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Hate Forest/Hour Of The Centaur/Osmose Productions/2020 CD Review

jeudi 17 décembre 2020 à 02:59


  Hate  Forest  are  a  solo  project  from  Ukraine  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  raw  form  of  pagan  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2020  album  "Hour  Of  The  Centaur"  which  will be  released  on  December  25th  by  Osmose  Productions.

  A  very  dark  sounding  intro starts  off  the  album  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw feeling. Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  the  vocals  being  done  in  a  growling  style  which  also  adds  elements  of  death  metal  onto  the  recording.

  Some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  A  lot  of  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  mid  90's and  early  2000's  style  as  well  as  sounding  modern  at  the  same  time  along  with  the  riffing  also  having  its  repetitive  moments  which  also  gives  the  recording  a  more  primitive  atmosphere  and  all  of  the  music  also sticks  to  a  heavier  direction.

  On  this  recording  hate  Forest  remains  true  to  the  raw  style  of  pagan  black  metal  that  they  have  established  on  previous  releases.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Slavic  Mythology,  Nietzscheism,  Patriotism,  Nature  and  Darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Hate  Forest  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  pagan  black  metal,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Those  Who  Worship  The  Sun  Bring  The  Night"  and  "Shadowed  By  A  Veil  of  Scythian  Arrows".8 out  of  10.            

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Abyssum/Poizon Of God/The Sinister Flame/2021 CD Re-Issue Review

mercredi 16 décembre 2020 à 05:52


  Abyssum are  a  duo  from  Guatemala  that  plays  an  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their 2008  album  "Poizon  Of  God"  which  will  be  re-issued  in  2021  by  The  Sinister  Flame.

  Ritualistic  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  album  and  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times.  Vocals  are mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  tremolo  picking  also  giving  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  when  they  are  utilized.

  Spoken  word  parts  can  also be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.  Most  of  the music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  along  with  the  tracks  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Most  of  the  songs  also  have  a  ritualistic  interlude  in  between  them  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  on  a  couple of  tracks  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  briefly  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics cover  Thelema,  Mythology,  Occultism,  Mysticism,  Darkness  and  Nature  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Abyssum  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  occult  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Sacred  Abyss...(...Of Thelemic  Mysteries)"  "Illusion  Of  Pan  (The  Spirit  of  the  Woods)"  and  "Be  Thou  Damned  Forever".  8  out  of  10.          

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Ewigkeit/Depopulate/Death To Music Productions/2021 EP Review

mercredi 16 décembre 2020 à 04:54


  United  Kingdom's  Ewigkeit  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  for  a  melodic  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a review  of  his  ep  "Depopulate"  which  will  be  released in  2021  by  Death  to  Music  Productions.

  A  very  hard  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  black  metal  screams. The  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  while  the  music  also  shows  an  influence  of  the  Swedish  melodic  death  metal  style  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of melody.

Some  of  the riffing  also  adds  in  a  touch  of  thrash  metal  while  one  of  the  tracks  also  introduces  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  recording.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  synths  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  most  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  mid  tempo  direction,  when  the  music  finally  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  also  be  heard.

  On  this  recording  Ewigkiet  goes for  more  of  a  melodic  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  which  is  also  different  from  his  previous  releases  which  where  in  a  more  experimental  direction.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  post  COVID19  conspiracy  theories.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Ewigkeit  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  melodic  black  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Patent  of  Death"  and  "The  Great  Reset".  8  out  of  10.


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Chateau Noir Interview

mercredi 16 décembre 2020 à 03:51


1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Torden: Hails! Château Noir was conceived by a mystical alliance of two BM activists in the withering summer of 2011 a.y.p.s., most material was created in an intuitive way drawing inspiration from the old French and Polish radical scenes... The duo's cursed debut album is finally out after years of delays via Darker Than Black in the year of the Plague! "...and the windows of our dark castle have been lightened once again!..." 

2. In August you had released your first full length, musically how does it differ from your previous split and demo?

Torden: Yeah, finally we did it. The album was recorded back in 2013, and for some reason we never got to release it. Lack of time, motivation, or lack of interest from worthy labels. 

