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Aureole/Alunar/Fallen Empire Records/2014 Full length Review

samedi 4 octobre 2014 à 05:06

  Aureole  are  a  1  man  band  from  Portland,  Oregon  that  plays  a  very  ambient  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Alunar"  which  was  released  by  Fallen  Empire  Records.

  Bells  and  a  very  atmospheric,  dark  ambient  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  epic  sounding  synths  before  going  into  a  very  slow,  raw  and  melodic  atmospheric  black  metal  direction  while  also  keeping  around  the  synths  and  after  awhile  grim  black  metal  screams  start  to  creep  their  way  into  the  music  silently.

  When  solos  and  leads  are  added  into  the  music  they  bring  in  a  more  modern  and  melodic  approach  to  black  metal  and  the  ambient  elements  are  mixed  in  with  the  heavier  parts  throughout  the  recording  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  there  are  also  a  couple  of  instrumentals  present  on  the  recording.

  Most  of  the  music  sticks  to  more  of  a  slow  to  mid  paced  black  metal  and  one  of  the  alter  songs  is  a  pure  ambient  piece  where  the  synths  start  evoking  more  of  an  avant  garde  presence  and  the  later t racks  while  they  still  use  a  little bit  of  vocals  the  main  focus  is  more  on  creating an  ambient  black  metal  style.

  Aureole  creates  a  style  of  black  metal  that  focuses  more  an  the  ambient  side  while  also  keeping  the  atmospheric,  raw  and  melodic  qualities  of  the  genre  to  create  a  recording  that  is  very  dark  and  epic  sounding,  the  production  has  a  very  dark  and  raw  sound  while  the  lyrics  cover  space,  cosmos,  medieval  and  solitude.

  In  my  opinion  Aureole  are  a  very  great  sounding  ambient,  atmospheric  black  metal  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album. RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Citadel  Alunar"  and  "Crusade  of  NGC  5128".  8  out  of  10. 

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Misericordia/Throne Of Existence/Deepsend Records/2014 CD Review

vendredi 3 octobre 2014 à 08:21

  Misericordia  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  very  fast  and  heavy  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Throne  of  Existence"  which  was  released  by  Deepsend  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  distorted  Swedish  style  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  speeding  up  and  adding  in  blast  beats  which  also  leads  up  to  some  deep  grim  growls  and  high  pitched  screams  and  after  awhile  the  band  starts  using  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  You  can  the  Norwegian  and  Swedish  black  metal  influences  throughout  the  recording  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  continue  the  dark  and  melodic  tradition  of  the  bands  musical  style  and  the band  focuses  more  on  an  early  to  mid  2000's  era  of  black  metal  instead  of  copying  the  90's  style  while  that  element  is  still  used  at  times  and  they  manage  to  keep  everything  in  a  very  aggressive  musical  direction.

  You  can  hear  a  great  amount  of  talent  and  skill  in  the  way  the  band  approaches  their  musical  instruments  which  also  all  have  a  very powerful  presence  and  all  can  be  heard,  also  the  music  at  times  has  a  very  technical  felling  to  the  structures  while  still  having  enough  of  a  true  grim  black  metal  atmosphere,  and  after  awhile  you  can  hear  some  death  and  thrash  metal  elements  being  presented  in  more  of  a  blackened  manner  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  small  amounts  of  clean  guitars  as  well  as  an  instrumental  before  going  back  to  vocals  on  the  later  tracks  which  also  sees  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  samples  being  added  in  briefly  along  with  a  few  seconds  of  clean  singing.      

  Misercordia  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  takes  the  melody  of  the  Swedish  bands  and  mixes  it  in  with  the  speed  and  heaviness  of  the  newer  Norwegian  bands  to  create  some  very  dark,  raw  and  aggressive  black  metal  that  also  has  more  structure  and  skill  than  most  bands  of  this  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  powerful  and  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  blasphemous  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Misercordia  are  a  very  great  sounding  fast,  aggressive and  melodic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Throne  of  Our  Existence"  "For  Our  Father"  "The  Righteous  Order"  and  "Followers".  8  out  of  10.      

