sounding  presence  in  the  beginning  than  guitars  on  this  recording  and  when  they  are  utilized  they  bring  in  a  very  fast,   raw  and  heavy  sound  to  the  recording  and  are  a  huge  highlight  when  they  are  utilized  and  they  start becoming  a  bigger  of  the  album  halfway  throughout  the  recording  and  on  some  of  the  tracks  the  vocals  also  start  to  add  in  more  deeper  parts,  while  the  later  tracks  start  adding  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Nostalgie  Depression  creates  some  very  original  sounding  music  on  this  recording  having  its  roots  mostly  in  depressive  black  metal  which  dominates  a  good  portion  of  the  recording  while  also  bringing  in  other  tracks  that  are  more  in  an  ambient  or  experimental  direction  which  also  makes  this  a  very  diverse  recording  for  the  DSBM  genre,  the production  has  a  very  dark  and  raw  sound  while  the  lyrics  cover  misanthropy,  hate,  death  and  depression  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Nostalgie  Depression  are  a  very  great  sounding  depressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Drowning  In  Depression"  "Blasphemia"  "Dark  Skies"  and  "Endless  Stormy".  8  out  of  10.      
  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/10/nostalgie-depressiongrays-days-sad.html


Lebensnacht/uudelleensyntynyt ikuiseen pimeyteen/Naturmacht Productions 2014 CD Review

lundi 13 octobre 2014 à 09:56

  Germany's  Lebensnacht  return  with  a  new  recording  that  shows  them  continuing  the  atmospheric  and  depressive  black  metal  sound  of  previous  recordings  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "uudelleensyntynyt  ikuiseen  pimeyteen"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Naturmacht  Productions.

  Clean  guitars  start  off the  album  along  with  some  organic  and  atmospheric  sounds   and  a  few  seconds  later  spoken  word  parts  are  added  into  the  music  which  slowly  starts  building  up  to  more  of  a  heavier  musical  direction  which  also  shows  the  band  adding  in  depressive  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  going  into  more  of  an  atmospheric  black  metal  direction  along  with  some synths  being  utilized  in  the  background.

  When  solos  and  leads  are  added  into  the  music  they  add  more  of  a  melodic  sound  to  the  bands  musical  style  and  they  also  add  in  ambient  sections  at  times  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  band  starts  bringing  in  a  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  which  also  sees  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  sound  being  added  into  the  bands  musical  style  which  also  shows  them  bringing  in  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  at  times.

   As  the  album  progresses  acoustic  guitars  and  nature  sounds  can  be  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  a  small  amount of  clean  singing  and  spoken  word  parts  which  also  adds  a  more  progressive  feeling  to  the  album  when  they  are  utilized  and  the  band  also  starts  to  add  in  a  few  tracks  that  are  very  long  and  epic in  length  and  also  shows  them  finding  a  perfect  balance  between  the  clean  ans  atmospheric  parts  and  the  more  raw  black  metal  side  of  their  musical  style.

  Lebensnacht  create  another  album  that  displays  how  atmospheric  and  depressive  black  metal  should  be  played  and  they  also  add  in  more  melody,  ambient  and  progressive  elements to  create  some  well  structured  epic  black  metal  tracks,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  sounding  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  what  happens  when  darkness  and  light  emerge  into  one.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Lebensnacht  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  and  depressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Erwacht"  "Transzendenz"  and  "Ende".  8  out  of  10.

          

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/10/lebensnachtuudelleensyntynyt-ikuiseen.html


Thaw/Earth Ground/Witching Hour Productions/2014 CD Review

lundi 13 octobre 2014 à 08:27

  Thaw  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  plays  a  mixture  of  raw  black  metal,  sludge,  doom  metal,  noise  and  improv  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Earth  Ground"  which  was  released  by  Witching  Hour  Productions.

  A  very  dark  and  melodic  avant  garde  sound  starts  off  the  album  and  after  the  intro  the  music  starts  going  more  more  of  a  fast  raw  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  brutal  sounding  blast  beats  and  grim,  high  pitched  screams  and  they  also  bring  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  adding  in  some  melody  and  atmospheric  sounds.  

  After  awhile  elements  of  harsh  noise  start  mixing  in  with  the  more  black  metal  orientated  style  of  the  bands  musical  sound  and  the  band  also  brings  in  a  few  long  and  epic  in  length  tracks  which  also  shows  the  band  adding  in  some  angry  style  shouts  in  with  the  screams  as  well  as  adding  sludge  and  doom  metal  elements  into  the  slower  side of  the  guitar  riffing  and  all  of  the  musical instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  As  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  added  into  the  music  they  bring  in  a  more  melodic  edge  to  the  album  and  they  also  start  adding  in  more  drones  as  time  goes  on by and  the  music  starts  going  more  more  of  an  experimental  musical  direction  while  also  remaining  very  heavy  at  the  same  time  and  towards  the  end  they  band  also  starts  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  electronic  music  elements  while  the  last  track  also  shows  a  brief  use  of  melodic  chanting  being  utilized.

