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Buzruh/And They Shall Desire To Die/2014 Full Length Review

mercredi 15 janvier 2014 à 08:57

  Buzruh  are  a  1  man  band  from  Turkey  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  with  a  very  raw  and  depressive  approach  to  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2014  album  "And  They  Shall  Desire  To  Die".

  The  album  starts  out  very  slow  and  dark  and  a  few  seconds  later  depressive  and  suicidal  black  metal  screams  start  to  kick  in  and  after  awhile  melody  is  brought  into  the  music  and  on  the  second  song  the  album  starts  mixing  in  more  fast  and  mid  paced  elements  into  the  depressive  black  metal  sound.

  As  time  goes  on  by  the  music  uses  of  mixture  of  slow  and  fast  songs  with  the  faster  ones  having  an  early  Darkthrone  feeling  to  them  but  more  suicidal  along  with  a  touch  of  Vlad  Tepes  and  Mutiilation  while  the  more  slower  and  suicidal  stuff  follows  in  the  same  path  of  the  previous  recording  and  on  the  5th  song  synths  are  brought  into  the  music  and  they  are  used  mostly  as  a  background  enhancement  and  the  following  track  also  brings  in  middle  eastern  style  acoustic  guitars  and  on  the  8th  track  a  small  amount  of  melodic  vocals  are  added  into  the  mix  and  the  last  song  is  a  dark  ambient  piece.

  Buzruh  show  a  lot  of  growth  and  progress  with  this  recording  while  it  remains  true  to  his  depressive  black  metal  approach  that  he  uses  on  his  other  projects  as  well  as  this  one,  he  makes  this  one  more  primal  and  also  brings  in  faster  parts  at  times  while   mostly  sticking  to  a  slower  pace.

  Song  lyrics cover  depressive  and  suicidal  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  primitive  sound  along  with  some  of  the  songs  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Buzruh  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  depressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Suicide  Screams"  "And  They  Shall  Desire  to  Die"  "There  is  No  Fucking  Hope"  and  "Warm  Hands  of  Suicide".  8  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/01/buzruhand-they-shall-deserve-to-die2014.html


Omnizide/Death Metal Holocaust/Carnal Records/2014 CD Review

mercredi 15 janvier 2014 à 05:03
   Omnizide  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  blackened  form  of  old  school  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Death  Metal  Holocaust"  which  will  be  released  by  Carnal  Records.

  The  album starts  out  with  dark  and  evil  sounding  effects  before  going  into  a  fast  and  raw  old  school  death  metal  direction  along  with  solos  and  black  metal  style  screams  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  dark  sounding  melodies  and  there  are  also  some  slower  sections  being  added  onto  the  record.

  As  the  album  progresses  the  band  bring  a  lot  of  black  metal  influences  into  their  old  school  death  metal  sound  as  well  as  some  elements  of  bestial  and  war  metal  and  they  can  go  from  the  most  fast  and  raw  sounding  assaults  to  some  slow  and  heavy  soul  crushing  riffing  and  they  also  make  every  song  stand  out  form  one  another  as  well  as  adding  a  lot  of  evil,  darkness  and  blasphemy  to  the  melodies. 

  On  this  album  Omnizide  combine  some  of  the  rawest  old  school  black  metal  with  the  darkness  and  heaviness  of  early  death  metal  to  create  a  very  great  quality  underground  metal  recording  and  this  album  has  a  classic  feeling  from  beginning  to  end  as  well  as  being  a  very  fast  all   out  assault  on  the  white  light.

  Song  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  War  and  blasphemous  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  raw,  heavy  and  old  school  sound  along  with  the  bass  guitars  being  mixed  down  low  in  the  mix.

  In  my  opinion  Omnizide  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  the  old  school  forms  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Rotting  Flesh  Parade"  "Crystals  of  Death"  "Nuclear  Strike"  and  "Desecration  Art".  9  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/01/omnizidedeath-metal-holocaustcarnal.html


Hovf/Diskografi/2013 Compilation Album Review

mardi 14 janvier 2014 à 09:00

  Hovf  are  a  1  man  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  black  metal  with  elements  of  folk  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2013  compilation  "Diskografi".

  The  first  demo  is  "Risveden"  and  it  starts  out  with  some  slow  and  raw  black  metal  along  with  some  grim  screams  and  the  music  also  brings  in  melodies  and  after  awhile  synths  are  added  onto  the  recording  as  well  as  clean  singing  which  leads  to  more  pagan  and  folk  influences  being  brought  in  as  well  as  some  guitar  leads  and  on  the  second  song  the  demo  goes  into  a  more  folk  direction  while  also  retaining  the  black  metal  parts  and  you  can  also  hear  the  bass  guitars  on  this  recording  and  faster  riffing  is  used  on  the  fourth  and  fifth  song.

