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Blasphemovs War/Self Titled/Entocomophobic Records/2020 Demo Review

mercredi 24 juin 2020 à 21:09

  Blasphemovs  War  are  a  band  from  Venezuela  that  plays  a  very  raw,  old  school  and  satanic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2020  demo  which  was  released  by  Entocomophobic  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  demo  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Most  of  the  music  is  also  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  and  early  2000's  era  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts   while  guitar  leads  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  the  second  track  and  both  songs  stick  to  more  of  a  raw  and  aggressive  musical  direction.

  Blasphemovs  War  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  old  school  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Anti  Christianity,  Blasphemy,  War,  Darkness  and  a  Hatred  For  Humanity.

  In  my  opinion  Blasphemovs  War  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  old  school  and  satanic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Black  Holocaust".  8  out  of  10.

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https://www.facebook.com/blasphemouswar/
https://entocomophobicrecords.bandcamp.com/…/blasphemovs-wa…

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/06/blasphemovs-warself-titledentocomophobi.html


Svarteld Interview

mercredi 24 juin 2020 à 20:37
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

I've been involved in music since the early 90's but it hasn't led to anything really. The foundation for Svarteld was probably born back around 04-05.
I have a tendency to start a project and then my brain over analyze everything and it often leads to the conclusion tat it sounds like shit and then I scrap it.
But this time around I was hellbent on getting it done and with the help from Daniel at Urkraft Fanzine I managed to get a demo done.



2.So far you have released a demo and a split, musically how do they both differ from each other?

Its basically all the same, the big difference between the split and the first and second press is that it has live drums and bass. On the first and second press (cassette) there wasn't any bass at all and the drums where programmed on my computer.



3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored so far with your music?

I wanted to tell a tale that has been growing in my mind for some years now. So it's a conceptual demo. It all takes part in the age when Christianity spread in to Scandinavia and especially Sweden. Though it's a fictional story and not really based on real history. In my story the natives battle the christians and the whole thing ends up with the christians in a big pile, maimed and burned.
The only thing based on real history is the way christians acted and how they forced people to adapt to their religion.



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

Svarteld translates into Black Fire.
It was Daniel at Urkraft that came with the name and I thought it fitted perfectly for what I wanted to tell with this project. Dark fucking hatred which ends in oblivion for christianity.


5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on both of the releases?

The front cover is a picture taken by Daniel (he has helped me alot).
It represents an Rune stone which is part of hour heritage and in the background the cross stands like a forgotten relic that is soon to be destroyed.

On the cassette releases I had the same cover but there was also a nature photo that was taken by me. On the first press of the cassette which I released myself there was an "poster" as well with a picture of a small lake and the logo. On the back of it you'll find the lyrics and also and old weapon shield for the province I come from.


6.With this project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?

That's not enteriley true.
I recorded all the guitars, vocals and programmed the drums on the two first presses. The guitar solo on Galder över Sejden was done by Jakob Björnfot from Kvaen.
On the split and on the third cassette press (actually number four) I had a drummer, Jimmy Svahn. He made the demo so much more alive with his drumming. I also had a bass player, Osgilliath (plays live guitar in Mist of Misery and live bass in Seid) and he did some really great stuff with a slightly punk'ish undertone to it. Turned out to work perfectly.

So I'm definitely open for the idea to work with others. We've even talked about doing some live gigs but only time will tell.


7.So far you have worked with 'Burning Skull Records' and 'Morbid Chapel Records' on the physical releases, you you feel both of these labels have been very helpful when it comes to getting your music out there heard?

I've also worked with Marwoaleth Records in UK. He released the second press of the tape on red shells. There was some misunderstanding so the batch he got was black shells, the company also sent the right ones. So the second press turned into one batch of black and one with red shells.

But to answer your question, yes I do feel that they helped me alot. I just think it's great that someone wanted to release it. To get it on vinyl means alot as well. I collect vinyls and cassettes so it was a big moment. Though I think I've gotten the biggest response after Morbid Chapel released his press of the cassette.


8.Recently you where a apart of a split with 'Universal Disorder', what are your thoughts on the other musical project that was a part of the recording?

I hadn't actually heard anything with them before I was asked to be on the split. But it's really good stuff. Much more melancholic and dark than my material. Which I think worked great for the split release! No sense in having two bands that sounds the same.


