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Negative Or Nothing/Drowned/Wulfhere Productions/Depressive Illusions Records/Careless Records/Azure Graal/2020 Full Length Review

jeudi 29 octobre 2020 à 03:58

 


  Negative  Or  Nothing  are  a  duo  from  Chile  that plays  a  very  depressive  form  of  black  metal  with  elements  of  dark  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Drowned"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Wulfhere  Productions.  Depressive  Illusion,  Careless  Records  and  Azure  Graal.


  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  yet  depressive  black  metal  screams  while  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic   in  length  and  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  music  also  brings  in  elements  of  dark  rock.  One  of  the  tracks  also  introduces  atmospheric  sounding  synths  onto  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  and  ambient  instrumental  can  also  be  heard.


  Negative  Or  Nothing  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  a  depressive  black  metal  style  along  with  the  dark  rock  and  ambient  touches  also  making  the  music  stand  out  more.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Existentialism  and  Negativity  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Negative  Or  Nothing  are  a  very  great  sounding  depressive  black  metal  duo  with  elements  of  dark  rock  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Vmbra"  and  "Intransitive".  8  out  of  10.


https://negativeornothing.bandcamp.com/album/drowned
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTyR-yfdhzY&t=890s

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/10/negative-or-nothingdrownedwulfhere.html


Worship Of Eternal Darkness II/Askio Productions/2019 Compilation Album Review

mercredi 28 octobre 2020 à 05:52

 


  This  is  a  review  of  a  compilation  called  "Worship  Of  Eternal  Darkness  II"  which  was  released  in  2019  by  Askio  Productions  and  consists  of  many  different  styles  of  black  metal  and  we  will  review  each  track  individually.


  Witchgoat  brings  us  "Black  Vomit  Of  Soul"  which  starts  out  with  a  very  heavy  and  thrash  influenced  sound  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  and  the  music  also  mixes  both  the  first  and  second  waves  together,  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  riffing  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.


  Internment  brings  us  Flaying  The  Angel  Scum"  which   starts  out  with  a  very  fast  and  raw  sound  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  some  melody  being  added  into  the  riffing  and  the  music  is  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era  as  well  as  adding  in  a  touch  of  death  metal  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  chaotic  style.


  Fullmoon  Cult  brings  us  "Wrath  of  Abysmal  Lord"  which  starts  out  with  some  raw  tremolo  picking  before  going  into  a  faster  direction  and  also  introducing  blast  beats  into  the  music.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  emtal  screams  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  era  and  the  guitar  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.


  Necromantizer  brings  us  "Aphos-Sophia"  which  starts  out  with  some  melodic  and  old  school  riffing  while  also  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  occult  style.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  style  and  most  of  the  music  is  in  a  mid  tempo  direction.


  Kala  brings  us  "Gishbar  Ba  Gibbil  Ba"  which  starts  out  with  a  very  fast  and  raw  sound  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.  Most  of  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  style  along  with  the  song  also  being  over  6  minutes  in  length,  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  riffing.  


  Hexengrab  brings  us  "Schrei  der  Sirene"  which  starts  out  with  a  very  fast  and  raw  sound  that  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era  as  well  as  always  sticking  to  a  heavy  power  chord  driven  style.


  Regnans  brings  us  "You  Are  Not  Welcome  Here"  which  starts  out  with  some  dark  yet  melodic  riffing  before  adding  in  some  grim  black  metal  screams.  When  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  most  of  the  direction  sticks  to  a  mid  tempo  yet  raw  direction.


  Hoofstomper  closes  the  compilation  which  "Dark  (Metamorphoses)  which  starts  out  with  a  very  fast  and  raw  sound  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  deep  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  also  adds  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences  as  well  as  some  touches  of  rockabilly  and  surf  music  and  when  synths  are  utilized  they  also  add  in  more  of  a psychedelic  feeling.


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

https://askio-productions.bandcamp.com/album/worship-of-eternal-darkness-ii


https://askio-productions.bandcamp.com/album/worship-of-eternal-darkness-ii


    


      


   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/10/worship-of-eternal-darkness-iiaskio.html


Flail/Dying Embers To Coldening Coals/Behest/2020 CD Review

mercredi 28 octobre 2020 à 04:41

 


    Flail  are  a  duo from  Finland  that  plays  a  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Dying  Embers  To  Coldening  Coals"  which  was  released  by  Behest.


  A  very  dark  and  haunting  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  a  small  amount  of  synths  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  depressive  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  also  captures  a  very  lo-fi  atmosphere  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.


  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  sounding  while  also  going  for  more  of  a  early  to  mid  2000's  depressive  style.  Distorted  sounding  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with the  synths  also  adding  in  a  touch  of  ambient  when  they  make  a  brief  return  and  all  of  the  music  also  sticks  to  a  slower  direction.


