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Swampworm/NAHAB/2022 EP Review

mercredi 27 avril 2022 à 04:07

 


  Swampworm  are  a  solo  project  from  Germany  that  plays  a  dissonant  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2022  ep  "NAHAB".


  Dissonant  style  riffing  starts  of  the  ep  and  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast b eats  and  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.


  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  they  also  give  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Some  of  the  riffing  also  shows  an  influence  of  grindcore  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  sticking  to  a  more  dissonant  yet  melodic  style.


Swampworm  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  aggressive  and  dissonant  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark,  lo-fi  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  are  based  upon  the  writings  of  H.P  Lovecraft.


  In  my  opinion  Swam[worm  are  a  very  great  sounding  dissonant  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Zeitlaich"  and  "Erde".  8  out  of  10.


https://swampworm.bandcamp.com/releases

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/04/swampwormnahab2022-ep-review.html


Likheim Interview

mercredi 27 avril 2022 à 03:31

 

Answered by GRETN


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

Likheim is a band, or musical project, that has been on my mind for quite some time. After it became obvious that not much would happen with my old band Vargariket back in the early 2000’s I focused most of my energy on running a record label and playing in various bands. However, most of the music I made was on the darker and more aggressive side than the bands I played in and as time went on I had several hours of riffs and half-ready songs gathered across various recording devices. In winter 2021 I was invited to Hrafnheim studio to do a re-recording of an old Vargariket track and that was kind of the spark that once again lit the black flame - I realized that I had spent too much time contemplating and with that Likheim was born.  


2.In May you have an EP coming out, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording?

I wanted something raw and unpolished but at the same time not compromising on sound quality or melodies. Even though we used modern recording devices, most of the guitars and vocals are one-take recordings because I wanted it to sound more like a live recording than a polished studio release. I think it is the unpolishedness and simplicity that gives it that eerie and atmospheric feeling. It wasn’t really planned, it just ended up sounding that way. When I went into the studio to do the vocals I had no idea how the final result would sound, but I must say I am quite happy with how it ended up sounding.


3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects that the band has explored so far with the music?

Nature, solitude, suicide, inner demons, occultism mixed with a tad of Norse believes, the end of everything… yeah, that probably sums it up. 


4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Likheim'?

I had a list of probably twenty band names but as I went through them they were either already taken or simply not unique enough. Likheim is comprised of the two words “Lik” meaning dead body and “heim” which can have multiple meanings such as home, farm, town etc. In my vision of the name, Likheim is a dark, forlorn castle. From the outside it may seem abandoned, but in its endless cellar halls lost souls will forever roam…    


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

It is drawn by Vhan Artworks. I think it fits the lyrical themes perfectly: A lone wanderer gazing upon the unwelcoming, harsh, landscape in front of him. Maybe the mountains will seal his fate? Maybe he came there to end his life? Maybe it is a symbol of inner emptiness? Maybe he watches the final hours of the world, before all is swallowed by the sun and the world shattered to pieces?


I’ll let the listener interpret the art while they listen to the music. 


6.Has the band done any live shows or is this strictly a studio project?

Currently it is only a studio project, but the plan is to gather a live band this fall and start playing some shows next year.  


7.The ep is going to be released on 'Underground Kvlt Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Underground Kvlt Records is a subsidiary label of Odium Records. They are both operated by Shadow from the legendary band Black Altar, but Underground Kvlt is focusing more on less known underground acts from what I understand. 


”Alt Skal Svinne Hen…” is the first release on that label and the second release will be London-based, black metal band, EIHORT and their debut album - "Consuming The Light". 


8.On the ep you brought in session musicians, would you consider this band as being a solo project?

Yes, it is a solo-project but it doesn’t mean that I will do everything myself. I can play the guitar fairly well and I could handle the bass too if I wanted, but it wasn’t what I wanted for this recording. I am more like the creative driving force and I always try to surround myself with musicians that are more talented than me or have talents that I don’t have. It has been a pleasure working with Gamle Erik from Carpathian Forest ( also known from Svarttjern and Aandemaner) on this recording. It was also great working with Umarlak who was able to quickly record the guitars on these songs based on my ideas. 


Riff writing and vocals are my main focus, but I also lay down some guitars here and there.


Now, the plan is to gather a band and start playing some shows. Organizers; feel free to get in touch!



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

We have just started the promotion, but the feedback on the short sound clips and the music video we have spread on social media has been very good so far. Listen to the full title track here and make up your own opinion: https://youtu.be/umxmGYnBn3Q 


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

The full-length is planned to be released on Dusktone in fall this year. The recording process is already well on its way. But we had some setbacks due to covid as well as drums being seriously delayed so I am not sure if we will be able to get it out this fall or not. With vinyl lead times of nearly a year, things must be planned well in advance these days.


