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Horncrowned/Defanatus (Diabolus Adventus)/Ketzer Records/2014 CD Review

jeudi 13 novembre 2014 à 05:11

  Horncrowned  are  a  band  from  Columbia  that  plays  a  very  raw,  fast  and  brutal  form  of  satanic  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Defantas  (Diabolus  Adventus)"  which  was  released  by  Ketzer  Records.

  A  dark  synth  intro  starts  off  the  album  which  also  gives  the  music  a  very  ritualistic  feeling  along  with  some  militant  drum  beats  and  you  can  also  hear  voices  and  demonic  growls  in  the  background  and  after  the  intro  the  music  starts  to  get  more  fast,  raw  and  brutal  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  When  solos  and  leads  are  added  into  the  music  they  continue  the  chaotic  black  metal  tradition  the  band  creates  with  their  musical  style  and  after  awhile  they  band  also  brings  in  some  slow  and  mid  paced  parts  while  the  main  focus  remains  on  a  very  fast  and  brutal  sound and  when  melodies  are  utilized  they  bring  in  a  90's  Swedish  black  metal  feeling.

  At  times  you  can  hear  the  sounds  of  war  being  mixed  in  with  the  barbaric  heaviness  of  the  music  and  on  the  later  tracks  the  solos  and  leads  add  some  melody  into  their  fast  structures  and  at  time s you  can  hear  elements  of  death  metal  in  the  more  brutal  sections  of  the  bands  musical  style  along  with  some  vocals  bringing  in  small  amounts  of  growls  at  times  and  one  of  the  later  tracks  brings  in  a  few  seconds  of  melodic  chants  while  the  black  metal  vocals  still  have  more  of  a  dominating  presence  on  this  recording.

  Horncrowned  plays  a  style  of   satanic  black  metal  that  is  very  fast,  raw  and  brutal  as  well  as  bringing  back  a  lot  of  heaviness  and  aggression  that  is  very  rarely  utilized  these  days  and  the  band  stays  away  from  all  of  the  modern  trends  to  create  a  blasphemous  form  of  art,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism  and  Anti  Christian  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Hormcrowned  are  a  very  great  sounding  fast,  brutal  and  satanic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Extinction's  Apotheosis  (Finis  Orbis  Christiani)"  "Worship  of  the  Seven  Headed  beast  (Caper  Nigra  Cultum)"  "Charred  Shrines  (Baptismus  ignis)"  and  "Malign  &  Perverse  (Antichristus  Rex)".  8/5  out  of  10.    

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Primordial/Where Greater Men Have Fallen/Metal Blade Records/2014 CD Review

mercredi 12 novembre 2014 à 21:49

  Primordial  are  a  band  from  Ireland  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  folk  inspired  form  of  pagan/black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Where  Greater  Men  Have  Fallen"  which  will  be  released  on  November  25th  by  Metal  Blade  Records.  

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  which  are  also  used  on  a  regular  basis  throughout  the  recording  and  you  can  also  hear  a  lot  of  melody  in  the  riffing  and  after  a  minute  clean  singing  vocals  become  a  huge  part  of  the  record  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  after  awhile  clean  playing  is  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  you  can hear  a  lot  of  full  chords  in  the  way  the  band  approaches  there  guitar  riffing  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  folk  influence  and  the  music  also  gets  more  atmospheric  with  each  track

  After  a  few  tracks  that  are  all  in  a  slower  direction  the  band  finally  speeds  up  on  one  of  the  tracks  and  adds  in  some  blast  beats  and  raw  black  metal  elements  while  the  music  goes  back  to  a  slower  direction  on  the  following  tracks  and  you  can  also  hear  a  lot  of  traditional  metla  influences  in  the  bands  musical  sound  while  one  of  the  later  tracks  finally  see  the  band  bringing  back  the  grim  black  metal  screams  of  early  recordings  while  the  main  focus  remains  mostly  on  melodic  vocals.

