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Dauþuz/Vom schwarzen Schmied: Bergkgesænge/Amor Fati/2022 CD Review

samedi 19 mars 2022 à 03:43

 


  Germany's  Dauþuz  has  returned  with  a  new  release  which  is  a  re-recording  of  their  2021  album  with  all  clean  vocals  mixed  in  with  some  choirs  and  keyboard  passages  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  202  album  "Vom  schwarzen  Schmied:  Bergkgesænge"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by Amor  Fati.


  Atmospheric  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  album  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  at  times.  Most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  all  of  the  vocals  are  done  in  a  clean  style  along  with  some  operatic  choirs  also  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  recording.


  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast b eats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.


  Melodies  are  also  added  into a  lot  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  the  more  aggressive  side  of the  vocals  also  adding  in  touches  of  black  metal.  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  on  a  couple  of  songs as  well  as  one  track  also  introducing  classical  guitars  onto  the  recording  which  also b ring  in  elements  of  folk  music,  whispers  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while t he  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  Mining  themes.   


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Dauþuz  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  epic  and  melodic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  'Mein  Berg"  "Sagenlieder"  and  "Sargdeckel".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/03/dauuzvom-schwarzen-schmied.html


Nyctopia Interview

samedi 19 mars 2022 à 02:40

 



Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?


Well since the recording we lost Radocunt and Pan2 who disappeared during the pandemic, so we replaced him with Big Chris on the bass, I fired myself from playing guitar as I wanted to focus on vocals so we got a new guy Lex on the guitar too. As well as rehearsals and getting pure mad with it, we have a few new tunes in the pipeline..some acoustic stuff with Scottish Gaelic lyrics that we’ve been working on and some more Nyctopian occult metal songs.


2.Recently you have released your first full length, musically how does it differ from your previous demo?

Well, I was really pissed off with the first demo…In fact that was meant to be released under our earlier incarnation as Moonrape, but we were thrown out the studio in Edinburgh which was upstairs in some church. Apparently, there were too many complaints. Our band members had allegedly threatened the churchgoers as well as allegedly desecrated some items in the church. I do remember Jaan from black metal brewery making drunken speeches from the pulpit. I don’t know what the guy was expected by inviting Moonrape there to record our demo. Anyway we were thrown out and the guy gave me everything on one reel so I couldn’t mix any of it. My vocals were all in one take, I did not have the chance to do them again as we spent 2 days recording the bass. Jaan was hallucinating on some drugs that Pan1 had given him and couldn’t play, so me and Luigi played his parts. At least some band guys robbed the wine from the church before we left. I decided eventually to baptize that demo under the banner of Nyctopia as Moonrape was dead already and we play some of the old songs.


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3.Thius is also your first release in 4 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?


Well we played only 2 shows as there were a few cancelations including a show I was looking forward to with Satarial..I was also banned from some venues then the pandemic hit. We played one private gig in the crypt under my house to a handfull of people and a bigger show ”Full moon gathering“ with our friends from Sturmtiger and Rancor Profundo. Christophe Szpajdel was also there showcasing an exhibition on his art as well as Black Metal Brewery (our old Moonrape bassist) who was doing a “tap take over“ of the pub. It went down great. Our guitarist Barrat managed to lock himself in the toilets before the show then got himself thrown out of the venue, at least after we had played. We had a boa constrictor on stage and some heavy metal pole dancing ladies, good times.


Band wise it was a struggle to record the album which started at least 2 years ago. Our recording engineer disappeared for a year and when we did meet up we were that drunk and high that it was difficult to get anything done.




4.Some of your lyrics cover Occult themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in  this topic?


I don’t write the lyrics, they come to me. Some of the lyrics can be interpreted as occult but it is subject to interpretation there is a lot going on with the vocals, different people/entities are talking in some songs like the Oracle of Deception. I like to think I have a scientific mind, if not I would go insane for if you invoke the supernatural you are vulnerable to the self destructive madness of your own thoughts, in fact many of the songs are about these tormented horrors of the mind such as in Foray into Madness. For some people these delusions are a reality, if it’s just one person’s delusions you get locked in a mental health hospital, if it’s a group of people sharing these beliefs, it’s called religion. It’s a reoccurring theme in the songs actually.


5.What are some of the other lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored so far with the music?

I don’t really set out to say hey let’s write a song about going ice fishing or anything like that. I or someone else plays a riff and I visualise the vocal melody, and the lyrics just come sometimes quickly sometimes slowly, but if I’m feeling it, the lyrics will come. The new lyrics came to me in Gaelic. 


6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Nyctopia'?


Well after the demise of Moonrape and I started creating dark atmospheric music in my crypt, I needed a name that would not only encapsulate the essence of Moonrape but which covered a wider spiritual spectrum of darkness. We all live for the night and hate getting up in the morning. Nyct comes from the Greek “nyx” meaning night and utopia blended together forms Nyctopia; a utopian world of total darkness.


