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Hellhole/I Succumbed/Nailed Nazarene Industries/2020 Full Length Review

jeudi 16 juillet 2020 à 08:44

  Australia's  Hellhole  has  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  them  expanding  into  a  duo  with  the  other  member  being  from  Norway  and  the  music  going  for  more  of  an  atmospheric  and  depressive  style  of  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "I  Succumbed"  which  was  released  by  Nailed  Nazarene  Industries.

  Tortured  sounds  start  off  the  album  before  adding  in  some  clean  playing  while  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  sounding  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  yet  depressive  black  metal  screams and  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  elements  of  post  metal  can  also  be  heard  at  times.  Clean  playing  also  returns  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  a  couple  of  songs  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  style,  synths  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  On  this  recording  Hellhole  remains  true  to  the  atmospheric  and  depressive  style  of  black  metal  that  was  established  on  previous  releases.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  depression,  loneliness  and  betrayal  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Hellhole  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  and  depressive  post  black  metal, you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hate  Life"  and  "This  Is  The  End".  8  out  of  10.

https://nailednazareneindustries.bandcamp.com/album/i-succumbed  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/07/hellholei-succumbednailed-nazarene.html


Khar Sulde/The Black Banners Of Cosmic War/Crown and Throne Ltd./2020 Cassette Review

jeudi 16 juillet 2020 à 07:41

  Khar  Sulde  are  a  band  from  an  unknown  location  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "The  Black  Banners  Of  Cosmic  War"  which  will  be  released  on  cassette  on  July  31st  by  Crown  and  Throne  Ltd..

  A  very  fast  raw  and  lo-fi  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  all  of  the  music  also  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  era  and  the  songs  sound  like  they  could  of  easily  been  recorded  and  released  25  years  ago.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while most  of  the  riffing  is  done  on  power  chords.  When  guitar leads  are  finally  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark,  melodic  and  old  school  style  and  the  whole  album  also  sticks  to  a  heavier  musical  direction.

  Khar  Sulde  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  power  chord  driven  and  old  school in  the  90's  second  wave  tradition.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  wars  of  Europe  ancient  and  modern  along  with  some  references  to  religion  and  pagan  gods.   

  In  my  opinion  Khar  Sulde  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  old  school  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical genre, you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "C-123's  Spraying  Agent  Orange  Using  the  Call  Sign  Hades""4th  Armored  Division  Encounters  A  Steppe  Daemon  While  Liberating  Ohrdruf"  and  "Siege  Of  Przemsl  (A  Crumbling  Fortress  Slowly  Disappears  Into  A  Black  Hole".8out  of  10.

www.crownandthroneltd.bandcamp.com
www.facebook.com/crownandthroneltd  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/07/khar-suldethe-black-banners-of-cosmic.html


Morta/Funebre/Signal Rex/2020 CD Review

jeudi 16 juillet 2020 à 06:25

  Morta  are  a  band  from  Spain  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Funebre"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Signal  Rex.

A  piano  oriented  intro  starts  off  the  album  before  adding  in  some  ritualistic  sounding  drums  that  also  takes  the  music  into  a  heavier  direction.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era.

  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Most  of  the  music  also  sounds  like  it  could  of  easily  been  recorded  and  released  more  than  25  years  ago  along  with  the  vocals  also  getting  very  deep  and  demonic  sounding  at  times  as  well  as  the  music  avoiding  any  use  of  solos,  leads  or  melodies  and  the  album  also  closes  with  a  piano  orientated  outro.

  Morta  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  sounding  and  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era.  The  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Spanish  and  cover  death  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Morta  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  old  school  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sacrificio"  "Infierno  Funebre"  and "Fuego  y  Hueso".  8  out  of  10.

http://mortablackmetal.bandcamp.com/releases 

    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/07/mortafunebresignal-rex2020-cd-review.html


Abyss/Besna/Wolfmond Production/2020 CD Review

jeudi 16 juillet 2020 à 04:40

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Germany's  Abyss  and  Slovakia's  Besna  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Wolfmond  Production  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Abyss  a  band  that  plays  a  melodic  mixture  of  black  and  death metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  while  one  of  their  tracks  is  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Vocals  are  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  tremolo picking  and  blast beats.

  Throughout  their  side  of  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  music  also  being  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  Swedish  style.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  English  and Swedish  and  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Abyss  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Din  Of  Celestial  Birds".

  Next  up  is  Besna  a  band  that  plays  post  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  classical  guitars  an  folk  music  elements  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  the  vocals  being  a  mixture of  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  deep  growls  and  both  of  their  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Semi  melodic  vocals  are  also  utilized  at  times  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them. When  guitar leads  are  utilized  they  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  some  blast  beats  also  being  added  into  the  faster  sections  of  the  music,  whispered  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  towards  the  end.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Slovakian  and  cover  unfulfilled  religious  salvation  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Besna  are  a  very  great  sounding post  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Jazero".

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  melodic  black/death  metal  and  post  black  metal.  8  out  of  10.