Musically it will not change that much compared to the Mini-CD/EP but the songs are probably better structured and we try to make it just a tad more “polished.” Do not fret, though, this will not become some super polished album - it will still sound raw and unpolished as hell. It will be intense - That I can promise!


Beyond that, I can hardly imagine Likheim taking a drastically different turn musically in the future.



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?

On a personal level, my musical inspirations are anything from 50’s rock to modern black metal but one of my all time favorites is Darkthrone’s “Transylvanian Hunger.” To me, that album is the definition of black metal. I am also a huge fan of Blackie Lawless’ vocals. Except for that Darkthrone, Marduk, Tsjuder and early Mayhem are probably the main inspirations for my music; however I wouldn’t say Likheim sound like any of those. I try to soak up inspiration in many different scenarios. When your ears and mind are open, inspiration can come from many strange places.


What I listen to nowadays? Ohhh, that’s a lot. I try to listen to as much new music as I can and I am more into listening to new releases than old ones. I get bored quickly, I guess. Some bands on high rotation: 1914, Svarttjern, Watain, Perkele, Haymaker, Fjøsnisse, Uburen, Cobra Spell, Dark Funeral, Månegarm… Alright, that was just a few and quite an eclectic mix of bands, don’t you think? 


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

First of all, thanks for the interview. We have some merch in the making and if you’ll support us through buying some merch that would be highly appreciated. Once available, you will find links at Likheim.com 

I also strongly encourage supporting the labels and concert arrangers by buying physical products and going to concerts. Covid took a toll on a lot of arrangers and bands and it’s time to help them get back to normal operations.


Follow us on social media to stay updated. All links here: www.likheim.com



Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/04/likheim-interview.html


Anthrodium/Drape The Earth In Horror/2022 Demo Review

mercredi 27 avril 2022 à 02:50

 


  Anthrodium  are  a  duo  from  Massachusetts  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  dissonant  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2022  demo  "Drape  The  Earth  In  Horror".


  Horror  orientated  soundscapes  start  off  the  demo  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  only  track  that  is  present  on  the  demo  is  also  over  12  minutes  in  length  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  Demonic  growls  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  dissonant  structures.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  demo  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  the  song  also  adds  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.


  Anthrodium  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  dissonant  and  bleak  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  horror  themes.  


  In  my  opinion  Anthrodium  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  dissonant  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  8  out  of  10.


anthrodium.bandcamp.com
www.facebook.com/anthrodium

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/04/anthrodiumdrape-earth-in-horror2022.html


Watain/The Agony & Ecstasy Of Watain/Nuclear Blast Records/2022 CD Review

mardi 26 avril 2022 à 04:59

 


  Sweden's  Watain  has  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  for  more  of  a  melodic  and  occult  style  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  2022  album  "The  Agony  &  Ecstasy  Of  Watain"  which  will b e  released  on  April  29th  by  Nuclear  blast  Records.


  Heavy  yet  melodic  riffing  starts  off  the  album  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  The  guitar  solos  and  leads  also add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  having  its  chaotic  moments  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  lot  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.


  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  tremolo  picking  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  when  they  are  utilized.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  music  bringing  in  a  more  modern  touch  to  a  classic  Swedish  style.


  Some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  riffing  also  mixing  in  influences  from  other  styles  of  extreme  metal  as  well  as  the  instrumental  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  keyboards  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  on  the  following  songs  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing,  spoken  word  parts  and  whispers  can  also  be  heard  and  one  song  also  adds  in  some  clear  vocals.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  profound  contemplation,  manic  proselytism,  devil  worship,  occultism,  darkness  and  death  themes.  


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Watain  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Howling"  "Leper's  Grace"  "We  Remain"  and  "Septentrion".  8  out  of  10.


http://www.templeofwatain.com

https://www.instagram.com/watainofficial/

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/04/watainthe-agony-ecstasy-of.html


Jzovce Interview

mardi 26 avril 2022 à 02:42

 


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

 Jzovce was created in Summer 2019 after a tragic experience. I started writing and recording and an entire album was done in one week. After that I thought the project could be something much more than just a one shot of anger and sadness and I decided to explore new aspects of composition. 

2.Recently you have released a new album, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past ? 

