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Wolvhammer/Clawing Into Black Sun/Profound Lore/2014 CD Review

mardi 10 juin 2014 à 13:36

  Wolvhammer  are  a  band  from  Minnesota  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  metal,  sludge,  death  rock  and  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Clawing  Into  Black  Sun"  which  will  be  released  in  July  by  Profound  Lore.

  A  very dark  and  distorted  sound  starts  off the  album before  adding  into  fast  raw  black  metal  elements  and  grim  screams  which  leads  to  a  more  mid  paced  direction  which  also  gives  the  music  a  punk  rock  feeling  at  times  and  after  awhile  the  band  starts  alternating  between  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  to  make  their  musical  style  sound  a  lot  more  interesting.

  You  can  hear  a  good  amount  of  doom  and  sludge  metal  influences  along  with  a  good  balance  between  clean  and  heavy  parts  as  time  goes  on  by  and  there  is  also  a  short  intro  that  utilizes  drones  and  demonic  sounds  with  the  following  track  taking  an  even  more  raw  and  old  school  black  metal  approach  and  when  they  add  in  guitar  leads  there  are  mostly  in  a  melodic  post  black  metal  direction  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  As  the  album  progresses  the  music  starts  having  a  more  blackened  punk  feeling  at  times  along  with  some  heavy  death  rock  element s becoming  a  huge  part  of  the  bands  musical  sound  as  well  as  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  sludge  and  crust  punk  elements  get  a  lot  more  stronger  as  the  album  progresses  as  well  as  the  vocals  adding  in  some  of  the  harsher  element s of  hardcore  at  times  and  the  last  two  tracks  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  singing  which  enhances  the  atmosphere  of  the  recording.

  Wolvhammer  create  a  very  interesting  sound  with  their  music  with  the  main  elements being  black  metal  but  you  can  hear  traces of  post,  sludge,  hardcore,  punk  and  death  rock  all  mixed  in  with  their  musical  sound  which  results  in  the  band  sounding  very  original  and  diverse,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  esoteric  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Wolvhammer  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  metal,  sludge,  punk  and  death  rock  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Silver  Key"  "Slaves  To  The  Grime"  and  "Clawing  Into  The  Black  Sun".  8  out  of  10.     

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Krigsgrav/The Carrion Fields/Naturmacht Productions/2014 CD Review

mardi 10 juin 2014 à 12:32

  Krigsgrav  are  a  band  from  Texas  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric,  melodic  and  nature  orientated  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review of  their  2014  album  "The  Carrion  Fields"  which  will  be  released  by  Naturmacht  Productions.

  Nature  sounds  and  acoustic  guitars  start  off  the  album  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  heavier  direction  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  a  few  seconds  later  the  music  starts  going  into  a  more  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  grim  screams  that  also  utilize  some  deep  growls  at  times  while  also  keeping  a  very  melodic  and  atmospheric  sound.

  After  awhile  the  music  starts  alternating  between  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  utilizing  a  mixture  of  both  clean  and  heavy  parts  which  also  gives  the  music  a  more  progressive  feeling   and  the  fast  parts  never  loses  the  raw  atmosphere  and  you  can  also  hear  a  touch  of  post  black  metal  in  the  bands  musical  style  at  times  as  well  as  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  On  the  second  song  the  band  goes  into  a  more  acoustic  and  instrumental  direction  before  returning  back  to  a  heaver  direction  on  the  following  song  while  the  acoustic  guitars  still  remain  a  huge  part  of  the  bands  musical  arsenal  and  they  also  at  times  mix  in  ambient  and  atmospheric  elements  with  their  progressive  and  raw  approach  to  melodic  black  metal  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  melodic  clean  singing  being  used  on  one  of  the  later  tracks  as  well  as  another  track  utilizing  a  small  amount  of  folk  instruments.

  Krigsgrav  plays  a  very  melodic  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  that combines  both  the  raw  and  progressive  elements  of  the  genre  together  while  also having  an  original  sound  of  its  own  and  displaying  a  great  amount  of  talent  and  skill  on  their  musical  instruments,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw,  heavy  and  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  cycles  of  seasons  in  nature  and  the  parallels  between  this  and  the  life  cycle  experienced  by  all  living  things  on  this  earth.

  In  my  opinion  Krigsgrav  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  and  atmospheric  nature  orientated  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Words  Of  Aeolus"  "Ghosts  Among  the  Ashes"  and  "Cold  Wounds  Of  Virtue".  8  out  of 10. 