Abyss
Bandcamp: https://abyss-deathmetal.bandcamp.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/abyss.deathmetal/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/abyssdeathmetal/

Besna
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BesnaBand/
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6ObFKojgIwvXycbRH0lQhA
Bandcamp: https://besna.bandcamp.com/
   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/07/abyssbesnawolfmond-production2020-cd.html


BlackStream Interview

jeudi 16 juillet 2020 à 00:37
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
1 - Hellz. Here's BlackStream from Italy. We started as a four piece in Dec.2005 playing raw black metal influenced by Perdition Hearse,Profanatica, Hellhammer recording our first demo
.etc In mid 2006 we changed direction/style because early members (Bonestorm and Misterum) were kicked out because they weren't sick and perverted as us!! After a while we decided to restart with a
completely new idea: a new raw black metal dimension experimenting with synth keys and noisy stuff recording analogically and lo-fi as the early 90's commanded.
We released various stuff (demos and albums and splits) following this way, until the hiatus from 2010 to some months ago.


2.Recently you  have released a demo, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
2 - yes, the DIGITAL PERVERSION demo (available via our bandcamp/mail) enclose various influences : from the occult black metal to ritualistic ambient plus industrial and noise huge influences. let's
say we are influenced by second era Havohej, Beherit (Messe des morts), Mz412, mysticum, current 93,Lord Diabolus, Goat Vulva..and other sick projekts!!!



3.The band was broken up for 10 years, what was the cause of the split and also the decision to reform?
3 - at that time we were involved in other projects causing the hiatus for unknown time. We met during the covid-19 Pandemic at a local hospital for some check-ups while speaking about old times
we decided to bring the sick beast back because we both had lots of ideas rising lately.


4.Originally the band started out playing more of a traditional black metal style but have evolved into more of an experimental style, what was the decision behind going into this musical direction?
4 - As we said before, our band mates of that time were originally pretty involved in the project, with good ideas (riffing and lyrics) but they start lacking of creativity, interest and
 sickness.
Being in 2 and with a solid creativity and fantasy we started as a "joke" using the synth replacing the guitars and we liked the idea to play experimental "synthetic" black metal but
recording it in the raw analogue way. In a certain way we didn't completey part ways from our origins because we kept a a cacophonic style of recording, and you can hear it also in our last demo.



5. A lot of your lyrics cover Occultism and Black Magick themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the black arts?
5 - We are attracted by everything which is disturbing , weird and wicked: music, photography, abandoned graveyards and crypts, sick horror movies and disturbed minds. We also like to read a lot. imagine what.

6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'BlackStream'?
6 - in 2005 we dealt with some stupid guys who though to be the best musicians in town which was also a christian shitty band (too lousy..haha!!) and they were called LifeStream. they used to play in our
rehearsal room too, and, after an early rehearsal we decided to taunt them catholic scum and while started as Deathstream, we finally changed the moniker to BlackStream, which was pretty evocative
and obscure.

7.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the demo cover?
7 - As the title may suggest, this old fresco caught our attention because mary and jesus' glance was pretty weird don't you think? we used the traditional cut n'paste artwork which is more genuine.
the imaginary is not secondary to music in our opinion and this is the first impact for the listener.


8.Has the band done any live shows or open to the idea?
8- No. we only record and do rituals in our ritual chambers.

9.In the earlier days the band was also a part of a great amount of splits, can you tell us a little bit more about the bands or musical projects you shared these recordings with?
9 - our first split included blackstream and our side projects we had at that time. Blackstream's song was a raw black metal track from early rehearsals. In 2006 we also were included in 2 other splits
the first with an italian noise project and the second with the well known(at that time) depressive bm band Wedard .all the split were relased on CD-R and originally badly distributed.


10.Currently the band is unsigned but has been on a label in the past, are you open to working with another label again in the future?
10 - of CURSE. we are currently distributing and bringing back the occultistic blackness bizarre. Besides, we are working on new songs for a following up EP - and searching for a professional
release (both 7" and tape will be extremely proper for our sound devoted to the old kult) so if there's a label involved in this sound and interested, they can contact us and we are glad to send our promo stuff.


11.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your recordings by fans of black metal and experimental music?
11 - we honestly can say that , from the few response we had in the past, that for sure we had mixed opinions and reviews. not everybody (logically!) understood our kind of sound with don't blame, we just
don't care. we follow  our own path!

12.When can we expect another full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

12- as we said before, we are working on new material, so please be patient and wait for new bizarre sick emissions!

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?

13 - read answer no.2 (for influences) : nowadays we still listen to old cults that everybody knows from judas priest to black crucifxion haaha!! we listening also to sick electronic music,
classical music ,experimental stuff...we don't find lots of interesting new stuff, but some recent bands like Moenen Of Xezebeth, Perverted Ceremony, Witchcraft for sure are cool.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
14 - Feel free to visit our bandcamp and have a listen to our shit of satan!!!! don't forget to ask for our new demo to purtrify your spirit and soul..after listening to it you will not be the same anymore!!
    come and dance naked in the woods!! JOIN US IN THE DIGITAL PERVERSION!

contacts: magusermogene@gmail.com  / https://blackstream1.bandcamp.com/releases

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/07/blackstream-interview.html