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Taiga/Ashen Light/Satanath Records/Metallic Media/Le Crepuscle Du Soir Productions/2014 CD Review

mardi 24 novembre 2015 à 04:25

  This  is  another  review  of  an  album  from  Russia's  Taiga  with t his  one  being  released  before  the  current  one  I  reviewed  and  also  being  in  an  atmospheric  and  depressive  direction  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Ashen  Light"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Satanath  Records,  Metallic  Media  and  Le  Crepuscle  Du  Soir  Productions.

  Am  radio  sounds  and  depressive  cries  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  guitar  playing  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  for  more  of  a  modern,  heavy  and  atmospheric  style  of  black  metal  while  also  adding  in  suicidal  screams  and  melodies  in  both  of  the  riffs  and  guitar  leads.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  clean  playing  and  spoken  word  parts  also  make  a  return  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  as  the  album progresses  a  brief  use  of  melodic  singing  can  be  heard  and  the  whole  album  sticks  either  to  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction  and  there  is  also  brief  use  of  ambient  elements.

  Taiga  played  a  style  of  black  metal  on  this  recording  that  was  very  atmospheric,  slow,  depressive  and  melodic,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  lyrics  are  written  in  Russian  and  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Taiga  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  and  depressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Eternity  In  The  Empty  Skies"  "Among  The  Gray  Walls"  and  "Earthshine".  8  out  of  10.         

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/11/taigaashen-lightsatanath.html


Morkesagn Interview

lundi 23 novembre 2015 à 19:12
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Hail everyone! Farn and Ekvil from Morkesagn are here!
Ekvil: The band was formed in Kyiv (Ukraine) in 2013. I am the founder of the band and author of music/lyrics, but all band members play an important role in our creative process. Our music is closest to Melodic Black Metal with a little influence of Death/Doom Metal.

2.Recently you have released an album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
Farn: It is the amalgamation of classical black metal sound with characteristic fast blastbeats and solid aggressive guitar riffs and melodic solos with smooth, delayed sound, sometimes with synth in background, acoustic breakdowns, and atmospheric sound.
Ekvil:  We have been looking for the "golden ratio" between powerful legible sound and rawness. I hope we got it.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Ekvil: We tried to create a dark mystic atmosphere of Underworld with its rivers of lava, gloomy vaults of caverns and hordes of daemonic creatures inside.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Morkesagn'?
Ekvil: It can be translated from Norwegian as "Dark Legends". The legends which we provide to our listeners by our music.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Farn: We mostly performed in small Kiev clubs. Took part in a couple of Ukrainian open-air festivals. The release of our first album stimulated us to work more on this.
Ekvil: I think our best live shows are in future. We really like to interact with fans on concerts; it is an inseparable part of our creative process. We always try to do our best to see more headbanging, slamming and circlepits under the stage.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Farn: We are planning to visit several European countries as a part of Merdumgiriz label tour during the next summer. Nothing concrete for now, it is still very much a work in progress.

7.Can you tell us a little bit more about the deal you have signed with 'Merdumgiriz'?
Farn: Merdumgiriz is a small ‘guerilla’ label that contacted us after I started the promotion campaign for our first album and had a release plan. We signed a deal and all our stuff will be produced and signed by two separate labels: Merdumgiriz label and my own Farn Black Productions label. Everything made by Merdumgiriz is handmade, they do handpainted discs and cassettes, custom t-shirt art etc. I think this partnership is going to turn into something interesting.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
Farn: We get a lot of messages on FB; many people like our music and waiting for the physical release to buy a CD. The most active fans are from India, South America….

9.Are any of the band members also involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?
Ekvil: Currently, bassist Heydvald also plays in thrash/black band Stormride, Farn plays in thrash band Sichgart and our drummer plays in sympho-black band Ungoliantha.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Ekvil: We are going to play more Black Metal for you! More grim streams of darkness flowing into your hearts.

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?
Ekvil: I listen to different metal styles from heavy to brutal death metal. In black metal I prefer bands like Emperor, Watain, Satyricon, Dark Fortress, Dissection, Valkyrja and a lot of others. Legion of them!
Farn: Ekvil told that he was inspired by the soundtrack for “Conan the Barbarian” and took one melody from it XD. Actually, metal is not the only music we listen to and are inspired by. As for me, besides black, I like slow and evil music that makes a feeling of cold pure darkness erupting from you. I also like eastern influence in metal music and some styles of eastern music. Like ambient music a lot. Some random bands from my playlist: Nahemoth, Narjahanam, Septic Flesh, Behemoth, Hate, Cryobiosis, Wardruna…

12.Does Satanism and Occultism play any role in your music?
Farn: No -isms in our music. Our lyrics is based on mythology and Ekvil’s own vision of other worlds…
Ekvil: …Our mind is a really great powerful thing, that can create and destroy whole Universes and make you a Godlike Master of them!

