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Agael/Trost/Naturmacht Productions/2014 CD Review

lundi 27 janvier 2014 à 05:29

  Agael  are  a  1  man  band  from  Germany  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  with  a  musical  style  I  would  describe  as  being  a  raw  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  with  elements  of  dark  ambient  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2014  album  "Trost"  which  will  be  released  by  Naturmacht  Productions.

  The  album  starts  out  with  dark  ambient  sounds  and  synths  which  leads  up to  melodic  female  vocals  and  a  few  seconds  later  the  music  goes  into  a  more  melodic  black  metal  direction  along  with  grim  screams  which  also  use  have  a  very  depressive  tone  to  them  at  times  as  well  as  bring  in  a  dark  and  melancholic  atmosphere  as  well  as  using  a  mixture  of  clean  and  heavy  parts  which  also  leads  up  to  melodic  guitar  solos.

  As  the  album  continues  the  music  remains  in  a  dark  and  melancholic  direction  combining  soft  atmospheres  with  raw  black  metal  and  clean  singing  gothic  male  vocals  are  also  added  into  the  music  at  times  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  on  other  songs  you  can  also  hear  traces  of  melodic  doom  metal  and  the  recording  also  takes  a  slow  pace  from  beginning  to  end  and  on  one  song  there  is  a  brief  use  of  deep  growls  along  with  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars.

  On  this  album  Agael  take  some  melancholic  sounding  ambient  elements  and  mix  it  win  with  atmospheric  black  metal  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  gothic  and  doom  metal  to  create  an  album  that  is  very  dark  and  melodic  as  well  as  having  a  great  amount  of  variety  and  diversity.

  Song  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  dark  and  poetic  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  raw,  dark  and  heavy  sound  along  with  some  of  the  songs  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.      

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Agael  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  melodic,  atmospheric  melancholic  black  metal  with  elements  of  dark  ambient,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sternenklang"  "Ewige  Heimkehr"  and  "Trost".  8/5  out  of  10.

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Primitive Graven Image/Traversing The Awesome Night/UKEM Records/2013 CD Review

dimanche 26 janvier 2014 à 09:04

  Primitive  Graven  Image  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  with  a  musical  style  I  would  describe  as  being  a  heavy  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2013  album  "Traversing  The  Awesome  Night"  which  was  released  by  UKEM  Records.

  The  album  starts  out  with  fast  and  heavy  black  metal  guitar  riffs  along  with  drums  and  grim  screams  and  after  awhile  the  music  speeds  up  along  with  brutal  sounding  blast  beats  as  well  as  mixing  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  together  as  well  as  bringing  in  atmospheric  synths.

  As  the  album  continues  the  band  stick  to  a  modern  Norwegian  style  black  metal  direction  while  also  adding  in  thrash  influences  and  melody  which  also  have  a  90's  Swedish  feeling  to  them  and  as  the  recording  progresses  old  school  solos  are  added  into  the  music  along  with  melodic  clean  singing  shortly  after  that.

  When  we  get  more  into  the  album  the  screams  start  sounding  more  high  pitched  and  evil  as  well  as  the  fast  parts  becoming  grimmer  while  the  music  does  not  forgot  its  melodic  roots  and  there  is  a  lot  of  diversity  being  utilized  in  the  songs  and  on  the  short  instrumental  there  is  a  classical  orchestra  music  feeling  which  brings  epic  like  elements  to  the  recording  and  then  the  band  return  back  to  a  heavy  and  melodic  direction.

  On  this  recording  Primitive  Graven  Image  show  that  they  have  grown  a  lot  as  musicians  over  the  years  and  this  album  is  very  diverse  with  the  way  they  mix  speed,  heaviness,  grimness,  darkness, atmosphere  and  melody  together  to  create  a  very  diverse  record.

  Song  lyrics  cover  darkness,  nature  and  fantasy  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy  and  dark  sound  along  with  the  bass  guitars  being  mixed  down  low  in  the  mix.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Primitive  Graven  Image  and  if  you  like  your  black  metal  heavy,  dark  and  melodic,  you  should  check  out  this  album>  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Bringer  Of  Light  And  Dark"  "Fear  And  Fire"  "None  Shall  Stand"  and  "Blood  Red  Heart".  9  out  of  10.


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Avulse interview

samedi 25 janvier 2014 à 09:28
1. Can you tell us a little bit about the project for those that have never heard of you before?
1. Avulse started back in 2009. I've released 3 Albums, 2 EPs, A split and a demo in that time.

2. How would you describe your musical sound?
2. Musically, it straddles the line between punk and black metal, although with a more atmospheric approach.

3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
3. I tend to sing about resistance, things that are fucked up and why they have to be there. Also about my struggles with alcohol.

4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the bands name?
4. Avulse means to Tear or to rip, so its fitting with the music i feel.