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Ordoxe Interview

mardi 10 juin 2014 à 02:39

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 did two album release shows(Quebec city and Trois-Rivières)  followed by 6 shows in Quebec's province and Ontario during May. Right now we are already working on the next album.

2.You released your new album in the month of March, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical direction of the new recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you had released in the past?
Beyond Mankind is very different of every other past releases. In fact, every Ordoxe releases are very different! Beyond Mankind is more musical and melodic, but still with the hate and the fury of Nihil. It's also the the best production we've done so far.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the new album?
J-F Jalbert have a strong interest for astronomy and ancients civilizations, It influenced him a lot for the writing of the last album. "Orion Nebula", as example can give you a good idea.

4.The band has been around in some form or another since 1989 but waited until 2006 to release to first album can you tell us a little bit more about the hiatus the band took in the 90's and also the decision to reform?
In 1990 Ordoxe became Slaotvean and it stay the principal project of J-F Jalbert until Slaotvean's split off in 2011. He reactivate Ordoxe as solo-project from 2006 to 2007 to record alone two albums(Sorrick Ked Tho and Magnum Opus). He took the decision to reform again Ordoxe in 2012 when he had the opportunity to tour South America. And then he ask me, Steve and Sam to join to have a complete line-up.

5.On 1990 you had a demo with this band, what was the musical direction like in the beginning?
It was a lot more death-thrash oriented, Ordoxe at this time was a high-school band. It's only when the band became Slaotvean that black-metal influences arrived.

6.According to the Metal Archives page there was also a split between 2007 to 2012, can you tell us a little bit more about what was going on during those years?
As I explained before, from 1993 to 2011 Slaotvean was the priority of J-F Jalbert. During the 2007-2011 period, he released few albums and toured a lot with them.

7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Most of the South American tour last year was totally awesome! I remember city like Viedma, Cordoba and Villa Mercedes who was totally insane. People are very different (in fact EVERYTHING is different!). About our stage performance, we give the best we can every night and we stay the most professional as possible.

8.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
We finished our "week-end tour" of 6 shows in May and it was very cool to play in cities where we played long time ago. We saw many old friends! Most of these shows we played was with our fellows label mates Haeres.

9.The new album was released on Hymnes d'AntAn , can you tell us a little bit more about this record label?
Hymnes d'AntAn is a label led by our friend Keven from Chasse-Galerie and Forteresse. He started the label few years ago, and released albums of bands from Quebec and France. He works hard to push the bands of his label internationally. (

10.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
In South America the reaction was very good. When we released our first video "À travers ses yeux", we been surprised to see to good reactions from countries like Russia, Czech Republic etc. Worldwide, things looks promising for the future.

11.What is going on with the other musical projects these days that some of the band members are involved with? 
For myself I don't have other musical project for the moment. J-F Jalbert work sometimes on his doom-metal project called Silent Cries, Steve our drummer is involved in rock/metal band called The Authority and just left a metalcore band named Hopeless Nation. About Sam, he still have his thrash-metal project Horfixion but I don't think he work very hard on it since he is a member of Ordoxe.

12.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
The new songs are more catchy and are more rock-oriented. Maybe a little bit less black-metal but you'll still recognize the raw side of Ordoxe! We are not that kind of band who release the same album few times under different names.

13.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have influenced your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Since the beginning Darkthrone have been a major influence. Others black-metal bands like Enthroned or Rotting Christ have to be mentioned but many other bands of many other genres influences us.

14.What are some of your non musical interests?
As a typical guy born in Quebec, hockey is since the begining of my life one of my bigger interest. I still playing every week. As says before, J-F Jalbert is a lot interested by astronomy, he can spend nights long watching it. Sam is interested by everything about computer, and Steve is interested by only 3 things : sex drug and rock N roll!!!

15.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
First of all, thank you for the review and the interview! Second thing, thanks to everybody that who visit and watch our videoclips on Youtube! Don't be shy to contact us about anything! Hail from the mighty north!!

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Dawn Of A Dark Age/The Six Elements Vol.1 Earth/2014 CD Review

lundi 9 juin 2014 à 02:30

  Dawn  Of  A  Dark  Age  are  a  duo  from  Italy  that  plays  a  very  raw,  experimental  and  avant  garde  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  album  "The  Six  Elements  Vol.  1  Earth"  which  is  also  the  first  chapter  in  a  6  album  concept  that  will  be  released  in  between  2014-17.

