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Old Forest/Dagian/Avantgarde Music/2015 Full Length Review

jeudi 17 décembre 2015 à 07:32

  United  Kingdom's  Old  Forest  have  returned  with  a  new  recording   which  shows  the  band  going  for  a  modern  moder,  epic  and  atmospheric  style  of  pagan/black   metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015 album  "Dagian"  which  was  released  by  Avantgarde  Music.

  Nature  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  drones  and  atmospheric  sounds  and  after  a  few seconds  clean  playing  is  added  onto  the  recording  which  also  leads  up  to  a  heavier  musical  direction  which  also  introduces  melodic  pagan  chants  into  the  songs  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Elements  of  folk  music  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  while  clean  singing  is  also  utilized  at  times  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  more  rooted  in  the  modern  and  atmospheric  style  of  the  genre  and  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  synths  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  songs  and  all  of the  tracks  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction.

  Old  Forest  changes  their  style  around  quite  a  bit  on  this  recording  focusing  less  on  a  raw  sound  and  going  for  more  of  a  modern,  epic,  progressive  and  atmospheric  style  of  pagan/black  metal  on  this  recording  and  they  also  demonstrate  a  great  amount  of  talent  and  skill  as  musicians,  the  production  sounds  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover fantasy,  mysticism  and  paganism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Old  Forest  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Morwen'  and  "Tweoneleoht".  8  out  of  10.



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Show Me Wolves/The World They Took Over/Merdumgiriz/2016 CD Review

jeudi 17 décembre 2015 à 05:53

  Show  Me  Wolves  are  a  solo  project  from  Iceland  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  progressive  black  metal  and  metalcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "The  World  they  Took  Over"  which  will  be  released  in  2016  by  Merdumgiriz.

  A  very  dark  and  atmospheric  ambient  style  synth  starts  off  the  album  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  very  heavy  and  melodic  musical  direction  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  add  progressive  elements  onto  the  recording.

  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  and  grim  black  metal  screams  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the  songs  also  alternate  between  both  clean  and  heavy  parts  and  some  songs  add  in  influences  of  metalcore  and  post  metal  along  with  the  vocals  also  getting  somewhat  melodic  at  times  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  and  throughout  the  recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced and  fast  parts  and  some  of  the  riffs  bring  in  a  touch  of  death  metal.

  Show  Me  Wolves  creates  an  album  that  takes  a  progressive  style  of  black  metal  and  mixes  in  elements  of  post,  death  metal  and  metalcore  along  with  a  touch  of  the  modern  atmospheric  sound  to  create  a  very  original  sounding  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  nature  and  real  life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Show  Me  Wolves  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  progressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Tabula  Rasa"  "Gates  In  the  Shadow"  and  "The  World  They  Take  Over".  8 out  of  10.      


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Sacrilegium/Angelus/Pagan Records/2015 Single Review

jeudi 17 décembre 2015 à 03:41

  Sacrilegium  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  has  had  music reviewed  in  this  zine  with  their  musical style  being  more  in  a  pagan/black  metal  direction  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  single  "Angelus"  which  will  be  released  on  December  28th  by  Pagan  Records  and  there  are  also  plenty  of  re-mixes  on  the  recording.

  Dark  and atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  off  the  single  giving  the  music  a  very  epic  feeling  and  after  a  few  seconds  it  starts  mixing  in  with  a  more  heavy  and  melodic  sound  which  also  introduces  grim  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  utilize  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  You  can  hear  a  touch  of  classic  metal  at  times  and  when  the  music  speeds  up it  goes  into  more  of  a  raw  and  old  school  black  metal  direction  which  also  introduces  blast  beats  onto  the  recording  and  they  also  do  re-mixes  of  the  same  track  with  In  Slaughter  natives  being  the  first  one  and  they  give  the  music  more  of  a  militant  industrial  feeling  while  the  re-mixes  from  Zenial,  ROD  and  Echoes  Of  Yul  bring  in  elements  of  experimental,  avant  garde,  folk  music,  dubstep  and  post  rock  while  the  demo  version  has  more  of  a  raw  approach  to  the  song.

  Sacrilegium  takes  one  song  that  is  mostly  a  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  and  mange  to  make  a  lot  of  different  musical  genres  work  in  the  same  song  with  all  of  the  re-mixes,  the  production  sound s very  professional  while t he  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.  

  In  my  opinion  this is  a  very  great  sounding  recording  from  Sacrilegium  and  if you  are  a  fan  of  this  band  or  the  many  styles  of  electronic  music,  you  should  check  out  this  single.  8  out  of  10.  

