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Abusiveness/Bramy Nawii/Arachnophobia Records/2014 CD Review

mardi 9 septembre 2014 à 02:05

  Abusiveness  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  plays  a  very  heavy  and  aggressive  form  of  pagan/black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Bramy  Nawii"  which  will  be  released  on  September  15th  by  Arachnophobia   Records.

  Thunder,  rain  and  nature  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  sound  effects  and  a  dark  guitar  tone  before  going  into  more  of  an  atmospheric  black  metal  direction  as  well  as  adding  in  blast  beats  and  powerful  sounding  bass  guitars  which  lead  up  to  some  solos  and  leads  which  also  can  be  very  melodic  at  times  and  then  the  deep  and  grim  vocals  start  to  kick  in.

  You  can  hear  some  influences  from  death  metal  being  mixed  in  with  the  bands  musical  style  as  well  as  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  on  some  of  the  later  songs  you  can  hear  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars  being  utilized  at  times  while  the  main  focus  remains  on  a  very  fast  and  brutal  musical style.

  In  all  of  the  songs  on  the  recording  the  band  display  a  great  amount  of  talent  and  skill  on  their  musical  instruments  while  also  retaining  the  rawness  of  true  black  metal  and  the  vocals  can also  be  very  diverse  along  with  one  song  seeing  them  adding  in  more  melody  yet  grim  all  at  the  same  time  as  well  as  adding  a  bit of  death  metal  growls  at  times  and  after  awhile  spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  briefly  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording ,  towards  the  end  of  the  album  the  band  brings  in  a  10  minute  track.

  Abusiveness  creates  a  very  heavy  and  aggressive  style  of  black  metal  with  their  musical  style  taking  the  rawness  of  the  genre  and  mixing  it  in  with  the  brutality  of  death  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own  while  also  retaining  a  good  amount  of  atmosphere,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Polish  and  cover  Paganism,  Darkness,  legends  and  Anti  Christian  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Abusiveness  are  a  very  great  sounding  heavy,  fast  and  aggressive  pagan/black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "W  GOr  Chor  gwie"  "Niez  omni"  and  "Proces".  8  out  of  10.


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Ofdrykkja/A Life Worth Losing/Avantgarde Music/2014 CD Review

lundi 8 septembre 2014 à 23:36

  Ofdrykkja  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  very  suicidal  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "A  Life  Worth  Losing"  which  was  released  by  Avantgarde  Music.

  A  very  dark  and  melodic  guitar  lead  starts  off  the  album  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  you  can  hear  some  grim  vocals  being  utilized  in  the  background  and  after  the  first  track  guitar  riffs  start  making  their  way  into  the  music  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  which  are  used  on  a  regular  basis  throughout  the  recording  and  it  also  slowly  starts  to  build  up  to  be  of  a  black  metal  musical  direction.

  The  solos  and  leads  the  band  uses  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  sorrow  full  melodies  and  when  black  metal  vocals  are  added  into  the  music  they  bring  in  more  of  a  suicidal  and  depressive  sound  along  with  the  band  using  a  good  mixture  of  both  clean  and  heavy  parts  and  the  music  gets  more  atmospheric  as  the  album  progresses.

  When  female  vocals  are  brought  in  briefly  on  one  of  the  tracks  they  add  in  a  great  amount  of  originality  to  the  bands  depressive  black  metal  approach  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  to  speed  up  a  bit  and  add  in  more  of  a  raw  sound  along  with  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  while  also  still  retaining  a  good  amount  of  the  depressive  elements  and  halfway  through the  recording an  instrumental  with  all  piano's  finds  its  way  into  the  mix  while  the  following  track  sees  the  band  bringing  in  acoustic  guitars  along  with  some  clean  singing  vocals   which  they  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  parts  on  the  following  tracks  as  well.

  Ofdrykkja  creates  a  very  original  style  of  depressive  suicidal  black  metal  adding  a  lot  of  newer  elements  to  this  genre  and  with  their  music  they  help  the  genre  growl  and  evolve  instead  of  copying  the  bands  that  came  before  them,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  Swedish  and  English  and  cover  dark,  depressive,  and  suicidal  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ofdrykkja  are  a  very  great  and  original  sounding  depressive,  suicidal  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Livets  Dystra  Glang"  "Under My  Influence"  "Bury  Them  Under  Nails  And  Crust"  and  "Bitterljuv  Mostalgi".  8  out  of  10.


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Abigor/Leytmotif Lucifer/Avantgarde Music/2014 CD Review

lundi 8 septembre 2014 à 20:22

  Abigor  are  a  band  from  Austria  that  has  been  around  for  more  than  20 years  and  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  satanic  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Leytmotif  Lucifer"  which  was  released  by  Avantgarde  Music.

