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True Love/25 Years Of Isolation/2015 Demo Review

lundi 2 février 2015 à 06:47

  True  Love  are  a  band  from  North  America  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2015  demo  "25  Years  Of  Isolation".

  Rain  and  thunder  sounds  start  off  the  demo  along  with  some  spoken  word  and  laughter  samples  which  also  have  a  demonic  atmosphere  to  them  at  times  as  well  as  being  used  later  on  during the  recording  on  some  songs  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  direction   which  also  shows  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  grim  yet  high  pitched  screams  and  a  good  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  You  can  hear  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  throughout  the  recording  along  with  some  melodies  that  gives  the  music  more  of  a  modern  and  American  black  metal  feeling  while  the  whispers  when  they  are  utilized  gives  the  music  more  of  an  evil  atmosphere  and  they  also  do  a  cover  of  Darkthrone's  "Quintessence"  before  closing  the  demo  with  one  of  their  original  tracks.

  True  Love  plays  a  style  of black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  heavy  sounding  and  also  brings  in  a  good  mixture  of  both  second  and  third  wave  influences  to  create  their  own  style,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  violent  and  hateful  themes.

  In  my  opinion  True  Love  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Final  Drought"  and  "Evasion".  8  out  of  10.



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Mystic Rites/Grin As The Jewell Kingdom Falls/2014 EP Review

lundi 2 février 2015 à 06:06

  Mystic  Rites  are  a  solo  project  from  Poland  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  satanic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2014  ep  "Grin  As  The  Jewell  Kingdom  Falls".

  A  very  dark  and  ritualistic  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  distorted  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  as  well  as  some  grim  screams  which  also  bring  in  spoken  word  parts  at  times  kicking  in  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  leads  up  to  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  sound  and  after  the intro  the  more  black  metal  side  starts  to  kick  in.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  atmospheric  elements  and  dark  sounding  melodies  while  the  faster  sections  bring  in  more  of  a  raw  feeling  as  well  as  utilizing  blast  beats  and  the  solos  and  leads  that  are  utilized  are  very  melodic  yet  chaotic  sounding  while  some  parts  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  growls  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars  at  times.

  Mystic  Rites  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  this  is  dark,  dark,  raw  and  occult  sounding  while  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  to  create  a  very  grim  and  heavy  recording.  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism  and  Blasphemous  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Mystic  Rites  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  satanic  black  metal  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "With  Sword,   Fire  and  Satan's  Iron  Fist"  and  "Praise  be  Armageddon".  8  out  of  10.     

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Agos/Irkalla Transcendence/III Damnation Productions/2015 EP Review

samedi 31 janvier 2015 à 05:38

  Agos  are  a  duo  from  Greece  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  occult  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  ep  "Irkalla  Transcendence"  which  was  released  by  III  Damnation  Productions.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  death  metal  influenced  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  a  great  mixture  of  both  grim  growls  and  black  metal  screams  and  a  few  seconds  later  morbid  sounding  melodies  are  added  into  the  music  and  the  solos  and  leads  that  are  utilized  display  a  great  amount  of  talent  and  skill  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  to  speed  up  a  bit.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  elements  of  early  90's  occult  black  metal  being  mixed  in  with  old  school  death  metal  elements  but  done  with  a  production  that  gives  the  music  more  of  an  up  to  date  feeling  and  all  3  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  music  also  sticks  to  mostly  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction  while  there  are  some  fast  riffs  and  blast  beats  being  utilized  at  times  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  ep  closes  with  female  vocals  that  are  all  melodic  and  ritualistic  chants.

  Agos  takes  a  style  of  occult  black  metal  and  adds  in  some  of  the  heavier  side  of  old  school  death  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sound s very  dark,  powerful  and  heavy  sounding  while  the  lyrics  cover  Sumerian  Civilization,  Mythology,  Occultism,  Gnosis  and  Death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Agos  are  a  very  great  sounding  dark,  heavy  and  occult  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Akkadian  Cenotaph".  8  out  of  10. 

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Odota/Fever Marshal/2014 Full Length Review

samedi 31 janvier 2015 à 03:32

  Odota  are  a  solo  project  from  Estonia  that  plays  an  experimental  and  psychedelic  mixture  of  black  metal,  drone  and  doom  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2014  album  "Fever  Marshal".

  A  very  dark  doom/drone  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  experimental  sounds  in  the  background  and  after  a  minute  melodic  guitar  riffing  starts  becoming  a  huge  part  of  the  recording  while  a  few  seconds  alter  the  music  starts  going  for  more  of  a  fast  and  raw  black  metal  sound  along  with  a  great  amount  of  high  pitched  screams.

