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L'Homme Absurde/Belong/2020 Full Length Review

dimanche 24 novembre 2019 à 06:23

  Russia's  L'Homme  Absurde  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  post  black  metal  style  of  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "Belong"  which  will  be  self  released  in  2020.

  Clean  playing  and  programmed  beats  start  off  the  album  and  also  introduces  elements  of  post  rock  onto  the  recording  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them. 

  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling. Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Some  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  some  metalcore  elements  also  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music.  Melodic  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  clean  playing  also  making  a  return  on  some  of  the  later  songs  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  emotional  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  L'Homme  Absurde  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  post  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Rot"  "Departure"  and "Sanctuary".  8  out  of  10.

https://www.facebook.com/lhommeabsurde
https://www.instagram.com/lhommeabsurdeband
https://lhommeabsurdebm.bandcamp.com

https://vk.com/lhommeabsurde (Russian only)

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/11/lhomme-absurdebelong2020-full-length.html


Krumkac/Kryvijskaja Dyvizija/Barbatos Productions/2019 CD Review

dimanche 24 novembre 2019 à 04:54

  Krumkac  are  a  band  from  Belarus  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  pagan  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Kryvijskaja"  which  was  released  by  Barbatos  Productions.

  Rain  and  thunder  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  epic  sounding  keyboards  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  at  times.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.  Clean  female  vocals a re  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  album  along  with  some  aggressive  pagan  black  metal  screams  and  shouts  as  well  as  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  sounding  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  One  track  also  introduces  duda's  onto  the  recording  which  also  adds  in  some  elements  of  folk  music  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  album  also  closes  with  an  instrumental  track.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Belarusian  and  cover  Paganism,  Nationalism,  Patriotism,  Love,  the  preservation  of  the  pristine  purity  and  beauty  of  nature.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Krumkac  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  pagan  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Nas  Sliach"  and  "Krylami  Bielymi".  8  out  of  10.

Bandcamp:  krumkacband.bandcamp.com/album/lpkryvijskaja-dyvizija..
Instagram: www.instagram.com/krumkac_band/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/krumkacbm/   

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/11/krumkackryvijskaja-dyvizijabarbatos.html


Kalt || Weiss/Serotonin/Kvltstick4000 Records/2019 EP Review

dimanche 24 novembre 2019 à 02:40


  Kalt  ||  Weiss  are  a  solo  project  from  Austria  that  plays  a  very  avant  garde  form  of  black  metal  with  dissonant  and  blackgaze  elements  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2019  ep  "Sertonin"  which  was  released  by  Kvltstick4000  Records.

  Clean  vocals  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavy  riffing  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  with  mixes  nu  and  post  metal  together.  All  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  grim  black  metal  screams  also  being  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard   which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling. while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  dissonant  structures.  The  songs  also  bring  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  At  times  the  music  gets  very  avant  garde  sounding  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  songs  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  blackgaze  elements.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  cover  sex,  drugs,  existentialism  and  celebrity  culture  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Kalt  ||  Weiss  are  a  very  great  sounding  avant  garde  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ubermensch"  and  "Fleisch  und  Verstand".  8  out  of  10.

https://soundcloud.com/lon-4/whole_album/s-uUUGS
https://kaltweiss.com
https://www.instagram.com/kaltweisskult/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/4Njp7eXpkqAHFOfoQd1XQQ
https://music.apple.com/us/artist/kalt-weiss/1477910253
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAT_aeZBmZvbzfq6vTaJO_w/
https://www.facebook.com/kaltweisskult/
https://kaltweiss.bandcamp.com/      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/11/kalt-weissserotoninkvltstick4000.html


Hellehond Interview

samedi 23 novembre 2019 à 22:36
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Bob- Hellehond formed in 2017 with the idea to play dark metal in the style of old Samael during their demo times. Burzum was an influence too.

2.You have an album coming out in December, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?
Bob- Stylewise we are influenced by very early Samael, old Burzum and Hellhammer. As for the albumrecording, all was played live in the studio without any overdubs or editing. Just 1 guitar, bass and drums and that was it. The vocals were done later in a different studio. Devo from Marduk did the mix very fast and it was good already the first time so we left it just that way. It sounds exactly like we wanted it to sound.

3. A lot of the band members also have experience playing in death metal band, what was the decision behind going into a more black metal influenced direction with this band?
Bob- as for me, I always was a Black Metal fan when I was a teenager in the early 80's when bands such as Venom, Hellhammer and Bathory started out. Those are my fave bands ever as well so it is good to play that kind of obscure metal ourselves which we also did in the early Asphyx days. The other members in Hellehond were part of Dutch Black Metal Wederganger and the guitarist was in Infidel Reich.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored so far with the music?
Bob- the lyrics are in Dutch and deal with typical Dutch saga's,Folklore and myths which our surroundings are full of with.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Hellehond'?
Bob- Hellehond was a Dog from Hell coming from this area centuries ago who came to eat a farmer's livestock and when that was not enough the farmers were cursed til eternity.