  A  very  dark  and  distorted  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  going  the  music  goes  into  a  faster  direction  along  with  some  blast  beats,  grim  screams  and  dark  sounding  melodies  and  the  band  also  uses  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  adding  clean  playing  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Solos  and  leads  when  they  are  utilized  are  in  a  very  melodic  and  extreme  musical  direction  and  they  display  a  great  amount  of  talent  and  skill  and  you  can  also  hear  a  brief  use  of  ritualistic  chanting  at  times  and  the  band  also  has  a  more  modern  approach  to  black  metal  which  also  shows  that  the band  has  moved  with  the  times  while  also  remaining  true  to  a  satanic  direction  and  you  can  also  hear  avant  garde  and  experimental  elements  in  their  music  at  time s but  done  in  a  more  heavier  direction.

  When  deep  growls  are  added  into  the  music  they  give  the  album  more  of  an  evil  and  demonic  edge  and  each  track  sounds  very  different  from  each  other  while  you  can  still  tell  that  it  is  the  same  band  and  after  awhile  the  band  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  melodic  chanting  which  enhances  the  occult  atmosphere  of  the  recording  and   some  of  the  fast  parts  that  are  added  into  the  music  bring  back  a  bit  of  the  rawness  they  had  in  the  90's  and  they  close  the  album  with  an  11  minute  track.

  Abigor  creates  a  very  different  sound  with  this  album  staying  away  from  the  electronic  elements  and  keyboards  of  previous  recordings  and  focuses  more  on  a  guitar  driven  musical  direction  while  still  adding  in  new  elements  and  remaining  true  to  black  metal  without  having  to  repeat  themselves,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  liturgic  form  dedicated  to  the  3rd  path  to  the  mysteries  of  Satan.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Abigor  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ego"  "Indulgence"  and  "Excessus".  8  out  of  10.

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Dunnock/Intergalactic Holocaust/Temptations Of Resonance/2014 Split Album Review

dimanche 7 septembre 2014 à 05:02

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  San  Francisco's  Dunnock  and  Australia's  Intergalactic  Holocaust  which  will  be  released  by  Temptations  Of  Resonance  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Dunnock  a  band  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw,  atmospheric  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  off  with  some  atmospheric  drones  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  the  first  track  which  is  more  in  the  ambient  drone  direction  the  music  starts  going  into  more  of  a  raw,  distorted  and  melodic  black  metal  direction  along  with  depressive  screams.

  Once  the  music  starts  to  speed  up  blast  beats  and  synths  are  added  into  the  music  as  well  as  keeping  around  the  spoken  word  parts  of  the  first  track  and  the  music  also  starts  alternating  between  slow  and  fast  parts  and  they  also  bring  in  ambient  sounds  at  times  along  with  a  small  amount  of  doom  metal  influences  and  the  second  track  is  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  The  third  track  starts  out  more  in  an  ambient  direction  before  going  back  to  a  raw  black  metal  direction  and  this  song  is  a  little  bit  shorter  than  the  previous  track  and  they  stick  to  mostly  slower  riffing  to  create  more  of  a  dark  and  grim  atmosphere  and  on  the  last  song  of  their  side  of  the  split  they  go  for  more  of  an  atmospheric  ambient  musical  direction  as  well  as  being  mostly  instrumental  while  you  can  still  hear  a  small  amount  of  black  metal  vocals.

  Dunnock  creates  a  very  raw  style  of  black  metal  on  this  recording  while  also  being  very  atmospheric  at  the  same  time  as  well  as  adding  a  good  amount  of  ambient  in  their  musical  sound  to  make  every  song  sound  very  creative,  the  production  has  a  very  dark  and  raw  sound  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Dunnock  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental,  depressive,  raw  and  atmospheric  black  metal  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Jan  28  (My  Harp  Is  Turned  To  Mourning)"  and  "Kudryavka".

  Next  up  is  Intergalactic  Holocaust  a  band  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal.

  A  very  dark,  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  sound  starts  off  their  side  of  the  split  bringing  in  a  very  emotional  and  depressive  feeling  before  adding  in  some  grim  screams  along  with  some  programmed  beats  and  after  a  few  minutes  atmospheric  synths  become  a  part  of  the  bands  musical  style.

  The  bands  mostly  sticks  to  more  of  a  slow  and  raw  black  metal  musical  direction  while  they  also  do  bring  in  a  good  amount  of  mid  paced  sections  at  times  and  they  also  keep  around  a  very  dark  and  depressive  atmosphere  to  all  of  the  songs  and  while  synths  are  used  the  guitars  are  the  most  powerful  force  in  their  style  of  black  metal  and  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  amount  of  ambient  elements  coming  out  of  the  songs,  once  solos  and  leads  are  added  into  the  music  they  enhance  the  melodic  side  of  the  music  and  the  last  track  is  all  instrumental.

