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Skaphe/Self Titled/Fallen Empire Records/2014 EP Review

samedi 7 juin 2014 à 04:05

  Skaphe  are  a  band  from  the  United  States  that  plays  an  asphyxiating  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2014  ep  which  was  released  by  Fallen  Empire  Records.

  A  very  slow,  dark  and  raw  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  mixture  of  growls  and  screams  as  well  as  having  a  darkened  atmosphere  in  the  background  which  also  has  an  ambient  feeling  to  it  and  then  the  music  adds  in  fast  parts  and  blast  beats  with  the  more  atmospheric  side  of  their  sound.

  A  great  amount  of  dark  and  distorted  melodies  can  be  heard  in  a  lot  of  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  powerful  bass  lines  and  a  mixture  of  both  clean  and  heavy  parts  as  well  as  the  music  alternating  between  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  sections  and  on  some  of  the  later  songs  the  ambient  elements  having  a  more  powerful  presence  on  the  recording  while  the  music  sticks  to  mostly  a  heavier  direction.

  3/4  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  some  drones  being utilized  at  times  and  some  of  the  slower  sections  have  a  funeral  doom  metal  feeling  to  it  as  well  as  some  of  the  later  tracks  have  vocals  that  utilize  more  depressive  and  suicidal  elements  in  the  vocals  and  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  amount  of  variety  in  the  riffing  throughout  the  recording  and  the  last  track  is  an  ambient  drone  instrumental  piece.

  Skaphe  creates  their  own  form  of  black  metal  on  this  ep  with  the  music  showing  a  more  asphyxiating  approach  to  this  genre  as  well  as  retaining  a  grim,  dark  and  depressive  edge  in  their  musical  style,  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  sound  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  depressive  and  melancholic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Skaphe  are  a  very  great  sounding  asphyxiating  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  looking  for  something  that is  true  to  this  genre  but  a  little bit  different,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Every  Soul  Entombed"  and  "The  Obelisk  Gleam".  8  out  of  10.  


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Emperor/In The Nightside Eclipse - 20th Year Anniversary/Candlelight Records/2014 Double CD Re-Issue Review

jeudi 5 juin 2014 à 07:43

  Emperor  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  are  one  of  the  most  well known  and  famous  Norwegian  black  metal  bands  of  all  time  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  classic  1994  album  "in  The  Nightside  Eclipse"  which  will  be re-issued  by  Candlelight  Records  in  the  year  of  2014  and  contains  bonus  tracks  on  both  disc's  as  well  as  the  second  disc  being  an  alternate  mix  of  the  album.

  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  atmospheric  synths  and  after  the  intro  the  music  starts  going  for  a  more  fast  and  raw  black  metal  sound  along  with  blast  beats  and  grim  sounding  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  adding  more  atmosphere  into  the  synths  and  after  awhile  the  band  starts  utilizing  more  melody  into  their  musical  sound.

  As  the  album  progresses  the  band  starts  utilizing  a  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  adding  spoken  word  parts  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  even  after  20  years  the  music  sounds  very  powerful  and  atmospheric  as  well  as  showing  a  musical style  that  modern  Norwegian  black  metal  lacks  these  days.

  You  can  hear  a  lot  of  elements  in  the  synths  that  a  lot  of  later  bands  copied  and  took  into  a  more  symphonic  genre  but  Emperor  on  this  album  showed  how  synths  where  suppose  to  sound  when  mixed  with  black  metal  and  the  music  on  this  recording  never  loses  its  raw  aggression  even  during  the  atmospheric  moments  and  a  good  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  on  some  of  the  later  songs  clean  playing  is  added  into  the   music  briefly  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  and  on  the  last  track  there  is  a  brief  use  of  clean  singing  being  utilized.

  The  bonus  tracks  originally  appeared  on  the  demo  and  are  re-done  this  time  around  along  with  a  better  sounding  production  while  still  having  the  rawness  of  the  original  versions  which  where  some  of  the  truest  black  metal  you  could  find  in  the  early  90's  and  the  music  also  has  the  atmosphere  of  the  full  length  albums,  the alternate  mix  of  the  album  has  a  more  dark  and  raw  feeling  to  it  and  the  last  3  songs  are  pre-production  tracks  that  where  recorded  before  the  album  and  have  a  more  primitive  feeling  to  them  as  well  as  lacking  the  power  of  the  versions  that eventually  made  the  full length.

