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Amnutseba/Demo II/Caligari Records/2018 Cassette Review

jeudi 8 février 2018 à 04:50

  Amnutseba  are  a  band  from  France  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  ziene  and  on  this  recording  plays  an  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  second  demo  which  was  released  by  Caligari  Records.

  Distorted  yet  somewhat  clean  playing  starts  off  the  demo  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction  along  with  some  atmospheric  elements  while  the  tremolo  picking gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  as  well  as  the  vocals  being  deep  yet  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  and  growls.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  guitar  leads  are  done  in   very  raw  yet  melodic  fashion  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  both  of  the  tracks  are  very  long and  epic  in  length  and  on  the  second  song  the  music  gets  more  experimental.

  On  this  recording  Amnutseba  goes  for  more  of  an  occult  black  metal  style  while  still  retaining  an  eerie  atmosphere,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Amnutseba  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  occult  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK "VI".  8 out  of  10. 


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Mimorium Interview

mercredi 7 février 2018 à 03:20
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Mimorium is a Finnish black metal band. We come from a town called Pieksämäki (our translate Spankihill) Mimorium was first my personal music project. I composed the first demo songs in 2008-2009 but then forgot it in the drawer. In 2016, I got the inspiration to start composing new songs and that's where I started to go. I was supposed to make all the instruments and vocals myself, but I noticed that I did not get vocals to work. After a small search, I found Vox Malum to handle vocals. Now the album has been released and the one man band has become a whole band. Our line-up is Lord Mimorium guitar, Kurimus guitar, Cavus bass, Vilthor drums and Vox Malum vocals.

2.Recently you have released your first album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recoridng?

I think it's a mix of a bit different types of metal music. So there is a death metal and thrash metal style guitar riffs and black metal style tremolo leads.  It’s brutal but melodic music.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

Most of the lyrics are based on a book titled Liber Azerate and Chaosophy beliefs. The album also has a strong message against religions where blind sheep follows their leaders. Which one you want to be, lion or lamb?

4.You also have a song called 'Fimbulwinter', can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in Norse Mythology'?

Northern mythology has always fascinated me, I have read a lot about. In mythology, talking about Fimbulwinter is a harsh winter that sets out to the end of the world. There is coming the last war that destroys everything. It is very possible that we will see the new Fimbulwinter and the ragnarok in today's world. It's good to think about Odin's question, who of mankind will survive the Fimbulwinter. Nature has always been strongly present in Nordic myths. We have applied for the forces and have honored nature.

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

 The name Mimorium does not, as far as I know, mean nothing.

Mimorium involves my personal things, it's kind of my fantasy empire or kingdom like the world I would like to appear.   Mimorium is my memorial in musical form

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

It's hard to say because we have not played any gigs yet. We are on tour in Finland in March.
Upcoming gigs will be spectacular and brutal. We have a lot of great ideas for stage performance.

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

As I said earlier, we will start the tour in Finland. The aim is to make as many gigs as possible during the spring.
We also have the desire to go on a tour abroad, such as Europe.

8.The new album came out on 'Heathen Tribes', how did you get in contact with this label?

I sent demos to some record companies to we could get a publisher on the album. Heathen Tribes was immediately willing to cooperate. We reached the agreement and that's how we got the album released, thanks to them!

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
Mainly we have received only good feedback. It feels crazy, a year ago I composed songs for myself hoping to get them published sometime.
Now the album is out and besides all this, people have liked it very much. The most common opinion about the album has been its brutality.
The album has dynamics, not just blasting drums and screaming guitars.

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

We want to take our place in the black metal genre and play our music around the world. I already have some material for the next album.
Depending on the number of gigs but the intention would be to start working on a new album in the fall. Now we have five people in the band who are all
supposed to contribute to the making of the album.
The all material will be written by me but the arrangement will be handled together.

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?

I like to listen to a many kind of music. My all-time favorite band is Slayer (of course!)
but for example the music I have done has been influenced by, for example,Dissection,Mayhem and Finnish legends as Horna,Satanic Warmaster and Barathrum
(otherwise we are going to do some gig together.)
Black metal genre seems to be strong at this moment. New bands will be added more and more. New bands that I have listened lot of recently is Nordjevel, Kadaverdisciplin and I can’t wait Alghazanth’s new album. It is a sad that they are going to bury the band after the this album.

