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Intolerant/Snow Stained With The Blood Of Traitors/Vanguard Productions/2014 Cassette Compilation Review

lundi 19 mai 2014 à 08:05

  Intolerant  are  a  duo  from  the  United  States  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw,  epic  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  cassette  compilation  "Snow  Stained  With  The  Blood  Of  Traitors"  which  was  released  by  Vanguard  Productions.

  Spoken  word  samples  start  off  the  cassette  along  with  the  sounds  of  war  before  going  into  a  very  raw  and  atmospheric  direction  along  with  a  small  amount  of  epic  keyboards  which  leads  up  to  some  deep  and  grim  sounding  black  metal  vocals  and  the  music  has  a  very  lo-fi  and  old  school  black  metal  feeling  to  it.

  A  great  amount  of  blast  beats  are  utilized  on  the  recording  along  with  a  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  using  keyboards  to  enhance  the  atmosphere and  war  elements  of  the  music  and  not  done  in  a  trendy  way  and  they  also  bring  back  spoken  word  samples  on  the  other  tracks  as  well  but  the  main  focus  as  on  the  rawest  black  metal  you  can  expect  form  this  band.

  You  can  hear  a  great  amount  of  90's  Polish  black  metal  elements  throughout  the  tracks  along  with  a  touch  of  the  early  Ukranian  bands  and  there  is  nothing  modern  or  trendy  about  the  songs  the  band  writes  and  they  stick  to  the  true  old  school  atmospheric  second  wave  black  metal  sound  of  the  early  European  bands a nd  on  the  last  track  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars  are  added  into  the  music.

  Intolerant  create  a  very  raw  and  atmospheric  black  metal  with  the  songs  they  bring  to  the  compilation  and  also  has  a  great  amount  of  epic  qualities  that  bring  back  some of  the  best  elements  this  genre  had  to  offer  in  the  90's,  the  production  is  very,  dark,  raw  and  old  school  sounding  while  the  lyrics  cover  war,  hatred,  sorrow  and  struggle.      

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Intolerant  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw,  atmospheric  and  old  school  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  compilation/.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Resistance  to  Modern  Way"  "Banners  Of  Victory"  and  "Will  Of  iron".  8  out  of  10. 

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LVTHN/Adversarialism/2014 Demo Review

lundi 19 mai 2014 à 07:06

  LVTHN  are  a  band  from  Belgium  that  plays  a  fierce  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  demo  "Adversarialism".

  A  very  slow,  dark  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  demo  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  which  lead  to  a  more  fast  and  raw  direction  along  with  the  blast  beats  and  vocals  getting  more  high  pitched  and  you  can  also  hear  the  bass  guitars  in  the  background  and  the  music  also  has  the  early  2000's  black  metal  feeling  to  it.

  When  the  music  starts  to  slow  down  the  music  starts  getting  more  dark  and  grim  sounding  and  they  also  bring  in  a  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  both  of  the t racks  are  very  long  with  the  second  song  having  a  more  raw,  fast  and  brutal  sound  to  it  as  well  as  paying  perfect  homage  to  the  dark  occult  entities.

  LVTHN  have  a  very  fast,  aggressive  and  raw  sound  with  their  take  on  occult  black  metal,  the  production  is  very  dark,  heavy  and  raw  sounding  along  with  lyrics  that  cover  occult  and  left  hand  path  themes.

  In  my  opinion  LVTHN  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  fierce  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Opposed  By  The  Nameless".  8/5  out  of  10.

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Fathomhell/KvrX/Cold Raw Records/2014 EP Review

dimanche 18 mai 2014 à 02:30

  Fathomhell  are  a  band  from  Spain  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  that  plays  a  very  raw  and   melodic  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  ep  "KvrX"  which  was  released  by  Cold  Raw  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  ritualistic  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  ep  and  then  the  music  starts  going  into  a  more  dark  and  melodic  black  metal  direction  as w ell  as  speeding  up  a  bit  and  adding  in  grim  sounding  vocals  and  screams  and  the  band  also  utilizes  a  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  When  blast  beats  are  added  into  the  music  the  music  starts  evoking  a  more  raw  and  old  school  feeling  and  when  solos a re  added  into  the  songs  the  recording  has  an  even  more  dark  and  melodic  feeling  to  it  as  well  as  a  blackened  thrash  feeling  being  added  into  the  guitar  riffing   and both  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  bonus  tracks  are  from  the  first  ep  i  reviewed  a  year  back.

  Fathomhell  show  a  great  amount  of  growth  with  their  newer  music  with  their  current  side  being  even  more  dark  and  melodic,  the  production  has  a  very  dark  and  powerful  sound  where  you  can  also h ear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  both  tracks  and  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  with  the  songs  covering  occult  and  serpent  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Fathomhell  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  melodic  occult  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Serpent  II".  8/5  out  of  10.

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Inconcessus Lux Lucis/Disintregration: Psalms Of Veneration For The Nefarious Elite/Nomos Dei Productions 2014 CD Review

vendredi 16 mai 2014 à 01:17

  Inconcessus  Lux  Lucis  are  a  band  from  the  united  kingdom  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  that  plays  an  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  2014  album   "Disintregration: Psalms Of Veneration For The Nefarious Elite"  which  was  released  by  Nomes  Dei  Productions.

  Dark  wind  sounds  start  off  the  album  before  the  music  goes  into  a  slow  melodic  black  metal  direction  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  which  leads  to  the  music  getting  more  raw  and  fast  along  with  some  grim  vocals  and  blast  beats  as  well  as  mixing  the  slow  melodic  parts  in  with  the  more  fast  elements.

