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Necrolust/The Revenge Of Death/2022 EP Review

lundi 3 janvier 2022 à 04:52

 


   Italy's  Necrolust  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  for  an  old  school  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2022  ep  "The  Revenge  Of  Death".


  Horror  movie  style  synths  start  off  the  ep  and  also  mixes  in with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  at  times.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark,  old  school  yet  melodic  style  and  the  vocals  also  bring  in  a  very  grim  black  metal  approach.


  Demonic  death  metal  growls  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a raw  feeling  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.


  The  music  is  also  very heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  style  and  as  the  ep  progresses a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard,  when  spoken  word  parts  are  utilized  briefly  they  also  give  the  music  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Black  Magick,  Death,  Darkness  and  Blasphemy  themes. 


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Necrolust  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  old  school  and  satanic  black  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Black  Magick  Circle"  and  "Black  Masses  From  The  Depths".  8 out  of  10.


https://necrolust666.bandcamp.com/album/the-revenge-of-death


    


    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/01/necrolustthe-revenge-of-death2022-ep.html


Grieve/Funeral/Werewolf Records/2022 CD Review

dimanche 2 janvier 2022 à 21:16

 


  Grieve  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  very  raw  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  2022  album  "Funeral"  which  will  be  released  on  January  14th  by  Werewolf  Records.


  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  faster  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  dark  sounding  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.  A  lot  of  the  music  also  sounds  like  it  could  of  easily  been  recorded  and  released  more  than  25  years  ago  along  with  the  guitar  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  yet  old  school  style  when  they  are  utilized  and  the  whole  album  also  closes  with  an  instrumental  that  also  adds  in  some  atmospheric  sounding  synths.


  On  this  recording  Grieve  goes  for  a  more  of  as  raw  and  old  school  style  of  black  metal  in  the  90's  tradition.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  Satanism  and  Darkness  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Grieve  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  old  school  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Lethal  Wind  Of  Destruction"  "Nocturnal  Cries"  and  "Funeral  path".  8  out  of  10.


https://youtu.be/3hwOAskpZsw     


  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/01/grievefuneralwerewolf-records2022-cd.html


Fell Deeds/The Book Of Eibon/2021 Single Review

dimanche 2 janvier 2022 à 02:48

 


  Fell  Deeds  are  a  band  from  Vancouver  B.C,  Canada  that  plays  a  crust  influenced  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2021  single  "The  Book  Of  Eibon".


  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  song  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  the  vocals  being  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  mid  tempo  sections  of  the  song  also  adding  in  elements  of  crust  and  d  beat  and  the  tremolo  picking  also  gives  the  track  more  of  a  raw  feeling  when  it  is  utilized,  shouts  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  towards  the  end  a  small  amount  of  melodic  guitar  solos  and  leads  can  also  be  heard.


  Fell  Deeds  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  aggressive  as  well  as  mixing  in  elements  of  crust  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  based  upon  a  fictional  grimoire  from  the  writings  of  Clark  Ashton  Smith  that  was  also  a  part  of  the  Lovecraftian  Mythos.


  In  my  opinion  Feel  Deeds  are  a  very  great  sounding  crust  influenced  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  single.  8 out  of  10. 


 https://felldeeds.bandcamp.com/album/the-book-of-eibon

 https://www.instagram.com/felldeeds

 https://www.facebook.com/Fell-Deeds-101570142361795 


    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/01/fell-deedsthe-book-of-eibon2021-single.html


Hate Gods/Filosofia Depressiva/2022 Full Length Review

dimanche 2 janvier 2022 à 01:32

 


  Hate  Gods  are  a  solo  project  from  Brazil  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  very  raw,  depressive  and  suicidal  form  of  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2022  album  "Filofofia  Depressiva".


  Atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  while  also  bringing  in  elements  of  ambient  which  also  mix  in  with  some  of  the  heavier  songs  of  the  tracks  at  times  along  with  some  of  the  songs  also  being  instrumentals.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  depressive  sounding  black  metal  screams.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them,  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  some  tracks  also  show  an  influence  of  post  black  metal  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.


  On  this  recording  hate  Gods  takes  the  raw,  depressive,  suicidal  and  post  styles  of  black  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  very  diverse  sounding  recording.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Portuguese  and  cover  melancholic,  depressive  and  suicidal  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from   Hate  Gods  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of r aw,  depressive,  suicidal  and  post  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ascenso  Repulsvo"  "O  Dias  da  Minha  morte"  and  "Fardo  sob  Vinganca".  8 out  of  10.



 YouTube: https://youtube.com/channel/UCCdh7DE0CRpjTrv-RYbIvlQ

   Bandcamp:
 https://hategods.bandcamp.com/album/filosofia-depressiva

   Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/13JymeQBrRSvTFjqfBnRbc

   Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/profile.php?id=107963391653067&ref=content_filter

   Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hategodsoficial/

 Twitter:
 https://twitter.com/HateGods1

 Encyclopaedia Metallum (The Metal Archives):
 https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Hate_Gods/3540495512.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/01/hate-godsfilosofia-depressiva2022-full.html


Velka Interview

dimanche 2 janvier 2022 à 00:24

 

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? 

Hello, greetings from the rainy Basque Country. First of all, thank you for the interview and apologies for the delay in answering it, it has been impossible for us to do it before. The band was formed in January 2020 just before the pandemic, without much expectation, but as with the lockdown we had more time to compose and we saw that the project was flowing, we decided to continue with it in a more serious way, and so on until today. The pandemic has delayed us for a few months, since initially we thought that by the end of spring we would have the album finished, but in the end it came out at the beginning of December. It has cost a lot of work and time, but finally the album "Purgatori Ignis Iucidium" is in our hands. Since the release we have been quite busy with the remaining promotion, the album sales (both on CD and digital, via bandcamp), sharing reviews, preparing interviews and so on. 

