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Comando Praetorio/Ignee Sacerta Ctonie/ATMF/2019 CD Review

vendredi 15 novembre 2019 à 11:04

  Comando  Praetorio  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  apocalyptic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Ignee  Sacera  Ctonie"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  ATMF.

  Field  recordings  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  along  with  the  riffs  also adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.  All  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  deep  yet  grim  black  metal  screams.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  atmospheric  sounding  synths  also  being  utilized  at  times  as  well  as  one  track  also  introducing  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  recording  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  add  in  a  more  modern  side  of  the  black  metal  genre.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Italian  and  cover  Hirpi  Sorani  chthontic  fire  cults  of  Mount  Soratte.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Comando  Praetorio  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  apocalyptic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Barbarie  della  pieta"  and  "Ignee  sacera  ctonie".  8  out  of  10.

http://atmfsssdtp.bandcamp.com/album/ignee-sacert-ctonie

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/11/comando-praetorioignee-sacerta.html


End Of Mankind Interview

vendredi 15 novembre 2019 à 10:00

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



END OF MANKIND is a black metal band from Paris founded in 2015 by 5 people with different backgrounds. The spectrum of influences of the band is quite broad, let’s say that we stand somewhere between THE RAMONES and DISSECTION.



The band wrote a first EP called "Faith Recoil" and released it in 2016 on vinyl, CD and cassette and then released a split cassette with KATACOMBES in 2017. The first full length album will be released on November 8th on CD version through MALEFICARUM RECORDS and MALLEVS RECORDS and exclusively on MALLEVS RECORDS for the cassette version.



2.In November you have your first full length coming out, musically how does it differ from your previous splits and ep?



“Faciem Diaboli” is very straight in your face, intense as well as contrasted by quiet and contemplative parts or even electro / industrial music on some tracks. Unlike our first EP, "Faith Recoil" which was recorded in a bit of a hurry, "Faciem Diaboli" was completely pre-produced, in order to get to the studio well prepared and able to play each song with more serenity.



The album was recorded at Hemlig Studio by Étienne Sarthou who did a great job both with the recording process and the mix. He almost acted as an artistic director. His advice helped us a lot in achieving the goals we set ourselves.



We entrusted the mastering to Magnus Lindberg (CULT OF LUNA, TRIBULATION, REFUSED, ALCEST, …) who turns out to be a good friend of Etienne, which allowed us to create a real synergy between the mix and the mastering.



We are very satisfied with the end result.



3.The band also formed out of the ashes of 'Eternal Majesty' what was the cause of splitting up the band to form a new one?



Before the creation of END OF MANKIND in 2015, Sagoth and Thorgon asked me (Goulaxe) to play as second guitar for an ETERNAL MAJESTY reunion show (the band split in 2006). Unfortunately, the project didn't go any further and from this frustration, END OF MANKIND was born. With only the 3 of us at the time, we quickly wrote the first EP "Faith Recoil". It was on this recording that we were later joined by Anxiferath (PYRECULT) as singer and Nesh (AZZIARD, NYDVIND) on the guitar. The line up has not moved since then.



As a tribute to ETERNAL MAJESTY, we covered two songs of the band “Soyons les Pierres du Temple Noir” and “The warlord”, both live and in studio, on the split ep with KATACOMBES.





4.The lyrics on the album also have a concept to them, can you tell us a little bit more about the topic you covered on this recording?



The concept of the album is based on the topic of recluses during the Middle Ages in France. The "recluseries" were small lodges often located at the entrance of cities, near cemeteries or built against the churches' walls. The recluses were often women who were sequestered in a wet and narrow built cube, being unable to move there. They would only come out of it as corpses.



Affected by an illness, a mourning, but also sometimes to atone for mortal sins (violence, adultery, murder, important theft ...), their salvation was possible only through the sacrifice of their own life, as an ultimate wish for humility and piety.



The recluses' role was to be in communion with God, in order to protect the city from all the evils (wars, famines, epidemics). This supernatural protection, at the time, reassured the inhabitants.



They only had food and clothes given by the local villagers and they were reduced to talking through a small gate, only with those who gave them the gift of speech. Very often, they did not resist such living conditions very long.



At that time, suffering was considered as necessary to obtain the celestial rewards. Because of this aspiration to sacrifice, the "recluseries" started to spread widely.



5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'End Of Mankind'?