5. Currently there is only 1 member in the band are you planning on expanding the line up in the future or do you choose to remain solo?
5. I might get a live line up, but this is me and me alone for all recording

6. I have read that you run the record label The First Church Of The Left Hand Path, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
6. Ugh no.

7.On a world wide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal and punk?
7. People seem to be receptive to it. Mostly its love it or hate it, no middle fucking ground.

8. What is going on with the other musical projects these days?
8. Auspicium is getting ready for the ten year anniversary, maybe a new album by the years end? Black Chalice just put out a new record, Obsidian. Field of Spears put out a new LP and Wholy Failure continues to weird everyone out.

9. What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?
9. Its probably gonna be more of the same. hah

10. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
10. Specificly to Avulse? Poison Idea, Darkthrone, Sheer Terror, Burzum, Slapshot.

11. How would you describe your views on Occultism?
11. Eh its a cool hobby and definitely interesting as hell to read about, but I am definitely a rationalist and don't expand my interest into the practical.

12. Outside of music what are some of your interests?
12. If im not working, you'll find me on the water, walking on the shore or fishing.

13. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
13. "If you dont listen to manowar than you are afraid of yourself!"

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Alghazanth/The Three Faced Pilgrim/Inverse Records/2013 CD Review

jeudi 23 janvier 2014 à 04:59

  Alghazanth  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  with  a  musical  style  on  this  album  I  would  describe  as  being  a  melodic  form  of  satanic,  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2013  album  "The  three  Faced  Pilgrim"  which  was  released  by  Inverse  Records.

  The  album  starts  out  with  some  old  school  black  metal  guitar  riffs,  drums  and  synths  along  with  blast  beats  and  grim  screams  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  melodic  leads  become  a  part  of  the  music  as  well  as  acoustic  guitars  while  still  sticking  to  mostly  a  heavier  sound.

  As  the  album  progresses  the  music s ticks  to  a  more  old  school  melodic  black  metal  direction  while  being  darker  than  most  bands  of  this  musical  genre  and  growls  are  added  into  the  music  in  certain  sections  of  the  album  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  can  be  heard  on  this  recording  and  they  alternate  quite  a  bit  between  slow  and  fast  parts.

  On  this  album  Alghazanth  have  changed  their  sound  around  quite  a  bit  and  the  guitars  have  more  power  on  this  album  than  the  synths  which  over  powered  their  earlier  stuff  and  they  have  more  of  a  traditional  and  old  school  approach  to  black  metal  these  days.

  Song  lyrics  cover  Darkness  and  Occultism  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  dark  and  heavy  sound  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  as  well  as  the  songs  being  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Alghazanth  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  will  not  be  disappointed.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Promethean  Permutation"  and  "AdraMelek  Taus".  8  out  of  10. 

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Vorna/Ajastaika/Inverse Records/2013 CD Review

mercredi 22 janvier 2014 à 11:31

  Vorna  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  black  metal  with  elements  of  folk  and  rock  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2013  album  "Ajastaika"  which  was  released  by  Inverse  Records.

  The  album  starts  out  with  an  intro  which  uses  nature  sounds  and  then  go  into  a  more  pagan  black  metal  direction  on  the  first  song  as  well  as  bringing  in  melodic  vocals,  bass,  and  solos  as  well  as  synths  which  lead  up  to  grim  screams  and  then  the  band  mix  folk  with  the  heavier  parts  and  they  also  introduce  death  metal  growls  and  blast  beats.

  As  the  album  progresses  the  band  also  bring  in  epic  elements  along  with  some  faster  parts  and  the  synths  start  bringing  in  orchestras  elements  and  you  can  hear  tribal  parts  being  utilized  in  the  drums  at  times  as  well  as  the  death  metal  influences  getting  a  lot  more  stronger  and  when  acoustic  guitars  are  brought  in  they  bring  in  a  medieval  feeling  to  the  recording.

  When  we  get  farther  into  the  album  folk  instruments  are  added  in  and  the  music  starts  having  more  of  a  Finnish  folk  music  feeling  while  also  having  a  more  melodic  black  metal  sound  being  mixed  in.

  Vorna  display  a  great  amount  of  talent  and  skill  with  their  music  and  their  approach  to  melodic  black  metal  really  stands  out  with  they  way  they  mix  blast  beats,  synths  and  melody  along  with  the  folk  music  of  their  homeland  and  I  can  see  a  bright  future  for  this  band.

  Song  lyrics  are  written  in  Finnish  and  cover  nature,  myths,  and  struggles  of  minds  and  emotions,  while  the  production  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy  and  professional  sound  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  as  well  as  some  of  the  songs  being  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  Vorna  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  black  metal  band  with  elements  of  folk  music  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hiiden  Taival"  "Kaivatun  Taiva"  "Ikuiseen  Itaan"  and  "Muisto".  8/5  out  of  10.

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