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Barshasketh/Void Ritual/Broken Limbs/2015 Split EP Review

jeudi 29 janvier 2015 à 03:36

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  ep  between  New  Zealand/Scotland's  Barahasketh  and  New  Mexico's  Void  Ritual  which  will  be  released  in  February  by  Broken  Limbs  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Barahasketh  a  band  that  plays  a  very  raw,  melodic  and  occult  form  of  black  metal.

  A  very  dark  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  their  side  of  the  split  along  with  some  guitar  leads  and  grim  screams  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  the  music  goes  into  a  faster  direction  along  with  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  which  also  leads  up  to  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  after  awhile  acoustic  guitars  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  and  both  of  their  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  with  a  great  sounding  production  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  and  lyrics  that  cover  death,  misanthropy,  occult  and  left  hand  path  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Barshasketh  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  melodic  occult  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Dominion  Of  Ashes".

  Next  up  is  Void  Ritual  a  1  man  band  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  hateful  form  of  black  metal.

  A  very  fast,  raw  and  primitive  old  school  black  metal  sound  starts  off  his  side  of  the  split  along  with  a  good  amount  of  blast  beats  and  deep  yet  screams  which  also  bring  in  a  good  amount  of  high  pitched  shrieks  and  the  music  also  has  a  Swedish  feeling  at  times  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  adding  in  more  modern  elements  while  the  main  focus  remains  more  on  a  90's  style  and  the  songs  also  stick  to  either  a  fast  or  mid  paced  musical  direction  while  also  having  a  very  dark  and  raw  production  along  with  lyrics  that  cover  bizarre  cults,  their  philosophy  and  theologies  and  the  last  track  closes  with  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing.

  In  my  opinion  Void  Ritual  are  a  very  great  sounding  fast  and  raw  black  metal  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Temple  Of  The  Sun".

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  the  raw,  melodic,  and  occult  sides  of  the  black  metal  genre.  8  out  of  10.          

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Taake/Stridens Hus/Candlelight Records/2015 CD Review

mercredi 28 janvier 2015 à 14:39

  Taake  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  has  been  around  since  the  90's  and  also  has  had  an  album  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  continue  their  Norwegian  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  recordings  while  also  taking  their  music  into  different  areas  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Stridens  Hus"  which  will  be  released  in  February  by  Candlelight  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  melodic  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  old  school  riffing  that  can  be  very  raw  and  times  while  also  mixing  in  solos  and  leads  and  when  vocals  are  added  onto  the  recording  they  are  grim  and  high  pitched  screams  while  also  adding  in  angry  and  hateful  shouts  at  times.

  Clean  playing  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  bringing  in  small  amounts  of  blast  beats  and  some  of  the  tracks  also  bring  in  element s of  punk  and  black'n'roll.

  Some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  some  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  viking  chanting  and  clean  singing  along  with  the  music  being  very  progressive  and  dark  at  times  while  some  of  the  later  songs  also  add  in  a  few  seconds  of  spoken  word  parts  while  the  music  never  loses  focus  on  a  raw  Norwegian  black  metal  sound.

  Taake  creates  another  grim  and  raw  Norwegian  style  black  metal  album  that  also  goes  into  different  directions  but  also  avoids  the  mainstream  trappings  a  lot  of  their  countrymen  have  been  falling  into  for  the  last  10  or  more  years,  the  productions  sound s very  dark  and  raw  while  also  powerful  at  the  same  time  and  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Norwegian  and  cover  darkness.  death,  autumn,  winter,  hell,  pain  and  Satanism.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Taake  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Orm"  "Stank"  and  "Vinger".  8  out  of  10.


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Corpus Christii/Luciferian Frequencies/Folter Records/2015 Vinyl Re-Issue Review

mercredi 28 janvier 2015 à 13:41

  Corpus  Christii  are  a  band  from  Portugal that  has  had  an  album  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  occult  and  satanic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2011  album  "Luciferian  Frequencies"  which  was  re-issued  on  vinyl  by  Folter  Records  in   the  year  of  2015.

