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Lamentations Of The Ashen/Libertine Cyst/Fragile Branch/Sylvan Screams Analog/2015 Full Length Review

vendredi 23 janvier 2015 à 09:52

  Lamentations  Of  The  Ashen  are  a  1  man  band  originally  from  New  Mexico  but  now  resides  in  Ohio  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  with  some  elements  of  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2015  album  "Libertine  Cyst"  which  will  be  released  in  March  as  a  joint  effort  between  Fragile  Branch  and  Sylvan  Screams  Analog.

  A  very  dark,  depressive  and  distorted  sound  starts  off  the  album  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  adding  in  melodic  post  black  metal  style  guitar  leads  while  the  guitar  rhythms  bring  in  elements  of  doom  and  sludge  metal  which  they  also  mix  in  with  high  pitched  screams  that  also  takes  the  music  into  more  of  a  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  that  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.

  All  4  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  some  of  the  sections  also  bring  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  when  synths  are  utilized  they  bring  in  more  of  an  atmospheric  and  ambient  feeling  to  the  recording.

  Throughout  the  recording  the  music  mixes  in  doom  with  black  metal  and  each  track  has  a  different  sound  while  you  can  still  easily  tell  that  it  is  the  same  artist  on  all  of  them  along  with  the  second  track  bringing  in  elements  of  funeral  and  90's  doom/death  and  some  of t he  songs  also  bring  in  a  good  mixture  of  both  clean  and  heavy  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  drones  and  acoustic  guitars  are  added  onto  the  album  along  with  a  few  seconds  of  clear  vocals  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  progressive  feeling.  

  Lamentations  Of  The  Ashen  creates  4  epic  tracks  that  bring  in  a  very  diverse  yet  atmospheric  black  metal  album  that  is  mixes  in  a  decent  amount  of  doom  metal  elements  along  with  a  good  dose  of  melody  and  a  touch  of  progressive  traces  to  create  a  very  original  sounding  album,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Sorrow,  Depression  and  Hatred.

  In  my  opinion  Lamentations  Of  the  Ashen  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "A  Profane  Illvmination"  and  "Dissentient  Cyclic  Echelons".  8  out  of  10.

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The Unchaining/Ithlien/2015 Full Length Review

vendredi 23 janvier 2015 à 05:12

  The  Unchaining,  Italy's  one  man  band  has  returned  with  a  new  album  that  continues  to  expand  on  the  atmospheric black  metal  sound  that  he  has  established  and  previous  recordings  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2015  album  "Ithlien".

  A  very  dark  ambient  synth  sound  starts  off  the  album  and  after  the  intro  the  music  starts  going  for  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  grim  sounding  screams  while  also  keeping  the  atmospheric  elements  that  where  also  present  on  the  intro  and  a  good  portion  of  the  tracks  are  also  long  and  epic  in  length  and  also  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction.

  At  times  the  synths  bring  in  a  medieval  feeling  along  with  some  parts  that  would  fit  on  a  fantasy  movie  soundtrack  which  is  also  mixed  in  with  the  more  raw  style  of  black  metal  and  in  some  parts  of  the  songs  you  can  also  hear  traces  of  doom  metal  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  added  onto  the  recording  they  add  more  of  a  melodic  feeling  to  the  recording  on  the  tracks  that  they  are  utilized  along  with  some  of  the  riffs  also  incorporating  a  small  amount  of  melody  on  while  one  of  the  later  tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  and  clean  singing.

  Just  like  with  the  past  few  recordings  The  Unchaining  creates  another  atmospheric  black  metal  album  that  is  very  raw  and  epic  sounding  as  well  as  remaining  true  to  the  some  musical  direction  that  has  been  present  on  the  last  few  albums,  the  production  sound s very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  the  Unchaining  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Eyes  of  The  Forest"  and  "Dawn".  8  out  of  10.


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Crest of Darkness/Evil Messiah/My Kingdom Music/2015 EP Review

jeudi 22 janvier 2015 à 09:32

  Crest  Of  Darkness  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  dark,  raw  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  ep  "Evil  Messiah"  which  will  be  released  in  February  by  My  Kingdom  Music.

  A  very  dark,  melodic  and  atmospheric  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  high  pitched  and  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  and  the  band  also  brings  in  a  very  old  school  sound  but  done  with  more  of  a  modern  production  while  you  can  still  hear  some  of  the  current  Norwegian  style  in  the  bands  music  structures  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  powerful  sound  to them.

  At  times  you  can  hear  a  bit  of  a  death  metal  influence  in  the  vocals  and  the  solos  and  leads  bring  in  even  more  of  an  melodic  old  school  metal  vibe  and  the  band  also  brings  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  some  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  thrash  metal  influence  along  with  blast beats  coming  out  of  drums  when  the  music  speeds  up  and  they  also  close  the  ep  with  a  cover  of  Alice  Cooper's  "Sick  Things".

