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Ungfell/Totbringaere/Eisenwald/2019 CD Re-Issue Review

dimanche 23 juin 2019 à 06:30


 
  Ungfell  are  a  band  from  Switzerland  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  folk  inspired  form  of  atmospheric  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Totbringaere"  which  will  be  re-issued  in  August  by  Eisenwald.

  Water  sounds  and  folk  instruments  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  ritualistic  sounding  percussion  also  being  utilized  at  times.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  acoustic  guitars  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music  and  during  the  faster  sections  pf  the  songs  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  songs  also  having  their  atmospheric  moments  and  they  also  mix  the  folk  elements  into  the  heavier  sections  of  the  recording  at  times.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  when  clean  vocals  are  utilized  they  give  the  music  more  of  a  pagan  metal  feeling  and  as  the  album  progresses  growls  can  also  be  heard  in certain sections  of  the  recording  and  the  screams  also  start  adding  in  a  touch  of  dsbm.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics are  written  in  Swiss  and  cover  medieval  death,  horror,  filth  and  sinister  witchcraft  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Ungfell  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  folk  inspired  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Die  bleiche  Gottin"  "Der  Uzsieche  und  sine  Grimmede"  and  "Der  Opfersprung".  8/5  out  of  10.

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKA7KCIvwGs     

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/06/ungfelltotbringaereeisenwald2019-cd-re.html


Svaldilfare/Fortapte Roetter/Naturmacht Productions/2019 CD Review

dimanche 23 juin 2019 à 05:20

  Norway's  solo  project  Svaldifare  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  raw,  melodic  and  atmospheric  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2019  album  "Fortapte  Roetter"  which  will  be  released  in  July  by  Naturmacht  Productions.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  while  clean  pagan  vocals  are  also  utilized  at  times  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  One  track  also  introduces  spoken  word  samples  onto  the  recording  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  also  adding  in a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  a  lot  of  the  guitar  riffing  as  well  as  the  music  also  getting  very  atmospheric  sounding  at  times.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts,  acoustic  guitars  and  synths  can  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Norwegian  and  cover  Love,  War,  Scandinavian  Heritage,  Paganism  and  Nature  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Svaldifare  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out t his  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Tenn  Flammen  Paa  Ny"  "Hordalands  Skimmer"  and  "Sjoelvmord".  8  out  of  10.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IugrjW85WIA

 

    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/06/svaldilfarefortapte-roetternaturmacht.html


Nocturnes Mist Interview

dimanche 23 juin 2019 à 03:43

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

Since the recording of the new album " Marquis of Hell" new material has been written  and  is at recording stage now. Some new themes/concepts are being discussed to compliment the sound.

2.In June you have a new album coming out, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

There is a notable difference in the vocal style considering it has 3 different members on vocal duties which definitely differs from past works. But musically it is still in the same vein as the previous albums, there probably is a natural progression compared to past works. Overall we still have the same vision that we started out with. We are not band wagon jumpers, we don't follow the latest trend in the sphere of what is heaped on a pile that is labelled "black metal". We always have and always will play cold, evil and hateful black metal!

3. A lot of your lyrics deal with Satanism and Occultism, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?

As a collective we are all in agreement as far as a black metal band is concerned the ideology is first and foremost. Without this Nocturnes Mist wouldn't be a black metal band. As individuals the inspiration from which we find in the occult and Satanism as to how we live our lives and perceive what is happening in the world in we currently live in (the modern day) which disgusts us is more personal. Compared to ancient times when most opposers were labelled such for creating dark arts it has become more symbolic to people like us. Now with increased censorship and all these new PC laws being enforced it's almost getting to the point where we will be labelled as heretics once again. We are the modern day opposers as individuals and a collective.

4. In the earlier years I have noticed there was a huge gap in between releases with the first full length coming out in 2009 after a couple of demo's and and ep while another full length was not released until 2016, can you tell us a little bit more about the earlier years?

The early years were quite hard due to not having a label and next to no finances.  Back then owning a 4 track was what bands with money owned. We wrote songs in the early years and recorded them with a tape deck which we never released. We did save some money and entered a studio in '98 which resulted in the 'Southern Storms' EP or Album which was mixed and produced by some cunt that had no idea. A few years later we did a 4 track recording for a demo tape which was sold at shows. Various other methods were used to do other recordings of the material which made it on to the first album 'As Flames Burn' which was recorded many years before the official release date. Also there was a time when the band literally lived approximately 2000 kilometres apart and had no way of recording via correspondence, one demo was recorded during this time .

5. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Nocturnes Mist'?

Music inspired by night/darkness shrouded in mist.

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

The cover art depicts  the demon Andras. The artwork was penned by the talented  Jenglot Hitam whom we have worked with in the past. Andras has under his command 30 legions of demons who's only directive is to kill men.   He appears with a winged Angel's body and the head of an owl or raven.  He rides a black wolf and wields a sharp bright sword.  Cruel and spiteful is the Marquis of Hell!

7. The band has been around since 1998 what is it that motivates you to keep going after 20 years?

We actually formed in 1996 contrary to what the expert metal sites say. As stated earlier a deep seated hatred for the world we live in plays a large part. A dedication to our original vision and sticking to it unlike many bands that formed around the same time only to fall off the edge of the world and move on to the next sub genre. It is something that is a part of us and a legacy to leave behind when we leave this world.

8.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?

