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Rotting Christ/Sanctus Diavolos/Sleaszy Rider Records/2019 CD Re-Issue Review

mardi 24 septembre 2019 à 10:21

  This  is  a  review  of  another  recording  from  Greece's  Rotting  Christ  this  time  the  music  being  a  mixture  of  melodic  black  and  goth  metal  and  the  album  was  originally  released  in  2004  and  called  "Sanctus  Diavolos"  with  the  newer  version  being  re-issued  in  2019  by  Sleaszy  Rider  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  some  clean  goth  style  vocals  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  keyboards  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music  and  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  an  atmospheric  feeling.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  Operatic  female  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  some  demonic  growls  also  being  utilized  at  times  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  utilizing  a  great  amount  of  melody,  when  spoken  word  parts  are  added  into  the  music  they  also  give  the  recording  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling  and  some  of the  riffing  also  brings  in  a  style  that  was  very  modern  for  2004  as  well  as  some  touches  of  thrash  metal  and  the  last  two  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  and  Philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  was  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Rotting  Christ  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  and  gothic  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Visions  Of  A  Blind  Order"  "You  My  Cross"  "Shades  Of  Evil"  and  "Sanctus  Diavolos".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/09/rotting-christsanctus-diavolossleaszy.html


Shrine Of Insanabilis/Vast Vortex Litanies/W.T.C Productions/2019 CD Review

mardi 24 septembre 2019 à 08:53

  Shrine  Of  Insanabilis  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  an  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  "Vast  Vortex  Litanies"  which  will  be  released  on  October  17th  by  W.T.C  Productions.

  Dark  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in a  great  amount  of  dissonant  structures  which  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  leads.  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  solos and  leads  go  into  more  of  a  melodic  direction  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  avant  garde  style  keyboards  can  be  heard,  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Shrine  Of  Insanabilis  plays  a  style  of  occult  black  metal  that  is  very  modern  and  aggressive  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  and  Void  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Shrine  Of  Insanabilis  are  a  very  great  sounding  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Parallax  Endeavor"  "Vortex"  and  "Verdict".  8  out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/09/shrine-of-insanabilisvast-vortex.html


Darvulia/Acte Dix: Demos/Nebular Carcoma/2019 Compilation Album Review

lundi 23 septembre 2019 à 21:00

  Darvulia  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  demo  compilation  album  "Acte:  Dix"  which  will  be  released  on  October  21st  by  Nebular  Carcoma.

  Percussion  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  dent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  while  the  music  also  adds  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  old  school  and  melodic  style  and  they  also  bring  in  a  ritualistic  interlude  briefly  as  the  compilation  progresses  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  and  they  close  with  a  cover  of  Darkthrone's  "The  Dance  Of  Eternal  Shadows"..

  Darvulia  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  old  school  in  the  90's  tradition.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the lyrics  are  written  in  French  and  cover  witchery,  vampirism  and  death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Darvulia  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  old  school  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ainsi  soit-il"  "Carnage  Nocturne"  and  "Mauvias  temps".  8  out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/09/darvuliaacte-dix-demosnebular.html


Atra Mors Interview

lundi 23 septembre 2019 à 20:05

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the musical project since the recording and release of the new album?
1 - Nothing special happened after the album was released. I never thought of playing live, besides, given the current formation of the band, it would be difficult to do it.
However, I don't like playing live. I'm interested in focusing on the composition of new material for my various musical projects.

2.Recently you have released a new album, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
2 - The first thing that differs between the new album and the previous productions concerns my technical ability in the composition, which has considerably increased.
Second, I used new equipment in my studio, so I got the sound I wanted, raw but well balanced between the various instruments.
And third, but not least, is Michael's contribution to the voice. He experimented with a very special vocal solution.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore on the new album and also how would you describe your progress  as a songwriter over the years?
3 - I can say that I have matured as a "narrator" of the world around me, both physical and spiritual.
I often read embarrassing lyrics of musicians who really have no idea what they are writing.
Satan, demons, death. Recurrent arguments but described with a disarming banality. Most of these texts are written only to strike the attention of those who listen to music.
Personally, I prefer to write about real personal experiences, my esoteric path and the misanthropy I feel for 90% of human beings.
But I don't want to describe these aspects in detail. Who does not know what I know I would not understand even with the most detailed explanation. Some experiences are so personal that they cannot be explained.

4.You also have some vocals from 'Michael W. Ford of Black Funeral' who has also written plenty of novels dealing with the Left Hand Path is also very well known in that community, do you also have an interest in any esoteric  or occult paths?
4 - As I said before, I have my esoteric path. I knew Michael from both for his music and for the books he wrote.
From this point of view, asking him to interpret my songs was the most sensible choice. I knew he would understand what I had written in the lyrics. And the result is excellent.

5.The band name 'Atra Mors' is also a name shared by other bands in the black metal genre, are you aware of the other bands that also share the same name?

5 - Honestly no. I discovered only later the existence of other bands with the same monicker. But it is not the first time that happens, and this does not matter to me.
This name is perfect for what I have to express through this band, so the rest doesn't interest me.

6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?
6 - I love being in the midst of nature. I hate big cities and, sometimes, even the small town where I live "is tight".
So I always try to stay in places where the number of other human beings is kept to a minimum.
Every time I can, I walk among the pine forests in the Alps of the Italian north side. And while I walk I take photos. What you see on the cover is one of the photos I took on one of my excursions, slightly modified with Photoshop, to make it more obscure and relevant to the contents of the album.

