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Despot/Pictures Of The Void/2015 EP Review

samedi 4 avril 2015 à 02:36

  Despot  are  a  duo  from  Brazil  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw,  atmospheric  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2015  ep  "Pictures  Of  the  Void".

  Spoken  word  parts  which  also  are  used  on  other  songs  as  well  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  more  of  a  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  direction  and  a  few  seconds  alter  the  music  speeds  up  and  adds  in  blast  beats  and  grim  screams  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  adding  in  growls  at  times.

  Half  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  you  can  also  heat  both  death  and  thrash  metal  influences  in  the  guitar  riffing  at  times  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  very  dark  and  melodic  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  some  of  the  tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  and  synths  and  clean  singing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Despot  creates  a  recording  that  is  very  raw,  melodic,  epic  and  atmospheric  and  the  music  goes  for  more  of  a  90's  style  of  black  metal  but  done  with  more  of  an  up  to  date  approach  and  the  music  also  incorporates  elements  of  thrash  and  death  metal  to  make  the  songs  really  stand  out,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  Atheism  and  Literature.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Despot  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw,  melodic  and  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Bound  Forever"  and  "Bastard  Hive".  8  out  of  10.    

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Shroud Of Despondency/Family Tomb/2015 Full Length Review

samedi 4 avril 2015 à 00:44

  Shroud  Of  Despondency  are  a  band  from  Wisconsin  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  atmospheric  and  progressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2015  album  "Family  Tomb".

  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  atmospheric  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  and  after  a  few  seconds  grim  black  metal  screams  make  their  presence  known  on  the  recording  and  a  good  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  deep  growls  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Keyboards  have  a  very  dominating  sounding  presence  on  this  recording  and  the  solos  and  leads  the  band  uses  are  very  dark  and  melodic  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  with  the  faster  sections  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  some  of  the  tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  samples.

  A lot  of  the  songs  on  this  recording  bring  in  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  that  has  been  absent  from  previous  recordings  and  the  music  also  brings  back  the  early  symphonic  black  metal  band  at  times  before  the  genre  became  more  mainstream  and  overproduced  and  as  the  album  progresses  acoustic  guitars  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Shroud  of  Despondency  stay  away  from  the  more  progressive  and  experimental  stuff  of  previous  recordings  and  goes  back  to  their  more  atmospheric  black  metal  roots  to  close  the  chapter  of  the  band  and  this  is  suppose  to  be  there  final  album,  the  production  sounds very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  anti  religion  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Shroud  Of  Despondency  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Birthrites  Of  The  Sick"  "Where  Desolation  Is  Destiny"  and  "Blesse".  8  out  of  10.


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Deeper Vileness/Of Darker Realms/2015 Demo Review

vendredi 3 avril 2015 à 19:46

  Deeper  Vileness  are  a  musical  project  from  Harlingen, Texas  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  necro  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2015  demo  "Of  Darker  Realms".

  A  very  dark  and  evil  sounding  organ  starts  off  the  demo  and  after  the  intro  the  music  has  an  even  more  haunting  atmosphere  which  leads  up  to  a  very  raw  and  lo-fi  black  metal  sound  that  also  uses  high  pitched  screams  and  noisy  reverb  along  with  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  You  can  hear  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  being  utilized  in  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  and  you  can  hear  the  early  90's  garage  like  quality  of  the  demos  that  where  released  back  then  in  the  bands  musical  style  and  you  can  also  hear  a  small  amount  of  ritualistic  chanting  being  used  on  one  of  the  tracks  and  the  vocals  at  times  also  add  more  of  a  grim  feeling  to  the  songs  and  there  is  also  a  brief  instrumental  track  that  gives  the  music  more  of  an  ambient  feeling  and  they  close  the  ep  with  an  organ  outro.

  Deeper  Vileness  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  dark,  raw  and  lo-fi  and  has  a  sound  that  would  be  too  underground  for  a  lot  of  people  that  are  into  the  more  well  known  bands  of  the  genre  but  would  appeal  to  people  that  prefer  the  side  of  the  genre  that  most  people  would  consider  listenable,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  necro  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Deeper  Vileness  are  a  very  great  sounding  lo-fi,  raw  black  metal  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Of  Darker  Realms"  and  "Where  Evil  Dwells".  8  out  of  10.      

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Dawn Of Azazel/The Tides Of Damocles/2015 CD Review

jeudi 2 avril 2015 à 23:56

  Dawn  of  Azazel  are  a  band  from  New  Zealand  that  has  had  an  album  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  while  they  originally  started  out  more  in  a  black  and  war  metal  direction  in  the  beginning  they  have evolved  into  more  of  a  brutal  and  progressive  death  metal  band  over  the  years  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2015  album  "The  Tides  Of  Damocles"  which  will  be  released  on  April  28th.