  Emperor   created  one  of  the  early  Norwegian  black  metal  masterpiece's  off  all  time  with  this  album  and  even  20  years  alter  it  still  sounds  very  powerful  and  better  than  a  lot  of  newer  bands  that  have  tried  to  follow  in  this  album's  footstep's  and  this  album  today  even  influences  younger  bands,  the  production  has  a  very  powerful  sound  to  it  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  occultism,  Darkness  and  Nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  was  a  very  great  sounding  recording  from  Emperor  and  while  everybody  that  has  been  into  black  metal  for  a  long  time  probably  already  owns  this  album  I  would  recommend  it  the  younger  generation  that  would  be  interested  in  hearing  the  beginnings  of  second  wave  black  metal.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Into  The  Infinity  Of  Thoughts"  "Cosmic  Keys  to  My  Creation  And  Times"  and  "I  Am  The  Black  Wizard".  8/9  out  of  10.


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Wolves in The Throne Room/Celestie/Artemisia Records/2014 CD Review

jeudi 5 juin 2014 à 04:42

  Wolves  In  The  Throne  Room  are  a  band  from  Olympia,  Washington  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  are  probably  the  most  well  known  off  all  of  the  cascadian  black  metal  bands  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Celestie"  which  will  be  self  released  through  the  bands  own  label   and  also  shows  the  band  dropping  all  vocals  and  going  for  a  more  instrumental  and  experimental  direction  this  time  around.

  Nature  orientated  ambient  sounds  start  off  the  album  which  makes  the  music  sound  very  organic  and  atmospheric  as  well  as  using  a  variety  of  many  different  sounding  keys  as  well  as  getting  more  experimental  as  the  music  starts  to  progress  and  the  album  also  has  a  very  etherial  and  new  age  sounding  feeling  at  times.

  Synths  are  the  most  dominant  musical  instrument  on  the  album  and  there  are  no  traces  of  black  metal  or  left  in  their  musical  sound  and  after  awhile  distorted  guitar drones  are  added  into  the  music  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  band  also  brings  in  a  couple  of  long  and  epic  in  length  tracks  and  on  the  4th  song  electric  guitars  are  added  into  the  music  and  they  brign  a  drone/doom  metal  feeling  to  the  recording.

  Wolves  In  The  Throne  Room  stay  away  from  the  black  metal  sound  they  are  known  for  this  time  around  to  create  a  more  pure  experimental/ambient  album  while  also  expanding  on  the  experimental  and  ambient  elements  that  where  present  on  the  earlier  recordings  as  well  as  staying  away  from  vocals  to  show  a  much  different  sound  of  the  bands  musical style  and  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  and  professional.  

  In  my  opinion  while  this  is  a  decent  sounding  album  from  Wolves  In  the  Throne  Room  some  of  the  more  close  minded  fans  wont  like  this  recording  because  there  is  no  black  metal  being  utilized  this  time  but  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental  and  ambient  music,  you  should  enjoy  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Turning  Ever  Towards  The  Sun"  and  "Celestite  Mirror".  7/5  out  of  10.  


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Nidsang/Into The Womb Of Dissolving Flames/Pulverised Records/2014 CD Revire

jeudi 5 juin 2014 à 03:01

  Nidsang  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  very  fast,  melodic  and  satanic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Into  The  Womb  Of  Dissolving  Flames"  which  will  be  released  by  Pulverised  Records.

  Dark  sound  effects  start  off  the  album  and  after  a  minute  the  music  goes  into  a  very  fast  black  metal  direction  along  with  brutal  blast  beats  and  deep  yet  grim  sounding  vocals  and  after  awhile  you  can  hear  some  melodies  being  added  into t he  recording  along  with  a  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  album  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  used  they  add  a  lot  more  darkness  and  melody  into  the  musical  style  this  band  creates  and  they  also  bring  back  the  speed  that  was  presented  on  the  early  Marduk,  Setherial,,  Triumphator,  and  In  Battle  records  which  is  rarely  utilized  these  days  in  Swedish  black  metal  while  also  having  the  modern  day  melody  which  is  closer  to  Watain  and  Ofermod  but  not  sounding  like  any  of  the  bands  mentioned.

