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Dulia/Hic Contendimus/Symbol Of Domination Records/Black Plague Records/Metallic Media/2015 EP Review

mercredi 28 octobre 2015 à 07:18

  Dulia  are  a  band  from   Italy  that  plays  an  atmospheric  and  occult  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  ep  "Hic Contendimus"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Symbol Of Domination Records,  Black Plague Records  and  Metallic Media.

  A  very  dark  and  ritualistic  keyboard  starts  off  the  ep  and after  awhile  the  music  gets  a  lot  more  heavier  and  also  adds  in  morbid  sounding  melodies  that  also  in  a  touch  of  doom  metal  and  the  music  brings  in  a  good  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  black  metal  screams  and  also  mix  the  keyboards  with  the  heavier  parts.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  blast  beats  can  be heard  along  some  of  the  riffs  also  have  a  raw  and  old  school  feeling  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  solos  and  leads  that  are  used  are  very  dark  and  melodic  sounding  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  there  also  a  small  amount  of spoken  word  parts  and  they  close  the  ep   with  a  cover  of  Mystifier's  "Beelzebuth".  

  Dulia  plays  a  style  of  black/death  metal  that  is   very  occult  and  ritualistic  sounding  in  the  early  90's  fashion,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  old  school   while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  and  Left  Hand  Path  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Dulia  are  a  very  great  sounding  occult  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Theurgical  Purification"  and  "Sword  Of  Martyrs".  8  out  of  10. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/10/duliasymbohic-contendimussymbol-of.html


From The Vastland/Blackhearts/Symbol Of Domination Productions/Hexenreich Records/Shpera Noctis Records/2015 EP Review

mercredi 28 octobre 2015 à 06:40

  From  The  Vastland  are  a  solo  project  originally  from  Iran  but  now  located  in  Norway  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2015  "Blackhearts"  which  was  released  as  a joint  effort  between Symbol Of Domination Productions,    Hexenreich Records  and  Shpera Noctis Records.

  A  very  dark  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  ep  before  getting  heavier  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  and  after  awhile  the  music  goes  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  direction  along  with  a great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  you  can  also  hear  spoken  word  parts  at  times  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  very  melodic  and  exotic  sounding  and  one  track   also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  while  keyboards  are  brought  into  the  closing  song.

  From  The  Vastland  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that is  very  raw  and  melodic  and  also  brings  in  some  influences  from  his home  country   to  create  a  style  of  his  own,  the  production  sounds  very raw  yet  heavy  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  cover  Zoroastrianism,  Persian  and  Mesopotemian  Mythology.  

  In  my  opinion  From  The  Vastland  are  a  very  raw  and  melodic  style  of  black  metal and  if  you  are  a  fan  of   this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Blackhearts". 8  out  of  10.     

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/10/from-vastlandblackheartssymbol-of.html


Ildverden/Temnich BlackIs Me/Satanath Records/Pagan Flames Productions/2015 CD Review

mercredi 28 octobre 2015 à 06:14

  Ildverden  are  a  solo  project  from  Ukraine   that  plays  a  pagan  form  of  black  metal  and  this   is  a  review  of  his  2015  album  "Temnich  Black  /is  Me"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Satanath  Records  and  Pagan  Flames  Productions.

  Atmospheric  keyboards  and  firewood  burning  start  off  the  album  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length and  once  the  music  gets  heavy  it goes  into a  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  grim  screams  and  the  songs  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Keyboards  mix  in  with  the  heavier  parts  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  style   being  more  close  to  the  Polish  or  Slavic  style  of  that  era  and  also  brings  in  a  decent  amount  of  melodies  at  times  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized briefly  they  are  done  in  a  more  raw  and  melodic  direction and  one  of  the  tracks  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  folk  instruments   and  clean  playing  while  the  album  closes  with a  cover  of  Satyricon's  "The  Wolfpack".

Ildverden  plays   a  style  of  pagan  black  metal   that  is  very  raw  and  atmospheric  as  well  as  bringing  back  some  of  the  mid  90's  Eastern  European  style,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Ukrainian  and  cover   Paganism  themes.  

  In  my  opinion  Ildverden  are  a  very  great  sounding  pagan  black  metal  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED   TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Dark  Swirl  Dalych"  and  "The  Flash  Of  Lightning  In  Their  Eyes".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/10/ildverdentemnich-blackis-mesatanath.html


Ashes Of Nowhere Interview

mardi 27 octobre 2015 à 17:17
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?


- Hi everyone, we are Ashes of Nowhere, a post black metal band from Italy. Our music is who we are, so log on to www.facebook.com/ashesofnowhere to find out everything there is to know about us.


2.In August you had released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?


- It's a mix of the aggressive sound of traditional black metal with post black's pathos and melodies.

We aim for a connection between the listener and its darkest, deepest side, trough the atmosphere and the emotions, that permeate the album


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


- The album's concept is based on mankind's connection to death time and desire.

Lyrics are inspired by a deep analysis of life experiences, above all humanity's fear of time elapsing and consuming everything; and the rebirth through self-annihilation, in order to reach the void and the end of suffering.


4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Ashes Of Nowhere'?


- We started composing the album before thinking of anything else.
The name Ashes of Nowhere just seemed to get along perfectly with the whole concept of Emptiness.


5.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?


- You never know, let's see where the future leads us.

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


- We are doing things on our own right now, but we are looking for the right label to sign with


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


- Fans have been great to us, some of the comments and feedbacks really put a smile on our faces. We even managed to get to know some of them.

8.Are any of the band members also involved with any other bands or musical projects?


- A crust black metal band called Rest, whose album will come out in November.


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


- As long as we are doing what we love, we just hope the band is going to have a bright long future in front it.


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?


- We listen to many metal genres, as far as black metal is concerned, we are inspired by some classic bands such as Dissection, Anorexia Nervosa, darkthrone or emperor, and modern bands like deafheaven or wolves in the throne room.


11.What are some of your non musical interests?


- ''Emptiness''


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


- Wither like a frail rose, forsaken in a desert of thorns....

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/10/ashes-of-nowhere-interview.html


Meneapneontes/Promachos/Satanath Records/Murdher Records/2015 CD Review

mardi 27 octobre 2015 à 08:53

  Meneapneontes  are  a  band  from  Greece  that  plays  an  epic form  of  Hellenic  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Promachos"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Satanath  Records  and  Murdher  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  and  after  a  few  seconds  deep  and  grim  black  metal  screams  make  their  presence  known  on  the  recording  along with  some  solos  and  leads  that  also  utilize  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

   When  the  music  speeds  up  the  music  starts having  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  style  along with  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  and  when  classical  guitars  and  melodic  pagan  chants  are  utilized  they  bring  in  more  of  an  epic  and  medieval  atmosphere  and  the  songs  also   bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid   paced  and  fast  parts  and  some  of  the  riffs  and  vocals  also  bring  in  a  touch  of  death  metal  at  times  while  the  music  is  mostly  rooted  in  the  90's  style  of  Greek  black  metal.

  Meneapneontes  plays   a  musical   style  that  goes  back  to   the  melodic  side  of  Hellenic  black  metal  that  also  brings  the  epic  atmosphere  of  the  past,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Greek  Mythology  and  History.

  In  my  opinion  Meneapneontes  are a  very  great  sounding  epic  Hellenic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should   check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Promachos"  "Sons  Of  The  Greeks"  "My  Earth,  My Water"  and  "Raise  The   Aspis".  8  out  of  10.   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/10/meneapneontespromachossatanath.html