As the project evolves little by little I was focusing more and more on the black metal aspect of the writing and of the sound. For this new album, Kezdet, I wanted something more raw, more bleak and more "in your face", so I spent hours and hours working on the sound before the recordings and hours and hours on the mixing and mastering to give the album the energy and dynamics it deserved. I also spent more time on the arrangements and more generally on every guitar part, every drum sound, every field recording, to really have a complete, well balanced album. It is very important to take the time to work, lots of "artists" don't really take it nowadays, they just write a few riffs, shit-record them and mix everything with reverb and lo-fi eq and say "yeah this is raw black metal we are fucking true", you are a fucking imposture yes.

 3.The new lyrics are based on The Blair witch project, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this film ?

 Actually, the lyrics aren't based on Blair witch, I only used some samples taken from the film. This particular movie has haunted me since its release in 1999. I consider it as one the best found footage movies, and simply as one the best movie ever. Everything is right, from the characters to the filming, to the forest, the house and the witch we never see. I have seen it dozens of times and every time something new appears, something that was there since the beginning but that I've never seen before, as if the witch didn't want me to see it until now. I've read lots of books, essays and articles about the making of the film, the story, the legend of Black Hills, even a book containing all the police and journalists reports which are supposed to be true. 

4.What are some of the other lyrical topics and subjects you have explored over the years with your music ?

 With Jzovce, I am focusing on the dark, horrific and vivid conflict between man and God. I am kind of a mystical artist in some way, not a believer but I am very interested in the representations of the Gods, the hidden meanings of all of this, the secrets of the creation. The primitive aspects are what keep me going, as well as the haunted forests, the magical energy behind the rituals, the essence of witchcraft. 

5.With your other musical projects you have also worked with other musical genres, do you feel this had made you a better musician ?

 Absolutely. It's all about working and trying to improve myself, to go further and not being satisfied of doing the same thing in the same way. Working on different genres of music allows that improvement, it helps going away from the boundaries the music and yourself have put, then you can see things differently and reach another level of composition. 

6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name Jzovce ? 

Jzovce is a no word. It doesn't have any proper meaning as I made it up. I didn't want to have a real word when I started working on the project, I wanted something intriguing but mostly something that people cannot refer themselves to. With a name with real words, you are telling people what to expect, a made up name has that unknown feeling which is much more interesting. The same goes for the tracks and albums names, some of them are totally made up. 

7.With your musical projects you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians in the future ? 

I am. I already did collaborations with other artists and I am doing it with Jzovce as well. A bass player has worked with me on the upcoming album (which will be released later this year), he put some different dynamics on the songs and made them a bit groovier ! Also, the talented Golem Mecanique recorded some voices and electric hurdy-gurdy for a concept album to be released in 2023.

 8.How does the music of Jzovce differ from the other solo projects that you are a part of ?

 The only other project I'm working on now (I've put the other projects aside and I don't think I will exhume them) is the very first one, under my own name, Thomas Bel. For this one, I used to focus on experimental, ambient and folk and the more time passes by the more it becomes doom folk, the key being to keep it raw and simple : acoustic and/or electric guitar and voice. On the other hand, Jzovce is meant to be black metal, raw and primitive. It contains lots of different elements, layers of field recordings, home made percussions, samples from films, tons of repetitive riffs and instinctive drum patterns, to create a unique and visceral atmosphere.

 9.You also run Distant Voices, can you tell us a little bit more about this label ?

 Distant Voices is a small record label founded in Summer 2012 to release black metal, ambient and other obscure music in very limited handmade editions. Every release is made with fine and soft papers to create unique and beautiful objects. It also features special and artist editions in extra limited quantity including more works on papers and textures, fabric, hand writting, photographs, ..., as well as editions of poetry books, art prints, t shirts and patches. Distant Voices is independent and artisanal. We do our very best to use recycled papers only. 

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

 Well, I don't know... I don't consider Jzovce as depressive black metal but I can understand how one can. I don't really have any contact from people who buys or listens to my music, I guess they are as isolated and unable to communicate as me haha, but the very few I met have told me great things about my music. 

 11.What is going on with your other musical projects these days ?

 I am working on a new album which is going to be instrumental and filled with abyss. There are also some new folk songs in progress that might end up on another album. I am also trying to find some places to play, I recently did a show after 9 years off stage and it felt really nice so I decided to go on this way and play live as much as possible. Some shows are already on discuss as we speak. 

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

 Hopefully I will be able to go further on all the experimentations I have started in order to become a better artist, a better person, to improve myself and my art. 

13.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 ? 

Wow that is a difficult one ! There are tons of bands, artists from so many different genres who have influenced me and they still are, I won't be able to make a list... let's just say that today I mostly listen to Funeral Mist, Infernal Coil, Whispering Sons and The Devil's Trade but it's going to be very different next week haha ! 

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

May the night be your love

https://distantvoices.bandcamp.com/

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/04/jzovce-interview.html