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Unapproachable Light/Silver Dawn/2021 Single Review

dimanche 14 mars 2021 à 22:46

 


  Unapproachable  Light  are  s  solo  project  from  Chicago,  Illinois  that  plays  a  very  traditional  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2021  single  "Silver  Dawn".


  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  song  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  track  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  All  of  the  drum  beats  are  programmed  along  with  all  of  the  vocals  being  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  the  recording  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  90's  influences.


  Unapproachable  Light  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  traditional  and  heavily  rooted  in  the  mid  90's  to  early  200's  era.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  nature  and  mysticism  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Unapproachable  Light  are  a  very  great  sounding  traditional  black  metal  solo  project  and  if   you  are  a  fan  of  this musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  single.  8  out  of  10.


https://unapproachablelight.bandcamp.com/releases

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/03/unapproachable-lightsilver-dawn2021.html


SKOTOC/Demon/2021 Demo Review

dimanche 14 mars 2021 à 22:33

 


  SKOTOC  are  a  solo  project  from  Greece  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2021  demo  "Demon".


  An  ambient  orientated  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  demo  along  with  a  brief  use  of  ritualistic  spoken  word  parts  which  also  evolve  into  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the e arly  90's  greek  style.


  Dark  sounding  melodies  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  all  of  the  drum  beats  are  also  programmed.  Tremolo  picking  can  also  be  heard  in  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  and  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  some  slow  and  mid  tempo  sections  also  being  utilized  at  times,  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style.


  SKOTOC  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  old  school  sounding  and  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  Hellenic  style.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  demons  and  war  themes.


  In  my  opinion  SKOTOC  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Ages  of  madness  N  War".  8  out  of  10.


https://skotoc.bandcamp.com/album/demon  


  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/03/skotocdemon2021-demo-review.html


Rituals Of The Dead Hand/With Hoof And Horn/Dunkelheit Produktion/2021 CD Review

dimanche 14 mars 2021 à 21:20

 


  Rituals  Of  The  Dead  Hand  are  a  band  from  Belgium  that  plays  an  occult  mixture  of  black,  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "With  Hoof  And  Horn"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Dunkelheit  Produktion.


  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  small  amount  of  ritualistic  soundscapes  while  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  elements  of  doom  metal.  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  Vocals  are  mostly  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  clean  singing  also  enhances  the  occult  atmosphere  of  the  songs.  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  some  elements  of  doom  metal  also  being  added  into  the  slower  sections  of  doom  metal  and  death  metal  growls  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music.


  Keyboards  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  tracks  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences.


  Dark  sounding  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  as  well  as  the  vocals  also  having  their  grim  moments.  Orchestra  structures  and  choirs  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  samples  also  being  added  utilized  at  times  which  also  adds  more  darkness  to  the  music,  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  on  the  closing  track.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  that  cover  the  myths  and  legends  of  the  Buck  Rider  Cult.


  In  my  opinion  Rituals  Of  The  Dead  Hand  are  a  very  great  sounding  occult  mixture  of  black,  doom  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sulphur"  and  "The  Defiling  Days". 8/2  out  of  10.


https://dunkelheitprod.bandcamp.com/album/with-hoof-and-horn


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4d0dQRDiTvo

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/03/rituals-of-dead-handwith-hoof-and.html


Sothh Interview

dimanche 14 mars 2021 à 19:43

 

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




My life’s pretty happy these days, and Sothh is reflection back on when it wasn’t. So Sothh is like smudging through my past life in the worst possible times, musically. 




2.Can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you have went for on the recordings?




I would say the style is raw black metal. I like a raw approach and in the moment, not jazz necessarily, but improve. I like to find a riff or rhythm and stick with it. And finding and recording samples are one of my favorite parts of Sothh. 




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




A lot of my lyrics have to do with pain and loss, things in black metal. Depression. But I also like to write about movies, certain individuals or events in time, both from reality or fiction. 




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




Sothh is a mathematician from the science fiction novel, Battlefield Earth. 




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




I took a photo from the back of a pen and paper RPG dice rolling tower, that’s in my collection. 




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




I prefer to work alone. But have thought about recording and sending it out to others to be mastered. People who I have enjoyed their work in the past. 




7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?




I would like to find a label where I would feel at home amongst the label-mates. I have submitted music to a few labels I would be interested to work with. But it’s not a thought that weighs too much on me. I’m just focused on writing a debut full length right now. 




8.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal and dark ambient?




Honestly, a lot better than I would have thought, on a global scale. People have said nice things from other countries. I’m very grateful and appreciative to anyone who says things, good or bad. 




9.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future?




The full length is currently in the works. I want Sothh to continue as a project. Possibly even working with other artists down the road. 




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?




I have a variety of influences, in and out of the black metal realm. Some of the artists I would name as major influences - Earth, Leviathan, Neptune Towers, Bathory and Pharaoh Sanders. I’m also inspired by movies. I’ve been listening to the new Mork record, Sarcafago and Destroyer 666 a lot lately. 




11.Does Occultism play any role in your music?




At times, in the samples I choose. Pulling specifically from religious cults, but necessarily from the occult. 




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




First and foremost, I want to say thank you for this opportunity. And I want to say thank you to my wife and my family and anyone who is supporting Sothh as a project. 


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/03/sothh-interview.html


Niht/Arcanum/Van Records/2021 CD Review

dimanche 14 mars 2021 à 05:03

 


  Niht  are  an  international  band  with  members  from  Germany  and  Austria  that  plays  a  very  aggressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Arcanum"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Vendetta  Records.


  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostyl  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  dark  sounding  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.


  The  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  old  school  and  modern  influences  while  the  tracks  also  add  in  a  good  balance  between  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  At  times  the  vocals  also  get  very  deep  yet  aggressive  sounding  along  with  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  when  they  are utilized  as  well  as  some  whispers  also  being  utilized  briefly,  on  later  tracks  the  vocals  also  start  mixing  in  a  more  depressive  tone  and  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  on  the  closing  song.


  Niht  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  aggressive,  melodic  and  traditional  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  feelings  and  emotion  themes. 


  In  my  opinion  Niht  are  a  very  great  sounding  aggressive  and  melodic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Angst"  "Sucht"  and  "Tod".  8  out  of  10.


https://www.facebook.com/NihtBM 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/03/nihtarcanumvan-records2021-cd-review.html