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Blackhammer/DCLXVI:Occultum Surget/Dod Incarnate Records/2015 EP Review

samedi 21 mars 2015 à 12:46

  Blackhammer  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  ep  DCLXVI: Occultum  Surget"  which  was  reelased  by  Dod  Incarnate  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  distorted  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  and  you  can  also  hear  a  touch  of  doom  metal  in  their  musical  style  and  when  guitars  leads  are  utilized  they  are  very  primitive  yet  dark  and  melodic  sounding  and  on  the  second  track  the  music  starts  to  go  back  into  a  fast  and  raw  direction.

  Blast  beats  can  be  heard  in  the  faster  sections  of  the  bands  musical  style  and  the  vocals  can  also  get  very  deep  at  times  while  also  retaining  a  grim  atmosphere  to  the  way  they  are  approached  and  when  the  music  is  in  a  fast  direction  the  early  90's  influence  of  black  metal  can  be  heard  in  the  songs  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  also  bring  in  a  brief  use  of  keyboards  which  also  gives  the  song  an  avant  garde  feeling  while  the  main  focus  remains  more  on  a  raw  style  of  black  metal  and  some  of  the  tracks  also  bring  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Blackhammer  show  a  different  style  on  this  recording  shedding  the  doom  and  death  metal  influences  and  creating  a  very  raw  and  lo-fi  style  of  black  metal  with  the  6  songs  they  bring  onto  the  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  and  Left  hand  Path  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Blackhammer  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  lo-fi  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Dark  Sorrow"  and  "Sententia  Mortis".  8  out  of  10.      

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Fell Ruin Interview

samedi 21 mars 2015 à 06:09
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
We are a new project, consisting of four individuals that, after playing in various bands in Metro Detroit, now have the opportunity to collaborate on something together.

2.Recently you have released your fist album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
Honest, straight forward, and uncompromising. We've all performed on several albums with our other/ past projects with little to no complaint/ regret. This album, however, was a chance to do something "natural", bold and most importantly... different. It's the album we've all wanted to make for a while now.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Subject matter is all over the place yet still conceptual. On the surface, the songs on this album have a reoccurring theme of mediumship/ other worldly disclosure. Dark storytelling all used to shroud a more personal meaning that I won't give away. Explaining what my lyrics are about is virtually impossible for me to do. Best way I can think to get the message across has already been written.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Fell Ruin'?
Naming this project was the bane of our existence. We basically had everything else complete (recordings, artwork, etc.) before having a designation to present ourselves under. I became mildly obsessive with the word "Fell." Not as in the past tense of fall, but in the literary sense meaning: savage, violent, cruel. The "Ruin" part in it's more common usage: to reduce, decay. Combining the two invoked feelings of empowerment through turmoil. A furious shedding of inhibitions of sorts.....
In the end, it's just a name. The one we elected to adorn our collective.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
At this moment, we have only done one live performance. Saying it felt great to finally perform these songs live would be an understatement.
As for our stage performance, I feel it would be best described by those who were there to bare witness. Speaking for myself, I submit to it completely. Anything planned is void. It's just as much of a selfish experience as it is an exhibition. The music is meant to be something more than just entertainment. This is our art, our craft. Our only hope is the audience/ listener feels the same.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
We have shows lined up well into the year with many more in the works. Our album release show is coming up soon (March 28th in Detroit at Corktown Tavern).
Plans for touring have not been confirmed but aren't out of the realm of possibility.

7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
As of now, we are perfectly content doing as much as we can independently. However, if the right offer presents itself, we won't miss an opportunity.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
Limited yet flattering at best. We're still a very new band, just trying to get the music unto as many ears as possible. Sites such as this have played a critical role in doing just that. For that, we are indebted.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We already have another album nearing written completion. Making plans to record this summer.

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?
Way too many to name. We all come from different musical tastes and backgrounds yet still find quite a bit of common ground. Safe to say there exists a generous amount of black and doom metal influence.
Currently, I've been really into Voices, Misþyrming, Dark Fortress and Nightbringer. Older stuff by Skepticism, Bohren & Der Club of Gore, and Lunar Aurora has also been in heavy rotation.

