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Obscura Amentia/The Art Of The Human Decadence/Sliptrick Records/2017 CD Review

samedi 8 avril 2017 à 04:08

  Italy's  Obscura  AMentia  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  sees  the  music  going  into  more  of  an  atmospheric  black  and  doom  metal  mixture  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "The  Art  Of  The Human  Decadence"  which  was  released  by  Sliptrick  Records.

  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  atmospheric  direction  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  Most  of  the  slower  riffing  is  very  heavily  influenced  by  the  more  melodic  side  of  doom  metal  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  there is  also  a  brief  instrumental  track  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  and  the  songs  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  style.

  On  this  recording  Obscura  Amentia  take  the  atmospheric  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases  and  mixes  it  with  doom  to  take  their  music  into  a  different  direction,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Obscura  Amentia  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric black  metal  mixed  with  doom,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ocean"  "Agony"  and  "King".  8  out  of  10  


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Heathen Beast/$cam/Transcending Obscurity India/2017 EP Review

samedi 8 avril 2017 à 02:42

  India's  Heathen  Beast  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  that  shows  the  music  going  into  more  of  a  blackened  grindcore  direction  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "$cam"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Transcending  Obscurity  India.

  Spoken  word  samples  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  heavier  grindcore  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  the  more  raw  side  of  the  genre  and  melodies  can  also  be  heard  at  times.

  Deep  growls  are  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  songs  also b ring  in a   great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  sound  very  powerful  along  with  spoken  word  samples also  returning  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  and  some  of  the  songs  are  very  short  in  length.  and  the  fast  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  the  music  also  always  remains  heavy  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion.

  Heathen  Beast  creates  a  recording  that  goes  for  a  mixture  of  black  metal  and  grindcore  this  time  around,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  corruption  of  the  government.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Heathen  Beast  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  metal  and  grindcore,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE "Fuck  Poor  People,  I  Have Paymt"  "If  The  Army  Can  Do  It,  So  Can  Yoe"  and "My  Note  Has  GPS".  8  out  of  10.

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Hexis/Tando Ashanti/Halo Of Flies/2017 CD Review

vendredi 7 avril 2017 à 21:56

  Hexis  are  a  band  from  Denmark  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  depressive  black  metal,  sludge,  crust  and  hardcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Tando  Ashanti"  which  will  be  released  on  April  14th  by Halo  Of  Flies.

  Distorted  amp  sounds  along  with  some  heavy  riffs  start  off  the  album  and  after  awhile  grim  whispers  are  added  onto  the  recording  before  evolving  into  more  of  a  screaming  style  that  is  in  between  black  metal,  sludge  and  hardcore  while  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  depressive  screams.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  black  metal  feeling  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  slow  riffs  add  in  touches  of  doom  metal  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  the  songs  also  mix  in  a  great  amount  of  crust  and  post  black  metal  elements  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  drones  can  be  heard.

  Hexis  creates  another  recording t hat  remains  true  to  the  post/depressive  black  metal,  sludge,  crust  and  hardcore  mixture  of  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  nihilism,  anti  christianity  and  abstract  thoughts  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Hexis  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  depressive  post  black  metal,  sludge,  crust  and  hardcore,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Tando"  "Ritualis"  "Resurrection"  and  "Presagium".  8  out  of  10.   

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Dodsritual/Under Sort Sol/lack Market Metal Label/2017 CD Review

jeudi 6 avril 2017 à 21:38

  Dodsritual  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  plays  a  very  ritualistic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album "Under  Sort  Sol"  which  will  be  released  on  April  25th  by Black  Market  Metal  Label.

  Ritualistic  style  keyboards  start  off  the  album  along  with  a  variety  of  many  different  sounding  keys  and  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  and  more  melodic  side  of t he  music  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal s creams  and   you  can  also  hear  a  great  amount  of  melody  in  the  guitar  leads.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  songs  a more  raw  black  metal  feeling  while the  vocals  also  have  there  depressive  moments  along  with  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  when t he  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  melodic  vocals  are  utilized  they  give  the  music  a  more  avant  garde  touch  and  some  tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  stringed  instruments and  spoken  word  samples  are  also  used  briefly  and  the  last  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Dodsritual  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  the  raw,  depressive,  melodic,  occult  and  avant  garde  styles  of  black  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  very  diverse  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  ENglish  and  Norwegian  cover  Occultism  and  Anti  Christian  themes.