And what a year to release the album, pandemics, haha, the modern day plague. By the way we came up with the album title back in the day, so in a sense you can say it was prophetic.

Answering your question, it doesn't differ much because it was recorded around the same time as the demo and split material, however we used more serious equipment for the recording. Everything from porta studio to microphone to drum machine. And then it was mastered by Sadist from Misanthropic Art / SS-18 / Baal Zebuth last year to give that crisp and raw sound.

3. I have noticed that there is a 4 year gap in between releases; can you tell us a little bit more about it?

Torden: Like previously mentioned, basically life circumstances and lack of motivation delayed the release by approximately 6-7 years... so these gaps are not really intentional, it's just the way things are. And in the end, I think the album was released just on time, our little soundtrack to the dying modern world.

4. Your lyrics cover darkness and mysticism themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?

Torden: It’s not “interest” really, it’s my life. When I write the lyrics I express feelings which are gathered deep inside of me, so it’s not some made up crap. However, there’s not much darkness or mysticism to be found in the lyrics to this particular album. If you actually read the lyrics you will see they’re quite philosophical and abstract, everyone is free to interpret them in their own way. But indeed, the lyrics for the second album are going to be more obscure and mystical, or even occult.

5.I know that the band’s name means 'Black Castle' in French. How does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?

Torden: I think it fits our music well, but I’m not the one to judge. The name came before any of the music was created. 

6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?

Torden: Yeah, the front cover is an old Dutch painting from 17th century. I found it long time ago and I think it fits the music and the atmosphere of the album perfectly.

7.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding the line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?

Uruk-Hai: Yeah, Château Noir is a duo, in which all the functions necessary for the existence of the band are rationally divided between the two members: Torden writes lyrics, records vocals, does the design, keeps in touch with the labels etc. I compose the music, do the recording process, mixing of our poison, sometimes give some hints about lyrics, intro/outro etc.

Sometimes, of course, we may change roles, as it took place on the Granskog / Château Noir split, where I wrote instrumental parts for Granskog and Torden did the same for Château Noir.

Few years ago we tried to expand the line-up, but it gave no result, because it is time consuming for the new members to learn the material, rehearse etc. In addition to that, in the sewer where I live there are constant issues with rehearsal places, especially when it comes to full line-up.

That is why the current state of affairs is more than acceptable.

Torden: I can also add that I would only consider session live musicians for the possible expanding, we do not really need any “fresh blood”.

8.On the new album you also done an Absurd cover, what was the decision behind doing your own version of one of their songs?

Uruk-Hai: The decision to cover this track of Absurd was quite logical, as both of us are old fans of the band and it has influences us a lot. It was difficult to choose the track to cover though, as all of their music is great, but this particular song was very consonant with our mood and our feelings in the time period when we were recording the album.

9.Does National Socialism play any role in your music?

Uruk-Hai: We’re not going to follow the trend and say: “Yeah, we’re NSBM”, and two years later change our mind and say we’re against politics and hate all people equally. This is just stupid.

Torden: It’s 2020, Black Metal scene has seen everything: Satanism, Misanthropy, National Socialism, pedophilia, eco-feminism, you name it. We just make our music and don’t think about the trends or names. Genres were made up by people who had nothing better to do. It is enough to listen to music and read the lyrics – and then everyone will be able to make their own conclusions. But no, there is no influence of Alfred Rosenberg’s or Adolf Hitler’s ideas on our lyrics or music as far as I remember.

10.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?

Torden: The reaction was surprisingly good, from both old comrades as well as regular listeners who have never heard of us before. Which is flattering, especially if you consider the quantity of releases which flood the scene nowadays. Sometimes it seems that there are more bands that fans altogether…


11.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?

Uruk-Hai: My active projects at the moment:

1. Weinberg – Black Metal project, mostly instrumental, where I have the possibility to experiment with sound, stylistics etc. Currently I have released 3 demos, which are available at, few demos are about to be finished, I hope in the near future they will become available.