  Primordial  creates  a  very  epic  sounding  album  that  continues  the  folk  music  and  pagan/black  metal  elements  of  previous  recordings  while  also  adding  more  of  a  melodic  traditional  heavy/doom  metal  sound  this  time  around  and  you  can  hear  a  great  amount  of  progress  from  the  previous  recordings,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Irish  Paganism,  Mythology  and  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Primordial  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Babel's  Tower"  "The  Alchemist's  Head"  and  "Wield  Lightning  To  Split  the  Sun".  8  out  of  10.    

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Numenorean/Demo 2014/Filth Regime Records/Review

mercredi 12 novembre 2014 à 04:36

  Numenorean  are a  band  from  Calgary,  Alberta,  Canada  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  demo  which  was  released  by  Filth  Regime  Records.

  Acoustic  guitars  start  off  the  demo  giving  the  music  a  progressive  feeling  and  a  few  seconds  later  the  music  starts  going  into  more  of  a  melodic  post  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  clean  singing  vocals  before  going  into  grim  screams  and  the  music  also  alternates  between  both  clean  and  heavy  parts.

  Both  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  vocals  utilizing  both  melodic  singing  and  black  metal  vocals  which  also  have  a  depressive  tone  to  them  at  times  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  added  into  the  music  they  continue  the  melodic  tradition  of  the  bands  musical  style  and  on  the  second  track  the  band  adds  in  some  raw  tremolo  picking  to  their  post  black  metal  sound  and  towards  the  end  of  the  demo  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  and  synths  can be  heard  before  speeding  up  a  bit  and  adding  in  a  few  seconds  of  blast  beats.

  Numenerean  plays  a  style  of  post  black  metal/gaze  that  is  very  melodic  and  atmospheric  sounding  while  also  making  both  of  the  tracks  very  melancholic  and  progressive,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  yet  powerful  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Numenerean  are  a  very  great  sounding  post  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Follow  The  Sun".  8  out  of  10.


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Itnuveth Interview

mardi 11 novembre 2014 à 22:26

 1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Lianne Krossburner: Itnuveth is a Black Metal project with a pagan and epic essence that easily can be seen reflected in both, music and voice. It’s pure epic, pure magic. It's like a gateway to another time.

2.In October you released your first album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
L. Krossburner: Even if we wanted to get a raw sound in the final master, we see clear and powerful guitars as well. That kind of music, in my opinion, may not sound entirely sharp, nor devoid of dirt; it should be between insanity (very typical of this genre) and beauty. The voices should always be sick, feeling and living what you're singing, no matter how good or bad are your shrieks/growls.
Völundr: The sound in "The Way of the Berserker" is as it should be, at least from our point of view. We wanted it sound unclean but audible, especially raw. Actually, we are very pleased with how the final sound has remained and we hope to continue in this manner in the future.

3.Your lyrics cover some Pagan themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?
Lianne Krossburner: I think this genre cannot be felt if you are a current person; If you don’t understand the wickedness that dwell the world, better leave the path of Black Metal. My lyrics are always linked to paganism, in one way or another. In this case, “The Way of the Berserker” talks on pagan myths and ancient Scandinavian folklore because I love this theme, but in my opinion, this album is an ode to life and death. It describes how the human being is, like a beast, like a berserker, even if sometimes try to disguise themselves as something else.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'itnuveth'?
Völundr: To be honest, ITNUVETH is an invented name after joining the syllables IT-NU-VETH. We liked it how it sounded with the theme of the band; also, surely no one would have this name, which made it even more attractive.

5.Currently there are only 2 members in the band are you planning on expanding the line up in the future or do you chose to remain a duo?
Lianne Krossburner: At first there is no thought to extend "the family." Itnuveth is not a project to be directed to the stage; at least it’s what we think for the moment, so we don’t see the necessity to include new members. We defend ourselves pretty well for now.
Völundr: As Lianne said, we are fine and we don't need anyone else. In a close future, the formation will remain the same and we don't think it will change further on.

6.The album was released on Xtreem Music a label more known for death metal, do you feel you stand out from the other bands on the label?
Völundr: Xtreem Music is a label, as you mentioned, more oriented to Death Metal genre, but currently has more bands dedicated to other musical styles. For example, we could cite WRONG, OUIJA, FROZEN DAWN or SVIPDAGR. There are not many Pagan Black Metal bands, that's true, for this reason we are honored that they wanted to have us in their roster.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of pagan and black metal?
Lianne Krossburner: Actually is that the response from Black Metal fans has been overwhelmingly positive, so much that we are already beginning to sketch what will be our new album. Reviews by specialized media have also been very good. We didn’t expect such a warm welcome.