2.Recently you have released your first full length, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording? 

Prior to this debut album we had basically done a demo song with a very homemade and rough production and mixing, and then a promo song, this time with a better production. Since then, our style has evolved to something not so crude or so completely oldschool, we have added layers to our music, working a lot in the compositions and adding many details from various sub-styles of black metal and metal in general, so that listening to the album is not monotonous and the album seems better each time you listen to it. There’s quite a lot going on if you take the time to listen carefully. We think we have achieved a more mature sound, with plenty of details, surprises and influences, but without losing the violence and speed of our beginnings. We must also highlight the work of Oscar (ART Dystopia Studio) with the mixing and mastering of the album, which has been crucial for the definitive sound of Velka's album. 

3.The lyrics on the album are a concept album, what are some of the inspirations you have for your songwriting? 

As you have said, our lyrics revolve around a concept, as they follow the narration of a murky and decadent personal story of descent into the depths of the psyche. Our main lyrical themes talk about guilt, purgation, loneliness, consternation, despondency, the limits of sanity, the consequences of the loss of faith, hope and humanity… The inspiration comes mainly from life, the lyrics are really quite autobiographical in a sense. Some of the inspiration also comes from a couple of horror movies, a videogame saga and some literature, but generally speaking it’s just life.

 4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Velka'? 

The name of the group refers to Velka, the goddess of sin in the universe of the videogame saga Dark Souls. We chose this name because we are followers of this saga, as well as for the deity herself, taking the values that she represents as an influence for some of our lyrics: Sin, punishment, absolution… 

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?

 The artwork for the album cover is done by Silvpheric (Rather Dark Art), an artist we found on instagram. When we came across its work we loved it immediately and soon selected one of its pieces of artwork, explained the necessary changes we wanted and had our album cover’s artwork done in no time. We believe that it perfectly symbolizes the concept of the album and that it fits very well with the title itself. We are very happy with this front cover and will probably work with Silvpheric again. Highly recommended artist, for sure. 

6.I have read that the band prefers to keep a low profile with no shows and also keeping the band members names anonymous, what kind of impact does this have on the musical style that you play?

 Yes, this was decided when the band was formed, even before uploading the demo of "The Imposed Punishment", wanting to get people to pay attention only to the music and the concept of the band. The lyrics and our way of communicating follow the same ethereal band concept, in which individual members don't matter. It is true that this also affects to a certain extent when it comes to being able to publicize and promote the album, but for us it is more important that we are all one, that everything we do is only Velka. 

7.Do the band members have any experience playing in other bands or musical projects before forming this band? 

Yes, we are and have been part of bands and projects of similar styles, but we can say that this is our first black metal project of a certain repercussion. Anyway, Velka has now become very important to us. 

8.The album was released through both “Base Record Production” and “Necromance Records”, how would you describe the support that they have given you so far? 

We are very grateful for the trust Base Record Production has had with Velka by quickly signing us up to the label and offering us the deal. Gaspar (BRP) has been very important for the release of the album. As for the promo, we are practically taking care of everything, with our means and investing a lot of time and well, we are not doing so badly. Although we see that many blogs, websites, etc. ignore us, we also see how good the reviews and the feedback from the general public are being, which motivates us a lot. Soon we will prepare a limited run of t-shirts and we are also in search for a label that releases our debut on vinyl, although we know that it is complicated due to the length of the album. Step by Step. 

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

 Taking into account that we are a totally underground and anonymous band, the feedback has been very good until now: People have bought us CDs from many parts of the world (UK, Germany, USA, Canada, Japan, Italy, The Netherlands, Israel…), we are getting some public support, the reviews have been excellent for now, etc. We hope that this trend continues and that we can reach more and more people soon. 

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future? 

That's a good question, really in the last songs that we wrote for the album (and in the added details and last minute arrangements for the previous songs) we added more variety of rhythms and ideas, like a logical evolution of Velka's music. We suppose that we will explore more branches of the genre but without losing our speed and fierceness altogether, although until we start to bring out new songs and see where the music leads us at that moment we will not know anything for sure. What is clear is that Velka will continue to be Velka, although probably with more nuances and a greater sound variety. 

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? 

At the beginning, our main influence for Velka was the scandinavian black metal of the mid-late 90s, but we have added a lot of variety: melodic fragments, some black/death, some depressive and melancholic parts, lots of aggressive rhythms and even some post black metal details, everything done in a way that fits within the Velka universe. On a personal basis, our influences are really diverse and we listen to a lot of different kinds of music, but focusing on music more akin to Velka, lately we are listening to Lostregos, Akhlys, Ur, Sinira, Etxegiña, the 3rd and the mortal, Uada, Wrath of Echoes, TriumphGenus, Dissection, Immolation…

 12.Does Satanism or Occultism play any role in your music? 

There may be something of those beliefs and practices within each one, especially on a personal level. In the songs of Velka there may be some traces of it, but we mainly leave these beliefs for the personal sphere. Velka is more conceived for talking about the mental states that each one goes through during the darkest stages of life, without directly referring to any satanist or occultist component.

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

Thank you very much for your time, your attention, and for your good words towards our album. We hope that your readers will give our album a chance, since we believe that they will not be disappointed and that they will enjoy an hour of black metal full of violence and speed, surprises, variety and trips through many styles of the genre. To get copies of our CD people should go to our bandcamp or write to us directly in the directions that we leave below. Thank you very much and greetings! 

https://velkablackmetal.bandcamp.com/music 

https://www.facebook.com/velka.blackmetal.5/ 

https://www.instagram.com/velkablackmetal/ 

velkaband666@gmail.com  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/01/velka-interview.html