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Heathen/Self Titled/Caligari Records/2015 Cassette Review

vendredi 13 mars 2015 à 02:14

  Heathen  are  a  1  man  band  from  Norway  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  atmospheric  form  of  viking/black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2015  cassette  which  was  released  by  Caligari  Records.

  A  very  dark,  raw  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  cassette  and  you  can  hear  some  grim  black  metal  screams  that  are  mixed  down  low  in  the  mix  and  over  powered  by  the  guitars  which  also  have  a  depressive  tone  to  them  at  times  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  very  dark  and  melodic  and  a  few  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  After  awhile  the  music  starts  going  for  more  of  a  mid  paced  and  atmospheric  musical  direction  and  at  times  the  tremolo  picking  from  the  guitars  can  be  very  raw  and  also  adds  an  early  90's  Norwegian  black  metal  feeling  to  the  recording  and  after  awhile  the  music  does  speed  up  at  times  and  also  introduces  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  onto  the  recording  along  with  the  riffs  getting  very  fast  and  primal  while  the  main  focus  remains  more  on  a  mid  paced  viking/black  metal  sound  and  one  of  the  tracks  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  keyboards  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction.

  Heathen  plays  a  style  of  viking/black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  old  school  and  also  mixes  in  a  little  of  atmospheric  and  depressive  elements  along  with  the  guitars  being  the  main  focus,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  song  themes  focus  ob  Norse  Paganism.

  In  my  opinion  Heathen  are  a  very  great  sounding  viking/black  metal  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  cassette.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Clutches  Of  Hedonism"  "Diabolical  Hypnotism"  "Banished  To  The  Land  Of  Ice".  8  out  of  10.

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Misericordia Interview

vendredi 13 mars 2015 à 00:27
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?
We have mostly been working with some new songs, but all of us has been involved in some other bands simultaneously and had therefore unfortunately not been able to do any live shows recently for our new album Throne of Existence.

2.Recently you have 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?
The production of Throne of Existence is greatly improved compared to our earlier releases. We recorded most of the album in Deobrigula's studio and hired one of the best studio engineers "Realtime Recording" in our hometown for a final mix and mastering. I think that our old fans still will recognize our music and atmosphere on Throne of Existence since our main ambition still is to create aggressive, dynamic and melodic black metal as before. We have all evolved as musicians during all these years and this has of course also affected our creative process and the song writing.

3.This is the first full length to be released in 10 years while there was a promo in 2010, can you tell us a little bit more about the gap between releases?
There are many reasons of this gap between our album, but we have had some trouble to find enough time that Misericordia actually deserved during these years. Other projects within music, art, work and family constellations are some of the reasons to this big gap.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
I have big difficulties to understand how people still can believe in God during this century. Stupidity and cruelty preformed in the name of religion is still one of our main fuel cells for our lyrics, music and inspiration. The insanity of mankind seams to accelerate every year so we won't have any problems to find new fuel and inspiration in the future either.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Misericordia'?
The name Misericordia stands for a "Merciful Death". The world would be a much better place if people just could challenge their blind beliefs and allow themselves to take part of the knowledge and science that humanity has gained so far. They who has any intelligence left will quickly realize that they have been mislead and will perhaps then give their blind beliefs a Merciful Death.  

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance
I think that our shows are more intense and aggressive than any recording of our music will ever be able to snap up. We have had a lot of both good and bad gigs during our years with Misericordia, but we had one really good show here together with Year of the Goat and Marduk in our home town a couple of years ago. It is a huge difference and prestige to play in front of a public filled with people you know.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
Unfortunately not right now.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your newer music by fans of black metal?
The album has been warmly welcomed by both fans and zines so far. The only thing that I misses is a tour to promote this album and meet up all metal heads out there again.

9.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are involved with?
Deobrigula and Endymion also play in a progressive band with vibes from the seventies, called Year of the Goat. They are recording their second full-length album right now that really sounds great so far.

I play in a doom/death band called Warden Clyffe that are in the writing process for our second full-length album as well. I also have a progressive death metal project under the working name STIR that perhaps will hit the light during next year.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We will probably end up with less grind and try to apply more darkness and dynamic in our songs, but with the same bleak atmosphere as Misericordia always has had.

11.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?
I still mostly get my inspiration from older bands like Morbid Angel, Emperor, Cynic, Mayhem, Immortal, Dissection.

12.How would you describe your views on Satanism and Occultism?
I have personally realized that every belief that we humans ever made up is all fake. I was searching for answers and something bigger when I were a uneducated teenager, but I fortunately quickly realized the everything behind it really were fucked up.

