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Apocryphetic/Heir To The Cosmos/Sunshine Ward Recordings/2020 EP Review

jeudi 14 janvier 2021 à 05:31

 


  Apocryphetic  are  a  band  from  Knob  Creek,  Tennessee  that  plays  a  bestial  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  ep  "Heir  To  The  Cosmos"  which  was  released  by  Sunshine  Ward  Recordings.


  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  brutal  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  vocals  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  chaotic  yet  old  school  style  along  with  the  vocals  being  a  mixture  of  black  metal  screams  and  death  metal  growls.


  The  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences  while  some  of  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  elements  of  war  metal.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  pow4erful  sound  to  them  and  a  brief  use  of  keyboards  can  also  be  heard  on  the  closing  track.


  Apocryphetic  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  death  metal  era  as  well  as  mixing  in  the  brutality  of  war  and  bestial  black/death  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  violent  and  apocalyptic  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Apocryphetic  are  a  very  great  sounding  bestial  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Liturgy  Of  The  Blade"  "Apocalyptic  Prophecies"  and  "Dawn  Of  Lamentation".  8  out  of  10.


https://apocryphetic.bandcamp.com/  


      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/01/apocrypheticheir-to-cosmossunshine-ward.html


Black Autumn/The Mountain King/Rauhnaucht MMXX/Cursed Monk Records/2021 Split Album Review

jeudi 14 janvier 2021 à 04:55

 


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Germany's  Black  Autumn  and  The  Mountain  King  called  "Rauhnaucht  MMXX"  which  will  be  released  in  February  by  Cursed  Monk  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Black  Autumn  a  solo  project  who  returns  with  his  mixture  of  ambient  black  and  doom  metal.


  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  ambient  style  synths  along  with  some  drum  beats  a  few  seconds  later  while  spoken  word  samples  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  Elements  of  doom  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  the  heavier  and  slower  sections  of  the  music  along  with  some  melodies  also  being  added  into  the  guitar   riffing.


  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  as  well  as  all  of  the  music  also  sticking  to  a  slower  direction  that  is  mostly  instrumental  while  the  production  sounds  very  professional.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Black  Autumn  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  ambient  black  and  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Falling  Like  Fire".


  Next  up  is  The  Mountain  King  a  solo  project  that  plays  a  mixture  of  drone  and  doom  metal.


  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  distorted  sounding  drones  an  ambient  style  synths  along  with  some  drum  beats  a  few  seconds  later.  Elements  of  doom  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  while  the  bass  guitars  are  also  used  as  a  lead  instrument  and  the  vocals  are  done  in  mostly  a  clean  style.


  The  music  also  incorporates  a  great  amount  of  psychedelic  elements  along  with  one  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  on  second  track  which  is  also  an  instrumental  as  well  as  all  of  the  music  also  sticking  to  slower  direction.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.    


  In  my  opinion  The  Mountain  King  are  a  very  great  sounding  psychedelic  drone/doom  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Circadian  Clocks".


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


  https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Black_Autumn/11750


https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/The_Mountain_King/3540469247  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/01/black-autumnthe-mountain-kingrauhnaucht.html


Temple Abattoir/Cacoangelion/Vertebrae/2017 EP Review

mercredi 13 janvier 2021 à 05:28

 


  Temple  Abattoir  are  a  band  from  Spain  that h as  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  very aggressive  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Cacoangelion"  which  was  released  by  Vertebrae.


  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  presented  on  the  recording.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  also  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  the  tracks  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  90's  influences  but  keeps  it  modern  at  the  same  time.


  Vocals  are  mostly  deep  yet  grim  black  metal  screams  that  also  get  very  high  pitched  sounding  at  times  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Dark  sounding  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  and  all  of  the  music  also  sticks  to  a  heavier  direction.


  On  this  recording  Temple  Abattoir  remains  true  to  the  traditional  style  of  black  metal  that  they  have  established  on  previous  releases.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Alchemy,  Occultism,  Death,  Alcohol,  Anti  Abrahamic  Religions  and  Blasphemy  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Temple  Abattior  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  aggressive  and  blasphemous  occult  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sulphurous  Lord  (Liturgia  chais)"  and  "Extermination  By  Fire  (Ritus  conclusionis)".  8  out  of  10.


 

Bandcamp
Official website

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/01/temple-abattoircacoangelionvertebrae201.html


Gravstenad/Hogtid/2021 Full Length Review

mercredi 13 janvier 2021 à 04:24

 


  Gravstenad  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  very  aggressive  form  of  black  metal  with  some  elements  of  doom  and  stoner  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2021  album  "Hogtid".