Man has become a plague for himself, devastating the planet and enslaving his fellows. We are moving towards the end of civilization with a heavy and decided step. Man has concretely set up his own destruction - the planet and humanity will have reached a point of no return in the middle of this century - in which the prospect of a largely uninhabitable Earth will lead to the collapse of nations and the world order.



The frenzied consumption of rich countries at the expense of the poorest ones has made us good little soldiers / victims of capitalism. We have created so many barriers between us that we are unable to react collectively to recover.



The end of humanity is unavoidable and we propose to put it to music.



6.A lot of the band members also have a history of playing in bands as far back as the 90's, what is it that motivates you to keep going after a couple of decades?



I have been personally (Goulaxe) active in the French underground music scene for over 20 years. I  come initially from the punk / hardcore scene in which I played in bands such as PROVIDENCE, RIGHT FOR LIFE, WOLFPACK, WORST DOUBT, SIX FT DITCH, ONESTA, 25 TA LIFE, TROMATIZED YOUTH and many others ...



I do not feel any weariness, quite the opposite! I find it very rewarding to be able to fit in different styles and musical approaches. I think that's what we call a passion.



Other band members were or are also involved in bands such as: AOSOTH, ANTAEUS, PYRECULT as well as some other obscure industrial / goth bands.





7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?



During our shows we strive to create a heavy, violent and hypnotic atmosphere to provoke a physical reaction from the audience in return, while remaining ourselves: no corpse paint, no wristbands, no fake bad boys’ attitude,… Even if you do not move during our gigs, I (Goulaxe) want you to feel that at any moment we can attack you. I can not bear the quiet Black Metal shows where nothing happens, where people look like they are safely watching TV. Black Metal is supposed to be dangerous right?



As for my memories of "best shows", I have two specific ones that come to my mind. The first was the night of my birthday in Sofia, Bulgaria last February. It was the first time we played there, we received a great and warm welcome and the show was really cool. Big evening, big drinking, big party ... By the way, I take this opportunity to greet our friends in BELGARATH and Milena at Hangar 18 for the huge support.



The second one was the following gig in Thessaloniki, Greece where we played at the legendary Eightball Club. During this evening we met our friend Lefteris for the first time. Lefteris is a dude who helped us a lot with the band even though he did not know us at all at the time. I have a lot of respect for this kind of passionate people who offer their help without expecting anything in return. Hail to our friends there in SORGELIG, NIHILISM, SORDID DOGS and to Patroklos from KRISIS PRODUCTION.



8.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?



We will play the Winter Rising Fest in France on November 8th with MERRIMACK, PROFANATICA, MERCYLESS, VULCANO, ... among others. A mini tour in the west of France in early 2020 with our friends from THE NEGATION is planned and also a tour in Greece in October 2020.



And surely many other shows by then, we are working on it!



9.In 2017 you shared a split with 'Katacombes' what are your thoughts on the other band that had participated on the recording?



The goal of this split was to have decent material length for a tape and then share it to have one band per side. This idea of doing this with KATACOMBES was easy in the way it is a studio side project of Nesh.



This project is a collaboration I (Nesh) had with a French manga drawer called Vald, who released 4 mangas called Catacombes (https://fr-fr.facebook.com/catacombes.vald/) which depicts Paris, the Metal scene and places through the story of a girl and an underground Black Metal fictive band, the whole surrounded with zombies and the mysteries of what’s dwelling in the Parisian catacombs. Vald worked with some friends to give life in a way to the his mangas’ Black Metal band KATACOMBES, and release digitally 2 demos with his manga’s volumes 2 and 3.



For the release of his fourth and last volume Vald wanted to do a bit more than a third demo and then I proposed him to work on some old materials I had from 2001 to 2011 and newer stuff. We selected the tracks and I recorded, mixed and mastered in my home studio all the instruments, and our friend who sang on the second demo wrote the lyrics and recorded the vocals. We could then digitally release this first 5 songs EP on Bandcamp at the same time the forth manga volume was released. We were trying to find a way then to have a physical release one day, and the project of sharing a split tape with END OF MANKIND was obvious and a perfect timing.



10.The album is going to be released through both 'Mallevs' and 'Maleficarum Records', can you tell us a little bit more about both of the labels?


MALLEVS RECORDS is a pretty young independent record labed run by Sagoth and Anxiferath from END OF MANKIND that focuses its activity on extreme underground music. Founded in 2016 by these two records enthusiasts, the label now has more than 25 physical releases from international bands, mainly from the alternative metal scene (black / death / doom / indus). The label has focused, since its creation and until now, on the audio cassette tape format, in tribute to the golden age of tape trading.