2. Interstellar Chumak - stoner/sludge, initially it was oriented at near-folk sound, but now it is more of a misanthropic sludge with some addition of hardcore. There’s not too many recordings right now – just a few rehearsals, video from the only live appearance, and the 2 track EP is in the process of mixing, which I again hope will be available in the nearest future.

3. Bestial Vomit - black/death in the vein of old gods Blasphemy, Archgoat, Black Witchery. 

Line-up: Torden – vocals, noise sounds, me – vocals, instruments.

EP is also being mixed at the moment and I hope in the beginning of next year Satanic Skinheads will be able to listen to our material.

4. Frostriket – atmospheric BM, where I only play the guitar (at least somewhere I can have a rest, haha).

There are also a couple of other projects, but they are either on hold or just in the beginning phase.

Torden: As for me, Granskog is my main project, but it is currently on hold. I also take part in Bestial Vomit and do occasional vocals in Medieval Sacrifice.

12.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

Uruk-Hai: In the future Château Noir will sign a deal with nuclear blast and will play live shows at some big festivals! Hahaha!

Well, honestly, Château Noir was, is and will be an obscure underground formation,which has already taken its place, a part of our small but still strong Bukowinian scene, and all this fuss to prove something to someone – this is not my cup of tea. As someone from Pestilentia once said – “I’m too old for this shit”. 

Torden: Nothing more to add, just look out for our second album to be released sometime next year.

13.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?

Uruk-Hai: I wouldn’t like to drop names for the thousandth time, naming the bands and projects that roam from one interview to another, but once I was greatly influenced by the early French scene, first of all bands of Concilium: Seigneur Voland, Kristallnacht, Blessed in Sin, most of the LLN circle, especially Vlad Tepes, Black Murder, Belketre; also musically I’m influenced a lot by Finnish scene: Sargeist, Horna, Hammer, Goatmoon etc. Hellenic scene also has had some influence, both early - Rotting Christ, Varathron, Necromantia as well as more new radical scene - Wolfnacht, Der Sturmer, The Shadow Order. Especially I want to highlight Pantheon (Arizona), Grand Belial's Key (Heil!), Master's Hammer, Cultes des Ghoules, Spear of Longinus. From what I’m actively listening at the moment: Meshuggah, Blasphemy, Proclamation, Demoncy, Bongripper, BBH, a lot of different drone-, dark-ambient'а Ironsword, Manilla Road, lots of old hardcore and RAC.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts? 

Der Sieg wird unser sein!


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Auro Interview

mercredi 16 décembre 2020 à 03:40


1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

AURO was founded in the beginning of 2017 in Augsburg/Germany by Framan (ex-Schrat, ex-Drudensang) and Dragg (Drudensang, ex-Schrat). 

AURO is a merging of the words Aura and Ouroboros. 

Ouroboros, the self-consumer, symbolizes a completely autarkic entity. It personifies the ultimate utopia to be achieved: The creation of a social and emotional micro cosmos without any interaction with the abominable outer world. 

Aura is the tool which is purposely used as a hammer - destructively smashed in the grotesque face of society for deterrence. And yet at the same time to build the foundation of the very own existence – as part of the individual cosmos.

Framan is responsible for all guitars and bass work, Dragg for the lyrical concept and vocal arrangements. Both of us have been writing lyrics for the debut album and performed as vocalists. During the recording sessions we have been supported by Nefastus (drums) and Henker (keyboard) 

2.Recently you have released a new album, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?

When Auro was founded in 2017 Framan had already been working on the material for some time on his own. The composition of the album songs in a raw shape was nearly finished at that time. We did not really have a masterplan for the band’s musical style, it just developed all very naturally. Although, several key elements were very clear right from the beginning: Atmospheric, old school and raw! That’s the way Black Metal sets our hearts and souls straight on fire!

3.A lot of your lyrics cover esoteric, hermetic and occult themes, can you tell us a little bit more about what these mean to you? 

