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Dawnstar/Music Cassette/Lone Tower Publishing/2015 Demo Review

dimanche 27 décembre 2015 à 02:49

  Dawnstar  are  a  solo  project  from  Germany  that  plays  an  instrumental  form  of  atmospheric  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2015  demo which  was  released  by  Lone  Tower  Publishing.

  A  very  dark,  melodic,  heavy  and  atmospheric  sound  starts  off  the  demo  and  the  music  sticks  to  mostly  a  slow  or  mid  paced  direction  with  no  vocals  or  song  writing  ever  being  utilized  and  the  riffs  also  utilize  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  to  give  the  music  more  of  a  raw  sound  while  also  speeding  up  briefly  with  a  couple  of  blast  beats.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  can  be  easily  heard  on  the  recording  and  there  are  also  elements  of  ambient  being  utilized  at  times  along  with  some  thunder  sounds  and  there  is  also  a  brief  spoken  word  part  before  the  music  goes  into  more  of  an  epic  yet  very  melodic  musical  direction  and  each  track  sounds  different  from  each  other.

  Dawnstar  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  atmospheric  and  avoids  any  vocals  and  also  mixes  in  a  touch  of   ambient  to  create  a  style  that  stands  out  a  bit  more  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw.

  In  my  opinion  Dawnstar  are a  very  great  sounding  instrumental,  atmospheric  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  8  out  of  10.


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Ancestors Blood/Hyperborea/Naturmacht Productions/2016 CD Review

dimanche 27 décembre 2015 à 00:39

  Finland's  Ancestors  Blood  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  atmospheric  and  melodic  pagan/black  metal  sound  of  previous  recordings  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "Hyperborea"  which  will  be  released  in  2016  by  Naturmacht  Productions.

  Nature  sounds  start  off  the  album  and  after  a  minute  ambient  elements  find  their way  onto  the  recording  and  on  the  second  track  the  music  gets  more  heavier  and  also  adds  in  atmospheric  synths  and  grim  black metal  screams  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  give  the  music  more  of  a  classic  metal  feeling  while  also  having  more  of  a  modern  style..

  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  some  songs  also  bring  in  spoken  word  parts  which  also  enhance  the  epic  quality  of  the  recording  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody and  the  music  mostly  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction  and  they  also  bring  in  a  synth  instrumental  before  returning  back  to a  heavier  direction  on  the  following  tracks  as  well  as  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  fast  yet  raw  riffs  and  blast  beats  as  well  as  another  tracks  bring  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  and  they  close  the  album  with    very  nature  orientated  outro..

 Ancestors  Blood  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  epic,  melodic  and  atmospheric  pagan/black  metal  sound  of  previous  recordings  while  also  getting  more  melodic this  time  around,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Paganism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Ancestors  Blood  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Way  Of  the  Spirits"  and  "Funeral  Rite".  8  out of  10.


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Charming Timur/So Much, So Little, So Little, So Much/2016 Full Length Review

vendredi 25 décembre 2015 à 02:30

  Finland's  solo  project  Charming  Timur  have  returned  with  a  new  recording t hat  continues  the  alternative,  nu,  experimental  and  post  black  metal  of  previous  recordings and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  album  "So  Much,  So  Little,  So  Little,  So  Much'  which  will  be  released  in  2016.

  Ambient  sounds  start  off  the  album  before  adding  in  melodic  alternative  rock  style  guitar  leads  a  few  seconds  later  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to t hem  and  the  vocals  are  whispers  that  are  in  a  black  metal  direction  and  death metal  growls  and  clean  singing  can  be  heard  quite  a  lot  throughout  the  recording.

  A  lot  of  nu  metal  elements  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  and  the  riffs  also  have  a  melodic  yet  depressive  black  metal  tone  to  them  at  times  and  there  is  a  great  amount  of  experimentation  present  throughout  the  whole  recording  and  every  song  sounds  different  from  each  other  and  there  are  also  psychedelic  elements  being  utilized  at  times.

  There  are  plenty  of  mainstream  mid  90's  rock  and  metal  influences  mixing  in  with  the  more  extreme  genres  that  where  both  enemies  back  in  that  time  frame  and  there  is  also a  couple  of  instrumental  tracks  later  on during  the  recording  and  some  of  the  songs  also  mix  in  electronic  elements  and  more  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  are  added  onto  the  later  songs  and  when  clean  playing  is  utilized  it  gives  the  music  more  of  a  post  rock  feeling.

  With  this  recording  Charming  Timur  still  retains  a  black  metal  edge  while  also  adding  in  elements  of  death  metal  and  focusing  more  of  the  nu  metal,  alternative,  experimental  and  post  rock  influences  this  time  around  to  create  a  very  original  sounding  recording,   the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  angry  and  real  life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Charming  Timur  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  alternative,  nu,  and  post  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "My  Last"  "Gone  Blaze"  "Bad  Choice"  and  "Going  Insane".  8  out  of  10.