7.You have some experience playing in solo projects and duo's but would you also be open to working with a full band?
7 - I would say no. In the past I have had different experiences within bands in my area, but none have been rewarding. Unfortunately, and I say this with regret, the modern Italian situation is one of the most deplorable, even from a cultural point of view. Many people have such a closed mind that they cannot see beyond their noses.
It is no coincidence that in other European countries they see us as useless idiots.
So even with the other musicians I didn't have much luck.
I had to deal with dull people, limited to the usual stereotypes, without the desire to go further. So, at one point, I said enough. Over time I learned to play other instruments besides the guitar, and I started to compose all by myself, realizing what most meant to me.

8.You also label your music as being 'cold misanthropic black metal,can you tell us a little bit more about this term?
8 - The term "cold" is used to describe the separation between me and 90% of the people around me, people totally ignorant of the esoteric aspects of existence.
The term "misanthropy" is directly related. A true misanthrope does not hate others just because he is a poor loser who cannot fit into society.
A true misanthrope hates the boundless human stupidity and wants to stay away voluntarily, even at the cost of being alone.
Personally, I have values that I keep alive in my existence, values that most people seem to have forgotten.

9.You also run 'Illuminadi Service', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
9 - The label was born with the intention of producing music that I found interesting, both from myself and from other artists.
In the first period I produced CDs, then I focused on tape cassettes, a format that has returned to being a cult.
Unfortunately the label is destined for closure. Recently I have had very serious family problems and I have had to drastically reduce all secondary expenses, including those for the label.
So, at least for the moment, Illuminandi Service will be closed.
The only thing certain is that I will continue to compose music with my projects. This is a vital need.

10.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
10 - I honestly didn't find many reviews of the albums I made. And in general I can't say what Black Metal supporters think. But I don't even care. I don't need supporters. Those who listen to music for the sake of it must receive an emotional response. The purpose of music is mainly to transport the listener into "parallel worlds", outside everyday reality. Because true music is a reaction force, and those who listen to it must let it enter inside themselves. Supporting someone just for a wrong sense of duty is a stupid thing.
If someone finds satisfaction by listening to my music, good for him. But what interests me is to be satisfied with my work.

11.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that you are a part of?
 11 - The first demo of Nameless Void, an Atmospheric Black Metal project born from the collaboration with RM (Urna, ex- Aphonic Threnody, ex-Arcana Coelestia), was recently released.
Then, by the end of the year will be released the second album of my project Noctu, Funeral Doom for those who like Nortt, Evoken, etc., through Transcending Obscurity Records.
I also have some other projects I'm working on, including Necromist and Nocturnal Convocation.


12.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during that future?
12 - I never make predictions for the future. When inspiration possesses me, I take my guitar, bass, or sit in front of the keyboards and compose. Based on the result obtained, the composition will be assigned to one of my projects. For me the important thing is to let the energy I have flow through the notes.
Nothing else matters...

13.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?
13 - The golden age of Black Metal and Death Metal are the main inspiration for the framework of my compositions.
But, more generally, it is almost all music that inspires me. Of course, there are genres of music that I really can't appreciate, like pop, Latin-American music and in general all forms of disco music. Instead I really appreciate Blues, Jazz, especially the more experimental variations, Ambient and Drone music, Country music and many soundtracks.
As you can see, I am very heterogeneous, musically speaking.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
14 - A message for all those listening: let go of politics and other stupid things that complicate and ruin your life.
Listen to music that conveys real emotions and open your mind to the spiritual world. Continue to fly past the "Dark Gates".
And to all those who have only to criticize, I say: you will fully receive your negative reward. Fuck you all!!!

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/09/atra-mors-interview.html


Nebula Orionis/Ashes/Casus Belli Musica/2019 EP Review

lundi 23 septembre 2019 à 10:23

  Russia's  solo  project  Nebula  Orionis  has  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  his  cosmic ,  cinematic  and  instrumental  mixture  of  atmospheric  post  black  metal.  ambient  and  space  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2019  ep  "Ashes"  which  was  released  by  Casus  Belli  Musica.

  Ambient  style  synths  start  off  the  ep  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  cinematic  elements  which  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs.  The  riffing  also  shows  some  black  metal  influences  as  well  as  the  music  also  avoiding  the  use  of  any  songwriting  and  vocals.

  Elements  of  space  music  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  while  all  of  the  drum  beats  are  also  programmed.  The  recording  also  adds  in  touches  of  symphonic  music  at  times  along  with  all  of  the  riffing  being  done  on  power  chords and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction  and  as  the  ep  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard.

  On  this  recording  Nebula  Orionis  remains  true  to  the  cosmic,  cinematic  and  instrumental  mixture  of  atmospheric  post  black  metal,  space  and  ambient  music  that  he  had  established  on  previous  releases  and  the  production  also  sounds  very  professional. 

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Nebula  Orionis  and  if  you  are  a f an  of  cinematic,  ambient,  instrumental  and  atmospheric  post  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Fallen  Empires"  and  "Dust".  8  out  of  10.

https://casusbellimusica.bandcamp.com/album/ashes-2019 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/09/nebula-orionisashescasus-belli.html