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

Be strong and do not let the weak lead you! Be a lion do not be a lamb. Incipit Chaos!

-Lord Mimorium-

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Haïr Interview

mercredi 7 février 2018 à 03:15
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project ?

Haïr is my French one-man band project whose particularity is the singing in French

I am X. it means  the void, the zero, the one that does not exist, that is crossed out of the register, in short, that does not belong to all this, to this messed up world. I don't even think I was born. It also represents denial.

My project is just that of a guy who, in order to avoid beating on the head of his congeners or to avoid losing his mind, locks himself up and shouts his rage in a microphone so as not to act.

2.Recently you have released your first album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

In fact, it's more of a first demo than an album. For me it's a mixture of brutal black metal with some depressive and atmospheric shots. It is only unhealthy music. Epic flights are not my thing. Sound level, I tried to reconcile at the same time a correct sound while remaining in the spirit of the black metal sound. But without going into the really disgusting stuff that you can find in some limitless ultra underground stuff (disconnected guitars, no rhythm etc...).

This album contains everything I love in the black that I usually listen to.

For information it is planned very soon a 50ex. release on CD in cardboard sleeve.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?

The only subject mentioned in my compositions is hatred, the detestation of the human race and all that I have ever thought of it. That shit that's messed up everything since the beginning of the earth and keeps going on and on. The guy who pisses you off on the street because you didn't give him the time or he's assaulting a chick for nothing. I'm included in that. I must certainly be as rotten as the others. For me black metal is total and definitive hatred. That's all there is to it.

4.I know that the bands name means 'Hate' in French, how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?

I thought of several names before I chose this one.

It represents my music in its entirety and totally what I am within me. Apparently I'm a very commonplace guy. The kind of guy you see on TV after a killing "We don't understand our neighbour was so nice," you know that kind of thing. I can wish someone's death I don't mind if it was someone who hurt me, no problem.

One could define my music as brutal black metal and for me the only theme that corresponds to this style of black is hatred, again and again hate. I'm not too interested in knight stories or dreams under the black moon.

5.On the album you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to remain solo?

If they come to me with projects like you didn't have any trouble. I'm interested in being able to spread my ideas and so that people can see the rottenness of our clover breed. There's this guy who offered me to release the demo in K7, another guy who broadcast the demo on the Internet. It's no problem either. I consider you to be allies in my struggle. On the other hand in pure creation I prefer to stay away from any human form. I like the idea that everything from my poor, sick, sick, degenerate head

6.The album was released on 'Noir Total Productions', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

It's my label. And the name also represents what's in my brain. In fact, I'm assuming that no one will want to produce all the shit that comes out of me. So I'll do it myself. Now if anyone wants to ally with me in the attack, don't worry. Once again I remain totally alone for the purely musical creation.

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

I haven't had a negative feedback yet, but it should come. Usually when you get into something very radical, you pay the price for it.

Otherwise, an Englishman from the Carvetii Productions label offered to release ŒIL POUR ŒIL, DENT POUR DENT in an audio cassette. Then I take the criticism without any problem. It's been a long time since I've been offended for nothing and on the contrary if it allows me to do better no worries. If someone gives me a stone to sharpen my blade better and make it sharper I take.

I only had a problem with the metal label Transcendence label guy I contacted who blamed me for using gothic fonts and being on social networks, that sort of thing. But he didn't criticize the music, so I guess he liked it. And that's the only thing that matters.

8.Are you or have been involved with any other bands or musical projects ?

A long time ago I make a band called Haine Noire, then a Doom Metal band called Sombre colère, and then another black metal band Extermination Totale (you can listen to the albums here: Always projects carried out alone and which I ended up not being satisfied very quickly.

But Haïr is my most accomplished and serious project. I think it'll be the last one. And that it will last.

9.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?

I don't really consider myself as a musician because I don't think I have this talent but rather as a propagandist.

I live day by day in my personal life so it's the same for music. We will see what happens, but I hope to be able to continue this project as long as possible. Anyway, he appease me. And that was the original purpose. Play music to avoid knocking on the face of a guy who annoys me.