  The  second  demo  is  "Det  Forsta  Inseglet"  and  it  starts  out  with  with  some  really  slow  and  grim  black  metal  as  well  as  adding  in  atmospheric  melodies  which  bring  in  a  medieval  sound  and  then  folk  music  style  synths  are  added  in  and  on  the  second  song  melodic  vocals  start  mixing  in  with  grim  screams  and  on  the  3rd  song  raw  and  fast  parts  are  added  into  the  music  and  the  demo  starts  getting  more  pagan  and  epic  and  the  ep  closes  with  melodic  viking  chanting.

  The  3rd  demo  is  "Morka  Skyar"  and  it  starts  out  with  atmospheric  sounding  synths  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  more  melodic  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  solos  and  grim  vocals  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  folk  music  elements  are  brought  in  and  on  the  nest  song  it  goes  more  into  a  fast,  raw  and  old  school  direction  as  well  as  mixing  it  in  with  folk  music  and  bringing  in  spoken  word  parts  and  on  the  last  song  the  demo  returns  to  a  slower  direction  along  with  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  as  well  as  the  returning  synths  which  also  close  the  demo.

  The  last  demo  is  "Skuggdans"  and  it  starts  out  with  some  fast  and  raw  old  school  black  metal  along  with  grim  screams  and  melody  which  also  leads  to  more  pagan  and  folk  elements  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  spoken  words  and  this  demo  is  the  most  black  metal  out  of  the  four  reviewed  and  you  can  also  hear  certain  parts  that  have  a  depressive  feeling  to  them  and  on  the  3rd  song  synths  make  a  return  to  the  recording

  On  these  4  demos  Hovf  takes  a  very  raw  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  adds  in  pagan  and  folk  influences while  also  having  a  good  sense  of  melody  and  this  is  some  of  the  most  primal  pagan  metal  I  have  heard.

  Song  lyrics  are  written  in  Swedish  and  cover  folklore,  darkness,  nature  and  war,  while  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  old  school  sound  to  it.

  In  my  opinion  Hovf  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  black  metal  project  with  a  folk  edge  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Slaget  Vid  Norde  Alv"  "Demonfjallet"  "Det  Dystra  Landet"  and  "Solted".  8/5  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/01/hovfdiskografi2013-compilation-album.html


Nevaloth/The Antagonist/2013 Full Length Review

mardi 14 janvier 2014 à 04:25

  Nevaloth  are  a  band  from  Slovakia  that plays  a  very  progressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2013  album  "The  Antagonist".

  The  album  starts  out  with  a  very  distorted  sounding  intro  which  also  has  some  am  radio  noises  in  the  background  along  with  some  tribal  style  beats  as  well  as  some  industrial  and  then  the  music  goes  into  a  more  blackened  death  metal  sound  along  with  a  mixture  of  screams  and  growls  as  well  as  some  blast  beats  and  the  music  also  slows  down  at  times  and  adds  in  synths.

  When  the  guitar  solos  are  added  in  they  bring  melody  in  the  atmospheric  chaos  this  music  generates  and  the  album  also  has  a  good  amount  of  avant  garde  and  classical  music  influences  which  are  also  mixed  in  with  the  brutal  parts  in  certain  sections  of  the  album  and  the  bass  guitars  enhance  the  progressive  nature  of  the  music.

  As  the  album  progresses  industrial  and  experimental  elements  return  at  times  while  the  main  focus  is  the  more  heavy,  brutal  and  progressive  parts  and  the  music  also  starts  getting  more  dark  and  while  the  focus  is  mainly  on  black  metal  there  is  still  a  great  amount  of  death  metal  influences  on  the  record  as  well  a  good  amount  of  90s  and  70s  style  prog/psych  rock  being  added  in  while  also  having  a  more  modern  twist  to  it  and  when  acoustic  guitars  are  brought  in  briefly  they  enhance  the  progressive  and  tragic  qualities  of  the  music  and  on  a  couple  of  songs  melodic  vocals  are  brought  in  while  they  still  have  a  rough  elements  to  them.

  Nevaloth  show  a  lot  of  talent  and  diversity  with  their  music  they  take  in  traditional  and  black  metal  influences  and  build  on  it  by  adding  in  brutal  death  metal,  symphonic,  progressive  rock  and  classical  to  create  a  sound  that  is  very  original  and  you  can  hear  a  lot  of  talent  and  skill  being  utilized  in  the  musical  instruments.

  Song  lyrics  cover  philosophical  and  occult  themes  along  with  some  of  the  writings  of  Aliester  Crowley,  John  Milton,  William  Blake  and  Max  Striner,  while  the  production  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy  and  professional  sound  for  being  a  self  released  recording  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  album.

  In  my  opinion  Nevaloth  are  a  very  great  and  original  sounding  progressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Moment  Of  Apostasy"  "Per  Aspera  Ad  Astra"  "Lightbearer  Empire"  and  "Herostratic  Fire".  9  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/01/nevaloththe-antagonist2013-full-length.html


Excruciate 666 Interview

mardi 14 janvier 2014 à 03:05
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the release of the new album?

