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Nebrus/Extra Malovrm/Razed Soul Productions/2016 CD Review

mercredi 26 octobre 2016 à 01:41

  Nebrus  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a very  hypnotic  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  with  a  touch  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Extra  Malorvm"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Razed  Soul  Productions.

  Atmospheric  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  and  ritualistic  spoken  word  parts can  also  be  heard  in  the  background  and  after  the  intro  bass  guitars  make  their  presence  known  on  the  recording  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavy,  dark  and  melodic  direction  along  with  some  tortured,  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  along  with  some  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  guitar  leads  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  fashion  and  some  of  the  riffing  and  deeper  vocals  also  brings  in  influences  of  death  metal  and  they  also  bring  in  another  ritualistic  intro  halfway  through  the  recording  before  reverting  back  to  a  heavier  direction and  a  couple  of the  tracks  are  long  and epic  in  length.

  Nebrus  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  dark,  raw  and  hypnotic  while  also  adding  in  atmosphere  with  the  guitars  alone,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  misanthropy  and  anti  Christian  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Nebrus  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  hypnotic  and  atmospheric  black  metal  band  with  a  touch  of  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Dismal  Omen"  "Havoc  Emissary"  and  "Death  Parade".  8  out  of  10.

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Sauron Interview

mardi 25 octobre 2016 à 14:03
1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

I’m happy to say that we are quite busy actually. Our latest “WARA!” is about to be out as we speak, in the meantime we are working on releasing our older stuff and of course we are working on new material, which hopefully we’ll start recording sometime in the spring 2017.

2.Recently you have released a new album, 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?

“WARA!” is very special album to us. After 20 years we’ve reunited with our former drummer – Rzeczy. I wanted this album to be continuation of what we were doing in late 90-ties, so mentally it should be released somewhere around 1999. I wanted tracks to be simple but straightforward, with simple arrangements and powerful – yet organic sound. We were lucky to have possibility to work with one of the best polish producers – Haldor Grunberg. That guy is a freaking genius! He understood instantly what I had in mind and shaped the sound in the best possible way! The record differs mostly in our general approach to composing, recording and producing. This time, from the very beginning - we knew exactly where we are heading and we were lucky enough to choose proper paths to get there eventually.

3.The band was broken up for a few years, what was the cause of the split and also the decision to reform?

Actually – now when I look back I don’t really feel we were breaking up at all. But definitely – our, say – working pattern has changed dramatically since I’ve left our hometown around 1998.  First years after that I had no technical possibilities to hold my position in Sauron, but as soon as there was a chance for me to engage back – I did it without any hesitation!  It was not easy though and hence it might seem that our Sauron ceased to exist. For sure – after around 1998 Sauron stopped to play gigs, so the only signs of our activities since that time are records.

4.The lyrics cover a lot of Pagan topics, can you tell us a little bit more about your views on Paganism?

P.W. is responsible for the lyrics and he would surely respond better to that question. To me paganism is very powerful symbol of tradition and freedom that were taken away from us by the Christians. Once you realize how evil and oppressive institution is catholic church – looking for ways of manifesting your resistance is the natural consequence. Most popular choices is either engaging into Satanism or paganism. Of course there are many differences between those two paths, but in general you can say that Satanism (in many variants) to some extend acknowledges Catholic doctrine, existence of jehowah, jesus, etc by standing in direct opposition to those. Paganism on the other hand rejects and ignores everything related to the bible, old/new testament, etc and focuses on its’ own, individual beliefs.

5.I know that the bands name came from the writings of 'Tolkien', how does this name fit in with the music style you play?

It was quite long time ago when our Sauron was being formed. There was a time before internet, cellphones, where access to information was incredibly poorer than it is today. Lord of the Rings is without a question – a masterpiece and when you read it being a teenager it can have enormous impact on your world view, consciousness, taste and even shaping your character. Tolkien’s world is rich enough to provide almost everyone with his favorite race, character, land, etc. And of  course – if it is the dark side that attracts you most – you’ll lean towards Mordor and Sauron ;) Sauron himself represents evil and unquestionable power. It’s hard to imagine better name for a band formed by young guys secretly learning satanic rituals and listening to Venom and Bathory…
Right now we know that there were many guys all over the world sharing exactly the same feelings about Tolkien’s literature and Sauron himself, but –well, we’ve learnt to live with that ;)
The thing is that after so many years both – the band name and logo became the most important band members binding us together and giving us strength and motivation to go on.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?

It’s been quite long time ago since we were playing gigs. I remember I liked it – even though I always had enormous stage fright and unfortunately – I cannot play the guitar when I’m drunk ;) We’ve been playing mostly in our local area with a few gigs in more remote destinations. We were not using any special gear on stage – just a few, plain metalheads making noise – that’s it ;) Actually – recently we’ve found our archival performance from 1995 – you can watch it here:

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

No. Not until “WARA!” makes a spectacular success ;)

8.On the new album you had done a 'Bathory' cover, what was the decision behind doing your own version of one of their songs?

‘Enter the Eternal Fire’ is very special Bathory song for us. When we were asking Rzeczy to play with us around 1994 – we gave him this song to suggest what kind of music we want to play. After 20+ years we’ve finally recorded it in exactly the same lineup.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and pagan metal?

