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Arkona/Illness/Godz Of War Productions/Third Eye Temple/2014 7 Inch Review

lundi 18 août 2014 à 11:59

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  7  inch  between  Poland's  Arkona  and  Norway/Poland's  Illness  which will  be  released  as  a  joint  effort  in  September  by  Godz  Of  War  Productions  and  Third  Eye  Temple  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Arkona  a  band  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  raw  form  of  pagan  black  metal.

  Nature  sounds  start  off  their  song  before  going  into  a  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  high  pitched  screams  and  melodic  guitar  leads  which  leads  up  to  some  grim  screams  and  you  can  hear  the  bass  guitars  in  their  song  before  slowing  down  a  bit  and  adding  in  synths  to  make  their  music  sound  more  atmospheric  while  also  keeping  around  the  faster  sections  along  with  the  song  being  6  minutes  in  length  with  the  lyrics  being  written  in  Polish  and  covering  pagan  themes  and  the  production  on  their  track  is  very  raw  and  old  school  sounding.

  Next  up  is  Illness  a  band  that  plays  a  raw  and  misanthropic  form  of  black  metal.

  A  very  dark  and  distorted  sound  starts  off  their  track  before  getting  a  lot  more  heavy  along  with  some  thrash  elements  which  leads  up  to  more  of  a  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  grim  screams  and  blast  beats  before  adding  in  mid  paced  sections  and  spoken  word  parts  while  the  song  focuses  more  on  a  faster  and  brutal  direction  as  well  as  addign  in  a  small  amount  of  atmospheric  sounds  at  times,  the production  on  their  song  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Polish  and  cover  dark  and  paranoia  themes.

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  Polish  black  metal.  8  out  of  10.        

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/08/arkonaillnessgodz-of-war.html


Dawn Of Ruin/Poco Da Infamia/2014 Demo Review

lundi 18 août 2014 à 05:23

  Dawn  Of  Ruin  are  a  band  from  Portugal  that  plays  a  raw  and  melodic  mixture  of  black,   death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  demo  "Poco  Da  Infamia".

  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  demo  along  with  some  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  which  leads  up  to  a  more  fast  and  raw  direction  as  well  as  utilizing  some  blast  beats  and  the  band  also  uses  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  at  times  you  can  hear  death  metal  vocals  in  the  bands  musical  sound.

  After  awhile  elements  of  dark  metal  are  added  into  the  music  along  with  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  and  the  leads  bring  a  very  dark,  melodic  and  depressive  sound  to  the  music  along  with  a  doom  metal  feeling  and  the  melodies  the  band  uses  seem  to  be  influenced  by  both  the  Swedish  and  Greek  black  metal  scenes

The  rawer  side  of  the  bands  musical  sound  brings  in  elements  of  thrash  metal.  and  some  of  the  later  tracks  the  bass  guitars  start  evoking  more  of  a  powerful  sounding  presence  and  while  the  first  4  tracks  are  all  recorded  in  a  studio  the  last  4  are  recorded  live  and  display  more  of  a  vicious  and  raw  black  metal  side  of  their  musical  sound  while  still  being  very  melodic  all  at  the  same  time.

  Dawn  Of  Ruin  takes  the  raw  and  melodic  styles  of  black  metal  and  combine  them  with  elements  of  dark  metal,  death  and  thrash  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own  with  this  demo  and  the  music  is  heavily  rooted  in  the  mid  90's  era  of  underground  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  mostly  written  in  their  native  tongue  along  with  a  couple  being  written  in  English  and  they  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Dawn  Of  Ruin  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  melodic  mixture  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Descanso  Eterno"  "Tetraplegic  God"  and  "Morte  Vermelha".  8  out  of  10.

 

    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/08/dawn-of-ruinpoco-da-infamia2014-demo.html


Tetragrammaton/Descendere/2014 EP Review

lundi 18 août 2014 à 04:26

  Florida's  Tetragrammaton  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  them  continuing  their  mixture  of  occult  black  metal,  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  ep  "Descendere".

  A  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  blast  beats  before  going  more  into  a  slower  doom  metal  direction  along  with  some  deep  screams  which  also  leads  to  the  band  mixing  doom  and  black  metal  together  along  with  some  elements  of  sludge  and  all  3  of  the  tracks  are  around  or  close  to  the  10  minute  mark.

    After  awhile  melodic  chanting  can  be  heard  briefly  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  giving  the  music  more  of  an  occult  and  ritualistic  feeling  and  there  is  also  a  perfect  balance  between  fast  black  metal  parts  and  slow  doom  metal  parts  and  there  are  also  a  small  amount  of  psychedelic  noises  being  utilized   at  times  which  also  gives  the  music  and  avant  garde  feeling  at  times  and  there  is  also  a  concept  of  sorts  with  all  3  songs  with  the  title  tracks  all  being  called  sermons  and  the  last  track  has  almost  a  punk  rock  feeling  in  the  beginning  riff.

  Tetrgrammaton  remain  true  to  their  mixture  of  occult  black  metal,  sludge  and  doom  metal  on  this  recording  creating  3  songs  that  are  very  dark  and  heavy,  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  sound  while  the  lyrics  cover  occult  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Tetragrammaton  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  occult  black  metal,  sludge  and  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Third  Sermon".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/08/tetragrammatondescendere2014-ep-review.html


Nuklear Frost Interview

jeudi 14 août 2014 à 06:34
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

J - I joined in late 2011.  We worked on the material that is now on Subjugation for about a year and a half before we began recording.  Numerous logistic technicalities set us back, but we finally secured R as our vocalist in 2013 and were able to finish up the recording over the course of the next year.  As far as a description of NF, I think the music speaks louder than words.

