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Ancst/Ast/Vendetta Records/2015 Split CD Review

samedi 14 mars 2015 à 06:10

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Germany's  Ancst  and  Ast  which  was  released  by  Vendetta  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Ancst  a  band  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  mixes  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  with  crust  and  noise.

  There  side  of  the  split  starts  off  with  a  very  heavy  and  raw  crust  sound  that  evolves  into  more  of  a  melodic  black  metal  direction  once  it  speeds  up  and  adds  in  blast  beats  while  also  mixing  in  the  rawer  side  of  the  genre  as  well  and  when  vocals  are  added  into  the  music  they  have  an  angry  hardcore  feeling  to  them.

  All  of  the  musical  instrument s on  their  side  of   the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  side  to  them  and  they  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  death  metal  growls  at  times  and  the  later  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  one  of  the  tracks  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  and  you  can  also  hear  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  on  the  last  track,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw,  yet  very  powerful  at  the  same  time,   while  the  lyrics  cover  the  angry  and  anti  fascist  themes  of  previous  recordings  but  also  bring  in  more  darker  topics  this  time  around.

  In  ,y  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Ancst  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Seizures".

  Next  up  is  Ast  a  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of  raw,  post  black  metal,  hardcore  punk  and  experimental.

   Distorted  sounding  drones  start  off  their  side  of  the  split  along  with  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  heavy  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  and  you  can  also  hear  a  touch  of  post  hardcore  in  the  bands  musical  style  but  done  in  much  of  a  more  dark  and  heavy   direction  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  at  times.

   As  their  side  of  the  split  progresses  blast  beats  can  be  heard  at  times  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  one  of  the  tracks  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  before  making  a  return  to  a  heavier  direction  which  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  fast  and  raw  black  metal  guitar  riffs  before  closing  with  harsh  noises,  the  production  sound s very  dark,  raw  yet  powerful  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  are  more  in  an  anarchist  direction.

  In  my  opinion  Ast  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of   raw,  post  black  metal,  hardcore  punk  and  experimental,  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "F.S".

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


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Svadilfare/Krig I Kunst/Naturmacht Productions/2015 CD Review

vendredi 13 mars 2015 à 08:56

  Svadilfare  are  a  1  man  band  from  Norway  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2015  album  "Krig  I  Kunst"  which  will  be  released  on  March  22nd  by  Naturmacht  Productions.

  A  very  dark and  raw  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  angry  shouts  a  few  seconds  later  which  evolve  into  grim,  depressive  and  high  pitched  screams  and  you  can  also  hear  chants  being  utilized  in  the  background  at  times  and  the music  does  speed  up  at  times  and  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.

  Throughout  the  recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  at  times  along  with  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  while  some  tracks  also  bring  in  clean  singing  viking  vocals  that  also  gives  the  recording  more  of  an  epic  and  pagan  feeling.

  When  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  remain  true  to  a  melodic  musical  direction  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  songs  at  times  bring  back  the  feeling  of  90's  Norwegian  Viking  and  Pagan/black  metal  and  also  bring  back  some  of  the  epic  structures  those  bands  had  as  well  and  there  are  also  a  couple  of  tracks  that  are  very  long  and epic  in  length  and  the  last  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts.

  Svadilfare  creates  another  album  that  continues  the  pagan  and  atmospheric  black  metal  sound  of  his  previous  recordings  while  still  having  a  perfect  balance  between  heaviness,   darkness  and  rawness  as  well  as  having  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  epic  structures,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  yet  heavy  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  are  written  mostly  in  Norwegian  along  with  a  couple  in  English  and  cover  Norse  Mythology,  Anti  Christianity  and  nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Svadilfare  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  pagan  or  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Evig  Motstand  I  Eit  Dyrenrike"  "All  Religion  Must  Die"  "Liket  I  Svartediket"  and  "Despair,  Depression  and  Contempt".  8  out  of  10.

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Heathen/Self Titled/Caligari Records/2015 Cassette Review

vendredi 13 mars 2015 à 02:14

  Heathen  are  a  1  man  band  from  Norway  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  atmospheric  form  of  viking/black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2015  cassette  which  was  released  by  Caligari  Records.

  A  very  dark,  raw  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  cassette  and  you  can  hear  some  grim  black  metal  screams  that  are  mixed  down  low  in  the  mix  and  over  powered  by  the  guitars  which  also  have  a  depressive  tone  to  them  at  times  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  very  dark  and  melodic  and  a  few  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  After  awhile  the  music  starts  going  for  more  of  a  mid  paced  and  atmospheric  musical  direction  and  at  times  the  tremolo  picking  from  the  guitars  can  be  very  raw  and  also  adds  an  early  90's  Norwegian  black  metal  feeling  to  the  recording  and  after  awhile  the  music  does  speed  up  at  times  and  also  introduces  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  onto  the  recording  along  with  the  riffs  getting  very  fast  and  primal  while  the  main  focus  remains  more  on  a  mid  paced  viking/black  metal  sound  and  one  of  the  tracks  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  keyboards  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction.

  Heathen  plays  a  style  of  viking/black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  old  school  and  also  mixes  in  a  little  of  atmospheric  and  depressive  elements  along  with  the  guitars  being  the  main  focus,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  song  themes  focus  ob  Norse  Paganism.

  In  my  opinion  Heathen  are  a  very  great  sounding  viking/black  metal  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  cassette.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Clutches  Of  Hedonism"  "Diabolical  Hypnotism"  "Banished  To  The  Land  Of  Ice".  8  out  of  10.

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Misericordia Interview

vendredi 13 mars 2015 à 00:27
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?
We have mostly been working with some new songs, but all of us has been involved in some other bands simultaneously and had therefore unfortunately not been able to do any live shows recently for our new album Throne of Existence.

