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Murrum/In His Tacita Atria/2013 EP Review

dimanche 2 février 2014 à 00:05

  Murrum  are  a  band  from  Connecticut  that  plays  a  very  heavy  and  aggressive  form  of  satanic,  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2013  ep  "In  His  Tacitia  Atria".

  The  ep  starts  out  with  nature  sounds  before  going  into  a  raw,  heavy  and  fast  black  metal  direction  along  with  blast  beats  and  grim  vocals  and  after  awhile  the  band  starrts  mixing  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  together.

  As  the  ep  continues  the  band  continue  their  fast,  heavy  and  brutal  old  school  death  metal  assault  while  also  having  somewhat  of  a  death  metal  feeling  to  them  at  times  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  you  can  also  hear  small  traces  of  war  metal  at  times  while  the  main  focus  is  still  black  metal  and  on  the  3rd  song  there  is  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  which  enhances  the  evil  qualities  of  the  recording  and  they  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melodic  guitar  leads.

  With  this  ep  Murrum  stick  to  a  more  mid  90's  old  school  satanic  black  metal  sound  that  seems  to  be  more  Swedish  than  Norwegian  influenced  while  also  having  more  of  their  own  sound  and  they  have  everything  I  have  been  wanting  to  hear  from  newer  bands  and  this  is  what  I  feel  black  metal  should  sound  like.

  Song  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  occultism  and  Rituals,  while  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  sound  along  with  the  bass  guitars  being  mixed  down  low  in  the  mix  but  they  do  sound  very  powerful  in  certain  sections  of  the  last  song.

  In  my  opinion  Murrum  are  a  very  great  sounding  heavy  and  aggressive  satanic,  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should c heck  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ritual  Bloodletting"  and  "Experts  From  The  Scriptures  of  Armageddon".  8/5  out  of  10.     

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Nigra Mors/Self titled/Lupus Niger/2014 EP Review

samedi 1 février 2014 à 01:47

  Nigra  Mors  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2014  ep  which  was  released  by  Lupus  Niger.

  The  ep  starts  out  with  a  slow,  dark  and  heavy  sound  along  with  all  of   the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  before  going  into  a  more  dark  black  metal  direction  as  well  as  adding  in  fast  parts  that  have  a  thrash  feeling  to  them  along  with  grim  vocals  which  also  have  a  ritualistic  edge  to  them.

  As  the  ep  moves  on  old  school  underground  metal  solos  are  added  into  the  music  along  with  blast  beats  and  they  bring  this  unholy  assault  to  other  songs  as  well  along  with  some  early  90s  style  black  metal  melodies  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  the  vocals  utilizing  a  more  depressive  tone  at  times  and  at  other  times  you  can  hear  some  deep  demonic  growls.

  With  this  ep  Nigra  Mors  take  the  old  school  occult  black  metla  sound  and  add  in  a  small  amount  of  underground  thrash  influences  and  create  a  sound  that  is  very  dark  and  raw  along  with  a  good  amount  of  fast  parts  and  unholy  aggression.

  Song  lyrics  are  written  in  Italian  and  cover  occult  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  sound  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording.  

  In  my  opinion  Nigra  Mors  are  a  very  great  sounding  dark  and  raw  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Mater  Lacrimarum".  8  out  of  10.

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Arathgoth Interview

mercredi 29 janvier 2014 à 04:20
1.Can you give us an introduction to the band for those that will be hearing of you for the first time?

Arathgoth! This is the name of the only musician of this project of Dungeon synth, dark ambient and atmospheric black metal! So there is no group but one musician : who I am does not matter. I live in the musical world  that I’ve created and that is the foundation of my existence !

2.How would you describe the musical sound of all 4 of the albums and also how do they differ from each other?

I’ve started with Medieval Dungeon Synth for “the season of ashes” then I've lost myself in space and Science Fiction with “Interplanetary Travel”. After that, I was proud of “Man With No Fate” because it sounded exactly like what I had in mind. Finally, “Brutal Winter” was made in 2 times : first, the synth tracks inspired by winter and, then, the black metal ones inspired a lot by Conan The Cimmerian.

3.The earlier albums where more dungeon synth but the new one is more black metal influenced, what was the decision behind going into this direction and also will this direction continue on future releases?

I’m a guitar player so I wished to put guitars and vocals.. and by the way, I was angry at that time ;)

4.Can you tell us a little bit more about the themes you explored with the synth albums and also what style of lyrics did you use on the black metal recordings?

I often imagine an adventure or a feeling and I try to express that into music. Very often, this is sad or melancholic emotions, sometimes anger but never hate ! I’m inspired by what I felt when I read a book or watch movies. For the lyrics, I’m a fan of Conan from Robert E Howard. In fact, there is a song “ the deadly night “ which is about a short story of Conan “The Lair Of The Ice Worm”. “Brutal Winter” takes some parts of a poeme from Robert E Howard and “Gods of the North” is inspired by the short story “The Frost Giants Daugther”.  About the 2 others : “Lost in the blizzard” is about my anger and my will of going behond my limits and “Pale Moon” is about loneliness and the fact that, at the end, we’re always alone.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name Arathgoth?

I’ve created this character to illustrate my musical world. The name came by itself, without thinking !

6.Currently there is only 1 member in the band, do you see the line up expanding in the future or do you chose to remain solo?

Maybe… it’ll depends of the opportunity. On Brutal Winter, there is a bonus track made with Mystic Demonia, a friend of mine. I stay open to collaboration.

7.You have put out 4 albums in less than 2 years, would you say that music takes up most of your time?