  There  is  a  great  amount  of  talent  and  skill  in  the  musical  instruments  and  there  are  also  small  amount s of  synths  being  added  into  the  music  at  times  which  evokes  a  more  atmospheric  sound  into  their  music  and  when  spoken  words  are  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  they  enhance  the  ritualistic  qualities  of  the  recording  and  the  music  also has  a  more  avant  garde  feeling  to  it  at  times  along  with  a  few  long  and  epic  in  length  tracks.

  The  guitar  solos  and  leads  when  they  are  utilized  are  very  melodic  sounding  and  there  are  also  small  elements  of  psychedelia  and  thrash  being  mixed  in  with  the  band's  melodic  occult  black  metal  sound  at  times  and  the  songs  on  this  album   are  the  most  diverse  stuff  the  band  has  released  so  far  as  well  as  having  more  catchy  structures  this  time  around  as  well  as  addign  in  elements  of  traditional  metal  in c ertain s ections  of  the  recording.

  Inconcessus Lux Lucis  show  a  lot  of  maturity  and  growth  with  this  album  creating a  very  diverse  and  original  sounding  melodic  occult  black  metal  album  that  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  dark atmospheres  and  talented  music  instrument  pieces,  the  production  is  very  professional  and  powerful  sounding  and  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism,  Death  Worship  and  the  Qabalah's  darker  side.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Inconcessus Lux Lucis  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  melodic  occult  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Into  the  Pit  Of  Purging"  "In  her  Most  baneful  Shadow"  "Witch  of  the  Forge"  and  "Severed  from  Sephiroth".  8/9  out  of  10.     

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Scourge Interview

vendredi 16 mai 2014 à 00:03
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?

Well, after the recording we started focusing on rehearsals and promotions for our album. As soon as Cogumelo released our album here in Brazil, invitations for gigs started to appear and we played in many cities. Our focus now is to play as much as possible and show our work, propagating hatred throughout Brazil.

2.You have a new album coming out at the end of May, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical direction of the new recording and also how does it differ from the album you had released in 2011?

HATE METAL is more in-your-face than the first album. It is more brutal and old-school. We took the essence of the Metal from the state of Minas Gerais and put it in the songs of the new CD without losing the rawness of the first album.

3.When i listened to the album I could hear a lot of the old 80's underground Brazilian metal sound in your music but done in a more brutal manner, do you feel your home country has a great history when it comes to underground metal?

R:Com toda certeza o BRASIL fez e ainda faz historia no metal mundial!O BRASIL nao é somente o pais do futebol é o pais do heavy metal! bandas como SARDÓFAGO,VULCANO,CHAKAL sao grandes sao otimas e fazem o som com raça e perseverança o BRASIL influenciou o mundo fazendo o metal direto sem firulas metal saindo das profundesas do estomago!

Without any doubt, Brazil made and still makes history in worldwide Metal. Brazil is not only the country of soccer but it is also the country of Heavy Metal. Bands like Sarcofago, Vulcano, and Chakal are great and make their music with guts and perseverance. Brazil has influenced the world making a no-frills Metal born from the pit of the stomach.

4.On a one of the tracks you had Wagner Antichrist of Sarcofago doing some vocals, where you honored to have this metal legend participate on the new album?

Wagner is a great friend. I’ve known him since we were kids. He is an icon of worldwide Metal. One day he came to our rehearsal and I asked him if he’d be into participating in our CD. He accepted and we super stoked. On top of that, he helped a lot, giving advice in the album’s production. We had other guests such as M. Joker (Ex-Sarcofago/Uganga), Fernando Lima (Drowned), and Rodrigo de Carya (Lustful). All of them helped our work become better!

5.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the new release?

Our lyrics cover themes like hatred and lust, war, false freeloading people, but most of all the problems with the fads that exist in Metal. We want to pass the message that Metal is not a fad, it’s a way of life, where only the strong survive. Scourge lives and breathes Metal 24 hours a day.

6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Scourge'/

Scourge means to flog. We took the name from the song The Laws of Scourge by Sarcófago. We wanted a name that would draw parallels with the bands agenda. In other words, we want to flog all falseness that exists in the underground. We want to flog all those bastard falses who think Metal is fashion.

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

When we play live, we play with blood in our eyes. We want to scream from our lungs what we feel. We have played many great shows. All of them have been perfect with insane crowds headbanging non-stop. That fuels us to continue disseminating hatred throughout Brazil and the world.

8.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?

We expect to play throughout Brazil to divulge our album to the max. We’re looking at shows outside our country as well. We want to show the world the Hate Metal from Brazil.

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

We’re very happy with the feedback on our new album. A lot of people from all over the world has been talking about our music, praising our album!

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

Our future depends entirely o working hard; playing in many places and writing new songs. In other words, we have to show our face to the world. We’re already writing new songs which are much more brutal than the ones we have now. We make the music we like and feel good playing. Everything comes from the pit of the stomach. This is the Metal from the state of Minas Gerais.

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?

We listen to everything, from traditional Heavy Metal all the way to old-school Black Metal! We dig bands such as Bathory, Venom, Hellhammer, Sarcofago, Death, AC/DC, Black Sabbath (Masters). We like the old shit since few bands from the new generation show originality. Most bands just copy each other.

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

Well, I don’t believe in god, therefore I can’t really believe in Satanás. I respect other people’s beliefs. Satanism, Occultism, all that stuff is already a fad. People don’t really have the knowledge to talk about this stuff and write about things they don’t understand. To me, Satanism is nothing more than little comic book horror stories. Few bands really study the subject and write about it correctly. I could care less about religious people or Satanists, for that matter.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?

Outside of music I like to fish, camp and cook. I love my family. I like simple things from everyday life.

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

Scourge says thank you for the opportunity to show a bit o four work. Metal is union and that makes a difference. Thanks to all headbangers worldwide. Metal will never die. Winner never quit and quitters never win.

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