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Full Moon Ritual/Emperor Of the Age Of Disorder/2014 CD Review

jeudi 2 octobre 2014 à 07:06

  Full  Moon  Ritual  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  album  "Emperor  Of  the  Age  of  Disorder".

  A  very  dark,  raw  and  old  school  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  powerful  bass  lines  and  grim  screams  and  the  band  sticks  to  a  slower  style  in  the  beginning  and  on the  later  tracks  the  band  starts  to  speed  up  and  add  in  blast  beats  as  well  as  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  true  to  the  90's  tradition  of  the  genre.

  There  is  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  present  throughout  the  recording  along  with  a  small  amount  of  melodic  guitar  leads  that  are  kind  of  mixed  down  low  in  the  mix  and  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  amount  of  melody  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  th e main  focus  remains  of  power  chords  and  fast  tremolo  picking.

  As  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  on  a  couple  of  the  tracks  along  with  a  brief  acoustic  instrumental  piece  as  well  as  each  song  sounding  different  from  each  other  while  also  remaining  true  to  a  pure  form  of  black  metal  at  all  times  and  the  band  also  ignores  all  of  the  modern  trends  that  have  watered  down  black  metal  over  the  years  creating  a  sound  that  is  very  raw  and  pure.

  Full  Moon  Ritual  remain  true  to  a  raw  and  old  school  style  of  black  metal  throughout  the  recording  creating  an  album  that  has  a  lot  of  the  best  element s of  the  90's  side  of  the  genre,  the production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Full  Moon  Ritual  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  old  school  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Blood  Of  Truth"  "Frozen  Ground"  and  "Spirits  Lurk  in  Darkness  For  Eternity".  8  out  of  10.    

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Curse Upon A Prayer Interview

jeudi 2 octobre 2014 à 01:59
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

A: Curse Upon A Prayer was born in 2010 in Finland & our hymns embrace the dark side.

2.In January you had released your first album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

A: Obviously the sound is quite harsh because we didn't have an actual studio to record it. But on the other hand, it creates a certain feeling that brings the essence of this band in its purest & rawest form.  So after all its pretty much what we wanted at the time.

3.The band has been around since 2010 and so far this is the first release, can you tell us a little bit more about the delay?

A: One of the most common problems that many new bands seem to do, who are just getting started, is to put out a physical release as soon as possible without even questioning their own work. I don't see that delay you mentioned, because things happen when it's the right time. And we don't release anything that is "almost there". It has to be a full piece of art that we are proud of.

M.V.: Actually we have more songs than what we put on the first album. We just didn't release them because they didn't fit there at the time, or because we can work those songs more.

4.The band is labeled as 'apocalyptic black metal', can you tell us a little bit more about the tag?
A: It deals pretty much with the idea of ending. The end of the world & the end of life as we know it. The ending creates something new that this band is trying to reach for. Everything ends & dies, and we cherish that fact. Death should be celebrated so much more.

M.V.: The term "apocalyptic" means indeed apocalyptic in every way: The end of the world, but also closer to the normal people, collapse of society, fall of authority, death of god, raping of faith and not killing the sheep that have lost their shepard, but to leave the sheep at the grave of their saviour so they can watch the end in its unforgiving eyes. I quess some men really want to see the world burn. We're here to light up the gasoline.

5.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

M.V.: The lyrics are pretty much metaphorical figurative and different words tell different stories, views and philosophies. Many ways of expression. Topics are a bit hard to name out, since all the writings are a mix of different things. I think I answered this one at the last question already.

6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Curse Upon A Prayer'?

A: The name is a symbol. A symbol for everything that we stand for.
Growth & evolving through pain & suffering. Celebration for the cold truth that can't be denied.

M.V.: It is the cold feeling of truth inside a man who is praying for a lie. Also by the sound of the third trumpet, a star called Wormwood falls to the earth and poisons a third of the planet's freshwater sources and men will die by drinking it. The name Wormwood is translated from the Hebrew term "la'anah", which means "curse" in Arabic & Hebrew. The name Curse Upon A Prayer explains itself pretty well through symbolism.