  Flail  plays  a  style  of  depressive  black  metal  that  is  very  slow  and  lo-fi  sounding  as  well  as  having  its  atmospheric  moments.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive themes.


  In  my  opinion  Flail  are  a  very  great  sounding  depressive  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Carbon  And  Blood"  and  "Leaden  Sights".8  out  of  10.


Bandcamp   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/10/flaildying-embers-to-coldening.html


Nattblod Interview

mercredi 28 octobre 2020 à 03:29

 

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?


Asmodeus: Yes sure. We are a black metal band from Sweden, founded in late 2019. I have been playing in different kinds of bands before Nattblod but was always drawn to the darker side so to speak. So after a while i decided to start my own black metal band. I was originally a guitarist, but we had issues finding a good bassist so I switched. Bass is my main instrument  and I was a bassist in my other bands. So the switch felt natural.  


2.So far you have released an ep, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?


A: Back to the roots is all I can say. Most of today's black metal is too much produced. We wanted it to sound raw and alive, where you can feel the coldness and darkness through the music as well the energies flowing. Of course it needs to be mixed to some extent but not to the point it sounds generic 


3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored so far with the music?


A: Our lyrics so far cover satanism and our own interpretation of judas the deceiver. We draw a lot of inspiration from  the darker sides of religion, death, hopelessness, misanthropy.     


4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Nattblod'?


 A: "Nattblod" is Swedish for Nightblood and has several meanings. Night can be quite frightening, especially if you enter unfamiliar territory. Lets say a dark forest  in the night with no lights is frightening, and you have to cross it to get to your home. But if you channel the powers of the dark and fill your spirit and soul with it. Then you will eventually overcome your fears and use it to your advantage. We see the night as something that gives us strength, it feeds our creativity and hunger. The night is when the spirits realm are more accessible and let us inject their power in us. "Blod" means blood and we as a band see blood as something sacred. Blood can truly enhance and give strength.      


5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the ep?


A: We did a collaboration with 109 art who has done artwork for bands like hetroertzen and Mystruin. Our album cover features a forest in the night with three wolves. For us the wolf as a symbol has a deep meaning. The wolf is an animal that lives in a pack and our band is very much like a wolf pack. They are very predatory and primitive and we have a predatory mindset and our wild hunt has just begun to spread our music to the underground. Why there are three wolves on the cover is due to the symbolism of the trinity, and having wolves is like a mockery against the holy trinity because the wolf also represents evil and even the devil himself sometimes. Number three is also a sacred number and often symbolizes creativity and a flow of energy. An energy we inject and let it flow in our band to feed it and nurture it. just like blood does to our body.    


6.Does the band have any plans to start doing live shows after the pandemic dies out?


A: Sooner than later i hope, but yeah as soon as this pandemic is over we will start playing live. 


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


A: We have looked a little bit but decided to wait for maybe our next release or we feel we have enough material. 


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


A: quite good actually not a whole lot, but people who have listened or discovered us  seem to like it and. 


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


We are writing new material at the moment and have begun to rehearse some of the material. Hopefully not too far in the future. I estimate late 2021 or 2022 


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?


A: we have a lot of different tastes in the band, but some of them are Mayhem, Bathory, Watain, Dark funeral, Marduk. But I tend to look alot inwards and try not to get influenced by other bands. Usually I meditate and focus on something dark and fill my mind with dark energies before i write or try to look at the surrounding forests where i live to really connect with the darkness in mother nature. 


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


Definitely yes. I would love to incorporate more of the occult stuff and open up your mind and walk your own path  


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


If you like traditional Swedish sounding black metal then you should really give us a try. Also help us spread and share our debut. thank you.  


Bandcamp
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Instagram
SoundCloud
Spotify

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/10/nattblod-interview.html


Stormkeep/Galdrum/Van Records/2020 EP Review

mercredi 28 octobre 2020 à 03:06

 


  Stormkeep  are  a  band  from  the  United  States  that  plays  a  mixture  of  melodic  black  metal  and  dungeon  synth  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  ep  "Galdrum"  which  will  be  released  in  November by  Van  Records.


  Epic  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  album  while  also  bringing  in  elements  of  dungeon  synth  into  the  music  and  also  mixing  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.


  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody. When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  music  also  being  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly.


  Classical  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  a  couple  of  tracks  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Melodic  chants  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  as  well  as  most  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  as  the  ep  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  and  the  closing  song  is  an  instrumental.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  ancient  legends  and  magick  themes. 


  In  my  opinion  Stormkeep  are a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  melodic  black  metal  and  dungeon  synth  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Glass  Caverns  Of  Dragon  Kings"  and  "Of  Lore".  8  out  of  10.


 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/10/stormkeepgaldrumvan-records2020-ep.html