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Wrathful Plague/Thee Within The Shadows/Metallic Media//2013 CD Review

mardi 14 avril 2015 à 23:25

  Wrathful  Plague  are  a  band  from  Illinois  that  plays  a  very atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2013  album  "Thee  Within The  Shadows"  which  was  released  by  Metallic Media.

  Classical  guitars  and  melodic  chants  which  also  make  a  return  on  some  of  the  tracks  start off  the  album  and  a  few  seconds  alter  grim  black  metal  vocals  start  becoming  a huge  part  of  the recording  and  after  the  intro  the  music  starts  adding  in  heavy  and  melodic  guitar  riffs  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  it  adds  in  blast  beats  along  with  a  more  raw  black  metal  feeling.    

  Clean  playing  can be  heard  in certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  when  solos  and  leads  are utilized  they are  very  dark  and  melodic and  throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  synths  at  times  gives  the  music  more  of  an  ambient  feeling  along  with  a  few  instrumentals  and  some  of  the  tracks  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  spoken  word  parts

  Wrathful  Plague  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  grim,  raw  and  atmospheric  sounding, the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  frost,  winter,  paganism  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Wrathful  Plague  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw and  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Within  The  Shadows"  "Thurisaz"  and  "Death's  Embrace".  8  out  of  10.


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Obsequiae/Aria Of Vernal Tombs/20 Buck Spin/2015 CD Review

lundi 13 avril 2015 à 05:23

  Obsequiae  are  a  band  from  Minnesota  that  plays  a  melodic  mixture  of  black  and  dark  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Aria  Of  Vernal  Tombs"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  20  Buck  Spin.

  Nature  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  the  intro  flutes  are  added  into t he  music  along  with  the  songs  adding  in  more  of  a  heavy  and  melodic  sound  which  also  introduces  solos  and  leads  onto  the  recording  as  well  as  some  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  Blast  beats  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  more  melodic  style  of  Greek  black  metal  influences  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  the  songs  can  also  be  very  atmospheric  at  times  and  you  can  also  hear  female  vocals  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Blast  beats  can  be  heard  in  some  of  the  tracks  and  the  instrumentals  gives  the  album  a  medieval  folk  music  feeling  while  some  of  the  heavier  tracks  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  you  can  also  hear  some  melodic  death  metal  elements  in  the  bands  musical  style  at  times  along  with  a  touch  of  traditional  metal  and  some  of  the  faster  sections  also  bring  in  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling.

  Obsequiae  takes  a  very  melodic  European  style  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  death,  traditional  metal  and  medieval  folk  music  to  create  their  own  style  of  dark  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  mysticism,  occult  and  nature.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Obsequiae  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Autumnal  Pyre"  "Pools  Of  A  Vernal  Paradise"  "In  The  Absence  Of  Light"  and  "Orphic  Rites  Of  the  mystic".  8  out  of  10.         

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Grethor/Cloaked In Decay/2015 EP Review

lundi 13 avril 2015 à 00:57

  Grethor  are  a  band  from  Virginia  that  plays  a  mixture  of  raw  black  metal  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2015  ep  "Cloaked  In  Decay".

  Dark  sound  effects  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavy  and  brutal  blackened  death  metal  direction  that  brings  in  both  high  pitched  screams  and  brutal  blast  beats  and  the  music  can  also  be  very  technical  at  times  along  with  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  pace d and  fast  parts  as  well  as  some  melodic  riffing  being  utilized  at  times.

  When  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  very  dark  and  chaotic  sounding  and  you  can  also  hear  some  death  metal  growls  being  utilized  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  as  the  ep  progresses  the  music  starts  incorporating  more  melodic  black  metal  elements  and  the  whole ep  sticks  to  a  heavy  direction  and  the  last  track b rings  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  singing.

  Grethor  plays  a  music  style  that  takes  the  raw,  avant  garde  and  melodic  sides  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  brutal  and  technical  death  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sound s very  powerful  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  Existentialism  and  the  writings  of  the  writings  of  Robert  W.  Chambers.

