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Scolopendra Cingulata/Slave Of Darkness/Grotesque Sounds/2014 Demo Review

jeudi 12 mars 2015 à 05:25

  Scholopendra  Cingulata  are  a  band  from  Russia  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  demo  "Slave  Of  Darkness"  which  was  released  by  Grotesque  Sounds.

  A  very  dark,  raw  and  lo-fi  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  demo  and  a  minute  later  grim  yet  high  pitched  screams  make  their  presence  known  onto  the  recording  along  with  a  few  melodic  guitar  leads  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  melodies  at  times  and  the  music  also  does  add  in  some  fast  parts  and  blast  beats.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  music  also  does  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  atmospheric  elements  at  times  along  with  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  some  of  the  slower  sections  have  a  doom  metal  feeling  at  times  while  the  main  focus  remains  more  on  a  raw  style  of  black  metal  and  they  close  the  demo  with  a  very  atmospheric  sounding  outro.

  Scholopendra  Cingulata  creates  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  grim,  dark,  raw  and  heavy  in  the  true  traditional  of  the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  pain  and  hell.

  On  my  opinion  Scholopendra  Cingulata  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Winter  Funeral".  8  out  of  10.  


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Outre/Ghost Chants/Godz Of War Productions/Third Eye Temple/2015 Full Length Review

jeudi 12 mars 2015 à 00:27

  Outre  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Ghost  Chants"  which  will  be  released  in  April  as  a  joint  effort  between  Godz  Of  War  Productions  and  Third  Eye  Temple.

  A  very  distorted  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  getting  even  more  heavier  and  a  few  seconds  later  clean  singing  chants  are  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  and  post  metal  style  melodic  guitar  leads  and  after  the  intro   the music  starts  going  into  more  of  a  fast  and  raw  direction  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.

  At  times  the  vocals  bring  in  grim  growls  and  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  melodies  also  have  a  progressive  feeling  to  them  at  times  and  a  good  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  At  time s the  music  brings  in  a  few  avant  garde  style  drones  and  you  can  also  hear  quite  a  bit  of  the  more  modern  and  brutal  approach  to  black  metal  in  most  of  the  tracks  along  with  a  touch  of  blackened  death  metal  and  they  also  mix  in  a  bit  of  the  post  style  on  the  later  tracks  with  the  more  dark  and  grim  style  of  black  metal.

  Outre  creates  a  black  metal  album  that  takes  the  raw  and  melodic  side  of  the  genre  and  mixes  it  in  with  the  more  modern  and  brutal  side  of  the  genre  while  also  add  in  a  touch  of  the  post  style  to  create  a  very  original  sounding  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  nature,  religion,  occultism  and  dreams.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Outre  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  modern  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Shadow"  "Lament"  and  "Arrival".  8  out  of  10.       

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Ancient Funeral Cult Interview

mercredi 11 mars 2015 à 21:18
1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

Viktor: At the moment, that's quite a few days ago we finished the work on a track that will go into a tribute album, not without a certain group.

2.In February you had released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

Viktor: Yes, the album itself is very interesting work on it full swing parallel to our other albums and split. Ukrainian-language album in full, we can say with patriotic roots. This the first time we have.

3.The band has been around since 2007 but waited until 2013 to release any music, can you tell us a little bit more about the first 6 years?

Viktor: This is the period of this creative stagnation. I almost did not do anything for the project, being busy with the participation of the other groups.
We can say that these 6 years, the group was able to freeze.

4.Since 2014 there has been a great amount of material released, do you feel the band puts a great amount of time and effort into writing and creating music?

Viktor: Hmm, I would say that we just burst, we have received many interesting proposals that we are easy to perform.
We really put all the attention the project and engaged exclusively to them.

5.Your lyrics so cover a great amount of satanic, occult and anti christian themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these subjects?