  Tribal  style  beats  start  off  the  album  and  gives  the  music  a  very  ritualistic  and  shamanistic  feeling  before  going  into  a  very  fast,  raw  and  old  school  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  grim  screams  and  you  can  also  hear  some  keyboards  in  the  background  and  the  music  also  slows  down  and  adds  in  a  melodic  guitar  lead  before  returning  back  to  a  faster  direction.

  As  the  album  progresses  the  music  starts  alternating  between  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  you  can  also  hear  elements  of  thrash  metal  in  the  music  at  times  along  with  some  powerful  sounding  bass  guitars  and  the  band  always  remains  true  to  a  very  fast,  raw  and  old  school  black  metal  sound  which  they  also  mix  in  with  the  avant  garde  traces.

  After  awhile  you  can  hear  traces  of  progressive  and  folk  music  being  added  into  the  bands  heavy  and  grim  sound  and  they  also  add  acoustic  guitars  and  folk  instruments  into  certain  sections  of  their  musical  sound  as  well  as  also  keeping  the  solos  and  leads  in  a  melodic  direction  and  they  also  add  an  instrumental  on  the  album  which  also  utilizes  some  saxophones.

  After  the  instrumental  the  band  adds  in  a  more  melodic  black  metal  song  along  with  the  following  track  being  in  a  more  experimental  but  still  very  blackened  direction  with  some  thrash  influences  and  all  of  the  songs  on  the  recording  have  their  own  sound  which  events  this  album  out  as  being  very  diverse  and  original  in  sound  and  they also  make  the  vocals  sound  deeper  on  the  later  tracks  and  they  close  the  album  with  an  acoustic  and  progressive  sounding  outro.

  Dawn  Of  A   Dark  Age  show  a  great  amount  of  diversity  with  their  music  taking  the  heaviness  of  rawness  of  old  school  black  metal  and  mixing  it  with  melodic  guitar  leads  and  experimental  and  avant  garde  music  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  heavy  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  occult,  and  metaphysical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Dawn  Of  A  Dark  Age  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  and  experimental  avant  garde  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Cold  Winter"  and  "Eurynomos  Army".  8  out  of  10.  

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Nefandus/Reality Clever/Daemon Worship Productions/2014 CD Review

dimanche 8 juin 2014 à 02:19

  Nefandus are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  melodic  and  occult  form  of  mid  paced  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Reality  Clever"  which  was  released  by  Daemon  Worship  Productions.

  A  slow,  dark  and  melodic  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  distorted  noises  being  in  the  background  for  a  few  seconds  in  the  beginning  as  well  as  some  powerful  bass  lines  before  the  grim  screams  start  to  kick  in  and  after  awhile  the  music  speeds  up  a  bit  and  adds  in  blast  blasts  along   with  some  guitar  leads  that  have  a  good  amount  of  melody  in  them.

  The music  sticks  to  mostly  a  slow  to  mid  paced  direction  on  the  most  speeds  with  only  a  small  amount  of  speed  being  utilized  and  the  musical  style  is  mostly  in  a  melodic  and  Swedish  style  of  occult  black  metal  and  I  can  also  see  similarities  between Ofermod  which  also  shares  a  member  of  this  band  but  with  a  more  slowed  down  approach  than  the  band  that  was  mentioned.

  With  this  recording  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  album  and  when  the  music  goes  into  the  6th  song  the  music  speeds  up  a  bit  and  adds  in  some  raw  black  metal  elements  as  well  as  adding  in  more  powerful  lead  than  what  was  presented  on  the  first  track  and  there  are  certain  sections  of  the  recording  where  you  can  hear  a  slight  death  metal  influence  being  utilized  and  towards  the  end  the  music  starts  having  a  more  atmospheric  edge  being  added  into  their  musical  style  and  the  last  track  utilizes  melodic  male  and  female  chanting  and  singing  while  the  music  still  sticks  to  mostly  a  heavier  direction.

  Nefandus  create  a  very  dark  sounding  occult  black  metal  with  this  recording  with  the  music  being  mostly  melodic  and  mid  paced  as  well  as  evoking  a  ritualistic  atmosphere,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  Draconian  Current,  Religious  Fanaticism  and  Occultism.

  In  my  opinion  Nefandus  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic,  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "A  Single  Second  of  Clarity"  Reborn  As  A  Wolf"  and  "Scorn  Of  All  The  Mind".  8  out  of  10.


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