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Daemonium/Name Me Legion/Bloodred Distribution/2014 CD Review

samedi 23 mai 2015 à 09:23

  Daemonium  are  a  band  from  Ukraine  that  plays  a  musical  style  they  describe  as  horror  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Name  Me  Legion"  which  was  released  by  Bloodred  Distribution.

  A  very  dark  and  ritualistic  ambient  style  synth  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  demonic  growls  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  very  fast,  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  direction  that also  introduces  high  pitched  screams  and  blast  beats  onto  the  recording  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  At  times  the  vocals  can  get  very  deep  and  grim  sounding  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  have  a  very  raw  and  chaotic  sound  to  them  and  spoken  word  parts  and  90's  style  atmospheric  sounding  synths  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  they  close  the  album  with  2  instrumental  ambient  tracks.

  Daemonium  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  mostly  fast,  raw,  heavy  and  aggressive  while  also not  afraid  to  throw  in  melody  and  atmospheric  and  ambient  elements  at  times,  the  production sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  their  native  tongue  and  cover  Occultism,  Diabolism  and  Exorcism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Daemonium  are  a  very  great sounding  horror  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Name Me  Legion"  "Evil  Refuge"  and  "VbIpusty  Us!".  8 out  of  10.   

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CKA3/XV/Bloodred Distribution/2014 CD Compilation Review

samedi 23 mai 2015 à 08:38

  CKA3  are  a  band  from  Ukraine  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  blasphemous form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  compilation  album  "XV"  which  was  released  by  Bloodred  Distribution.

  Clean  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  compilation  along  with  some  heavy  and  melodic  guitar  riffs  a  few  seconds  later  that  also  takes  the  music  into  more  of a  raw  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  very  hateful  sounding  screams  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Classical  guitars  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  solos  and  leads  the  band  uses  also  remain  true  to  a  melodic  style  of  black  metal  and  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  a  very  old  school  Nordic  second  wave  style  that  is  more  closer  to  the  mid  90's era  but  done  with a  more modern  production  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful sound  to  them  and  as the  compilation  progresses  the  vocals  start  adding  in  more  menacing  sounding  screams.

  CKA3  plays  a  very  raw  style  that  is  heavily  rooted  in  the  mid  second  wave  Nordic  style  of   this  genre  and  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  at  times,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  without  taking  away  from  the  raw  nature  of  the  music  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  their  native  tongue  and  cover  Satanism,  Anti  Christianity,  Darkness  and  Death  Themes.

  In  my  opinion  CKA3  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  old  school  black  metal  band  an  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sataanasta"  "Deti  Christ"  "Proklyatbly  Sled  Paymat  Ages"  and  "Key".  8  out  of  10.  


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Kaosophia/The Origins Of Extinction/Bloodred Distribution/2013 CD Review

samedi 23 mai 2015 à 07:34

  Kaosophia  are  a  band  from  Ukraine  that  plays  an  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this is  a  review  of  their  2013  album  "The  Origins  Of  Extinction"  which  was  released  by  Bloodred  Distribution.

  War  and  marching  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavy  riffs  and  melodic  guitar  leads  which  also  dominate  throughout  the  recording  and  a  few  seconds  later  which  leads  up  to  a  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  that  uses  blast  beats  and  grim  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  songs  also  bring  in a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Deep  death  metal  growls  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  songs  also  bring in  a  bit  of  the  melodic  Swedish  satanic  black  metal  sound  at  times  while  the  vocals  have  a  different  style  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very powerful  sound  to  them  and  they  also  stick  to  a  very  raw,  heavy,  dark  and  melodic  musical  direction from  beginnign  to  end  of  the  recording.

  Kaosophia  plays  a  style  of  raw  and  melodic  occult  black  metal  that  is very  heavily  influenced  by  the  Swedish  bands  that  go  more  into  the  dark  side but  with  a  more  grim  approach  to  vocals,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism, Chaos,  Apocalyptic  Visions,  and  Mind  Delusions.

  In  my  opinion Kaosophia  are a very  great  sounding  melodic  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "March  Of  The  Antichrist  Soldiers"  "Rituale  Romanum"  "Dance  With  the  Dead  Stars" and  "Requiem  For  Deceased  Faith".  8  out  of  10.  

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Vivisektion/Gaskammer Edict/Wohrt Records/2015 Cassette Review

samedi 23 mai 2015 à 06:28

  Vivisektion  are  a  band  from  the  United  States  that  plays  a  raw  mixture  of  war,   black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  cassette "Gaskammer  Edict"  which  was  released  by Wohrt  Records.

Harsh  noises  and  air  raid  sirens  start  off  the  cassette  before  going  into  a  very  raw  and  bestial   war  metal  direction  along with  some  blast  beats  and  deep  growls   and  after  awhile  chaotic  guitar  solos  and leads  are  added  along  with  some  black  metal  screams  and  the whole  demo  sticks  to  a  very  heavy,  raw  and  primitive  sound  from  beginning  to  end.

  All  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  very  fast  musical  direction  and  the  songs  take  the  speed  of  Black  Witchery  and  mixes  it  in  with  the  vocals  style  of  Archgoat  and  you  can  also  hear some  influences  from  Revenge  and  Bestial  Warlust  in their  musical  style  and  all  of the  songs  are  very  short  in  length  with  the  longest  one  being  a  little  over  2  minutes.