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Morodth/The World Of Retribution/Witching Hour Productions/2014 CD Review

jeudi 17 décembre 2015 à 02:35

  Morodth  are  a  band  from  Russia  that  plays  a  depressive  form  of  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "The  World  Of  Retribution"  which  was  released  by  Witching  Hour  Productions. 

 A  very  dark  sounding  violin  starts  off  the  album  giving  the  music  an  avant  garde  classical  feeling  before going  into  more  of  a  melodic  and  heavier  musical  direction  that  is  also  very  heavily  influenced  by  post  metal  and  after  awhile  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  make  their  presence  known  on  the  recording.

  When  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  add  more  melody  to  the  bands  musical  style  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  depressive  black  metal  elements  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  whispers  and  spoken  word  parts  at  times.

   All  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording and  one  of  the  tracks  brings  in  melodic  vocals  and  all  of  the  tracks  stick  either  to  a  slow  or mid  paced  musical  direction  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  keyboards  being  utilized  for  a  few  seconds  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  on  one  of  the  tracks  and  they  also  bring  in  a  short  instrumental  before  closing  the  album  with a  vocal  track.

  Morodh  plays  a  style  of  depressive  black  metal  that  is  very  melodic  and also  mixes  it  in  with  a  lot  of  post  rock  elements  to  create  a  more  modern  style  of  the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  hopelessness,  loneliness,  and  despair  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Morodh  are  a  very  great  sounding  depressive  post  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ritalin"  "Desolation"  and  "Lie".  8  out  of  10.

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Morth Interview

mercredi 16 décembre 2015 à 18:10

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
MORTH is a one-man Atmospheric Black Metal band now. It was found in 2002 in Bulgaria and on the first demo entitled "Ocean Underground" the style is melodic,
dark metal.

2.So far you have released a demo and a full length, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings and also how do they
differ from each other?
The demo is just an old recording and the release of it is with the purpose to mark the MORTH's history. The album "Towards the Endless Path" is in fact the first
release of the band with an official status, talking about a musical direction.

3.While the demo was recorded in 2003, there was no new material for 12 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what was going on during that time period?
During that long time MORTH was simply abandoned by me as a band and I had no desire to work on it. I was bussy playing in other bands and projects like

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?
The lyrics in our album are about the nature, legends about battles and warriors, shadows living in the world and the feel of their immortality.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Morth'?
I chosed the name MORTH because sounds like a combination between Morte (Death) and North. I think it souds dark and epic and at the time I chosed this name,
there wasen't a band named MORTH in the world.

6.With this project you record everything by yourself but have worked with musicians in other bands and projects, do you feel working solo gives you more room to
be creative with your music?
I think working solo gives you the best possible way to release your own ideas and vision to the highest level and the outcome is your own musical expression shown in the most accurate way. But working bad also gives a lot when it comes to different ideas. Either way this is not really important because what's important is the music and the way it sounds, writing a good songs.

7.The new album was released on Acclaim Records, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
It was released by Acclaim Records and Symbol of Domination productions from Belarus. Acclaim Records is a musical label found in 2004 in Bulgaria. For many years, 2010-2015 the label was not active and now it's back with this brand new release. Currently the label is based in the USA. Fans can visit the label's website: , except for our releases listed, news and webshop, you can find also band pages with information and music samples.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
It's mostly positive. I hope more fans of the Atmospheric Black Metal to discover the music of MORTH.

9.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that you are a part of?
Many of them are not active, but some could be in future. This is the good about the underground music and scene. Everything is unpredictable and the music is real. Mainstreem artists have plans, contracts and other things which are turning them into working people and the music they make is deeply affected by the label's policy. That's why I am listening only to underground bands.

10.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
I can't really tell for sure where I could be in near or far future but one thing is for sure - I am going to be on a place that I belong and keep creating the music I like.

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?
As I said I am listening to underground bands mostly and nowadays I am listening to a lots of Atmopsheric, Ambient, Post-Black Metal... There are so many interesting band and projects out there and people can discover their music, which is great. Many musicians from a mainstreem bands are complaining of not having enough people on shows or that the fans don't listen to metal and things like that. The truth is that many people simply prefer to discover a new band and listen to music they like, instead to go on a show and listen to same songs, some of them becoming boring after listening them 2-3 times.

12.Does Satanism, Occultism or Paganism play any role in your music?
In MORTH nothing of this plays any role really. The music here is more of a soundscape than trying to preach some sort of a teaching or cult.

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

I think that overall the underground music is on a great level nowadays, keep supporting real music and real bands!

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