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Sxuperion/Endless Spiritual Embodiment/Bloody Mountain Records/2019 Full Length Review

samedi 16 mars 2019 à 01:52

  Mammoth  Lakes,  California's  solo  project  Sxuperion  has  returned  with  a  new  album  that  shows  the  music  going  into  more  of  a  mixture  of  black,  death  and  atmospheric  cosmic  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2019  album  "Endless  Spiritual  Embodiment"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Bloody  Mountain  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  atmospheric  elements.  Vocals  are  mostly  bestial  growls  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  influences  from  the  90's  up  to  the  modern  era.

  Elements  of  doom/death  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  as  well  as  the  music  also  mixing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Spoken  word  parts  and  samples  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  while  the  tremolo  picking  riffs  when  they  are  utilized  show  more  of  a  black  metal influence  along  with  a  brief  use  of  grim screams  as  the  album  progresses. Some  songs  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  synths  along  one  track  also  introduces  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  onto  the  recording  and  the  closing  track  is  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  cosmos  and  metaphysical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Sxuperion  and  if  you  are  a f an  of  black,  death  and  doom metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sacred  Chamber  Of  The  Enlightenment"  and  "Endless  Embodiment".  8  out  of  10.

https://bloodymountainrecords.bandcamp.com/album/endless-spiritual-embodiment

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/03/sxuperionendless-spiritual.html


Murdryck/Fodelson/Leviaphonic Records/Growls From The Underground/2019 Full Length Review

jeudi 14 mars 2019 à 05:15

  Murdryck  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Fodelson"  which  will  be  released  in  May  as  a  joint  effort  between  Leviaphonic  Records  and  Growls  From  The  Underground.

  A  very  dark  and  epic  synth  orientated  intro  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction.  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  Swedish  style.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  brought  into  the  music  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  some  clean  playing  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording,  death  metal  growls  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  the  album  progresses.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  English  and  Swedish  and  cover  metaphysical,  occult  and  philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Murdryck  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  melodic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Valnad"  "Blood  Sacrifice"  and  "Shadow  Beings".  8  out  of  10.

https://bit.ly/2tP2JSm
  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/03/murdryckfodelsonleviaphonic.html


Siculicidium/A Halal es az iranytu/Sun & Moon/2019 EP Review

jeudi 14 mars 2019 à 03:55

  Siculicidium  are  a  band  from  Romania  that  plays  black  metal  with  some  elements  of   death  rock  and  post  punk and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  ep  "A  Halal  es  az  iranytu"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Sun  &  Moon.

  Acoustic guitar  playing  and  percussion  starts  off  the  ep  while  both  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  adding  in  some  melody  at  times.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  trumpet's  and  jew  harp's  instruments  can  also  be  heard  briefly  in  the  background.  Elements  of  death  rock  and  post  punk  are  added  onto  the  second  track  along  with  both  of  the  songs  sticking  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction.

  Siculicidium  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  black  metal  while t he  death  rock  and  post  punk  elements  makes  the  songs  stand  out  a  lot  more,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Hungarian  and  cover  death  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Siculicidium  are  a  very  great  sounding  black  metal  band  with  touches  of  death  rock  and  post  punk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "A  Halal".  8  out  of  10.     

www.facebook.com/siculicidium   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/03/siculicidiuma-halal-es-az-iranytusun.html


Hexivoid/Disdain From A Burning Cosmos/AHPN Records/2019 CD Review

jeudi 14 mars 2019 à 01:55

  Hexivoid  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  cosmic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Disdain  From  A  Burning  Cosmos"  which  was  released  by  AHPN  Records.

  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  dissonant  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.  A  decent  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  some of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  distorted  yet  melodic  style  when  they  are  utilized.

  At  times  the  music  gets  very  experimental  sounding  along  with  all  of  the  drum  beats  being  programmed.  Keyboards  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  the  songs  stick  to  mostly  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction  as  well  as  the  vocals  also  using  a  depressive  tone  at  times  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  melodic  vocals  can  also  be  heard  and  on  the  closing  track  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard.