7.Has the band done any live shows yet or has this been a studio project so far?

A: We haven't done any live shows yet, because this has originally been just a two-man-band. But there has been some serious plans about the first live show, since we now have two members more. They joined the band recently.

8.The new album was released on Nihil Interit Records, can you tell us a little bit more about the label?

A: It's an underground label from France that is specialised in Black metal, Death metal, Dark ambient etc.
The parent label is Le Crepuscule Du Soir Productions.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal that have heard it so far?

A: Surprisingly good, even though we are not a traditional Black metal band. We have sold our albums to USA & UK. And we have received good feedback from Mexico, Poland & Russia as well. But I'm sure there are some people who don't really understand our vision. And I think that's a good thing because there would be something wrong if everyone would accept our way of making these things.

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

A: That remains to be seen. Or heard.

M.V.: I'm only guessing, but I smell massive walls of sounds.

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?

A: Musically, to name a few, I would say Sargeist & Enochian Crescent.
Also soundtracks & gothic music, for example Sopor Aeternus, Dead Can Dance etc. And I strongly recommend the latest Behemoth album "The Satanist". It's definetly a peak moment in modern Black metal in my opinion.

When it comes to writing process, it's more about some certain feeling than some other band's influence. But of course there are some artists that have had an impact on me. The ones who are truly devoted to their message & art. The ones who aren't affected by those fat, drunken, Black metal elitists who still over use the same irrelevant subjects that don't even cause any turbulence.
They should just stay in their basements masturbating.

M.V.: One big influence is anything that sounds massive, huge. Belphegor, Behemoth, Sargeist, Behexen, Horna, SepticFlesh... These are bands that inspire with the powerful and uncompromising, yet creating factors. Of course I listen to the true old school black metal from time to time, but I like to keep in touch with time and what is going on this day. The concept of extreme changes with times. Just like madness. You can't really define it and that's only great, because these days there are those "know-it-all-elitists" that love to define and categorise everything. When they can't, their balls would explode. Now that's not going to happen since they have no testicles. But yes, I listen to anything that pleases my ears, not only metal and such.

12.What role does Satanism or Occultism play in your music?

M.V.: Satanism is involved strongly on the philosophical side.

A:  You can find plenty of references to these subjects in our art for sure.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?

M.V.: My interests go with martial arts, lifting heavy, reading psychology and philosophy, mental growth etc. Questioning everything, people don't like that.

A: I'm very much into art. Painting & photography art are my main interests among music.
And I also like to draw pictures of Muhammad & beat nuns.

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

"The noose is set & growing tighter"

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Dawn Of Ruin Interview

mercredi 1 octobre 2014 à 14:29
Occult Black Metal Zine – Entrevista Agosto 2014

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

S - We started playing back in 2003, but I was the only one left from those early days. I formed the band together with our original vocalist, Vena Hemiazygos. We shared a fondness for dark music in general, and focused mainly on classic Black Metal during the first few years. A demo called “Death – Queen Of the Graveyard” was recorded at the time, when the band was still called Ekhidna, but it was never released in a physical format. Due to the constant line-up changes, there was never enough stability in the band for us to invest in such a release, or even to try and play some gigs. We were also pretty inexperienced back then, and were just attempting to figure out how we could handle everything in view of our limited technical know-how. Some stability was achieved when Nazgul and Koja Mutilator both joined as drummer and bassist, respectively. We rehearsed regularly at the time - in fact, we never stopped rehearsing, even later on, when the line-up was reduced to just two elements - and we also wrote a few tracks which are still very meaningful to us. We then decided to change the band's name, since there was another outfit in Portugal with the same name, who were growing in popularity. We called ourselves Tetraplegic God. After a short while, our vocalist left the band due to musical incompatibilities - she didn't see eye to eye with the rest of us regarding the evolution in our sound, which left behind our more classic Black Metal influences. So we changed our name yet again, for the last time, and became Dawn of Ruin. In 2006/07, Conde Satan joined as vocalist, and played in our first concert, in 2008. Soon after, we were once again left without both our bassist and our vocalist.