Again, I'm just a guy who hits his guitar and yells his hatred at the world not to make it worse.

10.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?

I'm very eclectic. I listened to a lot of punk. I always listen to them. I also listen to Oï music, industrial martial, cold wave,etc…. I really like the work of a guy named Jean Louis Costes ( I can switch from a hyper honey pop record to slam death metal without any problem. Dub, ambient, Kraftwerk, Pink Floyd, crazy stuff like Stupeflip, Brigitte Fontaine & Areski that kind of thing. But black metal comes first. It's really a music that I literally dive into and invade my life every day. And so concerning the black bands that really make me go away there are in bulk Xasthur, Darkspace Leviathan, Nehemah, Aosoth, Nightbringer, Mourning Dawn, Portal, Myrkr, Funeralium (and even more...) Moevot, Haemoth, sinister Oath but these are only examples, there are too many. Then I also listen to classics like Dark Funeral, Emperor, Abigor, etc. I have nothing against it. At this very moment I'm listening to Sunn O)))

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Cinema but not shit  that we are offered every day. If there are 6 films a year that find favor in my eyes it's huge and I'm wide. My favorite directors are in bulk: Lynch, Fellini, Ferrara, Ferreri, Bertrand Blier, Gaspard noé...

I also like contemporary art in all these forms of painting (Pollock), performance, etc…

In fact, I'm looking for an absolute means of escape in art.

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

I just wish people would stop smelling mediocrity, put their hypocrisy, their demagoguery and all their shit in a closet, but it is lost. I'd die without seeing that. If it happened, I could stop Haïr and go lie down in the grass. But considering the period and where the world go, I think my band has a bright future ahead of them.

To those who have hurt me, who hurt me and who will hurt me... that they die.

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Horn/Retrograd/Iron Bonehead Productions/2018 EP Review

mardi 6 février 2018 à 04:29

  Horn  are  a  solo  project  from  Germany  that  plays a  very  nature  orientated  from  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2018  ep  "Retrograd"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Iron  Bonehead  Productions.

  Shamanistic  style  drumming  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  a  brief  use  of  folk  instruments  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  medieval  feeling  as  well  as  mixing  into  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  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  feeling,  acoustic  guitars  and  clean  pagan  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in a   very  melodic  fashion  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Horn  plays  a  style  of  pagan  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  nature  orientated  while  also  mixing  in  elements  of  folk  music  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  Paganism,  Nature<  Natural  Disasters,  Illness  and Mankind  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Horn  are  a  very  great  sounding  nature  orientated  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Retrograd"  and  "De  Einder".  8  out  of  10.

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Melechesh/As Jerusalem Burns...Al'Intisar/Vic Records/2018 CD Re-Issue

dimanche 4 février 2018 à 06:10

  Melechesh  are  a  band  from  Israel  that  has  had  an  album  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  played  more  of  a  raw  and  satanic  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  1996  album  "As  Jerusalem  Burns,,,Al'Intisar"  which  will  be  re-issued  on  February  23rd  by  Vic  Records  and  also  consists  of  their  1996  ep  "The  Siege  Of  Lachish".

  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  intro  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  along  with  some  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  along  with  a  couple  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  some  of  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  small  amount  of  middle  eastern  style  scales.

   As  the  album  progresses  demonic  growls  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  the  percussion's  when  they  are  utilized  on  a  song  gives  the  music  more  of  a  tribal,  shamanistic  and  ritualistic  feeling  along  with  some  melodic  vocals  being  used  on  a  couple  of  songs  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  finally  utilized  they  stick  to  a  very  raw  style,  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  On  this  recording  Melechesh  played  more  of  a  raw  style  of  black  metal  which  only  had  a  small  touch  of  middle  eastern  music  which  they  expanded  on  later  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism  and  Mesopotamian  Magick  and  Mythology.

  In  my  opinion  this  was  a  very  great  sounding  album  from  Melechesh  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  satanic  and  occult  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Assyrian  Spirit"  "The  Sorcerers  of  Melechesh"  "Devil's  Night"  and  "The  Siege  Of  Lachish".  8/5  out  of  10. 


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