11.How would you describe your views on Occultism?
There are certain elements that have made there way onto the album. Always sparks my interest. Especially the concept of extra-sensory perception and all things esoteric.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
We all dabble in assorted interests and what have you's. For now, we will let the mystery remain.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Just some shameless name drops for our friends in Isenblast, Dark Winter, and Kapnos Manteia for being a part of our release show coming up in Detroit (and for just being great bands in general).

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Angmaer Interview

vendredi 20 mars 2015 à 13:05
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about your musical project?\
1. I'm Angmaer, a Black Metal project from the West Midlands of England. My style is  a raw and aggressive type of black metal, with a good amount of emotion and darkness with it too. Inspired greatly by the 90s Scandinavian Black Metal bands as well as bands such as Behemoth, Inquisition and even Wintersun, but yet I add my own personal touch to my music. That's what makes it unique, to me at least.

2.In May you got a full length coming out, how would you describe the musical  sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the ep you had released?
2. I'd say the sound is quite a bit more raw than my EP and much less fine tuned. The songwriting though is quite similar to those on my EP, to me it seems like a continuation of it. Nothing has changed within the songwriting greatly.

3.Your lyrics deal with some occult and Pagan topics, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?
3. When I started writing lyrics for this album I had been listening to a lot of Enslaved. Mainly their "Frost" album, as well as a lot of Behemoth, Burzum, Graveland and some Týr. The song "The Rebirth of Pagan Lands" was based around the church burnings in the 90s, and what Varg Vikernes described the motive behind his part in that, which was roughly like "Retaking the pagan holy grounds from which the Christians desecrated". It was an interesting topic and I was inspired.

4.I know that the project name comes from Tolkien's Middle Earth, what was it that got your attention to use this as your name for yourself and your musical projects?
4. When I started this project, or at least the idea for the project (Back in July, 2013) I had a fond interest in Tolkien's work, it really had inspired me. Watching The Lord of the Rings and seeing the Witch King Of Angmar got me thinking "Hey, this sounds like an powerful name for a band". But as I saw about 6 other bands had taken the name "Angmar" I decided to just have a little name change. I didn't want to change the name completely so I made it into Angmaer.

5.With this musical project you record everything by yourself, how would you compare working solo to a full time band?
5. I'd say I have complete freedom with no limitations as a solo artist. I like that, especially as my music has quite a personal nature to it. I have the ability to create music that is true to myself freely. Though working with a full time band has it's perks. Playing concerts is one of them, as well as other members having their input into the mix. I do actually want Angmaer to be a full time band in the future, I am still looking for members to join. Though no luck there.

6.On the fb page you had a video where you did a Satanic Warmaster cover, what was the decision behind doing your own version of one of their songs?
6. I was clearing out my room and I had found a blank CD with no name on it, I later found out it was of the guitar tracks I recorded to this song a few years ago. When I did record this, I really wanted to finish it but I couldn't. So, I thought I could re-record this tribute, as SW was the first band that got me into black metal.

7.You also have a split coming out with Goatchrist, can you tell us a little bit more about this split and also how would you compare the musical style of the band on the recording to your own musical style?
7. Nothing yet has been recorded for the split as far as I know, but from hearing Goatchrist's previous releases, I'd say that their music has more of a conceptual feel, lyrically and musically. With my music it's more scattered. Song after song with no particular concept. I do have some thrash metal and even classical influences in my riffs and songs.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
8. I've had quite a good response, Black Metal fans like it, even non-black metal fans like it. My music is appreciated by people from many places; from South America to Asia. It gives me motivation and a sense of satisfaction knowing that people from all over this earth enjoy the music I create.

9.What is going on with your other musical project 'Eternally Enthroned ' these days?
9. Well, we recently split up due to our own personal problems and musical problems. I wanted to focus more on Angmaer and the drummer (Nevarym) wanted to do more with his Blues/Hard Rock band Militia Inc.