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Jarnvidr Interview

jeudi 24 décembre 2015 à 19:56
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
hails from France! Jarnvidr at the base, was born from the spirit of Vastara. It's a project of pagan black metal, which asserts its membership of Normandy.

2.A couple of years back you had released a full length, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
Vastara composed guitars and  drums, it sought first of all, somebody to make the bass lines, I proposed to him to record the vocals, by the same occasion.
We wanted songs effective, which could clearly translate, musically, our attraction for paganism.

3.Your lyrics cover a lot of Pagan topics, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in Paganism?
My lyrics talk about pagan topics yes, particulary links between paganism and our country, normannia, and its history...our traditions come from northmen...i wanted to affirm my opposition to monotheism, to christiannity through these topics.

4.Both of the band members have been involved in other bands or musical projects, what is it that you bring out with this musical project that you are not able to do in your other groups or projects?
yes, we are both involved in others bands, Vastara wanted to experiment a black metal project. Personnaly, i already had a pagan black metal project called Asphodeles, my first one man band.
I found that the composition of Vastara, corresponded exactly so that I wanted to express. That enabled me to work differently, to have an external point of view.

5.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding the line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?
Jarnvidr was born only for studio recording, so we prefer remaining a duo. in future, may be we could play live, it could be pleasant..but not for the moment.

6.Can you tell us a little bit about " Le rêve de Molasar"?
This collective was created, after suicide of Molasar (P.H.T.O, Suicidal Madness) in January 2011.
The purpose of it, is to honor his memory, and to make continue, the love which he had for the music!!!

bands of collective are:


actually, we are 6 members in the collective:
Me (Alrinack), Saddy, Malsain, Psycho, Ogmios, Sekt.

7.One of the band members is involved with many different bands or musical projects, where do you find the time to be involved with all these different groups or projects?
Yes, i'm involved in many bands and projects, its for me a catarsis, by this way, i can express all feelings that cross my spirit and body...hate, nihilism, melancolia, represent some many work, but with an organisation, all is possible, i give some priorities, some projects don't have time pression...i do with labels, partneers...

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and pagan metal?
since two years, on worlwide, through reviews....feedbacks of "passeur des temps" are pleasant, and positive. they give to me, desire to do a pursuit to jarnvidr, if even, Vastara is ok to continue it.

9.What is going on with the other bands or musical projects these days?
These days, some work are in progress. We are composing new albums for P.H.T.O and Suicidal madness and Uluun. I'm finishing the third demo of Loup noir, and i'm looking labels to release opus of Temple and Asphodeles. Since one month, i'm working with Kim serrano (ex- perennial isolation) on an atmospheric/depressive black metal opus...
Many live projects are in work too (uluun tour, Ysengrin...)

10.When can we expect another album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Like i said before, i esper that we'll record another album for Jarnvidr.

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?
i'm musician since many years, and so, i listen various musics, not only metal and black metal...i listen so much atmospheric black metal, many ambient projects, always old school black metal, but also  folkorics, shamanics sounds...all are influences, in my conception of musical expression!

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
to conclude, thank you for giving me this space of expression! support to underground black metal scene, like yours, is very important! continue your work!!
Hails to black metal, war is near!!

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Cryostassium/Thor Maillet/CTM3/Symbol Of Domination Productions/Metropolitan State Productions/2015 CD Collaboration Review

jeudi 24 décembre 2015 à 06:17

  Boston,  Massachusetts's  Cryostasium  and  Thor Maillet  team  up  on  this  recording  to  create  an  album t hat  mixes  experimental,  dark  ambient  and  black  metal  together  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "CMT3"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Symbol  Of  Domination  Productions  and  Metropolitan  State  Productions.   

  Programmed  beats  start  off the  album  along  with  some  atmospheric  sounds  a  few  seconds  later  that  also  bring  in  elements  of  ambient  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  and  after  awhile  the  music  also  starts  getting  heavier  and  also  brings  more  of  a  black  metal  sound  to  the  recording.

  Spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  at  times  along  with  a  brief  use  of  baby  cries  while  some  songs  also  bring  in  drones  and  nature  sounds and  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  gets  more  diverse  and  experimental  while  most  of  the  music  is  instrumental  and  the  close  the  album  with  a  live  17  minute  track  which  also brings  in  a  brief  use  of  melodic  guitar  leads.

  Cryostasium  and  Thor  Maillet  create  a  musical  style  together  that  takes  experimental,  dark  and  ambient  and  black  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  musical  style  that  is  very  hard  to  classify  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  recording  from  Cryostaium  and  Thor  Maillet  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental,  dark  ambient  and  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  duo.  8  out  of  10. 

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