  In  my  opinion  Grethor  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Wraith"  and  "Organic  Tomb".  8  out  of  10.  

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Dogmatic Absolution Interview

vendredi 10 avril 2015 à 22:55
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
1) the band was born by an idea of the ex-bassist Amnesia, but subsequently he leaved the band and the leader's role has passed to the guitarist El. In is initial period the band was called Dogma.  With Amnesia the band have released an EP called "In His Trinity Essence", based on the concept of christian trinity, in particular on criticism of her every form. After three years of work (and recruitation of Azazel and Algeroth) we've released our first full-length.

2.You have an album coming out in June, 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)Many Metal music's sites have described our sound like "raw Black metal" but we don't completely the term "raw". We consider our sound like grim, atmospheric but also refined. In the first EP the sound was more primordial.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
3)The lyrics face principally three topics: The rejection and a battle against religion ( Christianity in particular); misanthropy (and anti-human feelings) and negativity(depression, solitude, etc..).

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Dogmatic Absolution'?
4) The name means "liberation from dogma",  that is the man who frees himself from preconceptions, lies and absurdity of religion.

5.Has the band done any live shows or has this been strictly a studio project so far?
5) No, we never have played a live show. We're strictly a studio band.

6.The new album is coming out on Tridroid Recordings, can you tell us a little bit more about the contract singing?
6) We have signed this contract only for a digital release.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
7) At present the number of fans increasing but, without live shows, it's difficult to have a real opinion of what the peoples think about us.

8.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
8) We don't know: Probably the band's sound evolve, so we don't know our future. We're also opened to another experimentation.

9.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?
9) The band who inspired us are principally: Shining (Swe), first Watain, Mutiilation and, for the bass lines, the great cult Italian band Spite Extreme Wing. Also classical music have contributed to our sound, especially Italian composer A.Vivaldi. Our listening's are basically centered on metal music.

10.How would you describe your views on Occultism?
10)Dogmatic Absolution don't believe in occultism, magic and things like this. We use the Satan's figure like a symbol of men's liberation from religion.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
11) El and Azazel study a scientifical subject at university so we are interested to science (especially informatics for El and chemistry for Azazel)

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
12) We support misanthropic ideology.

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Arstidir Lifsons/Adolfodr ok munka drottin/Van Records/2014 CD Review

vendredi 10 avril 2015 à 22:38

  Arstidir  Lifsons  are  a  band  with  members  from  both  Germany  and  Iceland  that  plays  a  pagan  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Adolfodr ok munka drottin"  which  was  released  by  Van  Records.

  Nature  sounds  and  folk  instruments  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodic  viking  vocals  and  chants  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  awhile  acoustic  guitars  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  once  the  music  gets  heavy  melodies  and  grim  black  metal  screams  become  a  huge  part  of  the  songs  on  the  recording.

  Spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  songs  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  faster  sections  displaying  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  sound  and  some  of  the  songs  also  bring  acoustic  guitars  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  You  can  hear  the  influence  of  classical  music  quite  a  bit  on  all  of  the  tracks  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  very  dark  and  melodic sounding  and  in  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  you  can  hear  a  great  amount  of  Nordic  black  metal  elements  and  some  of  the  more  atmospheric  parts  bring  in  a  trace  of  ambient  music.

  Arstidir  Lifons  plays  a  style  of  pagan/black  metal  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  Nordic  tradition  but  also adds  in  more  folk  and  ambient  music  elements  along  with  some  spoken  word  narrative's  that  gives  the  music more  of  an  epic  and  original  feeling,  the  production  sound s very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Old  Norse  Icelandic  and  cover  Old  Nose  Literature, History  and  Paganism.

  In  my  opinion  Arstidr  Lifons  are  a  very  great  sounding  epic  pagan/black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  direction,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Kastar  Heljar  Brenna  Fjarri  Ofan  Onundardarfirdinu"  "Ulfs  Vedrit  Er  to  CMXCIX"  "Nordsaeta  Gaetis,  Herfingja  Ormsins  Langa"  and  "Sem  Lengsk  Vanar  Lopts  Ljosgimu  HVarfs".  8  out  of  10.


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