6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?
Bob- that is the Hellehond roaming the area leaving only death behind made by artist Rebecca Waek from Germany.
It is a real oilpainting especially made for us. She is a great artist and probably the best in the genre.

7.Some of the band members have a history that goes back as far as the early 90's, what is it that motivates you to continue playing extreme metal after 3 decades?
Bob- even mid 80's like myself when I found Asphyx in 1987...
I don't know but it is what I do and like doing most. It just pops into my mind to do something extreme and not following any trend or just go right against it.
It is who I am.

8.Has the band done any live shows or open to the idea?
Bob-not yet but we are open to the idea.

9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
Bob- the album is not out yet but the people who have heard mostly it loved it and some thought it was too simple which was the idea anyway.
The people who liked it loved the songs and the fact the production is extremely raw and unpolished.

10.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?
Bob- Stijn is also in Usurper(thrash from Holland) and Rectal Smegma(grind). The others only do Hellehond and as for myself I am also doing Infidel Reich, Beast Of Revelation and Siege of Power.

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Bob- we will not change so it will be raw music with the 80's vibe to the end.

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?
Bob- Venom, Bathory, Hellhammer/Frost, Necrophagia, Sodom, Necrovore, Incubus(Fl), Carnivore and Messiah.
These are the bands I still listen to nowadays and amongst them are also old Metallica, old Slayer, Iron Maiden, Motörhead, Type O Negative, Exciter, Black Sabbath, Trouble, Judas Priest, Infernäl Mäjesty, Mayhem and Winter.

13.Does Satanism or occultism play any role in the music?
Bob- occultism yes but Satanism not anymore since the early Asphyx days.

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


http://www.facebook.com/Hellehond-1993876777544200

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/11/hellehond-interview.html


Arvas Interview

samedi 23 novembre 2019 à 22:20
1. Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?

V-Rex:
The recording started sometime late 2017 when I did guitars and bass, and as I didn’t have a band at the time I also had to do the drums and vocals. So everything on the album is just me doing my thing. After the recordings I started the lookout for musicians. I already had a bassplayer; Jarl. So I needed a drummer and a second guitarist, after some try outs I landed on Kristoffer on the drums and Roald on rhythm guitar. So the live band was complete. We rehearsed for a couple of months and did our first gig at 12 Bord in Kristiansand with Vanvidd late December 2018 (On this gig I had another guitarist named Kim). We then headed back to the rehearsal studio and rehearsed for the Equanimity Norwegian Tour that took place from September to October 2019. The album was delayed, the release was supposed to be out by September but was delayed but all good though. It was a ok tour and we had a blast together with Flukt, Uburen, Damnation and Istårn. Plans now is to basically just play as much live as possible and we are in the booking zone for 2020 so we will see what happens.

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

V-Rex:
This one is a more listener (user) friendly album production vice, and the music itself is a bit away from previous releases. All the albums are pretty different to eachother for some reason. This one here has more intensity, song structures are pretty straight forward and quite simple and is written mainly with the focus of NOT creating another Black Metal album, however, when listening back to it now, I had to admit that there is some black metal elements in this one as well, old habits die hard..

3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore on the newer album and also how would you describe your progress as a songwriter over the years?

V-Rex:
Lyrics are based around the concept of the occult, death, life and love(!)
I absolutely suck at writing lyrics, this is my weakest side, it was much easier to write lyrics for the Dødsfall albums. I somehow more enjoy to write lyrics for others than for myself. With music it is completely the opposite.
Regarding general songwriting I think I have become more aware of how the structures in the songs are supposed to turn out. I avoid these stereotype BM riff structures and try to incorporate thrash and death metal elements instead to make the intensity present.


4. Some of your earlier albums had more satanic, occult and anti Christian themes. can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?

V-Rex:
Yeah well, I was pretty much into all this when I was younger for various reasons, and the whole concept around these matters has somehow stuck with me since I was around 12 or 13 years old, and hasn’t let go.
It is not at all about Satanism vs Christianity (I have a foot in both philosophies) but more about a deeper personal interpretation of these philosophies combined.

All this is extremely personal and individual. Some people are into belonging in a sense, like the LaVeyans and the Crowley followers who may be members of a congregation, sect or simular, but to me it is about NOT belonging to anyone or anything.

No Love and little or no interaction with other people at all..
It is a commitment to the ‘I’. There is no rituals etc.. It is a ‘Me against the world’ kinda thing. It is a pretty lonely way of living but you get used to it and in the end it makes sence somehow.