  Vivisektion creates  a  musical  style  that  is  more  in  the  war  metal  and  bestial  black/death  and  also  beings  in a  great  amount  of  brutality  and  raw  aggression, the  production  sounds  very  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  violent, hateful  and  war  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Vivisektion  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of those  musical  genres, you should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK "Scum Dishonor".  8  out  of  10.

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Mur Interview

vendredi 22 mai 2015 à 06:52
1.       For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

    Well I initially started Mur as a proper musical “entity” back in the winter of 2012. At the time I was really drawn to the more honest, kind of emotionally heavy black metal being put out at the time – stuff with more emphasis on a holistic approach of hope and hate – agony and ecstasy.  I was living in a really claustrophobic studio apartment in the city, it was a long winter as usual, and I wanted to try and take that sound and infuse it with some air or negative space around the music to sort of free myself a little bit. That turned into a three-song EP that was more cynical, raw, and hateful than intended but basically came from the space my head was in all winter into spring.  That creative purge was so total that I really just let it fall by the wayside and lay dormant until more recent months when I felt the need to walk that path – again towards the end of a long Minnesota freeze.

2.       Recently you have released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

    The new album, Athabasca, is definitely a more refined statement. There’s really no wasted space – every moment is the way it is to carry a specific emotional burden.  The doom, drone, and Americana flavors in the mix are also a lot more developed and accentuated and I think make more sense in this album’s context.  I wanted to really focus on quality of the sound in relation to the concept – focusing mainly on esoteric imagery or obtuse emotion rather than a certain “tone” to guide the sound that came out in the end.

3.       The lyrics on the album have a concept to them; can you tell us a little bit more about them?

    During the last year my fiancé and I have been in the process of moving out lives away from the usual life trajectory in the kind of manufactured/hollow/endlessly cyclical urban world to a more rural/agrarian one.  For a more thoughtful, real, and focused one in line with natural rhythms.  The natural landscapes and relationships in Minnesota began to feel more real and significant for me after we started the process.  I kind of rediscovered them and they moved me again and again.  I wanted them to really inform the themes in the new music but I wasn’t interested in the done-to-death typical naïve, vague, and overly romanticized notion of nature in a lot of black metal has today. 


  The complex ecological relationship between the Northern grey wolf (Canis lupis) and the American bison (Bison bison) is symbolic of this place and I think has a lot more personal resonance with people as a focused concept.  This specific ecology also acted like a lightning rod for the writing process – inspiring much of the album in a very short time.  The lyrics basically examine this natural niche through abstraction and minimalistic symbolism.

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

    The name’s appearance and sound just fit the atmosphere and inform the journey.  Obscured by simplicity.

5.       With this musical project you record everything by yourself; do you feel this is a better way of achieving what you want with your musical style?

   Not necessarily, I just want to convey something very personal but also universally understood on a very primal level.  At some point when people create together or collaborate, the message usually gets completely formed over time. Compromise needs to happen between people too so I think the concepts and ideas behind the music can sometimes get watered down or changed.


   There’s nothing like making meaningful music with other people, and there’s also nothing like making something absolutely personal that other people connect with just as much.

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

  Yeah I think if it was the right label I would definitely want to get together with them. And if something happened it would be great, but I‘m not really trying too hard to square that all away right now.  I’ve got a lot keeping me busy in the near future, but the music will surely keep coming and I’m open to anything that happens to cross my path.

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

    It’s been better than I could expect honestly – there’s been a lot more feedback than I thought there would be.  I’ve also been surprised as how many people have told me how much they’ve been affected by the album and how much it’s moved them down deep – a really healthy percentage of people who have bought/downloaded the release since it came out.  It’s inspiring me into working on new stuff even as we speak!

8.       Are you also involved with any other musical projects?

    Other than Mur I play guitar in Hymnal – a two piece with a drummer. It’s more in the vein of heavy, drone-influenced Americana. It’s kind of like heavier Neil Young on a Quaalude binge. A lot of tone, American melody, and cyclical progressions.

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


    Continuing everything I’m currently involved with hopefully.


     I’m planning to do some splits with other like-minded people in the near future and probably come out with another Mur release in the next year or so – pushing that sound further as I go.

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?

   In the metal realm I was mostly influenced by certain atmospheric black metal (Drudkh, Winterfylleth, etc., lots of others), some funeral doom (Ahab, Bell Witch, Loss, etc.), and some more avant-garde/drone stuff (Blood Of The Black Owl, Botanist, Earth).

  But I’ve been listening to mostly non-metal these days and I think their influence helped add some fresh air into the mix too.  There’s a lot of music that I would call heavy without being “heavy” if you know what I mean – carrying significant emotional weight and power - American Primitivism (John Fahey, Kottke, Takoma Records in general), some modern folkie-types (Wooden Wand, Will Oldham, Smog/B. Callahan, Mount Eerie), and just some more experimental/Avant/drone stuff (Swans, Barn Owl, Brian Eno).  Lots of weird shit.

11.   What are some of your non musical interests?

   Well currently my fiancé and I are in the process of beginning some sustainable farming on a family farm in rural Minnesota and we’re also building an off-grid solar tiny home out of a Bluebird bus to be at said farm.  Basically just trying to create a lifestyle with a lot more freedom than the typical city-dweller/modern American.

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

   A sincere thanks to everyone who’s taken an interest in this album and the music so far and thanks for the chance to talk about it – keep an eye out for more to come!






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