  A  very  distorted  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  brutal  death  metal  direction  along  with  some  angry  shouting  and  screaming  vocals  and  the  music  also incorporates  elements  of  groove  and  modern  metal  and  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  being  added  into  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs.

  Throughout  the  recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  very  distorted  and  melodic  sounding  and  some  of  the  tracks  also  bring  in  breakdowns  that  are  very  close  to  deathcore  and  metalcore  and  none  of  the  tracks  have  any  traces  of  black  or  war  metal  which  was  very  dominant  on  their  earlier  releases and  the  last  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  if  it  was  not  for  the  bands  past  this  album  would  of  been  reviewed  in  a  different  blog  that  has  nothing  to  do  with  black  metal.

  Dawn  Of  Azazel  creates  an  album   that  stays  away  from  the  black  and  war  metal  sound  of  earlier  recordings  as  well  as  staying  away  from t he  brutal  death  metal  sound  of  later  material  to  create  more of  a  modern  and  progressive  style  of  death  metal  that  also  brings  in  a  touch  of  groove  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  violent  and  angry  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  decent  recording  from  Dawn  Of  Azazel  and  while  war,  black  and  brutal  death  metal  fans  would  be  disappointed,  I  can  see  this  album  appealing  to  fans  of  progressive  and  modern  death  metal  as  well  as  fans  of  the  more  mainstream  metal  genres.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Strike  First,  Strike  Hard,  Strike  Often"  "The  Odious  Tides"  "Progeny  Of  Pain"  and  "Tarnished  Gold". 7  out  of  10.


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Aegeon Interview

jeudi 2 avril 2015 à 21:46

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

Aegeon was formed in Finland as a one-man black metal band in 2010. In the early 2011, a 3-track demo entitled "Portals" was released.

2.So far you have released a demo, ep and a full length, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on all 3 of the recordings and also how do they differ from each other?

All the records so far have been quite different. The demo had really raw production and the music itself was quite simple and more in thevein of dsBM actually. Demo was quite repetitive and monotonous for the most parts.  The computer drumming is only thing I'm not so pleased about. All the songs were built for the lyrics at the time.

EP was much more in the vein of traditional nordic black metal than demo. It had more fast parts and maybe more nordic sounding guitars and production.

On 'Nocturnal Glorification' I tried to combine the elements I liked on previous Aegeon releases. I also added some keys in order to drag the atmosphere even deeper into the darkness. The production is much
clearer on the album than on previous releases but without losing any of the rawness.

3.Your lyrics cover some Inner Darkness and Anti Christian themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?

Lyrics of Aegeon consists of exploration of the deepest corners of my own mind together with the the hate for all kinds of weak people and mass religions. Misanthropy, death, the blackness of the mind, the end
of christians and the end of the world. These are the elements I entangled together as lyrics while writing 'Nocturnal Glorification'.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Aegeon'?

The name derives from the ancient greek tales. I've always been interested in ancient mythologies. Aegeon (also called Aigaion, Aegaeon and many more) is the god of the sea. He has fifty heads and hundred arms. He is an ally to the titans and is also known as the goat of the sea. As a band's name it also reflects the nature of the orchestra itself. Dwelling deep beneath the darkness of the endless underground.

5.With this project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians on this project or do you prefer to keep everything solo?

On the full-lenght there was actually another musician playing a small part. Khakh joined the band in late 2012 as a guitarist. The songs that appear on the record were already almost written at the time so I
composed maybe 99% of the 'Nocturnal Glorification' but Khakh has already written some quality material for the upcoming releases. I will still definitely remain as a main song writer and will also keep the strings of the band on my hands.

6.The new album came out on Elegy a label that has been around for quite some time, do you feel they have been very helpful when it comes to getting your music out there heard?

As Aegeon is quite an unknown black metal act, it definitely helps a lot that Elegy is old and well known label. It has lots of contacts worldwide. Also for me it is important that the label is actually within the underground.

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

So far I've had very little of feedback but the response of the album in general has been good.

8.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?

Aegeon will definitely stay on the chosen path. I can't see the band changing the course from black metal. I will keep on writing black metal and keep on trying to improve as a writer.

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?

Influences are probably coming from early and mid 90's black metal. Unfortunately nowadays I have very little time to explore the new bands so I mostly listen to the old stuff. It would be quite difficult to mention any specific bands without making a huge list so I won't name any of them. I also listen to some old death metal, opera and classical music.

10.Does Satanism or Occultism play any role in your music?

There is and should be a connection with satanism and occultism in black metal in general. Aegeon also has this connection.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Ancient religions and tales, nature, night, seasons, nature disasters, wars, exploration of human mind. Travelling and seeing the relics and ruins of the ancient world.

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

I am working with the new material at the moment and Aegeon will be making another record sooner or later. Aegeon is also willing to participate on some BM-compilations and split EP's if such opportunity
would occur. Thank you really much for the interview!

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