  Hexivoid  plays  a  style  of  cosmic  black  metal  that  is  very  dissonant,  experimental  and  void  summoning.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  cosmic,  depravity  and  isolation  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Hexivoid  are  a  very  great  sounding  cosmic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Dissonant  Void  Howling  Forth"  "They  Who  Burned  Themselves  For  Peace"  and  "Disdain  From  A  Burning  Cosmos".  8  out  of  10.

www.facebook.com/hexivoid7


 https://ahpnrecords.bandcamp.com/album/disdain-from-a-burning-cosmos

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/03/hexivoiddisdain-from-burning-cosmosahpn.html


Lugburz Sleed Interview

mercredi 13 mars 2019 à 04:59
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band these days?
- Hi,  Kaswarh here. Currently the group is in the format One Man Band. The concept has been changed to, what interests me (us).

2.Since 2006 you have released a good amount of material, how would you describe your musical progress over the years?
- We did not have a consensus on what the group should have been. We played and recorded what we were interested in at certain moments of life. In other words - the group is Tribute of my life and tells about who I am (we).

3.Your music covers a lot of ground with some of the material going into a depressive black metal direction  while some material brings in more of a space ambient style, do you feel you stand out among many other bands by experimenting with different styles and not recording the same type of style over and over again?
- Our style has always changed. From the moment of launch to the current moment. But there has always been an element of the black metal genre. Now everything is different. For me (us), this is new and I (we) like it.

4.From 2014 to 2018 there was no new music being released, can you tell us a little bit more about what was going on during that time span?
- War began on the territory of my (our) country. Guitarist [Karmaged] plunged into this war. It changed him and he lost interest in music. For this reason, the format of the group and concept have been changed at the current time.

5.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored over the years with your music?
- Nihilism and Solipsism. Depression. Hate. Endless Space...

6.Originally the band was called 'Enslate' what was the cause of the new change and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Lugburz Sleed'?
- Word 'lugburz' means Barad-dûr ("Dark Tower") - enormous fortress of the Sauron from J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth writings. Word 'sleed' means Ukrainian transliteration word "mark". Literal meaning is "The Mark of Barad-dûr". Although the band never performed songs with lyrics-themes of Tolkien's Middle-earth, the name is a tribute to the band Summoning (Epic/Atmospheric Black Metal) which is a landmark discovery in the life of a vocalist [Kaswarh]. Also - name is very difficult to pronounce in Slavic languages:).

7.Has the band had any opportunities to do live shows and if so, how would you describe your stage performance?
- The group has always been and remains a studio project.

8.Currently the band is signed to 'Distrokid' how would you compare working with this label to your old label 'Rigorism Productions'?
- "Rigorism Productions" is a great label that released us on CD. "DistroKid" is an independent digital music distribution service, thanks to him - we exist on all modern music-streaming platforms (Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, YouTube Mucic and many others).

9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
- Primary listeners are North and South America, Europe. I (we) was surprised that our music would climb that far.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
- Space Ambient and Berlin School (Krautrock). Mabye Space (Cosmic) Black Metal.

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?
- Greatly influenced: Burzum, Beherit, Gromm, Summoning. I really like it now: The Lost Sun (https://thelostsun.bandcamp.com/),  Bezmir (https://bezmir.bandcamp.com/), Imperceptum (https://imperceptum.bandcamp.com/) and ISON (https://ison444.bandcamp.com/).

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
- Astrophysics. I also keep an account in Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/spacesolipsism/ - i publish visual Images what's on my mind at the moment.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
- Thx, Erik! I am grateful for the interview. It is really rare for me to say a few words. April 30, 2019 Lugburz Sleed compilation "ÖÖ" (https://lugburzsleed.bandcamp.com/album/compilation) comes out. Doomed Atmospheric / Depressive Raw Black Metal / Space Ambient. Compilation 2008-2018 tracks. Remastered 2019. Each track has its own art and history. Follow: https://www.facebook.com/lugburzsleed and https://www.instagram.com/lugburzsleed/ for more info. 42!
Spectral Voice From Newborn Star, by The Lost Sun
6 track album
thelostsun.bandcamp.com

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/03/lugburz-sleed-interview.html