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Think, create, listen to Black Metal and let your souls forever burn!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/11/morkesagn-interview.html


Briargh/Eboros/Morbid Shrine Productions/2015 Full Length Review

lundi 23 novembre 2015 à 11:15




  Briargh  are  a  solo  project  from  France  that  plays  a  pagan  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2015  album  "Eboros"  which  was  released  by  Morbid  Shrine  Productions.

  Tribal  beats  and  melodic  yet  ritualistic  chanting  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  that  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  vocals  are  very  grim  and  high  pitched  while  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  mid  90's  second  wave  style  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  When  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  very  dark  and  melodic  sounding  and  the  riffs  also  use  melodies  at  times  and  the  music  also  has  its  atmospheric  moments  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  all  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  as  the  album  progresses  elements  of  pagan  folk  music  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  male  and  female  clean  singing  vocals while  some  later  tracks  also  bring  in  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars.

  Briargh  plays  a  style  of  pagan  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  old  school  while  also  having  its  melodic,  epic,  medieval  and  atmospheric  moments,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and raw  while  the  lyrics  cover Paganism,  Cantebria,  Mythology,  History  and  Philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Briargh  are  a  very  great  sounding  pagan/black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Silum  Sego"  "Sun  Of  The  Dead"  and  "El  Nubero  de  Samhain".  8  out  of  10.   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/11/briargheborosmorbid-shrine.html


Serpentine Creation Interview

lundi 23 novembre 2015 à 09:00

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?
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At the moment we are  working on our new  video and preparing a new EP.

2.In April 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?
2

That's the best sound we've had until now, thanks to the sound engineer we've worked with- Bebo from SUBZERO STUDIO

We have always been striving to such a sound.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
3

Briefly,it;s a concept album,the lyrics in the whole album describe Lucifer's revenge

4.Originally the band was called 'Dystropy, what was the decision behind the name change and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Serpentine Creation'?
4

Originally the band was called Dystopy, but we found out that there had already been a band with the same name.Also, the first album we released should have been called Serpentine Creation.A name which describes the music we make.Afterwards,we swapped the names, so we named the band Serpentine Creation and our first album was called Dystopy.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
5

SC hasn't got lots of gigs, but each one we had was great. We've performed at festivals with Dimmu Borgir,Septic Flesh, Naer Mataron and lots of other bands.As for the stage performance-we try to present visually the emotion of our music.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
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We are not planning any touring or shows for the moment.We are concentrated on our new video and new EP.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your newer music by fans of black metal?
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All the publications and reviews we've read till now are positive.

8.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?
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Embrace By Dark ( Vlad-guitars) and Invidia ( Mephisto-drums )  are also working on their new albums at the moment.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
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As for the style-we have taken one direction and we are going to  keep it ,working for even better realization of our ideas.

10.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?
10

Lots of bands of different genres of metal had influenced our music.From W.A.S.P.,Metallica, Slayer, Kreator to Behemoth, Dimmu Borgir, Septic FLesh, Necrophobic.

11.How would you describe your views on Satanism?
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I personally think that  satanism is kind of revolt against the common belief about religions.There can always be a look from a different angle at what is written in religious books.There's nothing unequivocal.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
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Never give up looking for different points of view about all the facts and common ideas about the world we live in.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/11/serpentine-creation-interview.html


Battle Path/Ambedo/Inherent Records/2015 Full length Review

lundi 23 novembre 2015 à 08:45
  Battle  Path  are  a  band  from  Tennessee  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Ambedo"  which  was  released  by  Inherent  Records.

  Acoustic  guitars  start  off  the  album  giving the  music  a  progressive  feeling  along  with  some  synths  being utilized  in  the  background  and  after  a  few  minutes  the  music  goes into  a  heavier  musical  direction  that  is  mostly  in  a  very  raw,  modern  and  atmospheric  black  metal  along  with  some  grim  screams  and  blast  beats.

  When  the  music  slows  down  a  more  psychedelic  style  of  doom metal  is  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  being  used  at  times  and  the  solos  and  leads  that  the  band  uses  are  very  dark  and  melodic  sounding  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  At  times  the  music  can  be  very  experimental  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to them and  some  of  the  screams  bring  in  elements  of  sludge  while  some  of  the riffing  also  brings  in  melodies  at  times  and  they  also  bring  in  an  instrumental  track and  while  the  music  is  mostly  slow  it  does  have  its  fast  and  raw  black  metal  moments  that  are  more  rooted  in t he  modern  day  style  of  the  genre.

  Battle  Path  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  a  very  modern  form  of  atmospheric  black  metal  and  mixes  it  in  with  doom  metal  and  a touch  of  progressive  and  experimental  music  to  create  a  style of  their  own, the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness, misery and death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Black  Path  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  atmospheric black  metal  and  doom  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Raging  Host"  and  "Ascension".  8  out  of  10.     

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/11/battle-pathambedoinherent-records2015.html