 8. What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that the band members are a part of?
L. Krossburner: With Edenkaiser I'm about to release our new album. Our first EP Doomsday Juggernaut had very good reviews too, in spite of it's a more primal and raw Black Metal than Itnuveth. Now we will begin touring through Eastern Europe to present the new stuff, Dominum Ex Mortis, and hope it is well received. For next year there are plans for more touring and splits, so I think we are on track.
Völundr: With Svipdagr we are about to finish our second album which we hope will see the light soon. Right now we are in the mixing and mastering process, so after that only we will have to worry about  editing it in the best way possible.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Völundr: Going forward I don't think there are going to be many changes. We will continue with our Pagan Viking Black Metal proposal but for the next album I hope we can go deeper in Viking land. There are several ideas in mind, but we'll see. I just can say say that we will start with the composition of new stuff pretty soon.

10.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?
Völundr: In my case, the bands that have influenced me in one way or another could be BORKNAGAR, FOSCOR, SOLEFALD, WINDIR, THYRFING, MANEGARM, MOONSORROW, BATHORY, ARKONA, BUTTERFLY TEMPLE, SORGSVART, ARCTURUS, VINTERSORG, etc, etc. And in terms of musical styles, I use to listen everything about the Black Metal and its sub-genres, as Folk Black metal, raw Black Metal, Viking Metal, Black Viking...

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
Lianne Krossburner: Hmmm good question. I personally love to write, in fact, Häwkmoon (guitar and founder of Edenkaiser) and I are the authors of the Megadeth biography (in spanish language) and very soon also will be published the Slayer bio by the same publishing house. Besides, I consider myself a “conspiranoid”; in the little free time I have, I love to read and to watch documentaries about conspiracies, the matrix, aliens and stuff like that.

12. Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Lianne Krossburner: Thank you very much for the interview,  It has been a great pleasure for us. \m/
Völundr: Thank you for the interview and the time you have taken to make it, Nice to have chatted with you. Also I would say that anyone who is interested in knowing about ITNUVETH can check our facebook page out [] and to directly contact us, please write to

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Vyre/The Initial Frontier Pt. 2/Supreme Chaos Records/2014 CD Review

mardi 11 novembre 2014 à 04:19

  Vyre  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  intersteller  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "The  initial  Frontier  Pt. 2"  which  was  released  by  Supreme  Chaos  Records.

  Clean  yet  distorted  playing  starts  off  the  album  before  getting  more  heavy  and  melodic  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  vocals  and  the  synths  bring  in  a  very  atmospheric  sound  to  the  bands  musical  style  and  after  awhile  spoken  word  parts  are  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  band  also  brings  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  When  fast  parts  are  utilized  you  can  hear  quite  a  bit  of  a  raw  black  metal  sound  in  the  tracks  that  they  are  used  and  after  awhile  melodic  guitar  vocals  and  clean  singing  avant  garde  vocals  become  a  huge  part  of  the  recording  and  th e band  also  uses  a  good  mixture  of  both  clean  and  heavy  parts  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  adding  in  violins  at  times.

  You  can  hear  a  great  amount  of  Norwegian  black  metal  influences  in  the  tracks  along  with  some  technical  and  progressive  elements  and  you  can  hear  a  great  amount  of  talent  and  skill  in  the  way  that  the  band  plays  their  instruments  and  at  times the  synths  bring  a  classical  and  orchestra  feeling  to  the  songs  along  with  an  instrumental  piece  while  vocals  are  brought  back  on  the  last  track.

  Vyre  creates  another  black  metal  album  that  is  very  heavy,  melodic,  atmospheric  and  avant  garde  and  the y continue  the  tradition  they  established  on  the  first  album,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  futuristic  and  space  travel  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Vyre  and  if  you  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Naughtylus"  and  "RDR  66".  8  out  of  10.



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