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

The artwork was important to me, I had the vision that every song should be reflected by an image which could also tell the story. I worked with a few artists trying explain what was going on. I think they did a great job. Hassan Grim the wizard of Azerbajan and Andrzej Kuziola


8.Has the band done any live shows or open to the idea?

Yes as mentioned before we don’t play often, but our next gig will be the album release show on the 21st May at Audio Lounge in Glasgow together with Ziegenhorn from Estonia, and including support from Glasgow bands Brainbath and Nightfighter. It’s a great venue with no security and no bar so you can bring as much booze and spiritual refreshments as you want.


9.On the album you also did a 'Grand Belial's Key' cover, what was the decision behind doing your own version of one of their songs?

This was a song that Absolute bastard the (co founding guitarist of Moonrape )now in Rancor Profundo brought to the band we used to play this live as well as Graveyard shuffle form The Devilsblood. It was Pan2 that blasted the hell out of that song, making it sound even more chaotic. My solo is pretty good too on that one.


10.On the new album you also had a guest appearance from Hoest from 'Taake', can you tell us a little bit more about his contribution to the recording?

I sent him a message hey you wanna do this part and he said he liked the song and yes. So we sent the track over, he went to his studio in Bergen and recorded it. We’re actually working on a video for that song.


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

I have no idea!


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

Well I’m hell bent on releasing some acoustic stuff in Scottish Gaelic! We’re also looking for a new drummer so if you’re reading this and live in Glasgow get in touch!


13.What are some of the bands or musical styles that the band members are currently listening to nowadays?

I listen to tavern music when I come home and drink ale. Sometimes I go to the opera at night. It depends where I am or what I’m doing. If I’m speeding at 100mph I listen to Marty Friedman’s Dragon Kiss or something like that. In my crypt I love listening to Goblin. Never get bored of it. Big Chris listens to Warduna, Barrat to a lot of obscure black metal and Lex mostly thrash I think.


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

Don’t put toothpaste in your eyes.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/03/nyctopia-interview.html


Marrasmieli/Martaiden mailta/Naturmacht Productions/2022 Full Length Review

samedi 19 mars 2022 à 02:19

 




  Finland's  Marrasmieli  has  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  for  more  of  a  melodic  and  folk  influenced  form  of  pagan  black  metal  and  this  is  a review  of  their  2022  album  "Martaiden  mailta"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Naturmacht  Productions.  


  A  very  nature  orientated  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  adding  in  some  keyboards  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  at  times.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  some  songs  also  bring  in  accordion's,  violins  and  elements  of  folk  music.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  most  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  album  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Acoustic  guitars  are  also  added  on  some  of  the  songs  as  well  as  the  nature  sounds  also  returning  on  some  of  the  later  tracks,  growls  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  album  and  spoken  word  parts,  whispers  and  clean  pagan  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  towards  the  end.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  nature  and  paganism  themes.    


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Marrasmieli  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  melodic  and  folk  influenced  pagan  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Forest  Of  My  Soul"  and  "The  Oaks  Of  England".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/03/marrasmielimartaiden-mailtanaturmacht.html


Ande/Vehemence/Naturmacht Productions/2022 Full Length Review

vendredi 18 mars 2022 à 05:01

 


  Belgium's  solo  project  Ande  has  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  for  more  of  a  second  wave  influenced  style  of  atmospheric  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2022  album  "Vehemence"  which  will  be  released  on  March  25th  by  Naturmacht  Productions.


  Atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  and  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  at  times.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  yet  atmospheric  style  and  clean  playing  van  also  be  heard  on  some  of  the  tracks.


  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  the  songs  also  add in  a  good  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  couple  of  instrumentals  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  hardship,  despair,  beauty  and  gaining  knowledge.


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


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/03/andevehemencenaturmacht-productions2022.html


Bekëth Nexëhmü/De Dunklas Gravrit/Purity Through Fire/2022 CD Review

vendredi 18 mars 2022 à 02:48

 


    Bekëth  Nexëhmü  are  a  solo  project  from  Sweden  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  goes  for  more  of  an  atmospheric  and  depressive  style  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2022  album  "De  Dunklas  Gravrit"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Purity  Through  Fire.


  Acoustic  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  dark y et  melodic  style.


  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  that  also  adds  in  a  very  depressive  tone  at  times  while  the  keyboards  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  an  atmospheric  feeling  when  they  are  utilized.  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  some  tracks  also  add  in  a  good  amount  of  clean  playing.


  Acoustic  guitars  also  make  a  return  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  a  couple  of  tracks  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  as  well  as  one  of  the  tracks  also  being  an  instrumental  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  slower  direction.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Swedish  and  cover  Anti-Cosmic  and  Dark  Germanic  Heathenism  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Bekëth  Nexëhmü  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  and  depressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Vid  Dödens  Rike" "Vargens  Stig  Evigt  Vandra"  and  "Vision  af  Hels  Prakt".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/03/beketh-nexehmude-dunklas-gravritpurity.html