  Thaw  takes  a  sound  that  is  mostly  black  metal  and  mixes  it  in  with  some  elements  of  doom  metal,  sludge,  noise  and  experimental  as  well  as  a  decent  amount  of  melody  to  create  some  very  dark,  heavy  and  original  sounding  music,  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  sound  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Thaw  are  a  very  great  sounding  experimental  mixture  of  black  metal,  sludge,  doom  metal,  noise  and  improv  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Afterkingdom"  "No  Light"  and  "last  Day".  8  out  of  10.
      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/10/thawearth-groundwitching-hour.html


Varituuk/I, Varituuk/2014 EP Review

lundi 13 octobre 2014 à 06:20

  Canada's  Varituuk  has  returned  with  a  new  recording  that  shows  him  playing  an  instrumental  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2014  ep  "I,  Varituuk".

  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  ep  and  they  bring  a post  rock  feeling  to  the  recording  and  after  awhile  the  music  slowly  starts  to  go  into  more  of  a  slow,  heavy  and  melodic  doom  metal  direction  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  the  music  starts  to  get  more  upbeat  and  starts  to  add  in  elements  of  black  metal  along  with  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  and  as  the song  progresses  there  is  a  good  mixture  of  slow  and  mid  paced  parts.



  On  this  recording  Varituuk  brings  in  a  12  minute  track  that  is  also  the  only  song  on  the  ep  and  keeps  everything  instrumental  as  well  as  bringing  in  a  mixture  of  both  doom  and  black  metal  to  create  the  musical  sound  that  is  presented  on  the  recording  and  the  production  has  a  very  dark  and  raw  sound  to  it.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Varituuk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  both  black  and  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/10/varituuki-varituuk2014-ep-review.html


Isenblast Interview

vendredi 10 octobre 2014 à 11:09
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new ep?

We've been looking for a permanent bass player, and its been keeping us from playing any shows. We're taking the free time we have to write new material and discuss plans for future releases.


2.In August you had released a new ep, 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?

It sounds murky, raw, and evil as shit. Kinda like your generic 2nd wave bm, but with more bass so it sounds more full and heavy, instead of weak and trebly. Its a step up from our self recorded demos we've put out before, just based on the consistency. We went elsewhere for this release as we've had some technical difficulties with our recording setup.


3.When I listened to the ep every track sounded different from each other and I could hear everything from second wave and melodic black metal but also some 1st wave BM, death and thrash metal, do you feel you stand out from other bands mixing all of these different genres together?

Yeah I mean we listen to it all. I can't pinpoint one single sub-genre to restrict my writing too, it just gets too boring for me. If I like a part, I use it. Theres no thoughts like "oh this parts a little bit too death/thrash/melodic to use" we're mainly black metal, but damn you can only write so much icy cold grim riffs. I do understand that some people may get annoyed with the way we jump around and the inconsistency in our style, but those people need to die because we simply don't give a shit.


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

The stuff off the Ep is all about demons, selling your soul, becoming one with darkness... that evil shit.


5.I have noticed in the logo you had a Necronomicon symbol, does both Satanism and Occultism play a huge role in your music?

Its been a huge lyrical influence for sure. I definitely feel it in the riffs as well. Everything just has such a dark aura about it, and we're pushing for the way black metal should be.


6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?

Its been great playing with the bigger bands (Rotting Christ, Nile, Wolves in the Throne Room, Incantation, Dark Funeral) But sometimes the local shows are a bit more fun. I try and project the same emotion I was feeling when I started getting into the more darker heavier forms of metal. Theres not much I can do though, playing technical riffs and screaming at the same time, except to look as angry and scary as possible while doing it haha. I would like to incorporate a more evil appearance on stage though.


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

No not currently, hopefully we can setup a tour in the future, maybe after another release and once we get a solid bass player.


8.The ep was released by both In Satan's Custody Records and Demon Breath, can you tell us a little bit more about these labels?

They are both labels ran by different members in the band. This is the 1st release for Demon Breathe, but there will be more in the future once I build on my home studio.


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

We get a lot of great support from local fans. I've been told numerous times from different people that we are the best black/death metal band around Detroit. As for worldwide, we've sent some promotional stuff around and gotten pretty much all positive feedback so far, so things are looking pretty good.


10.What is going on with some of the other musical projects or bands these days that some of the band members are involved with?

I'm getting everything ready to record for the release of a solo epic nordic metal act I've been working on, called Icewind. It will be the 2nd Demon Breathe release, I've been eagerly waiting to record for sometime now. Also been jamming with a thrash act called Euphoria, about to be recording soon. Lord Kaiser has his own heavy metal band as well, White Magician. They have their debut EP release coming out in the near future. Our old bassist has his own Heavy metal act as well, Demon Bitch, (featuring me and Lord Kaiser as well). They just put out their 2nd release as well. Its all great music.


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

We definitely have enough material in the works for another release, we are still trying to decide whether to put out another EP before a full length, or just go straight to the full length. Our writing just keeps getting heavier and more technical. Expect more experimental writing and composing. The new stuff is sounding sick.


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

Mostly just the black/death/thrash bands from the 80's and 90's. I haven't found anything past the 90's that's really had a impact on my writing.


13.What are some of your non musical interests?

I like video games, disc golf, martial arts, skateboarding, and drinking. Music is the main one though, I do all that other stuff when I get bored of music.


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

I'd just like to say its been a great journey so far, everything we've accomplished as a band, and it means a lot to us... all the positive feedback and interviews we've been getting. It gives us great motivation to continue what we've been doing.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/10/isenblast-interview.html