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

It hasn't gotten alot of attention but the feedback I've gotten is good. The common term seems to be icy cold and raw. I'm okay with that, kinda was my goal. But with lots of melodies.


10.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future?

I'm working on new material every chance I get and my goal is to have the first album done by the end of this year. Jimmy and Osgilliath is aboard with this one as well and this time we'll take it as it comes. Don't want to rush things. One track is done and four more in the works.

I don't know about the future though. I will probably release more material but I don't know if we'll go playing live. Only time will tell.

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?

How much time do you have? Haha, but to name a few influences.
Mörk Gryning, Darkthrone, Naglfar, Catamenia, Windir, Sorhin, Blot Mine.

What I listen to though is so diverse and its to many bands to go into.
But everything basically. No rap or dansband (dance band) , Swedish equivalent for Country, doesn't sound the same but it holds the same meanings.



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

Thanks for the interview and the review. Keep an eye out for the album. It will have the same

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/06/svarteld-interview.html


Petricor/Australis/2020 Full Length Review

mercredi 24 juin 2020 à 11:03

  Petricor  are  a  solo  project  from  Chile  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2020  album  "Australis".

  Water  sounds  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  All  of  the  drum  beats  are  also  programmed  while  all  of  the  songs  are  also  instrumentals  along  with  the  music  also  having  its  repetitive  moments.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  the  music  also  getting  very  atmospheric  sounding  at  times,  one  track  also  introduces  keyboards  onto  the  recording.

  Elements  of  post  black  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  music  along  with  one  track  also  introducing  acoustic  guitars  onto  the  album.  All  of  the  songs  also  sound  very  different  from  each  other  as  well  as  a  alter  track  also  bringing  melodic  guitar  leads  onto  the  recording,  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction  and  the  production  also  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  Petricor  are  a  very  great  sounding  instrumental  and  atmospheric  post  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "I"  "IV"  and  "VI".  8  out  of  10.

https://petricormetal.bandcamp.com/releases  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/06/petricoraustralis2020-full-length-review.html


Cancer/Opioid/2020 CD Review

mercredi 24 juin 2020 à 09:17

  Australia's  Cancer  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  depressive  style  of  black  metal  from  their  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2020  album  "Opioid"  which  will  be  released  in  August.

  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and r aw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  yet  depressive  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  At  times  the  vocals  also  get  very deep  sounding  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  One  song  also  introduces  clean  playing  and  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  recording  along  with  the  tracks  also  add  in  a  good  mixture  of old  school  and  modern  influences,  the  closing  track  is  also  long  and  epic  in  length.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  based  upon  19th  century  English  essayist  and  pioneer  of  addiction  literature,  Thomas  De  Quincy.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Cancer  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  depressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Dreamer"  "The  Depths  III  -  The  Dames  Of  Affliction"  and  "The  Depths  VI  -  In  Memorium".   8  out  of  10.

facebook.com/canceraus
canceraus.bandcamp.com 

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/06/canceropioid2020-cd-review.html


Caedes Cruenta/Ερείπια Ψυχών/Helter Skelter Productions/Regain Records/2020 Album Re-Issue Review

mardi 23 juin 2020 à 21:21

  Caedes  Cruenta  are  a  band  from  Greece  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  an  old  school  and  Hellenic  form  of occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Ερείπια  Ψυχών"  which  will  be  released  in  July  as  a  joint  effort  between  Helter  Skelter  Productions  and  Regain  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  ritualistic  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  while  also  introducing  clean  playing  and  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  recording  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  music  also  being  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  Greek  style.

  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  along  with  some  synths  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  the  music  also  bringing  in  the  use  of  two  bass  guitars.  Whispered  vocals  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as  the  songs  also  having  their  atmospheric  moments,  keyboards  are  also  added  on  some  of  the  tracks.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  the  closing  song  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  are  also  written  in  a  mixture  of  English  and  Greek  and  cover  Occultism,  Ancient  Rituals,  Mysticism,  Greek  Mythology  and  Darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Caedes  Cruenta  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  old  school  Hellenic  occult  black  metal, you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Mystical  Ritual  Of  The  Dark  Priests"  "Aura  of  Immortal  Souls"  and  "The  Crescent  Symbol  of  The  Apocalypse".  8/5  out  of  10.

 https://www.facebook.com/Caedes-Cruenta-112443672198855/



    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/06/caedes-cruenta-helter-skelter.html