With a desire to highlight the object as a graphic and visual extension of the atmosphere and the message that the bands distil in their music, MALLEVS RECORDS often teams up with studios and businesses in the following fields: screen printing, laser engraving, but also with painters or tattoo artists, in order to offer products that are well-made and rather complex (hand-numbered collector boxes, deluxe packaging, etc…).



So far, they released bands such as VOCIFERIAN, THE NEGATION, SUMERU, CEPHEIDE or AZZIARD just to name a few.



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



The first batch of reactions toward our new album is truly positive and very supportive so far. There are some new reviews coming up, stay tuned! This is fuel to keep us going and work on the next tours as well as new material.



12.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?



ETERNAL MAJESTY are currently recording a brand new album. Knowing that the previous album was release 13 years ago is sick! I (Goulaxe) had the chance to listen to some tracks and it’s going to be very good, trust me. AZZIARD, the other guitarist’s band, are in the studio now and will release their fourth album some time during 2020. And finally, PYRECULT, a band which shares two members with END OF MANKIND are currently in the process of writing a new full-length. We never stop man.



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



It would be pretty hard for me (Goulaxe) to answer to be honest, you know, we do not think too much about our musical orientation in the long run, we just play riffs and melodies that we like, trying to build something consistent and heavy.

 

14.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.



I think that all member in the band are all into Black Metal old timers, think of DISSECTION, KVIST, DARKTHRONE, EMPEROR, GORGOROTH, MAYHEM, IMPALED NAZARENE, SHINING, MARDUK, …

Personally (Goulaxe), I listen to a lot of quite different styles of bands such as DOOL, KICKBACK, TERRORIZER, ULVER, ANGELIC UPSTARTS, DEVIL'S BLOOD, CONVERGE, CHOPIN, SERGE GAINSBOURG, …



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



For those interested in following the band’s activity and news:

Bandcamp: https://endofmankind.bandcamp.com/

FB: https://www.facebook.com/EndOfMankind/

Instagram: @end_of_mankind

Booking / General inquiries: endofmankind666@gmail.com

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/11/end-of-mankind-interview.html


LvxCaelis Interview

vendredi 15 novembre 2019 à 09:30
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?



After recording the album in Sweden, we returned to Chile, and got back to the regular life, job etc.  We are nowadays rehearsing and preparing ourselves for our one and only live date for 2019, to be held in Santiago de Chile next month. That date is very special since it is the release show of our recently released album “Maher Shalal Hash Baz”.



2.On Halloween you are going to release your new album, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?



2. Well this time the musical composition in general was done differently, I do not want to compare it with the previous works, since each of the albums we have released were created at a special time in my life.

Perhaps the music for this album was more focused on the members’ personal experiences and musical tastes, so the composition flowed better this time.



3.This is also your first album to be released in 4 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?



3. Well, without getting into details, I think it is a prudent time frame for releasing new material. We don’t want to hurry with making as many albums as possible.

Before the recording of “Maher Shalal Hash Baz” we spent a good amount of time preparing for the “Lvx In Tenebris” European tour that happened last year.



4.A lot of your lyrics deal with Luciferian Gnosis and the Left Hand Path, can you tell us a little bit more about how your involvement in the dark arts has evolved over the years?



4. Although knowledge does not have a limit or end, each one should take into account his personal evolution and improve in all possible aspects.





5. A lot of your lyrics also show a great amount of research, do you feel this is missing in a lot of black metal bands that approach either Satanic, Luciferian and Occult paths?



5. Everyone is free to express their knowledge in the best way they can.



6.The lyrics on the older albums also show some leanings towards alchemy, Enochian, Thelema and Gnosticism, do you take any inspirations from occult authors into your songwriting?





6. Of course, I have always taken the best of some authors which inspires our lyrics as well as we dedicate writing according to our knowledge and personal experiences.





7.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'LvxCaelis'?



7.Although the band was born after a personal purification, the idea of creating it goes beyond being a simple musical project. The inspiration we had then will be kept in secret and I will avoid getting into details.

We wanted to have a band name that doesn’t sound very “cliché” and that will also define and represent what we try to give with our art.