There is ALOT of people who claim they live like this and practises this lifestyle, but ONLY behind the screen when they babble about on the internet and in social media on various Facebook Black Metal Groups and such…You know, ‘’the more evil and misantroph – the better’’ kind of kids.
 But in real life they submit to the masses and have tons of friends and participates in social activities, and have girlfriends/boyfriends etc on a regular basis..
There is at all nothing wrong with this, but do not pretend to be something you can never be, that’s all. Be true to yourself and your surroundings and the ones you are around, and of course yourself.

5. I have read that you do not really like your music being labeled as black metal, can you tell us a little bit more about it?

V-Rex:
It comes from that I don’t actually like black metal or what people define as black metal nowdays. I am more the old shool type so I am more into the South American style from medio 80’ to the beginning of 90’ style. Not the style that Norwegian bands made popular. There is of course some fine bands from Norway uptil 96 but after that I dropped out. I simply just stopped listening and follow the scene in general. Today’s black metal bands has fewer and fewer good acts, but of course there are exeptions. I don’t have time to follow up on what’s new etc.. there are way too many bands and projects and they all sound the same usually. But as I said, there are exeptions. And I do follow up and listen to bands where I know the members personally or bands I have been a part in before. I am more a thrash/death metal kind of guy.

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

V-Rex:
Yes, it is done by a guy who calls himself ‘’All Things Rotten’’. He does artwork for alot of different extreme metal bands and artists, he also does paintings and posters etc..He contacted me and offered to do this one as he is a fan of Arvas and we have been in touch before. I explained what I wanted and he did some scetches and we landed on this that ended up as the artwork. There is no symbolic undertones in this, just a natural expression of fine art.

7. In the studio you work more as a solo project but have a different line up for shows, do you feel you are able to achieve what you want musically a lot more by yourself then you would with a full band?

V-Rex:
All albums up til this one is done with a band line up more or less. Equanimity is the first one with only me as the performing musician.
When you do things solo you get what you want but there will always be something missing… I do compose all music and when you record this with a full band there will always be a fuller outcome because they have ideas I haven’t thought about which makes things somewhat better in many ways.
However… you never know what is the best solution. You just have to trust your instincts really. Equanimity was written for a full band participation but as I didn’t have musicians able at the time of recording I just did it myself, but the result came out great after all. I recorded everything in my own studio so I had time to mess around and try out alot of things all by myself without interferance from others so in those terms, I felt more confident as to wehter this could be something worth releasing.

The next album however will be recorded with the live band as we are per now.


8.Out of all the live shows you have done which one stands out the most?

V-Rex:
Difficult to answer because everyone of them has a certain feel to them, they are all different to each other. I don’t remember them all either, and there are different members appearing here and there as well so I don’t really know. But out of the most recent ones,  I guess the one we did in Sandnes on the Norwegian tour 2019 with Flukt and Uburen really was a killer perfomance, and the reception from the audience was outstanding, the whole vibe was perfect.

And I have to pick one older perfomance as well from the Black Satanic Mysticism Tour in Germany 2016 where we did the Kings Of Black Metal Festival, that one was also one of these crazy cool gigs.

9. Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
V-Rex:
We are in booking mode so there will be some concerts in 2020 for sure, first one is in Kristiansand February 21st, and maybe a small EU run etc.. bookers/promoters get in touch…

10.The new album was released on 'Satanic Art Media', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

V-Rex:
It is a divison of Allegro Talent Management. The boss is also a very good friend of mine and works as my manager as well. So we agreed on him releasing this one. He also did relase the long awaited Örth album that originally recorded back in 96. Anyways..

11. On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your newer music by fans of black and extreme emtal?

V-Rex:
I am not sure, but from what I have heard and read people seem to like it a lot, there is always people who don’t like it and that is absolutely ok. I first and foremost compose music for myself and if others likes it too, that is a great bonus. Honor your listeners!!!

12. Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future?
V-Rex:
I wouldn’t know, been doing this since mid eightees so you never know, anything can happen. I have hopes and all but I keep things close to heart.


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

V-Rex:
I only listen to Hard Trance/Europop/EDM.
This genre is appealing to me and has been since the eightees more or less. Artists here are more newer acts, but some older as well such as Shach, Infinity, E-Type, Rollergirl, Solid Base, E-Rotic, LaCream and Da Buzz.

Newer acts would be; Broiler, Alan Walker, Rimini Project, Adelën, Kygo etc..

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

V-Rex:
Thanx for taking time for this interview, and thanks to the readers, the fans for supporting and never giving up on Arvas. Also I would encourage you all to check out our youtube channel, our instagram and facebook. I do weekly entries on the youtube channel, where I talk about different topics, and I will have guests in on a later point, kinda like ‘’Coffee With Ola’’ (Ola Englund) only I will name it ‘’Beer with V-Rex’’ :D

Check it out.


https://www.youtube.com/c/ARVASOFFICIALYOUTUBE  

https://www.instagram.com/arvas_official/ 

 https://www.facebook.com/Arvasblackmetal/

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/11/arvas-interview.html