  Intergalactic  Holocaust  creates  a  very  dark,  raw  and  atmospheric  sound  with  their  approach  to  black  metal   focusing  more  on  a  slower  direction  without  losing  the  heaviness  and  they  also  have  a  very  dark  and  ambient  approach  with  their  musical  style  at  times,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  a  very  dark  subject  matter.

  In  my  opinion  intergalactic  Holocaust  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  music.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Black  Stars".

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  raw  and  atmospheric  black  metal.  8  out  of  10.       

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CAPA Interview

vendredi 5 septembre 2014 à 06:10
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new ep?

We're already knee-deep in writing for our next album, which will probably be a full-length. We've got a few songs already close to being finished, but we'll probably end up re-writing a lot of parts and adding/removing sections until we're completely happy with them. We usually take the year to write and then record in the summer. It gives us plenty of time to get every aspect exactly how we want it. Our other guitarist, Matt recently moved to Germany for the year so writing and communicating exclusively through email is going to be interesting.

2.At the end of August you had released a new ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

I would describe The Droves as being more intricate, heavy, and detailed than our previous material. We made some big changes in the production department through working with a new engineer. The main characteristic that we wanted to display on this album that differed from our previous material was clarity. There were times on This is the Dead Land This is Cactus Land where I felt some instrumental sections got washed out. I think the change we made ended up working out.

3.You call your musical style 'tragic black metal', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Tragic black metal is a term we use simply because we feel it captures the tone that we hope to capture in our music.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores in the music?

Our previous 3 albums (The Road is a Grey Tape, Shallow Towers, TITDLTICL) formed a conceptual trilogy that told the story of a character leaving society to survive in solitude only to return to the society after it had burned to the ground. Conceptually it explored topics such as nihilism, technology and ego centrism, and the relationship to the natural world. The Droves is a concept album about religion, specifically it focuses on one person who learns to reject religion and find meaning and beauty in the world. We wanted the mood of the album to transition musically, lyrically, and emotionally from crushing oppression to ambiguity, and finally to acceptance.

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

The name CAPA was chosen by our guitarist Matt while the project was still my solo ambient music outlet. We got the name from a character named Robert Capa from the Danny Boyle film "Sunshine".  Slowly as the band transitioned in style the name stuck.

6.In your pictures you wear masks, can you tell us a little bit more about what these masks represent?

The masks we used in promos were meant to represent the character from our conceptual trilogy of albums while fitting the tone of the music and shifting attention away from the actual members' appearance. It also came about because we hate posing for pictures haha. In our album art we used the mask to represent the character. In Shallow Towers the album art is almost a portrait of the character while in TITDLTICL the mask can be seen resting on a pile of rubble. We're not planning on using the masks forever. Now that the trilogy is over we stopped wearing them in promos, and when we play live we definitely don't wear them.

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

The best show we've played was also our first show. It was with Rivers of Nihil and Scorned Deity at Kungfu Necktie in Philadelphia. We're definitely looking to play live more in the future, but with our other guitarist in Germany we'll have to find a replacement which could be hard.

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

Sadly not at the moment. We're still looking to fill out our lineup. We had some member shifts over the last year.

9.The last few releases have been self released, do you feel this gives you more freedom to do what you want musically with the DIY approach instead of having to work with a record label?

Self-releasing our material has been mostly due to practical concerns rather than any reason concerning creativity. Ivory Antler put out our first album, The Road is a Grey Tape, and was wonderful. We are actually currently looking for a label who would be interested in releasing a physical version of The Droves. I already have some alternative artwork that I think would work well for a vinyl release.

10.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your newer music by fans of black metal and other forms of underground music?

Feedback seems to be positive. It's hard to gauge response outside of reading reviews. But overall I'm happy with the response it's gotten so far.

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

Our new material seems to be expanding on the intricate and heavy elements present on The Droves. But we're still about a year away from any kind of announcement on our part and a lot can change in that time.

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've been listening to Ulcerate's new album, Vermis nonstop which I'm sure will show up in some shape or form in the material we're writing now. Helplessness Blues by Fleet Foxes has been on repeat also. As for direct influences on our music I would say Wolves in the Throne Room, Krallice, American Football, and probably hundreds of others.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?

I am also a visual artist. I do paintings, photography, and digital editing as well as creating all of CAPA's artwork. I'm looking to get into creating album art for other bands as well. Other than art, I recently graduated from college with a Bachelor of Science degree and our other guitarist Matt just got his Master's.

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

Thank you so much for the opportunity! 

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