2.Recently you have released a demo, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

S - I’d say it’s a sort of mid-paced to fast extreme metal, quite aggressive in places but consistently featuring melodic, often melancholic undertones. It’s heavy, dark, sorrowful and furious, sometimes all at once. I guess it’s safe to call it Black Metal, though it’s pretty easy to find creeping influences from other styles, so it’s not easy - even for us - to define our sound. We’ll let the listeners decide for themselves.
As for the actual production of the demo, it was made in a completely “Do It Yourself” approach. All the material was recorded, edited and mixed by us with our own means, and the occasional help from fellow musicians from other bands in our circle.

3.The band has been around as 'Dawn of Ruin' since 2007 but waited till 2014 to release a demo, can you tell us a little bit more about the 7 year delay?

S - We've had lots of line-up changes during that period, it was only around 2010-2011 that we really became a full-on working band with dedicated musicians. It was a question of all the parts starting to come together in a more coherent way. Sometimes it takes a while to get the right people together, that share artistic, aesthetic and creative values to an extent that they are able to work and produce something together. This was only made possible after the band's line up stabilized. Before that, there were a lot of people trying out for some time, and then abandoning the band to pursue other interests.
After our line-up stabilized with Prometheus and Carpathian Wolf - both of whom had previously played with Nazgul in a band called Obscurii Lunae - and later with Niggurath, who came to handle the bass, we dug up all the tracks we'd written up until then, and started rehearsing them and adapting the arrangements to make better use of our full line-up. Five of those songs came from the band's more Black Metal-influenced days, while the other six incorporated elements from different styles. That process took a while - approximately two years. Between 2012 and 2014, we played a few gigs - some in the Lisbon area, one in Covilhã (mid-east Portugal), and one in Beja (in the south). Simultaneously, we recorded the four tracks that feature in the demo. Three of those tracks are from the band's early stages, while the other one (“Morte Vermelha”) was the first track to be created with our revamped line-up. We felt it was important to record the early tracks, but we also wished to showcase our more current sound. And, of course, we wanted the new members to get a proper listen of all song they'd been working on. The last four years have certainly been the most active period in the band, by far. Recently, Niggurath had to leave the country, thus leaving the band as well. The bassist spot is already taken by new member Loki.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and and subjects the band explores with the music?

S - I haven’t written any lyrics for a long time, CW takes care of that now! But when I did write, I tried to make them fit the general feel of the music: despondent, gloomy and horror-inspired, but never too aggressive or “gory”.

C.W. - Some of the older songs had fantasy/mythology based lyrics written by the band's original vocalist which were not really my thing. I like both themes and I explore them thoroughly through other mediums but I felt that I needed something more visceral and human. “Ekhidna” is one the few songs that kept its original lyrics because they were written by Shadow and I like his style.
Things change quite a bit after that and the lyrics take a much more personal and introspective stance. Delirious musings on death, the meaning of life and Man's minuscule, pathetic and useless role in the Cosmos.

5.The band was originally known as Ekhidna and then Tetraplegic God, what was the decision behind the name changes and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Dawn Of Ruin'?

S - Ekhidna was a single-word band name, which isn’t that common, and we quite liked the mythological reference. Later, we changed the name to Tetraplegic God (the title of one of our songs) so as to avoid any possible confusion with another Portuguese band called Echidna. In 2007, we discussed the matter with added seriousness and took our time to choose a name that properly reflected that empty, cold feeling that stems from our songs. We also liked the visual implications of the name. So Dawn of Ruin it was, and has been ever since.

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?