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



 8. The album cover was done by Åskväder / 109 Art. She got the freedom to illustrate the cover art according to what the music and lyrics inspired her, we also talked a bit in advance about my ideas and visions. Her style is very inspired in the old woodcuts, so that fitted very well in what I was looking for a cover art.





9.The band also has both A Chile line-up and a European line up for shows, what is the decision behind using 2 separate line-ups instead of working as a full band?



9. Back in 2014 I travelled to Europe to record “The Watchers” and the opportunity to perform live came to reality, so the European line-up helped me to fulfill these two shows in Germany and Belgium. I am forever grateful for their help of course.

Today we have a stable line up in Chile and we are working on new material.





10.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?



10. Some events that come to mind are some ADF events in Santiago de Chile, September 2013, Oberhausen, Germany in August 2014, then the 2015 mini tour in the US, March 2018 in Santiago Chile joining Hetroertzen on their Chilean tour.

When we go on stage, we devote our performance to all the real supporters that are there and expect something memorable. We try to deliver the best we can in sound and performance. The visual aspects are always very important as well, that´s why we use some decorations that fits our music. Real human skulls, bones, incense, candles, all of that give the show a good touch.





11.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?



11. We have our release fest scheduled for December 13th in Santiago de Chile. We are also in conversations for a possible tour next year.



12.The new album is going to be released on 'Lamech Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?



I have a close relationship with the people behind Lamech Records long before the label was created. To be part of Lamech Records was a rather natural outcome, they listened to our first demo and just felt it right to have us on their roster. Since then we have always worked together and always respected their standards.

They have done a good job in terms of production and distribution; I think that today the

label has its trademark registered in as for the level of their productions.





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



13. I think that the reception we have had so far has been pretty good. We are thankful to those who support us in different ways.





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



14. In the future, who knows, I prefer to not have high expectations and continue walking under the shadows, continue working to deliver our art to our followers and why not, reach those who today have not given themselves the time to listen to our music and experience our art.



15.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?





15. Well maybe it is something extensive to make known or mention the musical styles that we keep up to date, since it will always vary according to the mood that one has, but there are always present old-school bands both Heavy Metal and Black metal among others , also some ambient music for some moments and endless music.



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





16. Thank you for your interest and support in the band, for the fans I hope you enjoy the new album and stay tuned for new developments.




www.facebook.com/LvxCaelis407

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/11/lvxcaelis-interview.html


Beast Of Damnation/Dawn OfThe Beast/Black Sunset/MDD/2019 CD Review

vendredi 15 novembre 2019 à 08:46

  Beast  Of  Damnation  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  very  satanic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Dawn  Of  The  Beast"  which  will  be  released  in  December  as  a  joint  effort  between  Black  Sunset  and  MDD.

  Acoustic  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  some  growls  also  being  utilized  at  times.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  in  add  some  blast  beats.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  as  well  as  the  music  also  adding  in  a  good  mixture  of  80's  and  influences.

  Elements  of  death  and  thrash  metal  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  recording  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  As  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  some   acoustic  guitars  also  returning  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  and  they  close  the  album  with  a  cover  of  The  Eagles's  "Hotel  California"  which  also  adds  in  some  rough  yet  melodic  vocals. The  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Anti  Christianity  and  War  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Beast  Of  Damnation  are  a  very  great  sounding  satanic  black  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Fuck  For  Satan"  "Battle  Rage"  "Satan  Rises"  and  "Crucifucked".  8  out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/11/beast-of-damnationdawn-ofthe-beastblack.html


Within Nostalgia/Conjuring A New Reality/2019 Full Length Review

jeudi 14 novembre 2019 à 10:34

  Within  Nostalgia  are  a  band  from  North  Bay,  Canada  that  plays  a  mixture  of black  metal,  blackgaze  and  post  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2019  album  "Conjuring  A  New  Reality".

  Melodic  riffing  starts  off  the  album  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  emtal  screams.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Acoustic  guitars  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  recording  as  well  as  all  of t he  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Clean  female  vocals  are  also  utilized  on  some  of  the  tracks  as  well  as  the  music  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  post  rock  and  shoegaze  elements which  also  get  more  dominant  on  the  songs  as  the  album  progresses.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being   as elf  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  beauty  of  nature  and  dark  emotion  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Within  Nostalgia  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  emtal,  blackgaze  and  post  rock  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Heart  In  The  Eye  of  The  Skull"  and  "Death  Lifes'  Lover".  8  out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/11/within-nostalgiaconjuring-new.html