  A  dark  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  adding  in  more  heaviness  and  after  the  intro  grim  black  metal  screams  are  added  into  the  music  which  also  leads  up  to  some  fast  and  raw  parts  along  with  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Angry  shouts  and  spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  at  times  and  you  can  hear  the  progress  from  previous  recordings  when  it  comes  to  the  way  the  guitar  riffing  is  approached  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  add  more  dark  sounding  melodies  onto  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  some  of  the  band  old  school  approach  to  the  genre  makes  its  return  on  some  of  the  tracks  while  still  progressing  into  a  different  direction  and  some  of  the  alter  tracks  also  add  in  some  atmospheric  elements.

  Corpus  Christii  remain  true  to  their  satanic  and  occult  style  of  black  metal  on  this  album  as  well  as  keeping  the  raw  elements  of  previous  recordings  while  also  expanding  and  adding  something  new  to  their  sound  as  well  as  keeping  around  a  very  heavy  and  dark  approach  to  the  genre,  the  production  sound s very  dark  yet  powerful  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Luciferian,  Occultism  and  Darkness  with  a  very  philosophical,  esoteric,  and  metaphysical  touch.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  recording  from  Corpus  Christii  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  satanic  and  occult  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Own  Resurrection"  "Pictrix"  "Be  Dark,  Thy  Light"  and  "In  The  Rivers  of  Red".  8  out of  10.      


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Eternal Armageddon/Black Thrash Bastards/2015 Demo Review

mercredi 28 janvier 2015 à 12:11

  Eternal  Armageddon  are  a  band  from  Bangladesh  that  originally  started  out  as  more  of  a  melodic  black  metal  band  but  now  plays  a  raw  mixture  of  black and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2015  demo  "Black  Thrash  bastards".

  A  very  powerful  sounding  bass  guitar  and  drum  beats  start  off  the  demo  and  a  few  seconds  later  melodic  guitars  leads  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  they  also  return  in  other  songs  as  well  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  having  more  of  an  old  school  black  metal  feeling  and  after  the  intro  the  music  starts  to  speed  up  a  bit.

  You  can  hear  quite  a  bit  of  thrash  and  first  wave  black  metal  in  the  bands  musical  style  and  it  also  mixes  in  with  the  vocals  as  well  while  some  of  the  screams  do  have  a  second  wave  feeling  to  them  at  times  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  also  having  a  very  raw  feeling  and  they  close  the  ep  with  a  cover  of  Sodom's  "Blasphemer".

  Eternal  Armageddon  plays  a  style  of  black/thrash  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  old  school  sounding  bringing  out  a  sound  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  first  wave  style  while  still  having  a  touch  of  early  90's  in  the  songs,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Violence  and  Thrashing  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Eternal  Armageddon  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  old  school  mixture  of  black  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hate  Reincarnated"  and  "Satanic  Whispers".  8  out  of  10.    

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Earth And Pillars Interview

mercredi 28 janvier 2015 à 11:02
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Me (Z) and the bass player (I) started playing together a long time ago, but we haven't been a real band until we met F, back in 2013. From then on, we really started thinking about arranging ideas in the form of songs, rather than just playing riffs together. I've been composing material for (what was to become) Earth and Pillars since a long time, but until 2013 they were vague shapes of songs, they were more pieces of atmosphere, a soliloquy for myself.

2.In December you had released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
Well, I would say it is simply black metal. The focus is on the atmosphere and this is the reason why songs are "long" and somehow repetitive. Repetition and “fluency" are the basic ingredients which can really evoke atmospheres: the evolution of feelings and emotions is slow, and thus music needs to reflect this aspect. It’s a sort of ritualistic and spiritual side of music, capable of strengthening and clarifying the essence of experiences in life.

The sound comes naturally from the atmosphere: the massive wall of guitars you can hear in "Earth I" is connected to the overwhelming power of sensations and emotions to which nature gives rise. Instead of a classic “necro”/low quality-production, the use of huge reverbs on highly distorted (yet distinguishable) guitars creates the effect of resonant melodies in open areas.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
This answer is somehow connected to the previous answer. Earth and Pillars focuses on nature (earth) and our world (pillars), the world we built and in which we live in: the contrast, the apparent incompatibility of these two entities is one of the things that puzzles me most. I always had the feeling that there is something magical between humans and nature, something we are almost forgetting or even worse rejecting: the relationship between us and nature is something capable of unveiling a lot of our experiences, of our true essence.