Hail, well a lot of things! We get ready to take part in a mini-tour with Handful of Hate (It) and Stahlsarg (UK) at the beginning of February. We also plan a tour through some European countries  for the end of this year. Meanwhile, we already work on the third album and some songs which are intented for a split with an other band of Brothers as Excruciate 666 is used to.

2.Recently you have released a new album can you tell us a little bit more about the musical direction it has taken and also how would you describe your progress as musicians over the years?

 “Rites of Torturers” is different to “Riding Fires of Hate” and the previous prod’. Actually the song are more slower, lood and brutal but you can always find epic and black metal riffs with Heavy Metal consonnances as we are used to do. Our music is more thrash and warrior  than early but you always find the soul of Excruciate 666.
 Our style  sharpened along 20 years of existence. Line-up has changed a little for this time but Blasphemort and me, are here since the origin and even if we evolved musically, we always wanted to preserve our identity.

3.The band has been around since 1996 and while there has been plenty of material released this is only the second full length, what was the cause of it?

Yes indeed. We were never very fast in the composition Ahaha! And we have so many brothers-in-arms that we were often taken on of other one projects. I think you understood that we like a lot  the split album concept. It’s a pure underground idea. Now, I think we passed less time between two full lengths...We’ll try.

4.The lyrics cover Paganism, War and History, can you tell us a little bit more about your interests in these topics?

As for me, I always was fascinated by History but more particulary by the history of our heathen ancestors. I always found their way of thinking was big and honorary. We are not followers of whatever heathen religions, but we are proud of our  origins and we like to approach highly-rated glorious of our history. Excruciate 666 allows us to tell this great story! 

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Excruciate 666, and also do you have an interest in Satanism?

Torture has always fascinated us. And because we are interested in the obscured practises of midle ages, we have thought Excruciate was a good name for a black-metal band. After to have kept this name for a litle time, we have discovered an other band with the same name. It was the Death metal band from Sweden. Originally, we were interested in Satanism, chaos and we wanted to play Black Metal. We thus have to add “666” to mark down . Now we aged and we became  more down-to-earth. We believe rather than in the strength of the self-made-man and survivalism. We think that we shall soon be brought to fight because a new era warrior arrives. And we get ready!

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?

Our better memories are the Maniac Metal Fest in 2009 with a lot of bands of friends like LORD, PHOBOS, DAWN OF CRUCIFIXION, INKISITOR and more, the Maniac Metal Fest III in 2011 with MANIAC BUTCHER and INFERNO, the good gig with INQUISITION in 2010 and recently the No Compromise Metal Fest with ATTIC, SLAUGHTER MESSIAH, HORACLE and many more was a very good gig in Belgium. Thrash, Black, Death and Heavy ar mixed and it has created a very old school atmosphere.
Excruciate 666’s shows are very dark, violent and bestial and sometimes epic. And a particular little gift, we impaled heads of pigs on the stage as made it the barbarians to frighten the ennemy! ...it’s our trademark!

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

Yes, as I tell on the first question, we plan to be on tour for the end of the year with 2 other bands. We should play in Holland, Germany, Italy and Switzerland. Meanwhile, we maybe shall have the oppotunity to play in England...There are a lot of plans...

8.The band has a long history, what is it that motivates you to release some of the heaviest black/war metal, after all of these years?

We want to glorify the war! It’s it which created History. And for that, Excruciate 666 is a formidable weapon! We have forged our style in using all our influences and our know-how to create true war hymns.

9.Over the years the band has been a part of a lot splits, out of all the band you have worked with on these splits, which one did you enjoy the most?

Yes, as I said it before, we like this principle. All those bands are or were very good friends and we enjoy  all of its. And it’s far from being the last one!

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

Strangely, It’s not in France where we have the most recognition...Maybe because we are so old and we seem has-been in our country. French people like fashion and I think we can hear here a new generation of extreme metal which I don’t like. I think Excruciate 666 is more estimated in countries of True Metal like countries of South America or now in Asian countries. But maybe you can tell me it?

11.What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?

I think we evolved and that the important changes of line-up are going to open us new doors. The soul of Excruciate 666 will continue for ever but it’s highly likely that our songs are enriched and worked more in a more professional way. We think of incorporating elements of different styles as “Swedish Death Metal” for example...I think it’s going to give something really good.

12.What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

Now we have our own style, but many bands which we listen to for many years belong to closely or remotely of our influences. I can quote you Morbid Angel, Venom, Bathory, Impiety, old graveland,  Dissection, Impaled Nazarene, Slayer, Kreator, Possessed, Satyricon, Darkthrone, Morbid, Mayhem And many more!!!!
Recently, I have listened to Nocturnal, Grave Desecrator, Slaughter Messiah, Arkona, Desaster and old Massacra (one of my favorite band since the beginning of my metal life)!

13.outside of music what are some of your interests?

As for me, I get a big interest in History but we have a lot of occupation with our own job. For some of us we have parallel musical project.

14.Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?  

Thanx a lot for this interview! Spread our art and get ready for war!

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/01/excruciate-666-interview.html