Some of our first shows were memorable to us and those who witnessed them. In recent years we've played a few bigger shows with some more notable bands such as Marduk. One of the better shows as far as atmosphere and dark energy was in a very small basement bar which we had total control of with the band Vrag dubbed live ritual, this was a show to be remembered. Our first live performance was a private invite only show in a cabin in the woods by a large bonfire even the local police attended, those who didn't make it that night regret it .

9.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?

No tours are planned,only live ritual 2 with label mates Tyrannic is planned for the 20th of July in our home town.

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

We have received some positive reviews from various places around the world so far. Reactions and responses are a personal opinion of the listener. I  sometimes think some reviewers are looking for something they will not find in a traditional black metal band like Nocturnes Mist. That being said reviews are fine, good or bad it's the support from the underground black metal  maniacs which fuels the fires ultimately!

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

Musically we haven't strayed too far from what we have always done, we aren't aiming to be placed into another sub genre of black metal. Song structures are always evolving as time goes on. I suppose, maybe a slightly more aggressive sound and harsher production next time around.

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?

With 6 members contributing it would be hard to reference specific bands on everyone's behalf. I personally still listen to a lot of black metal old and new, some of the stuff from Finland lately has been exceptional I think. I guess on a whole still black, death,old thrash and heavy metal and some old rock is something we all listen to. Ominous the main song writer has a love of satanic brutal death metal which I guess suits his personality. Along with said genres of music literature visual arts and some film influence song writing.

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

Thanks for the interview and your support, see you in hell my friend. Support Seance Records! Hail Ordo Ater Anguis! 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/06/nocturnes-mist-interview.html


Malauriu/Fordomth/Twin Serpent Dawn/Masked Dead Records/Black Mourning Productions/2019 Split EP Review

dimanche 23 juin 2019 à 03:36

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  ep  between  Italy's  Malauriu  and  Fordomth  called  "Twin  Serpent  Dawn"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Masked  Dead  Records  and  Black  Mourning  Productions  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Malauriu  who  return  with  their  raw  and  misanthropic  style  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  and  when  the  music  finally  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  occultism,  myths,  legends  and  traditions  from  Sicily. 

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  track  from  Malauriu  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  misanthropic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.

  Next  up is  Fordomth  a  band  that  moves away  from the  blackened  funeral  doom  metal  style  of  previous  releases  and  goes  for  more  of  a  raw  and  straightforward  style  of  black  metal  with  their  song.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  grim  black  metal  screams  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats,  elements  of  funeral  doom  metal  can  still  be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  music  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  grim  growls.  The  production  sounds  very  dark and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  occultism,  myths,  legends  and  traditions  from  Sicily.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  track  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  black  metal  with  a  touch  of  funeral  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of t he  split.

  In  conclusion  I  fell  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  raw,  occult  and  misanthropic  black  metal.  8  out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/06/malauriufordomthtwin-serpent-dawnmasked.html


Vacant Body Interview

samedi 22 juin 2019 à 21:09
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Vacant Body slowly came together throughout the course of 2018, and the 3-track demo was recorded shortly thereafter.

2.So far you have released one demo, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?
These are the first tracks that were written for the project - so while they are not entirely refined, they are a good representation of the Vacant Body sound. It is likely that purists would deny this as being 'black metal', however that is what we are going for, maintaining a strong focus on memorable riffs, dissonance and melody.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored so far with your music?
The lyrics for each song are usually quite minimalist, however they tend to deal with occultism and varying degrees of what may exist/happen after the experience of a dimensional shift.

4.The band is located in Australia but recorded the demo in the United Kingdom, can you tell us a little bit more about the decision?
This is just a simple case of inspiration striking while living outside of Australia, and subsequently recording the guitars and vocals during this period. The right time and place.

5.The demo was also masted by Devo of Marduk, can you tell us a little bit more about your experience working with this veteran musician?
Devo presents himself very professionally and works very quickly to achieve a great result. Our communication with him has been brief, but the result speaks for itself and I wouldn't rule out working with him again at all.

6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Vacant Body'?
The name is derived from the lyrics of 'Spiralling Altar', it could be interpreted as an empty human shell acting as a vessel.

7.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the demo cover?
The artwork was originally created by Joel Filipe and has been augmented into shapes for the cover of our demo. It is intended to conjure images and ideas from the lyrics and music of 'Spiralling Altar'.

8.Has the band done any live shows or is this strictly a studio project?
To this date, Vacant Body has been purely a studio project. It is likely that live shows will take place after our debut LP is released, perhaps later in 2020.

9.The demo was released on 'Total Darkness Propaganda', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
Total Darkness is a Hungarian label that has been incredibly supportive of Vacant Body from the beginning. They have put out some great releases, including a tape from a fellow Australian band Sanguinary Misanthropia. This label will be very recognizable in the coming years.

10.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
As far as a reaction from black metal fans, that is very hard to say. The reaction in general has been far beyond what was imagined. We have sent tapes and cds to Australia, Hungary, Poland, Norway, Spain, UK and USA so far. There are only a couple of reviews available for our demo that we know of, but they are all positive.

11.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We are knee-deep in pre-production for our debut LP, and with any luck it will be released in the second half of 2020. The music is in more or less the same vein as the demo, but obviously the sound has progressed and the songs are more expansive.

12.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?
The riffs and structures on 'De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas' always provide influence to the way we write songs, that album is very riff-driven black metal. There is also strong influence from bands like Dissection and Enslaved. As far as what I personally have been listening to lately, the new Gaahl's WYRD album is excellent, and so are recent releases from Ascension, Barshasketh, Craft, Mord'A'Stigmata, Sinmara and Svartidaudi.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you for taking the time and interest to send through some questions! 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/06/vacant-body-interview.html