So far, so good! “WARA!” receives excellent feedback from all over the world, which is the best reward for us and you cannot imagine better motivation to continue making new tracks. Especially nowadays when everyday tons of bands release tons of brilliant records – to get someones attention for more than 30 seconds is already huge success ;) Not to mention making him listen to your entire material and even enjoy it ;)

10.Are any of the band members currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?

No. Not at the moment - at least to my knowledge.

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

I used to say that music should be like your food – raw and unprocessed ;) My goal is to achieve with Sauron lively, organic and powerful sound that you can hear for example - on Kvelertak records. My mentor whom I try to follow here is Fenriz. He’s evangelizing about this raw, natural sound for ages and the older I get, the more I learn – the better I understand how damn right he is about that. And music follows that direction. I was never highly-skilled-technical guitar player. I devour my instrument attacking all the strings at once and I can hardly play my riffs exactly the same twice ;)

12.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

I was always huge fan of great rock bands of the 70-ties. My father was listening to Led Zeppelin, Jimmy Hendrix, The Cream, Jethro Tull, some Black Sabbath, etc when I was a kid. When I’ve discovered metal it was rather lame to like all this hippie crap so I was in denial for some time, but right now I’m old enough to don’t give a fuck about what others are thinking about my musical taste, so – yeah – I’m re-discovering those great records. I do also follow Fenriz and his radio episodes on soundcloud. There is also whole bunch of excellent polish metal bands that I really enjoy. Right now I’m waiting eagerly for the new Furia album. Besides metal – I like to listen to some urban jazz and electronic music classics – like Vangelis.

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

Thank you very much for this opportunity to speak myself up! I hope my answers didn’t bore you to death ;)

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Tyrant's Blood/Into The Kingdom Of Graves/Tridroid Records/2016 Vinyl Re-Issue Review

mardi 25 octobre 2016 à 03:27

  Tyrant's  Blood  are  a  band  from  Vancouver  B.C,  Canada  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  war,  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2013  album  "Into  The  Kingdom  Of  Graves"  which will  be  re-issued  on  vinyl  in  December  by  Tridroid  Records.

  Atmospheric  soundscapes  along  with  whispers  start  off  the  album  and  they  also  start  evolving  into  more  of  a  demonic  style  before  going  into  a  very  fast  war  metal  direction  that  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  vocals  also  bring  in  a mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  black   metal  screams.

  A  great  amount of  thrash  elements  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a very  chaotic  war  metal  style  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  clean guitars  are  introduced  on the  instrumental  along  with t he  solo  getting  more  melodic  while the  remaining  tracks  are  heavy  and  use  vocals.

  Tyrants Blood  remained  true  to the  war,  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  mixture  of  their  previous  releases on  this  album,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark and  violent themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Tyrants  Blood  and  if  you  are  a  fan of  war,  black,  death  and  thrash  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Spiral  Sea"  "Conjure  The  Watcher"  "Drowning  In  And  Ocean  Of  Fire"  and  "Into  the  Kingdom  Of  Graves".  8  out  of  10.  

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Ultar/Kadath/Temple Of Torturous/2016 CD Review

lundi 24 octobre 2016 à 02:03

  Ultar  are  a  band  from  Russia  that  had  an  album  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  when  they  where  known  of  'Deathknife'  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Kadath"  which  was  released  by  Temple  Of  Torturous.

  A  very  distorted  sounding  drone  starts  off  the  album  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic fashion.

  Throughout  the  recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  they  also  bring  in  elements  of  post  rock  and  when  solos  and  leads a re  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and epic  in  length  and  one  track  is  an ambient  instrumental  while  the  remaining  songs  return  back  to  a  heavier  direction.

  Ultar  plays  a style  of  post  black  metal  that  is  very  melodic  and  atmospheric  while  also  having  its  raw  moments,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  based  upon  the  writings  of  H.P  Lovecraft.

  In  my  opinion  Ultar  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  post  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Azathoth"  and  "Kadath".  8  out  of  10.

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Funeral Art/Cultus Tenebrarum IX annorum/Prison Tatt Records/2016 Compiation Review

dimanche 23 octobre 2016 à 23:08

  Funeral  Art  are  a  duo  from  Guatemala  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  ambient  black  metal  and  funeral  doom  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  compilation  "Cultus  Tenebrarum  IX  annorum" which was  released  by  Prison  Tatt  Records.

  Atmospheric  synths  start  off  the  compilation  and  bring  in  elements  of  ambient  while  also  bringing  in  a  variety  of  many  different  sounding  keys  and  they  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of the  music  and  the slow  riffs  are also  very  heavily  influenced  by  funeral  doom  metal  and  most  of  the  tracks a re  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Operatic  female  vocals  can  be  heard  at  times  while  the  vocals  also bring  in  a  great  amount  of  grim  and  depressive  black  metal  screams  and  acoustic  guitars  along  with  pianos  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  programmed  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  on  a  couple  of  songs  and  saxophones  and  one  track  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  demonic  growls  and  operatic  male  vocals.   

  Funeral  Art  creates  a  compilation  that mixes  black  metal,  ambient,  funeral  doom  and  avant  garde  music  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sounds very  dark  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Spanish  and  cover  darkness,  night,  witches,  wishes  and  human  problem  themes.

 In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  collection  of  songs  from  Funeral  Art  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  ambient  black  metal  and  funeral  doom,  you  should  check  out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Abandoned"  "La  Belleza  Occulta"  "Viejo  Bosque"  and  "Arcano  II".  8  out  of  10. 

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