  A  good  portion  of  the  songs  are  around  7  minutes  which  also  brings  an  epic  feeling  to  the  fast  and  melodic black  metal  that  is  present  on  this  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  you  can  also  hear  a  slight  doom  metal  influence  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  guitar  riffing  and  the  faster  sections  demonstrate  a  great  amount  of  talent  and  skill  as  well  as  showing  the  musicians  in  the  band  can  play  their  instruments  a  lot  better  than  most  bands  in  this  musical  genre.

  Nidsang  create  a  very  chaotic  sounding  black  metal  album  with  this  recording  having  a  perfect  balance  between  speed,  heaviness  and  melody  as  well  as  showing  the  best  of  what  Swedish  black  metal  can  offer,  the  production  is  very  professional  sounding  and  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism  and  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Nidsang  are  a  very  great  sounding  fast  and  melodic  satanic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Black  Void  Revelations"  "Layil"  and  "Abysmal  Origins".  8/5  out  of  10.


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Chasma Interview

jeudi 5 juin 2014 à 01:17
1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days? Well, we just signed a three deal contract with Candlelight Records after completing our contract with Moribund Records. We are extremely pumped to work with a label of this caliber. We play shows strategically in and out of town and it looks like we will have a busy summer. We also just finished recording our 4th full length entitled "Dreamwoven". 

2.So far you have released a single, demo and 2 albums, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical sound that had presented on all of those recordings? Every album we make is the most aesthetically advanced product we are able to create at the time. Obviously, they progress musically as we do personally. The product is of our hearts and minds and the ratios are never the same.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music? Lyrically the band is inspired by the law of One. We are lied to as humans our entire lives about the history of our species and the origins of life and spirit, so we write lyrics that clarify truths that are hidden from the layman. 

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Chasma'? The name literally means "a long, steep depression" and pertains to other-planetary surfaces. We were really into the cosmos at the time, and I was personally very depressed, so the name just kind of presented itself to us. It made a lot of sense to us at the time and still does, though our perception of it has evolved a lot in the last 6 years. 

5.The band was a duo for a long time, what was the decision behind finding a third member? The band has never been a duo, although we have had 2 guitar players before we found the final, Brandon Gordon.

6.Has the band done any live shows or is this a studio project? We have played many, many live shows with the likes of Wolves in the Throne Room, Marduk, Junius, Ash Borer, Abigail Williams, Fell Voices, Moonspell, Bloody Panda, etc.

7.Recently The Path Less Traveled re-issued your 2013 album, how would you compare working with them to Moribund the label that had originally released the album? Honestly, we don't even have the release in our hands yet so it would be impossible to compare the two. 

8.According to both the Metal Archives and Facebook pages the band is currently signed to Candlelight Records, can you tell us a little bit more about this deal? The deal was in the works for almost a year and we finally signed the contract last winter. Our next album "Omega Theorian" comes out on July 7th, 2014. As I said earlier, it is a three album deal.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal? Most people in general shit on us for either being "hipster" or not being true to the original stylings of black metal. We don't want to sound like Darkthrone and we don't wear corpse paint, if that makes us hipsters, so be it. We want to push this type of extreme music to new, bright places that it has not been led to before. If we cared what metal reviewers thought we would have disbanded a long time ago. We do this for our universe and ourselves.

10.Are any of the other band members involved with any other musical projects these days? We used to be young guys that were all in a bunch of bands, but life has led us to a place where only Chasma makes sense. If you're interested in past projects check out Aristeia, Nanda Devi, and Apparitia.

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future? We will follow the path laid before us by the source of all life, the origin of all energy. We have followed thus far and there is no turning back at this point. Tomorrow holds a plethora of possibilities that may be built upon.

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? I can't speak for everyone, but musically I am touched by bands like Drudkh, Shining, Fen, Lifelover, Bauhaus, Isis, etc. We a like a lot of hip hop and black metal. I listen to a lot of 2 Chainz lately. I am a poser.

13.What are some of your non musical interests? Brandon and I are bartenders, Ryan is a Chef at an upscale French restaurant. We put a lot into our jobs and we all love what we do. We also put a lot into our relationships. I am married and about to have a child, Ryan and Brandon have awesome supportive girlfriends as well. I read a lot. Look up Wes Penre on google. 

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts? We appreciate your reaching out to us and hope our answers are satisfactory. We put our life forces into this music and the themes/atmospheres involved. It has taken many years for us to get to where we are and we won't stop. We cannot stop. Thanks to all who read this as well. 

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