Viktor: There are many factors that influence the writing of texts, whether to read a book or a news ticker on the Internet. In his texts, I often just make fun of this farce called "church" and all that is connected with it. Now this whole circus just insane, if you look around all the clergy alcoholics, perverts and necrophilia. Why is anyone in their opinion that does not adhere to the Christian faith - Herod and Satanist. I think that 95% of these people do not even know who is actually a "Satanist".

6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Ancient Funeral Cult'?

Viktor: The name of the project gave Sam from "Tale", and his hand was drawn first logo that we use almost anywhere.
I can not say it as it affects us, or music. It's kind of a cult, the cult of the afterlife and the afterlife.

7.Currently there are only two members in the band, are you planning on expanding the line up in the future or do you chose to remain a duo?

Viktor: Yes, I plan on expanding in the group, but most likely in terms of session musicians to bring them to the concert. For everything else, we have enough and the two of us.

8.In the last couple of years the band has been a part off a great amount of splits, can you tell us a little bit more about working with these different bands on these recordings?

Viktor: It was very interesting, in a short time to make a large number of splits, I was pleasantly surprised to work with all groups with which we did. Everything was at a level that is very inspired to write songs in a very short time.

9.The new album was released on Barbatos Productions, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Viktor: About Barbatos Productions say not much, the label in terms of relationships "Publisher - a group of" very good. No hitches and other nuances, we did not have them, everything was at a high level.

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

Viktor: Reviews about our project very much - nothing wrong with his side I have not heard. People who listen to us - support us.

11.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that the band members are a part off?

Viktor: All that you write all what is so busy, work in full swing - nothing stands still.

12.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

Viktor: We exist until we have - what will happen next I can not say a lot of ideas, and of course all of this can be realized.

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?

Viktor: I was influenced by the early recordings of bands like Burzum, Emperor and Darkthone. At this time, I listen to almost anything if I just went through earlier styles - now listen to what touches, what gives the drive. I like sort of a black'n'roll style Carpathian Forest.

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

Viktor: You have to do what you do without hypocrisy, remaining himself in any situation. Do not make yourself a clown or jester, for black metal music is not for the weak, and for people originally strong in spirit and mind.
Support The Underground !!!

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Astarium Interview

mercredi 11 mars 2015 à 06:50
1.      1. Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the musical project these days?
Astarium feels most powerfully at moment. Preparation of new material and work with records are going constantly. I do everything alone, unfortunately, this fact affects “tempo” of recording. I understand that time is playing not by my side and many musical ideas are remaining still unrealized. It  lashes me to work on the project with the doubled force.

2. In the last year alone you have released an ep, 2 demo's and a single, how would you describe the musical sound of the newer material and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
Sound becomes better and better, because my "baggage of recording, mixing and mastering" is growing with each new release, like example of that can be my last EP “Nekrocosmo: Demiurge”. But I leave opportunity to make experiments for myself, so for example the demo of "Reverie" was recorded on a dictophone, with all that it implies. Also, at mixing of tracks from single "Chthonian Miasma" I used receptions new for myself.

3. In the earlier years while you still released a good amount of material it has not been as much as the last few years, do you feel you have gotten a lot more dedicated to creating music a lot more over the years?
Astarium is autobiographical project. Many events became decisive for me during some last years. Some of it already found, and some else will find a musical embodiment in future. I don't represent life without music, think, that it will lose meaning.

4. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your newer music?
The lyrics remains invariable - mysticism, occultism and mights of the nature. However recently I began to pay more attention to cosmic themes.

5. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Astarium'?
In far 2005 I wanted to call my new project - Astaroth , but, having discovered abundance of groups with such name, I had to include imagination. So there was a name - Astarium. Music always comes to mind suddenly. It is senseless to sit and squeeze out something from mind, inspiration - is an unexpected muse. I think that it is something incomprehensible for human brains.