S - Our last show in Beja, a Warm-Up for the Santa Maria Metal Fest, was special since it was the last time we shared the stage with our bassist Niggurath, who has been part of Dawn of Ruin for the last 4 years. Unfortunately, she had to travel abroad for professional reasons, but her stay with us will remain in the sound of the demo “Poço da Infâmia”, as the bass tracks were recorded by her.
As far as stage performance goes, we have no particular scenic concerns. We all have different ways of visually conveying our music to the audience, and for most of us it doesn’t really involve moving around a lot, and engaging in direct interaction. If we feel comfortable just standing there and playing, that’s what we’ll do, and it doesn’t necessarily mean we’re less committed to our music and the audience. We’ll still be able to deliver what we’re trying to communicate, be it intellectually or emotionally. Our vocalist, CW, does tend to express himself more noticeably on stage. It’s very natural for him, as his own visual interpretation of our art. Basically, each band member is free to choose his own approach when it comes to the stage.
On a strictly musical note, we try to focus on dynamics when choosing songs for a setlist, and it has worked well so far, in my opinion.

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

S - Nothing too specific as of yet, since we’re too busy now preparing to record additional material that wasn't included in the demo. As for future shows, we are always on the lookout for the occasional live show during this next recording stage. Regarding touring, if we could get past the scheduling/logistic nightmares, it’d be great, of course, but probably not in the foreseeable future

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

S - We’ve contacted some labels, and I’d certainly like to have that kind of backing, but we’ll keep on recording regardless, as independent artists, until such an opportunity comes along.
The Internet and the development of digital audio has brought the opportunity for small bands like us to record and distribute our music without the need of a recording contract, so for now we will continue to explore that path.

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

S - We’re not that well-known, it’s mostly people from the Portuguese scene who support our work, but we’ve been trying hard to promote the demo abroad as well. I guess this interview is a result of those efforts!

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

S - CW also sings in Derrame. Nazgul has two other bands, Undersave and Corman. Loki plays in Inner Blast and GreatesTits. And I have this on-and-off project called The Dead of Night.

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

S - We’ll soon start recording the rest of our “back catalogue”, so we can then work with fresh ideas and leave the past behind us. We’re still unsure as to the format of the release, but there have been talks regarding a split-CD with two other bands, which would feature some of those tracks. Musically, it's pretty safe to say things will change a bit. "Morte Vermelha" is a good indication of where things will go from now on, with its more complex and melodic arrangements. Dawn of Ruin's music is drifting more into the kind of sound found on this last track from the demo, with each song having different moments and intensities. From introspection to explosion, from melancholy to fury. We'll just keep on digging deeper into our musical nightmares and doing our best to bring them to the light.

12.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?

S - I’d say the most direct influences stem from Black Metal, in its broadest definition. Since we’re not really canonical on that matter, it’s easy to detect traces of most metal styles amidst our riffs. But I think the general atmosphere of the songs, which is what really matters after all, is akin to that expected of a Black Metal band.
We’ve been told that there are some similarities between our sound and that of Rotting Christ. We’re all quite fond of their work, but I don’t think the comparison is all that accurate.

C.W. - We all have very different tastes in music, Metal being the common link. Black Metal surely had an influence in our sound and I think that will never change even though we are always trying to add new things.
Honestly, I haven't listened to a lot of new bands lately. Due to lack of time, patience or just plain laziness.

N - I’m not really interested in following tons of bands and always keeping up with new releases. I keep on listening to the stuff I’ve always enjoyed, such as Dismember, Primordial, Bathory, Rotting Christ and other music styles. However, I was recently introduced to two bands I really liked: Aggressive Mutilator, a Swedish Black Metal band in the vein of Kill, and Auromuro, a Crust/Blackmetal band from Valencia, Spain.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?

S - Writing, reading, sightseeing… Lots more, but these are the ones I can still find some time to pursue.

P - Speaking in broad disciplines, I am a man of what some might consider ancient interests, with philosophy, psychology and history probably being the major ones. I read a lot and am always up for an interesting conversation about the big and small matters of the human existence.

N - When I’m not busy with music-related activities, my main interest is Philosophy, since I work as a teacher.

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

S - Thanks so much for the interview and for reviewing our material! The underground metal scene relies on its close-knit network for spreading the word regarding lesser known bands and projects. So kudos to you.
And in case this interview piques the interest of some of your readers, they’re most welcome to visit our FB ( or get in touch with us via They can also listen to the demo on our BandCamp, at

All the best for OccultBlackMetalZine! Cheers!

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