So it is not a mere description of a landscape, of nature itself, but everything about Earth and Pillars is connected to the relationship between me and nature, it is a reflection of my feelings into music. The sound/atmosphere of "Earth I" itself represents the sense of smallness that I often feel when I'm in wild areas: this sense of smallness does not mean at all something negative, demeaning or depressing, rather a sense of reverence towards nature and existence. “Earth I” can be seen as a long ritual, a spiritual cycle in water, where a lot of topics are metaphorically explored through nature.

4.The album title was 'Earth I', do you have a concept planned out for the recordings?
Yes there is a concept which will be developed in the first three albums. I have already started working on the second, even before "Earth I" was finished, and hopefully it will be ready by the end of this year. If "Earth I" is mainly focused on nature, next album will be centered on my (human) experience: it will be related to a trail I often follow during winter times.

The other thing I'm willing to anticipate is that next album won't be "Earth II", it's an easy guess.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Earth And Pillars'?
It is hard to recall exactly when the name came to my mind for the first time. In that period of my life (around 2012) I was reading a lot of Rilke, Holderlin and Montale’s works, and the words "Earth" and "Pillars" can be found often in their texts. I think these two images started to slowly grow inside me, building the final shape of what was the idea I already had in mind.

6.Has the band done any live shows or is this strictly a studio project?
We never did live shows, just some "live rehearsing" for friends. For the moment being, there is no opportunity to have a full live line-up, furthermore I'll live abroad for some months. Except this practical reasons, I'm not much interested in live shows, I prefere to focus on writing and composing new music, it is something that I really need to do, something I feel as a part of myself.

Playing live is something that requires a lot of dedication and work: you need to rehearse constantly and to be able to reproduce the same feeling of the album on a stage, something that is often really hard to do. In this moment of my life I prefer to use my energies on other aspects of life I find more "worthy".

But this doesn't mean a live show will never happen...

7.The album was released on Avantgarde Music, are you happy with the support they have given you so far?
Yes, we are really happy and honored to be part of Avantgarde Music: Roberto had been really positive from the very beginning. I sent him a rough "demo" of “Earth I", without vocals and synths, before mixing and mastering was done, and yet he was interested in the development of the album. So, when the work was almost done I sent him a better quality "demo" and the deal was done, immediately. We couldn't ask for anything better: he has been really supportive to us and he is still doing a lot to promote our music.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of atmospheric black metal?
I would say highly positive and a bit unexpected. We were not really aware of what we were doing, especially for me, it was impossible to judge those songs, they were/are part of me and, even now, I'm not able to say that I'm satisfied or disappointed.

The "third" person judgement is something I'm not used to: I've always composed music for myself and the "coming out" was something that I both "feared" and I was not searching for. But yes, it happened, somehow, and the response and interest has been far above our expectation.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
It is unpredictable, I have two others albums in my mind, one finished and the other one still a work in progress. Everything I composed so far is atmospheric black metal, so the only thing I can say is that the next two albums will be in the same (yet different) direction of "Earth I". Earth and Pillars was born for this and black metal is its natural essence: I'm pretty sure that I will remain on this path until the “doors” on the Earth and Pillars world will close.

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?
My biggest musical influences are Paysage d’Hiver, Darkspace, Lunar Aurora and Blut Aus Nord: of course, I do not forget Burzum as the father of atmospheric black metal but, due to the "time distance” between me and “Hvis Lyset Tar Oss", I’m more bonded to bands who developed their sound when I was already into black metal.
Also doom and funeral (Thergothon, Skepticism, Evoken, Nortt for instance) can be considered an influence: the slow evolution of these music is something that is not so far from what I'm searching with Earth and Pillars.
Besides metal, I listen to atmospheric folk (Tenhi, Valì, Nest) and ambient: these two styles are, in different ways, connected to my passion for atmosphere and they play an important role too, in developing my sound.

In these months, I’m listening mostly to Paysage d'Hiver (of course, it’s winter), Darkspace, The Ruins of Beverast and the new album of Arstidir Lifsins (one of the greatest band of the last 4-5 years).

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
As I have already said, I love reading, especially poetry.
I also hike a lot, almost every weekend if possible, and this is for sure one of the biggest source of inspiration to create music for Earth and Pillars. Actually, the photos you find in the artwork of “Earth I” are all taken from my roamings in nature.
I’m not a “party guy”, I don’t like dancing or going to clubs and discos, so that’s it eheheh...

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you very much for your interest in Earth and Pillars. It has been a pleasure to answer to your questions.

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