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Askog/Varþnaþer/Grind to Death Records/Leviaphonic Records/Corrupted Flesh Records/2021 CD Review

dimanche 21 mars 2021 à 02:19

 


  Askog  are  a  duo  from  Sweden  that h as  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  very  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  2021  album  "Varþnaþer"  which  will  be  released  in  May  as  a  joint  effort  between  Grind  To  Death,  Leviaphonic  and  Corrupted  Flesh  Records/


  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodi  style.  You  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  lot  of  melody.


  Death  metal  growls  can  also be   heard  at  times  while  the  mid  tempo  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  elements  of  black'n'roll.  Some  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  slower  sections  of  the tracks  also  showing  an  influence  of  doom  metal.  


Clear  vocals  and   clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  on  some  of  the  tracks  along  with  one  song  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  synths  and  spoken  word  parts,  when  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  briefly  it  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling,  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  some  of  the  riffing  also  shows  an  influence  of  traditional  metal.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Swedish  and  cover  the  dichotomy  between  good  and  evil  in  the  context  of  the  natural  environment.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Askog  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  melodic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Vinter"  "Mane"  and  "Aska".  8  out  of  10.


https://www.facebook.com/askog666
https://www.instagram.com/askog666
https://askog.bandcamp.com
https://open.spotify.com/artist/3Y5gITdct42K08GKYMmOGv

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/03/askogvarnaergrind-to-death.html


Vermilia/Katkyt/2021 Vinyl Re-Issue Review

samedi 20 mars 2021 à 05:13

 


  Vermilia  are  a  solo  project  form  Finland  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  played  a  very  atmospheric  and  epic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  her  self  released  2018  album  "Katkyt"  which  was  re-issued  on  vinyl  in  2021.


  A  very  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  also  use  a  lot  of  melody  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  grim  black  metal  screams  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  songs.


  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.


  The  music  also  having  its  atmospheric  and  epic  moments  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  tribal  sounds,  shamanistic  chants,  synths  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  along  with  a  later  song  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Finnish  and  cover  nature  and  paganism  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  was  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Vermilia  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  and  epic  pagan  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Aiti  Maa"  "Saattaja"  and  "Mustan  Taivaan  Morsian".  8  out  of  10.


https://taplink.cc/vermiliaofficial
www.vermiliaofficial.com
https://www.facebook.com/vermiliaofficial/
https://vermiliaofficial.bandcamp.com/
https://www.instagram.com/vermiliaofficial/
https://twitter.com/vermiliaofficia
http://www.youtube.com/c/Vermilia


  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/03/vermiliakatkyt2021-vinyl-re-issue-review.html


Hymnr/Far Beyond Insanity/Saturnal Records/2021 CD Review

samedi 20 mars 2021 à 03:59

 


  Hymnr  are  a  band  from  Russia  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Far  Beyond  Insanity"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Saturnal  Records.


  Rain  and  thunder  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  synths  and  chants  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  more  of  a  darker  and  heavier  musical  direction.  All  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  album.


  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  tracks  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams.


  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  some  clean  playing  also  being  utilized  briefly  as  well  as  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  both  modern  and  old  school  influences.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  tragic  path  that  has  led  the  world,  humanity,  religion  down  this  downwards  spiral  this  cosmic  plane  has  become.


  In  my  opinion  Hymnr  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  and  raw  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Part  I"  and  "Part  IV".  8  out  of  10.


www.facebook.com/HYMNRofficial

https://youtu.be/ehqu_R7TBJg  


    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/03/hymnrfar-beyond-insanitysaturnal.html


Ancestral Domains/Ira Et Exilium Fraternitas/Marwolaeth Records/2021 Full Length Review

samedi 20 mars 2021 à 02:44

 


  Ancestral  Domains  are  a  band  from  Mexico  that  plays  an  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Ira  Et  Exilium  Fraternitas"  which  was  released  by  Marwolaeth  Records.


  A  very  dark  and  ritualistic  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  synths,  whispered  chants  and  spoken  word  parts  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.


  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  some  dark  sounding  melodies  also  being  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  music  also  having  a  good  amount  of  90's  influences.  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  one  track  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  horror  movie  samples  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction.

 

  Synths  also  make  a  brief  return  on  a  couple  of  the  songs  and  also  add  in  touches  of  classical  music,  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  finally  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Luciferianism,  Ancient  Gods.  Alchemy,  Occultism  and  Anti-Human  Nature  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Ancestral  Domains  are  a  very  great  sounding  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ancestral  Domains  (Black  magic)"  "Walpurgis  Night"  "Mephistos  Promise"  and  "General  Inquisitor".  8  out  of  10.


https://marwolaethrecords.bandcamp.com/album/ira-et-exilium-fraternitas      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/03/ancestral-domainsira-et-exilium.html


Electromancy Interview

samedi 20 mars 2021 à 01:27

 

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

Sure, if you could call it a solo project. Which you totally could, seeing as I am the only human member of Electromancy. But I have a number of bandmates, mostly robots who physically play the instruments and carved up mannikins who spiritually play them. We make music about disability, chronic illness, spirituality, and oppression. We play black metal and are distinctly antifascist, which is unfortunately a thing to note in the scene these days. That’s at least an intro :-)



2.You have a new ep coming out in April, musically how does it differ form the stuff you have released in the past?