  A  good  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  programmed  beats  taking  the  place  of  a  real  drum  kit  and  at  time s the  vocals  have  a  very  grim  approach  to  them  and  the  songs  also  bring   in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  also  bring  in  elements  of  industrial  metal  at  times.

  As  the  album  progresses  more  avant  garde,  experimental  and  psychedelic  elements  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  there  are  also  a  couple  of  tracks  that  are  instrumental  and  in  some  of  the  more  fast  black  metal  parts  the  programmed  beats  almost  sound  like  real  blast  beats  and  the  whole  album  is  very  diverse  with  each  track  bringing  in  something  different.

  Odota  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  mostly  raw  and  aggressive  while  also  mixing  in  elements of  doom,  drone,  experimental,  industrial  and  psychedelia  to  create  some  very  original  sounding  music,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Odota  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  mixture  of  black  metal,  drone,  doom,  experimental  and  psychedelia  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Horse  Thief  Special"  "Cannon"  and  "Rattlesnakes  Unfold".  8  out  of  10.



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Elegos Interview

samedi 31 janvier 2015 à 02:40
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Elegos were formed in April 2014 by Admetos (all instruments) and Mantitheos (vocals and lyrics) in Thessaloniki, Greece. Soon after the formation we were put on-hold due to military duties of Mantitheos, as well as Admetos’ moving to Crete. However throughout that time we composed a lot of music, a part of which took flesh in our first demo release. We play black metal, with some epic and folk elements, while our lyrics talk about ancient battles, war and heroism.

2.Recently you have released a demo, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

In December 2014 we self-released our first demo entitled “To Those Lying in the Fields of Glory”, consisting of two tracks. We believe that our music sounds as pure black metal, with epic features, while the sound is mainly raw because we home-recorded the songs and did the mixing and mastering by ourselves. We want to make a more professional sound on our next release, something that will be closer to how we want to sound, however still raw and grim for sure. In general, we always try to compose music that most importantly sounds good to us as black metal fans.

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

The lyrical themes of our music are about ancient battles, fallen warriors and acts of heroism. Lyrics play an important role in our music, and we always try to elicit an epic feeling from both our music and our lyrics.

4.I know that the band name means ancient Greek mournful songs, how do you feel your songs compare to the ancient days of Greece?

Well, to begin with our music as you can imagine has nothing to do with ancient Greek music. However, we try to hymn those long gone days through our songs and elicit a feeling that might travel the listener to ancient Greek era and in specific to ancient battlefields, where acts of honor and valor were written in history.

5.This the paganism of your homeland's past also play a role in your music?

We believe that our history reflects every part of our existence, defines who we are. The strong belief of our ancestors was one of the most important parts of their daily life, alongside with philosophy, science and arts. All these elements influence our way of life and this is something that we try to express through our music.

6.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you planning on expanding the line up in the future or do you chose to remain a duo?

The project began as a 2 member band due to the experimental nature of our first steps. We are now in discussions with some musicians to follow us on live performances, and who knows, if both us and them are happy with the collaboration we would never say no to fresh blood in the band.

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

We are very happy to announce that our next work will be released under the sign of Frostinghell Prod, a new Greek label that really gives flesh and blood for the Underground Hellenic Black Metal.

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

The feedback is very encouraging. When we first decided to release the demo we were thinking that if we make a bunch of people listen to our music and feel like shaking their heads in the rhythm we would have achieved our goal. Now, we feel a lot of support from outside the country, but mainly Greek metallers have been very supportive and we would like to thank everybody for their interest in our music.

9.When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

We already have material for an EP or a full length album and we believe that in the following months we will enter the studio to start recording. In the meantime we are under discussions for some live performances in the near future, which we are looking more than forward to take place. Musically the album will be in the style of the demo, but we feel that it will sound more epic.

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?

Well, of course we are huge fans of the Hellenic Black Metal style, where bands such as Kawir, Rotting Christ, Varathron among others have definitely influenced, or more precisely inspired us with their music. We also have been inspired by the British Black Metal wave, with bands like Winterfylleth, Wodensthrone predominating our tastes, and the Slavonic bands, such as Drudkh, Hate Forest and Nokturnal Mortum.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

We really like to study history, both ancient and modern. Admetos is also a nature photographer while Mantitheos enjoys to spend his free time playing tabletop war games. And of course we both appreciate a bottle (or more) of high quality beer.

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

First of all we would like to thank you for the interview. To the friends of the OccultBlackMetalZine we would like to say Stay True, Stay Heavy and Support the Underground!

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