Some humans are very greedy by instinct when it's come to money or power over other people. This may not only be seen as bad thing, since it probably also is one of the reason to our more or less successful evolution, that has led us to develop the civilization that we are in today. The problem is that there are far too many followers that just wait to swallow the scams from the first hypocrite they meet, to let their lies infest all their thoughts for life.

Most "normal" people need to feel that the belong to something, and are therefore often attracted to be a part of a herd. Some of us start to play black metal in a band and some other goes to church to feast on the never ending recourses of Christ's blood and flesh.

Satanism and occultism is for me the same humbug as all other religions and myths. I have some problems to ignore the ideas and stupidity that some religious people preaches but I tries to accept all these faiths if it stays out of politics and school education. Misericordia are against all religions but I can understand if people associate us with Satanism since we sometimes use blood during our shows. We used blood for other purposes than to celebrate any mythological creatures thou.

Something happens to you when you drain yourself in blood. Try it! For us, this action immediately transport us to the mental and psychological state that is perfect for our music and aggression on stage. I don't know why really, but maybe because blood always has had an huge impact on our history and has both fascinated and horrified people over centuries. Several cultures and belief systems strongly associates blood with life and death and some people sees our actions as a shocking blasphemy against their beliefs.

It is a difficult topic, but practice whatever you want behind your locked doors or within your herd. I think that it is good for our mental health to be a part of a group/herd, but it is very important that people still think for themselves.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?
I have many interest unfortunately and I'm fortunate to have a work that I like to spend my time at. I'm training some martial art also but music is my main interest.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Kill God, Satan, Santa and the rest of all fairytales! Then embrace reality and enjoy our latest album Throne of Existence

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Morktar/Dark Years/Mordgrimm/2015 CD Review

jeudi 12 mars 2015 à 07:20

  Morktar  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  misanthropic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Dark  Years"  which  was  released  by   Mordgrimm

  Distorted  sounding  drones  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  high  pitched  screams  which  also  leads  up  to  more  of  a  heavy  and  raw  black  metal  sound  as  well  as  the  screams  getting  a  lot  more  grimmer  and  on  the  second  track  the  music  starts  to  go  for  more  of   a  mid  paced  musical  direction  along  with  vocals  getting  for  deep  at  times  and  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  growls.

  As  the  album  progresses  the  music  speeds  up  at  times  and  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats   while  the  main  focus  remains  on  mostly  a  mid  paced  direction  and  also  only  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  to  create  a  very  raw  and  necro  style  of  black  metal  that  is  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  second  wave  tradition  and  they  close  the  album  with  some  harsh  noises.

  Morktar  creates  one  of  the  rawest  sounding  misanthropic  black  metal  albums  to  be  released  in  years  with  this  recording  and  keeping  everything  very  dark  and  very,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  misanthropy,  paranoia,  mental  illness,  suicide  and  death.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Morktar  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  misanthropic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Worse  Than  The  Plague"  and  "Painful  Dark  Death".  8  out  of  10.


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Scholopendra Cingulata/Sunrise/Grotesque Sounds/2014 Demo Review

jeudi 12 mars 2015 à 06:18

  This  is  a  review  of  another  demo  from  Scholopendra  Cingulata  which  continues  the  raw  black  metal  sound  of  the  previous  recording  with  the  ep  being  release d in  2014  by  Grotesque  Sounds  and  called  "Sunrise".

  A  very  dark,  raw  and  almost  punk  like  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  demo  along  with  some  grim  screams  and  the  music  brings  in  a  heavy  90's  feeling  with  its  old  school  rawness  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  being  utilized  at  times.

  Some  of  the  tracks  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  morbid  sounding  melodies  along  with  some  atmospheric  sounds  being  brought  in  at  times  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  keyboard  which  also  bring  a  psychedelic  feeling  to  one  of  the  tracks  but  done  in  more  of  a  primitive  fashion  and  the  fast  riffs  can  also  be  very  raw  and  lo-fi  in  a  good  amount  of  the  songs  and  one  of  the  later  tracks  also  brings  in  a  slight  first  wave  black  metal  and  thrash  feeling.

  Scholopendra  Cingulata plays  a  style  of  black  metal  on  this  recording  that  is  very  raw  and  underground  while  still  having  a  touch  of  melody  and  atmosphere,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  pain  and  hell.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  demo  from  Scholopendra  Cingulata  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.   RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sunrise"  "By  Road  Of  The  Beast"  and  "Bloody  Feast".  8  out  of  10.



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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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