6. With this project you record everything by yourself, have you ever worked with any musicians on other projects?
In 2009 I have recorded vocal for some songs of dark-wave/ambient projects Ultimaratio and Solaris, also took guest part with clear voice for track of Die Entweihung "Sign of the Wolf". Before creation of Astarium I has played the role of guitarist and vocalist in some local bands (end of 90th - beginning of 2000). Now due to the lack of free time, I don't participate in any side projects and try to spend all forces for Astarium.

7. A couple of years back you had released a cassette  where you did Satanic Warmaster, Burzum, Graveland and Evil covers, what was the decision behind during your own version of these tracks?
The idea about creation of this release became unexpected. Simply, I thought how many bands uses phrase “black metal” in the names of tracks… and idea to make minion with cover-versions was born. Tracks were not difficult for pick out and orchestral arrangements were born very easy (it, coming back, to a question about inspiration). I hope that listeners received as much pleasures from this material as I.

8. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
First of all, I play for myself, and that someone else is listened my music, of course pleases me. I receive many messages from listeners from around the world. And it is cool! It is especially pleasant to know that there are people who collect different editions of Astarium’s stuffs.

9. When can we expect another full length album and also where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
New album will be out on CD to the end of spring in USA and Russia and will become continuation of the “Nekrocosmo” series, begun by last year's EP. Material will represent symphonic black metal, but with small slope to avant-garde. Tracks were created since 2002 till 2014. My plans are: not to recede from the classical black metal tendencies and to find more time and forces for works in ambient genre.

10. What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
About influences, I don't know what to say… May be ambient Ildjarn (!!!???). Last year I’ve listened some materials of Rostorchester, Grausamkeit and Hruodolf, I like this hordes. Also bands for ages are Burzum, Darkthrone, Abigor, Kataxu, Nokturnal Mortum, Graveland, Absurd, Eisenwinter.

11. How would you describe your views on Satanism and Occultism?
I can call myself Satanist because my phylosophy is directly tied with my ego. I very respectfully refer to forces of nature. About occultism I can tell just one, that very high-powered preparation is needed for understanding essence of it. It is true, both from the point of view of knowledge, and from the moral point of view.

12. Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thanks for interesting questions! Keep your black flame with honor! Stay metal!

Best regards, SiN

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Massenhinrichtung/Zakon zbroi/Darker Than Black Records/2015 CD Review

mercredi 11 mars 2015 à 06:30

  Massenhinrichtung  are  a  band  from  Belarus  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  pagan/black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Zakon  zbroi"  which  will  be  released  by  Darker  Than  Black  Records.

   A  very  dark,  atmospheric  and  epic  synth  starts  off  the  album  bringing  in  a  neo-classical  feeling  and  after  the  intro  melodic  guitar  leads,  atmospheric  sounds  and  grim  black  metal  screams  are  added  into  the  music  along  with  a  few  deep  growls  and  you  can  also  hear  acoustic  guitars  are  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  A  good  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  in  a  very  melodic  musical  direction  and  some  of  the  tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  singing  and  death  metal  growls  while  some  of  the  epic  parts  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  folk  instruments.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  you  can  hear  a  lot  of  the  mid  90's  and  early  200's  era  of  black  metal  in  the  bands  musical  style  and  some  of  the  later  tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  angry  shouting  vocals  and  acoustic  guitars.  

  Massenhinrichtung  plays  a  style  of  pagan/black  metal  that  can  be  very  raw  at  times  while  also  melodic,  nationalistic,  atmospheric  and  epic  all  at  the  same  time  as  well  as  adding  a  touch  of  classical,  folk  and  death  metal  into  the  musical  style  to  create  a  very  original  sounding  album,  the production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  their  native  tongue  and  English  and  cover  death, darkness,  irreligious,  patriotism,  history  and  war  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Massenhinrichtung  are  a  very  great  sounding  epic  and  atmospheric  pagan/black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Dawn  Upon  The  Bug  River"  "The  Blizzard"  and  "The  Winter  Of  Belarusian  Lands".  8  out  of  10.    

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