10.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
10. Right now, I just see myself as creating album after album until I reach perfection with my music. That is my goal currently. Though I'd love to work with different bands of the extreme metal style in the future and even tour with some.

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?
11. I'd say Dissection, Satyricon, Behemoth, and Bathory influence me the most. I mostly listen to Black Metal and it's various sub-genres. I do rarely explore totally different styles of music as I'm just so taken by the style of black metal. There are always more bands and albums I desire to explore and find inspiration with.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
12. Besides from music, there isn't much. I've dedicated my life so far to music so I don't spend much time elsewhere. Though, I've got a fond interest of Scandinavia; Norway and Finland especially. Norse and Pagan mythology interests me greatly too. I suppose another thing would be languages. I have great enjoyment with learning new languages and speaking in these languages.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any finalw ords or thoughts?
13. Support the underground, share the music and keep this fire burning.

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Imsar/Abudzenne/NitroAtmosfericum Records/2013 CD Review

vendredi 20 mars 2015 à 11:43

  Imsar  are  a  solo  project  from  Belarus  that  plays  a  chtonic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2013  album  "Abudzenne"  which  was  released  by  NitroAtmosfericum  Records.

   Dark  nature  sounds  and  wolfs  howling  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  playing  and  whispers  and  spoken  word  parts  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  the  intro  the  music  starts  getting  more  heavy  and  melodic  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  which  also  takes  the  music  into  more  of  a  black  metal  direction.

  Throughout  the  recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  vocals  are  added  into  the  music  they  are  grim  sounding  screams  and  some  of  the  faster  sections  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  starts  adding  in  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  while  still  keeping  around  the  melodies  and  one  of  the  tracks starts  out  semi  clean   and  also  brings  back  spoken  word  before  making  a  return  back  to  a  heavier  direction  while  clean  playing  is  also  used  again  on  the  last  song.

  Imsfar  creates  a  chtonic  and  pagan  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  melodic   while  also  being  very  dark  at  the  same  time,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  yet  powerful  at  the  same  time  while  the lyrics  are  written  in  the  composers  Native  Tongue  and  covers  the  paganism  of  his  home  land  and  swamp  spirits.

  In  my  opinion  Imsfar  are  a  very  great  sounding  chtonic  black  metal  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Zdani  pa-nad  Dryhvaj"  "Biezvychodnasc"  and  "Slach  Razburennia".  8  out  of  10.



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Order Of The White Hand/Korpimaa/Vanguard Productions/2015 Cassette Re-Issue Review

vendredi 20 mars 2015 à 08:09

  Order  Of  The  White Hand  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  national  socialist  form  of  pagan/black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Korpimaa"  which  was  originally  released  on  cd  by  Tanhu  Productions  but  re-issued  on  cassette  in  2015  by  Vanguard  Productions.

  A  very  dark,  melodic  and  atmospheric  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to   them  and  a  high  seconds  alter  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  bring  a  very  raw  and  melodic  feeling  to  the  recording.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction  and  when  synths  are  utilized  they  gives  the  songs  more  of  an  atmospheric  and  epic  feeling  while  the  guitars  remain  very  heavy  and  raw  throughout  the  recording  and  the  outro  starts  out  very  silent  before  adding  in  military  marching  music  that  closes  the  album  with  a  war  like  and  nationalistic  feeling

  Order  Of  The  White  hand  creates  a  style  of  national  socialist  pagan/black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  great  and  epic  sounding  and  relies  more  on  slow  and  dark  riffs  than  fast  riffs  to  get  their  point  across,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Finnish  and  cover  Nordic  pride,  Anti  Christianity,  Satanism,  and  National  Socialism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Order  Of  The  White  Hand  are  a  very  great  sounding  national  socialist  pagan/black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  cassette  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Pakananrykki"  and  "Korpimaa  pt.  II".  8  out  of  10.


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