Music takes time. To compose an album takes more than one day and, sometimes, it is hard to deal with music and everyday life at the same time. But I always have a bit of music in my head !

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal and dungeon synth?

Right now I only have positive feedback. This is also what makes want to go further ! In “Brutal Winter” I tried to put some black metal elements in my music, we’ll see where it goes…

9.When can we expect the next album?

Maybe during spring or this summer ! I’m still trying to find a new direction but I think it will be more black metal with some atmospheric parts. I don’t really like doing the same thing again and again.

10.What are some bands or musical styles that have had an infleunce on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

I’ve been influenced a lot in my youth by movie soundtracks such as : Dune, Willow, Dark Crystal, Star Trek, 2001 space odyssey, etc. Later I came to metal music. I’m also a huge fan of John Carpenters soundtrack et the OST of Conan by Polidoris, remains one of my favorite soundtrack. A part of that, I’m listening to metal, black metal and affiliate (Burzum, Dimmu Borgir, Amon Amarth, Summoning), dungeon synth, indus and electro… I also like Ministry, Nine Inch Nails… I’m searching inspiration in litteratute and Nordic culture.

11.Does paganism play any role in your music?

Not really. The cultural aspect of paganism is interesting… However I’m not affiliate to any religion nor political movement.

12.Do you have any non musical interests?

No, the music takes all my free time. It's a passion!

13.Before we wrap up this album do you have any final words or thoughts?

like my music or go to hell ! ( just kidding : Hell would be a great place to appreciate my music ;) )

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Sunn 0)))/Ulver/Terrestials/Southern Lord/2014 CD Review

mercredi 29 janvier 2014 à 03:05

  This  is  a  review  of  a  joint  album  between  U.S.A's  Sunn 0))  and  Norway's  Ulver  who  teamed  up  together  to  create  an  experimental  sounding  album  with  the  recording  being  released  by  Southern  lord  in  2014  and  called  "Terrestials".

  The  album  starts  out  with  experimental  sounding  drones  and  noises  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  elements  of  ambient  are  added  onto  the  recording  as  well  as  saxophones  which  leads  up  to  drums  5  minutes  later  as  well  as  a  more  doom  metal  orientated  sound  which  brings  in  the  introduction  of  bass  guitars.

  As  the  album  progresses  the  music  gets  a  lot  more  darker,  experimental  and  heavy  and  you  can  also  hear  synths  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  traces  of  psychedelia  and  after  awhile  a  brief  use  of  clean  and  acoustic  guitars  make  their  way  onto  the  album  and  on  the  last  song  there  is  a  brief  use  of  melodic  clean  singing  vocals  being  utilized.

  On  this  album  Sunn  0))  and  Ulver  team  up  to  create  a  more  experimental  drone  and  while  Ulver  started  out  as  black  metal  and  Sunn  0)))  experimented  with  it  in  the  past  there  are  no  traces  of  that  genre  on  this  recording  but  it  still  has  a  very  dark  and  ritualistic  sound  to it.

  Song  lyrics  are  mostly  absent  from  this  album  with  the  music  being  mostly  instrumental  but  the  short  amount  they  have  cover  poetic  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  strong,  powerful  and  professional  sound  with  all  3  of  the  songs  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  joint  effort  between  Sunn  0))  and  Ulver  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental,  dark  ambient  and  drone,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Western  Horn".  8  out  of  10.      

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Den Saakaldte/Morke Og Depresjon/Bylec Tum/2014 Cassette Re-Issue Review

mercredi 29 janvier 2014 à 01:43

  Den  Saakaldte  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  plays  a  very  experimental  and  depressive from  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2008  demo  "morke  Og  Depresjon"  which  was  re-issued  on  limited  edition  cassette  by  Bylec  Tum  in  2014.

  The  ep  starts  out  with  ambient  sounding  synths,  drones   and  experimental  sounds  and  after  the  intro the  music  goes  into  a  more  experimental  black  metal  direction  along  with  saxophones  and  then  it  goes  more  into  a  more  straight  forward  and  old  school  direction and  brings  in  grim  screams  and  vocals.

  As  the  demo  progresses  more  fast  parts,  melody  and  depressive  elements  are  brought  into  the  music  as  well  as  some  clean  parts  and  melodic  vocals  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as  retaining  the  experimental  and  avant  garde  parts  and  on  other  songs  you  can  also hear  a  small  amount  of  death  metal  growls.  

  After  awhile  acoustic  guitars  are  brought  into  the  music  along  with  melodic  guitar  leads  and  on  every  song  they  bring  in  a  different  sound  as  well  as  having  an  instrumental  which  continues  the  ambient  sounds  of  the  intro  as  well  as  bringing  in  a  classical  music  feeling  and  then  the  demo  goes back  into  a  heavier  yet  still  experimental  direction  

  On  this  demo  Den  Saalkaldte  show  a  great  amount  of  diversity  and  they  take  influences  from  the  traditional,  melodic  and  depressive  forms  of  black  metal  and  mix  them  in  win  avant  garde  and  experimental  elements  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.

  Song  lyrics  are  written  in  Norwegian  and  cover  depressive  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  sound  along  with  the  bass  guitars  being  mixed  down  low  in  the  mix  as  well  as  some  of  the  songs  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  last  2  songs  are  bonus  tracks,  one  being  a  2006  demo  track  and  the  other  a  live  track  from  2009.

  In  my  opinion  Den  Saakaldte  are  a  very  great  sounding  experimental,  depressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  cassette.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Drikke  Ens  Skal"  "Ode"  and  "Mesias".  8/5  out  of  10.  

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