Everything I’ve previously released with Electromancy has been a warm up & some playing around, gearing us up for the onslaught of releases i’ve been working on more quietly behind the scenes until now.


 I’ve released an instrumental only demo track so far, and a really fun homage to Steve Reich’s experimental composition piano phase. And just recently a cover of Transilvanian Hunger! 


While all of those have been fun, the real heart & sound of Electromancy’s music has yet to be released, but that’s all about to change! With the original track on our upcoming EP, and full album is soon to follow!



3.The earlier music was all instrumental while the newer ep has vocals, what was the decision behind goign into this direction?

i’m not a big vocals person; when listening to music I really focus on the music and almost never pay attention to what even my favorite bands are saying. 


That being said, I always envisioned the bulk of my music having vocals in it. I just love the texture a good growl will add to a track, and I really do have a story to tell. Lyrics are a great way of helping tell a story and putting a finer point on the messages you’re trying to make. 


And like I said I am much more a music person, focusing on composition, texture, and electronics. I’m not a vocalist at my core. And so it took me some time to find vocalists I wanted to collaborate with.



4.You lyrics also cover the disability you have went through in this life, can you tell us a little bit more about the songwriting and what it is like being a musician with this condition?

The other day I was scrolling through Spotify, looking at all the musicians and thinking about how much easier it must be for all of them who have fully working hands and aren’t constantly overcome by waves of illness. I wanted to cry. But I don’t know their stories. I don’t know their struggles, and their silent triumphs. I can only look at myself, and do my best to live my life the way I can.


I have Lyme disease along with some other co-infections, etc. I spend weeks sick every month. I have long periods of time where I can barely use my hands, and even on good days I have challenges doing daily activities. And that’s just a few of my symptoms. Having music as an outlet to process these emotions has been invaluable.


The Spark, one of the tracks on my upcoming EP, was composed entirely with my feet. This was during a month when my hands were so bad I couldn’t cook myself dinner; I attached some copper tape to a micro controller and made a makeshift midi controller I could step on to play. 


It was crazy, but it worked, and honestly it taught me a lot. I was such a perfectionist before with my music, which is why I probably never released anything. I didn’t have the physical ability or energy to be a perfectionist anymore, and because of that I actually started creating music I liked. A lot of the music I make now is composed this way, or with similarly weird tricks. Anything to keep playing music.



5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Electromancy'?

Think necromancy, pyromancy, etc. Electro = electricity. Mancy = magic. Electricity Magic. That’s a lot of what my band feels like to me.



6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the ep cover?

definitely! That picture is actually just a snapshot of front of my robot guitar; the very guitar used to play and record the entire EP. You can see the circuitry & motors made to strike the strings, all screwed right into the face of the guitar. My own custom design.


7.With the exception of a few robots you record most of the music by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?

I’ve actually worked with a number of other musicians, primarily vocalists so far. You can hear a friend of mine Toefood on this next EP doing most of the vocals on The Spark. As I mentioned, while I can do some vocals I’m not a vocalist at my core, so I prefer to collaborate with other awesome vocalists when I can. But I would love to collaborate with more musicians of all sorts!


8.On the new ep you also done a cover of Darkthrone's  'Transilvanian Hunger', what was the decision behind doing your own version of this song and also do you feel this song has been covered enough?

It’s a fun track, having both raw awesome black metal darkness, and also a bit of silliness. And it’s a track everyone knows. So I thought people might enjoy seeing some robots play it as much as I would enjoy making it myself. I don’t really think about it as being covered too much or not enough. It’s all in good fun.



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

If the right collaboration came up I would be very open to signing with a label. I’m hoping the few releases we have lined up these coming months turn a few heads in my direction. I just hope we can turn the right one our way!


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

I am only really just beginning to put a Electromancy‘s music out into the world, but so far reactions have been awesome. Black metal robots!? People have been stoked!


11.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future?

A lot of my future really hinges on my health. If I can get a handle on my health conditions, I could see myself during tour is all over with the robots with a number of albums and collaborations with people all over. Oh and if I’m not granted that luxury, then I’ll just do fewer albums and what live shows I can hear and there. Either way, there’s going to be something good being made.


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 would count my biggest influences as Portal and Liturgy on the metal side, and Dan Deacon on the compositional side. Moritz Simon Geist was also a big influence on the robotics side of things as well. All phenomenal musicians in their unique ways.



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

Thanks so much for everyone who’s interested in listening to my music and checking out Electromancy. It’s been a crazy journey so far and there’s still so much of a crazy journey to go. And to you for this great interview.


The first time I stood there with my crazy foot controller rig I threw together to try to make music without my hands, I thought if I can make anything at all that in itself is phenomenal. Being here with you today is more than phenomenal. Thank you.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/03/electromancy-interview.html