2.Recently you have released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is present on the new recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

J - The material on Subjugation is intricate, yet simplistic.  It is a stripped-down to basics audio assault.  Being a band with only one guitarist, we use heavily distorted bass to fill the void.  We are more concerned with conveying a certain atmosphere rather than showing off technically.  We strove to achieve a production quality that was raw and represented our live sound, but still heavy.  Many black metal releases are far too weak, production-wise, in my opinion.  We recorded the drums and bass in one take to keep a sense of realness.  Everything aside from guitars was tracked in our rehearsal space with minimal equipment.  And a good amount of vodka.

D- It's our own take on what we see black metal as today. We mainly based it on warfare, and a no tolerance stance on religion, yes this includes no tolerance for satanism (same bullshit). Also trying our best to match the subject of each song to the feel that the instrumentation gives you. The biggest difference from our demo back in 2009 was our line-up, we added J on guitar and R as our main vocalist. With the added input our sound changed quite a bit.


3.This is the first release to be released since the demo in 2009, can you tell us a little bit more about the gap between releases?

D - Life happened.  At that time it was just M and myself. We did lots of moving from place to place. Searching for a solid line-up was the main focus in that gap, once we acquired J on guitars back in 2011 we started writing what is now known as "Subjugation". We lost a lot of time on hang ups with the recording process, as well as working on several other bands at the same time. Eventually adding R to the roster also added to the time between releases, as we then began writing the lyrics.


4.You have some very violent lyrics, can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

J - Anti-theism, the decline of civilization, mankind's inherent ability to hinder and destroy himself, both through religion and warfare.  R wrote the majority of the lyrics, but they are very much in line with all of our personal philosophies.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Nuklear Frost'?

D - Just wanted to keep it simple, and have a name that sort of has a feel of what we think our music represents.

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

J - Recently we played a show in Minneapolis in a very intimate, filthy venue.  It was our first live appearance since the release of Subjugation and our first show as a three piece.  The vibe, setting and adrenaline made it the best show so far, for me.

D -I think we can all agree that our first show was our best experience to date. Opening for Absu was pretty awesome, overall it was a good show, no sound issues, no major fuck ups. As for stage performance I really have no idea. We don't get theatrical, we just play our music.


7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?

J - Not currently.  Realistically, we are barely known outside of Minnesota.  Although there are people scattered around the globe that we would love to play for, it isn't realistic for us at this point.  That said, we are working hard to make that happen.

D - We are taking time away from live shows to work on more logistical things with the band, maybe even write some more music. We won't be gone for long.


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

J - Very positive.  We wrote this music for ourselves, first and foremost.  So it is just an added bonus when it is well received by the public.  The feedback has been very encouraging.

D- We were pretty confident in our music, and the feedback we have gotten back from all over the world has been great so far. We just play music that we would want to listen to ourselves. Seems to be effective.


9.I have read that one of the band members was in Astral Blood, are any of the band members still involved with any other musical projects these days?

J - Yes, I'm working with Astral Blood for their upcoming EP.  I am involved in several other projects, but none of them are relevant to Nuklear Frost.


10.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?


J - Possibly.  We are working with Myrkr (Russia) for the physical release of Subjugation.  As far as promotion and distribution, we are interested.  We have the ability to record and produce our own music and we prefer to keep it that way.


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

J - Just as much as our sound evolves, it remains centered around what you hear on Subjugation.  The basis for this is simply our vision of black metal.


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?

J - Blut Aus Nord is a huge influence for me.  That may not translate into our material, but their music is greatly inspiring.  Sargeist is another.  As of late, I've been listening to a good amount of funeral doom (Evoken, Asunder) and Wolfbrigade's latest album.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?

J - I try to travel as much as possible when I can get away from work, both mundane and musical.  It is necessary for me to stay grounded.

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

J - We are honored that our debut has been so well received.  It encourages us to hone our art.  Thank you for the support and the interview!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/08/nuklear-frost-interview.html


Witches Sabbath/EP Of the Dead/2014 EP Review

jeudi 14 août 2014 à 04:46

  Witches  Sabbath  are  a  band  from  Spain  that  plays  an  aggressive  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  ep  "EP  Of  The  Dead".

  A  very  fast  and  brutal  blackened  death  metal  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  growls  and  you  can  hear  some  old  school  metal  melodies  in  their  music  along  with  some  black  metal  screams  and  the  solos  and  leads  the  band  uses  are  in  a  melodic  and  technical  musical  direction  and  the  band  also  uses  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Blast  beats  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  some  modern  elements  of  metal  as  the  ep  progresses  as  well  as  this  recording  being  even  more  death  metal  influenced  than  their  older  material  while  black  metal  can  still  be  heard  quite  a  bit  in  the  newer  material  with  the  4th  track  displaying  a  melodic  style  of  black/death  metal  close  to  the  Swedish  style  of  the  musical  genre  and  the  version  they  do  of  Danzig's  "Dirty  Black  Summer"  sounds  nothing  like  the  original  version  with  the  music  being  in  more  of  a  brutal  direction  while  the  last  track  has  more  of  a  blackened  punk  feeling  to  it.

Witches  Sabbath  take  the  most  aggressive  forms  of  black  and  death  metal  and  combine  them  together  while  also  having  a  great  amount  of  melody  in  their  style,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  isolation,  suicide,  anger  and  hate.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Witches  Sabbath  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Broken  Glasses"  "Giziel"  and  "Ugly".  8  out  of  10.

 
 

      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/08/witches-sabbathep-of-dead2014-ep-review.html