  Crest  Of  Darkness  creates  another  dark  and  melodic  sounding  black  metal  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism  and  Anti  Christian  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Crest  Of  Darkness  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Evil  Messiah"  and  "Abandoned  By  God".  8  out  of  10.       

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Suhnopfer Interview

jeudi 22 janvier 2015 à 05:36
6/01/2015 INTERVIEW Sühnopfer – webzine – OCCULT BLACK METAL

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with this musical project since the release of the new album?

“Offertoire” has been released on the 1st December on CD and LP, we’re waiting for a tape release within the next weeks, and also for another t-shirt printing.

2.In December 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 new album sounds more professional, with a better production than before, and obviously my playskills and composing process have increased on “Offertoire”. It sounds in the vein of “Nos Sombres Chapelles” (2010) but with more worked and accomplished songs, more melodies and intensity than before on guitars, drums & vocals, and a homogeneous result.

3.This is the first album to be released in 4 years, can you tell us a little bit more about the gap between releases?

I spent two years to compose “Offertoire”, and was also involved in other band’s projects which took some time. The album was finally recorded in 2013, but we had some issues with the printing factory, the artworks were not printed correctly, so we lost almost one year for the final release.

4.Your lyrics cover some anti christian and misanthropic themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?

It was the case when I started the band, but on the last albums I mixed the religious and death topics with the medieval themes, to create a special atmosphere and get back into dark times of obscurantism, and legends talking about some precise places of my country. It’s easy to talk about death, I’m working in a graveyard every day.

5.I know that 'Suhnopfer' means "atonement sacrifice", how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?

It fits well with the religious topics I wrote in my firsts songs, however this topic remains in my last albums but a bit less I think. Playing black metal from the beginning meant for me speaking about religion in my songs in a roundabout way.

6.With this project you record everything by yourself but you have plenty of experience playing with full bands as well, do you feel you are able to express your musical vision a lot more with this project than with the other bands that you are or have been a part off?

I’ve been always part of other bands as a drummer, so with Sühnopfer I can truly express my musical vision by composing my all in my own songs, with guitar parts that make me trully feel something when I play.

7.The new album came out on 'Those Opposed Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

It’s hold by a friend of mine who lived in my city some years ago, and who released Sühnopfer’s 1st album in 2010. He’s very involved in the bands he produces, and tries to do his best for the bands, and gave me such a good deal for “Offertoire”.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your newer album by fans of black metal?

There has been a lot a people enjoying “Offertoire”, with excellent feedbacks. Even if I don’t play music to be popular, it seems that Sühnopfer’s fame is slowly but surely increasing with the new album.

9.What is going on with some of the other musical projects or bands these days that you are a part off?

We’re recording a new album with Peste Noire, and we will do so with Aorlhac. Christicide has split-up, but we planned to play a last gig in France.

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

Just continue to play with my bands and make the music I like with Sühnopfer, maybe by composing a new album through the next years.

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’ve been a lot influenced by Sacramentum, Dissection or Setherial, and I’m always listening to their old albums and some other bands from the 90’s, I don’t have time to fin interests on some actual bands.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

Medieval heritage and buildings, old shotguns…

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

Thanks for your interest and encourage people to listen to “Offertoire” through 2015!

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Nefastoreth/Imperium Serpentis Evangelli/Vanth Productions/2014 CD Review

mercredi 21 janvier 2015 à 00:03

  Nefastoreth  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  very  raw,  orthodox  and  anti  human  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Imperium  Serpentis  Evangelli"  which  was  reelased  by  Vanth  Productions.

  Gregorian  chants  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  avant  garde  sounds  before  going  into  more  of  a  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  along  with  blast  beats  and  grim  sounding  screams  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  bringing  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  a  good  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  All  of  the  songs  have  a  very  old  school  and  traditional  black  metal  vibe  to  them  while  some  of  the  tracks  also  incorporate  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  as  the  album  progresses  brief  guitar  leads  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  also  brings in  a  small  amount  of  keyboards  and  spoken  word  samples  before  making  a  return  back  to  a  fast  and  raw  style  of  black  metal  a  couple  one  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  singing.

  Nefastoreth  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  pure,  raw,  fast  and  misanthropic  while  also  having  a  ritualistic  atmospheric  to  them  at  times,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  anti  human,  occult  and  left  hand  path  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Nefastoreth  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  orthodox  and  anti  human  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Sacred  Exile"  "Martyr"  and  "Imperium Serpentis Evangelli".  8  out  of  10.    



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