2.Recently you have released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
The production of Throne of Existence is greatly improved compared to our earlier releases. We recorded most of the album in Deobrigula's studio and hired one of the best studio engineers "Realtime Recording" in our hometown for a final mix and mastering. I think that our old fans still will recognize our music and atmosphere on Throne of Existence since our main ambition still is to create aggressive, dynamic and melodic black metal as before. We have all evolved as musicians during all these years and this has of course also affected our creative process and the song writing.

3.This is the first full length to be released in 10 years while there was a promo in 2010, can you tell us a little bit more about the gap between releases?
There are many reasons of this gap between our album, but we have had some trouble to find enough time that Misericordia actually deserved during these years. Other projects within music, art, work and family constellations are some of the reasons to this big gap.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
I have big difficulties to understand how people still can believe in God during this century. Stupidity and cruelty preformed in the name of religion is still one of our main fuel cells for our lyrics, music and inspiration. The insanity of mankind seams to accelerate every year so we won't have any problems to find new fuel and inspiration in the future either.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Misericordia'?
The name Misericordia stands for a "Merciful Death". The world would be a much better place if people just could challenge their blind beliefs and allow themselves to take part of the knowledge and science that humanity has gained so far. They who has any intelligence left will quickly realize that they have been mislead and will perhaps then give their blind beliefs a Merciful Death.  

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance
I think that our shows are more intense and aggressive than any recording of our music will ever be able to snap up. We have had a lot of both good and bad gigs during our years with Misericordia, but we had one really good show here together with Year of the Goat and Marduk in our home town a couple of years ago. It is a huge difference and prestige to play in front of a public filled with people you know.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
Unfortunately not right now.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your newer music by fans of black metal?
The album has been warmly welcomed by both fans and zines so far. The only thing that I misses is a tour to promote this album and meet up all metal heads out there again.

9.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are involved with?
Deobrigula and Endymion also play in a progressive band with vibes from the seventies, called Year of the Goat. They are recording their second full-length album right now that really sounds great so far.

I play in a doom/death band called Warden Clyffe that are in the writing process for our second full-length album as well. I also have a progressive death metal project under the working name STIR that perhaps will hit the light during next year.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We will probably end up with less grind and try to apply more darkness and dynamic in our songs, but with the same bleak atmosphere as Misericordia always has had.

11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
I still mostly get my inspiration from older bands like Morbid Angel, Emperor, Cynic, Mayhem, Immortal, Dissection.

12.How would you describe your views on Satanism and Occultism?
I have personally realized that every belief that we humans ever made up is all fake. I was searching for answers and something bigger when I were a uneducated teenager, but I fortunately quickly realized the everything behind it really were fucked up.

Some humans are very greedy by instinct when it's come to money or power over other people. This may not only be seen as bad thing, since it probably also is one of the reason to our more or less successful evolution, that has led us to develop the civilization that we are in today. The problem is that there are far too many followers that just wait to swallow the scams from the first hypocrite they meet, to let their lies infest all their thoughts for life.

Most "normal" people need to feel that the belong to something, and are therefore often attracted to be a part of a herd. Some of us start to play black metal in a band and some other goes to church to feast on the never ending recourses of Christ's blood and flesh.

Satanism and occultism is for me the same humbug as all other religions and myths. I have some problems to ignore the ideas and stupidity that some religious people preaches but I tries to accept all these faiths if it stays out of politics and school education. Misericordia are against all religions but I can understand if people associate us with Satanism since we sometimes use blood during our shows. We used blood for other purposes than to celebrate any mythological creatures thou.

Something happens to you when you drain yourself in blood. Try it! For us, this action immediately transport us to the mental and psychological state that is perfect for our music and aggression on stage. I don't know why really, but maybe because blood always has had an huge impact on our history and has both fascinated and horrified people over centuries. Several cultures and belief systems strongly associates blood with life and death and some people sees our actions as a shocking blasphemy against their beliefs.

It is a difficult topic, but practice whatever you want behind your locked doors or within your herd. I think that it is good for our mental health to be a part of a group/herd, but it is very important that people still think for themselves.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?
I have many interest unfortunately and I'm fortunate to have a work that I like to spend my time at. I'm training some martial art also but music is my main interest.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Kill God, Satan, Santa and the rest of all fairytales! Then embrace reality and enjoy our latest album Throne of Existence

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Morktar/Dark Years/Mordgrimm/2015 CD Review

jeudi 12 mars 2015 à 07:20

  Morktar  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  misanthropic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Dark  Years"  which  was  released  by   Mordgrimm

  Distorted  sounding  drones  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  high  pitched  screams  which  also  leads  up  to  more  of  a  heavy  and  raw  black  metal  sound  as  well  as  the  screams  getting  a  lot  more  grimmer  and  on  the  second  track  the  music  starts  to  go  for  more  of   a  mid  paced  musical  direction  along  with  vocals  getting  for  deep  at  times  and  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  growls.

  As  the  album  progresses  the  music  speeds  up  at  times  and  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats   while  the  main  focus  remains  on  mostly  a  mid  paced  direction  and  also  only  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  to  create  a  very  raw  and  necro  style  of  black  metal  that  is  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  second  wave  tradition  and  they  close  the  album  with  some  harsh  noises.

  Morktar  creates  one  of  the  rawest  sounding  misanthropic  black  metal  albums  to  be  released  in  years  with  this  recording  and  keeping  everything  very  dark  and  very,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  misanthropy,  paranoia,  mental  illness,  suicide  and  death.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Morktar  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  misanthropic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Worse  Than  The  Plague"  and  "Painful  Dark  Death".  8  out  of  10.


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