First of all – a lot! Hermeticism is a pretty common topic since many people share similar feelings towards society and humanity in general. But this does not mean that it’s trivial. It’s the contrary. You really have to understand what it is that you detest and elaborate visions for your future. Esotericism and occultism fascinate us. Both provide different perspectives on various topics and personal challenges. At the end of the day, all these concepts and theories are man-made and therefore flawed to a certain degree. In search for your personal truth you can only truly rely on yourself and not entirely on a concept or solution that someone different developed.  Everyone strives for “the best” in his life. It’s a long and hard way to actually find out what that specifically is and after that to really achieve it. For most of us it is a continuous search and adjustment of our lives and selves. 

4.What are some of the other lyrical topics and subjects you have explored so far with the music? 

They all sum up pretty much to a few common denominators. What changes is the overall setting and how the topics are illustrated. For example, in Schrat there was always a great focus on nature and its spirits – the topics described above have been present as well. 

5.With the band name you merge Aura and Ouroboros together, do you feel this name fits in perfectly with the bands musical style and lyrical concepts?


6.Can you tell us  a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?

The artwork was originally drawn by Timo Ketola with black ink on permament style paper in 2019. We developed it together with him. We explained him our different ideas behind the album’s lyrics and he came back with sketches which were refined in the process. 

The picture shows an apathic human like figure with cut off hands who is entangled by a giant snake – ready to bite or devour him. Both are located in rough sea with barren and desolate mountains in the distance. This perfectly illustrates the key messages of the album.

We don’t want to unfold our exact thoughts behind this to your readers. It’s far more interesting and enriching to think about it for yourself while listening to the music. 

Just some impulses to think about: Why is the figure looking apathic? Why were the hands cut off? What may be possible meanings behind the snake’s attempt, when you think about our band name? 

7.On this album you also have a couple of well known musicians helping out on some of the instruments, can you tell us a little bit more about who they are and also their contributions to the recording?

Nefastus recorded the drums for the album in his home studio. We provided him with programmed drum tracks when we sent him the songs. He refined those tracks and interpreted them with all his experience and talent. He is mostly known in the scene for his work with Belphegor in the past, but he also played and still plays in various other bands

Henker is well-known in the German underground scene due to his participation in countless Saxon bands, such as Eminenz, Andras, Ad Mortem, Temple of Oblivion to name a few. Since he is also a member of Drudensang, it was quite obvious to ask him to lay down the keyboard tracks for the album. We sent him the songs and he came back with some recorded ideas which we then adapted to the songs.

Torti, a long-time friend of us recorded acoustic guitars for the outro of the album. He also provided the first drafts of the band logo. He is not active in any bands, but a general artist. 

8.Currently the band is a duo, are you open to expanding into a whole band on future releases?

We basically are open-minded for everything the future will bring. With regards to the songwriting we both think that “less is more” is also a valid term concerning the number of involved band members – otherwise too many opinions and egos tend to prevent progress.

9.Would the band be open to doing any live performances if the opportunity ever came around?

We are already in contact with organizers for gigs in Germany in 2021 – so yes, definitely!

10.The new album was released on 'Obscure Abhorrence Records, how did you get in contact with this label?

Andi also has a successful and partnering collaboration with Drudensang running so he basically was on the shortlist right from the beginning. He did not show any sign of hesitation when we talked about a potential release of the album on his label – he was totally convinced by our material right from the beginning. That’s basically the story.

11.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?

From what we experience the album is received really well. We had it uploaded on Youtube by “Black Metal Promotion” right on the day of release and based on the numbers of listening's and social interactions it went very well.

12.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

To quote us from above:  Atmospheric, old school and raw!

13.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?

When we think about bands/albums that impacted the way we write music for Auro that would be the following: Katharsis – 666, Vitsaus - Ajan ja ihmisen haudoilla,  Evilfeast – Elegies of the Stellar Wind

Currently running on our CD players/turntables: Whoredom Rife, Evilfeast, Motörhead, Auro

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?  

Thanks for the interview! 

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