  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  as  well  as  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  Elements  of  doom  and  stoner  metal  are  also  added  into  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  while  the  music  also  adds  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  old  school  extreme  metal  style  along  with  the  vocals  also  having  their  grim  moments  as  well  as  a  couple  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  one  of  the  tracks  also  introduces  growls  onto  the  recording  and  all  of  the  music  also  sticks  to  a  heavier  direction.


  Gravstenad  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  a  traditional  form  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  stoner  and  doom  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  evil  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Gravstenad  are  a  very  great  sounding  aggressive  mixture  of  black,  stoner  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ursinne"  "Draug"  and  "Du  och  Jag".  8  out  of  10.


Bandcamp: https://gravstenad.bandcamp.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GRAVSTENAD
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCotvJIdq2rLIWSaRO8McDwA/featured  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/01/gravstenadhogtid2021-full-length-review.html


Goat Interview

mardi 12 janvier 2021 à 06:23

 

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

First of all titanic hails from Greece.Goat was formed back in 2000.Soon after i was totally addicted to the titans Impiety,Sarcofago,Thou Art Lord,Basphemy,Mortuary Drape,Von,Beherit,Shub Niggurath,Archgoat,Deicide,Marduk,Faceless God,Impaled Nazarene,Root.The band's first rehearsal was recorded in 2001 named 'GOAT' and the second 'BURNING SKY’ in 2002.After 2003 the band went into on hold mode.In 2011 i brought back from the dead all old stuff and started some rehearsings but nothing serious was done untill 2019 .So in that year i reanimated the line up and into 2020 finally the debut full length was recorded.


2.In November you had released your first full length, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

Only all old stuff is included on the album (written between 2000-2003 and instrumentals written between 2006-2007 plus Blasphemy cover) so the only difference is the sound.Back then i liked more abyssic and primitive sound close to Von and Beherit ,now i prefer more bestial and violent style close to the mighty Impiety and Thou Art Lord.


3.The band went on a 7 year hiatus from 2004 and 2011, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?

I moved to Germany for some years.I had no time to find some session members and my german speech was totally bad.The only thing was done is the instrumentals ,together with Askalaphos(Goat,Dark Shadow,Dark Messiah,Fullmoon Cult)between 2006-2007 when i came back to Greece for some months.


4.While the band got back together in 2011 you waited until 2020 to release any newer music, can you tell us a little bit more about the delays?

The reason one is the line up changes that cost us a lot of time and the second reason also it needs money and time to serve ,which goes to Askio productions(label-distro) i created back in 2015 together with the  good friend SkS (owner of Morbid Visions YouTube Channel).


5.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music and also how would you describe your progress as songwriters over the years?

Lyrics spread the violence against evrything that puts my mental and physical freedom in danger.About music ,yes there is musical progress from amateur violence to technical violence(i'm not violent individual ,but i enjoy sparring fights).


6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Goat'?

Greatest Of All Time...hahaha... when i was searching for the name i was listenning to Archgoat ,so then i cut the Arch from the Goat.And with that short name was easy for me to create a unique logo.


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

I choose to not follow the trend (black and white goats with weapons) on this album ,but i follow the trend on Goat promo 2020.I thing the artwork expresses the music in the right way.About the artist ,he is from Kazakhstan and he was making cover arts for fantasy books.


8.Has the band done any live shows or is this strictly a studio project?

Goat is strictly a studio project.


9.The album was released by Tanatofobia Productions, how did you get in contact with this label?

SkS got in contact with Tanatofobia Productions and soon he replied  us for releasing  the album on cd.Big thanks to Tanatofobia Productions for the interest he show to us.Yet the album will be released soon on tape via the american label Mospharic. 


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

I am little bit surprised ,because i did not wait so much response.And yes reaction is mostly good(especially from Latin America and Europe).


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

The newer matterial is more agressive and technically violent.So in the future our music will be as much as possible total violent.I call the music of Goat HELLENIC BLACK METAL VIOLENCE.


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?

I am addicted to the titans Impiety,Sarcofago,Thou Art Lord,Basphemy,Mortuary Drape,Von,Beherit,Shub Niggurath,Archgoat,Deicide,Marduk,Faceless God,Impaled Nazarene,Root.Nowadays i listen Inquisition,Bethor,Schizoparanoic Platoon,Wargoat,Human Serpent and some others.


13.Does Satanism or Occultism play any role in your music?

Absolutely no ,i do not care about satans ,allahs ,gods ,these stories are not for me.Violent mass ,go for the kill or to be killed ,nothing more nothing less. 


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

Beware for the upcoming split ep Goat vs Schizoparanoic Platoon.“Believe in nothing ,hope for nothing and be free.”                   Thank you for the interview.


Bandcamp

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/01/goat-interview.html