In  my  opinion  Dodsritual  are  a  very  great  sounding  ritualistic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  looking  for  something  different,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Lost  In  The  Remains"  "Venomtongue"  "The  Visitor"  and  "Dark  Hole".  8/5  out  of  10.


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Necromutilator Interview

jeudi 6 avril 2017 à 17:55
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new ep?

The “Ripping Blasphemy” MLP was recored and mixed between december 2015 and february 2016. It actually have been officially released on April 1st 2017 on both vinyl and cassette. During 2016 we had some good gigs around Italy and also France and Germany with KILL from Sweden. Paris was great and opening for Raging Death Date festival too. Basically we were still promoting our first album “Eucharistic Mutilations” so, things has been going well. In september 2016 we started the making of new songs for the next full length album.  

2.You have a new ep coming out in April, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

Well, I think this new record has more quality in the musical sound, due to the better way of recording than the past work. Musical style is basically on the same path we always had, but maybe with a little bit more aggressive riffs. Hope it will be a killer bridge between our first and second album.

3.Your lyrics cover a lot of satanic topics,can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in Satanism?

Necromutilator’s lyrics are very impulsive and instictive. I don’t like the idea to give an “intellectual” perspective as it happens a lot in the nowadays black or death metal scene even if I sometimes like it. Not only, I personally love occult readings and deepen satanic theories and practice since years, but here I just prefer a more direct and violent way of spitting chaos. Lyrics mainly goes around the imagine of Satan as the adversary, opposition and enemy, melting it with cosmic horror, rituals and death worship. I also love the way how old satanic horror movies from the 60s and 70s (but not only) perfectly showed the “satanic panic” we want to recreate. Sexual imageries are important too. There is no space for trendy symbols or languages.

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

Even if you can easily interpret the name as a “corpse mutilator” I meant the name as a “mutilating corpse” since the very beginning. I recognize it has nothing special but it perfectly represent the old school extreme metal I always worshipped. The name is like the musical purpose, just metal chaos, sickness and fuck off.

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

I need to admit I always thought we are not great or talented musicians, so live rituals has always been seen full of mistakes and something like that. On the other hand, as the time passed, we started playing more relaxed simply not caring about it. I could say the recent years always went good on stage. Best stage performance is when there is total understanding and mood sharing. If we are all in the same mood the ritual is going complete and well done. The crowd come secondly of course but energy increases if it going insane, of course. Very good shows I can remember were supporting Demilich in Milan, or last year in Pescara, Paris or Padova just to make a couple of examples.  

6.Do you have any touring or show plans once the ep is released?

No tour is planned. Maybe in the future, who knows.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black, death and thrash metal?

As I could see, worldwide feedback has always been positive. I take this opportunity to thank all the bands and people who supported and still support us through buying or trading stuff or simply coming to shows.

8.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?

Everything created in the past is still dead. Me and the bassist had a raw black metal two-piece band until 2011, but except a couple of shows in 2013 the band never resurrected. The drummer’s past band is dead since years too. I used to play bass for live shows in a local thrash metal band last year but it’s dead too. Maybe some idea will raise but I prefer to say nothing about other projects or bands for the moment.

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

We’ll keep on going doing this until we’ll have energy. We are currently working on the new album and hope to star the recordings until the end of this year. In the meanwhile live shows will be played as always with full force.

10.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?

We still buy and support new bands going to shows and digging into the underground, but the main influences always remain the classic Venom, Bathory, Hellhammer, Sarcofago, Blasphemy but even Darkthrone and all late 80s black, death and thrash worldwide underground sound. I’m still into extreme underground listening mainly stuff from the glorious past but always try to be receptive to the new good stuff that can emerge from the underground.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Personally, extreme music is my main passion but also love digging into old movies, from horror to classic italian but (also worldwide) action thriller, war, spaghetti western, comedies or comedy-drama films.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Metal or Die!! Hail Satanas!!

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