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Sangus/Saevita/Eternal Death/ForzaMorte/2014 EP Review

samedi 19 juillet 2014 à 05:25

  Sangus  are  a  band  from  Rhode  Island  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  raw  mixture  of  black  metal,  crust  and  thrash  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  ep  "Saevita"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Eternal  Death  and  ForzaMorte.

  Rain  sounds  start  off  the  ep  before  adding  in  screams  and  a  raw  old  school  black  metal  sound  that  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  a  mixture  of  thrash  and  crust  influences  and  the  solos  and  leads  bring  a  lot  of  chaos  into  the  bands  musical  style  and  the  music  also  has  the  heaviness  of  war  and  bestial  black  metal.

  There  are  slow  moments  on  the  recording  while  the  faster  material  dominates  the  recording  and  at  times  you  can  also  hear  some  deep  growls  in  the  background  and  the  band  also  brings  in  the  energy  of  punk  rock  at  times  along  wit h some  old  school  melodic  guitar  leads  which  go  into  a  more  chaotic  direction  as  the  ep  progresses  and  on  of  the  tracks  brings  in  some  spoken  word  samples  before  returning  to  a  raw  and  brutal  musical  direction,  on  the  last  track  you  can  hear  some  elements  of  harsh  noise.

  Sangus  take  the  fastest,  rawest  and  most  brutal  elements  of  black,  war,  thrash  metal  and  crust  to  create  their  sound  and  this  ep  in  my  opinion  is  a  lot  more  chaotic  in  sound  than  the  one  I  reviewed  a  year  back,  the  production  has  a  very  raw  and  heavy  sound  while  the  lyrics  cover  violent  and  hateful  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Sangus  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black,  war,  thrash  metal  and  crust,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Saevita"  and  "Live  To  Kill".  8/5  out  of  10.

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/07/sangussaevitaeternal.html


Uburen/Withered Roots/2014 CD Review

samedi 19 juillet 2014 à 02:51

  Uburen  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  plays  viking/black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  album  "Withered  Roots".

  Tribal  and  shamanistic  style  drumming  starts  off  the  album  along  with  thunder  sounds  and  powerful  sounding  bass  guitars  and  a  few  seconds  later  chanting  finds  its  way  into  the  music and  after  the  intro  the  music  gets  heavier  and  goes  into  a  more  melodic  pagan/black  metal  direction  along  with  some  deep  vocals  that  combine  black  and  death  metal  together.

  There  is  a  good  mixture  of  screams  and  growls  throughout  the  recording  and   when  blast  beats  are  added  into  the  music  the  album  starts  evoking  a  more  raw  feeling  along  with  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  band  sticks  mostly  to  a  heavier  style  of  viking  metal  while  the  music  also  has  its  atmospheric  and  epic  moments  at  times.

  As  the  album  progresses  spoken  word  parts  are  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  a  couple  of  the  later  tracks  also  sees  the  band  bringing  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  and  the  viking  chants  from  the  intro  also  make  a  brief  return  later  on  during  the  album  and  they  also  have  a  very  melodic  tone  to  them  and  the  last  track  also  sees  the  band  adding  in  thrash  influences  into  their  musical  sound.

  Uberen  bring  a  lot  of  heaviness  into  their  mixture  of  viking  and  black  metal  as  well  as  adding  in  some  blackened  death  metal  to create  one  of  the  heaviest  pagan  metal  albums  that  has  been  released  this  year,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  Nordic  Paganism  and  Vikings.  

  In  my  opinion  Unburen  are  a  very  great  sounding  viking/black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sea  Of  Deceit"  "Escape"  "Kampen"  and  "Visions  Of  Valhalla".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/07/uburenwithered-roots2014-cd-review.html


Siaskel/Jatentolpen Thejin/2014 CD Review

jeudi 17 juillet 2014 à 00:10

  Siaskel  are  a  band  from  Chile  that  plays  a  very  fast,  raw  and  aggressive  form  of  black/death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  album  "Jatentolpen  Thejin".

  Thunder  sounds  and  tribal  chants  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  more  fast  and  aggressive  black/death  metal  direction  along  with  blast  beats  and  a  mixture  of  screams  and  growls  and  after  awhile  melody  is  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  after  awhile  the  band  starts  bringing  in  a  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  You  can  hear  a  lot  of  raw  black  metal  being  mixed  in  with  brutal  and  old  school  death  metal  throughout  the  recording  as  well  as  a  great  amount  of  chaotic  speed  and  aggression  beign  displayed  on  all  of  the  tracks  and  as  the  album  progresses  melodic  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  As  the  album  progresses  sounds  of  wind  and  clean  playing  are  brought  into  the  music  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  as  well  as  adding  some  old  school  thrash  which  you  can  hear  in  the  bass  guitar  structures  at  times  and   Swedish  death  metal  elements  into  their  musical  sound  and  you  can  hear  some  influences  from  Marduk  and  Belphegor  in  the  faster  sections  of  the  bands guitar  riffing.

  Siaskel  take  the  most  aggressive  sides  of  black  and  death  metal  and  combine  them  to  create  a  very  brutal  sound  that  also  still  utilizes  some  melody,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  and  heavy  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  the  Ona  language  and  cover  Selk'nam  Mythology,  Cosmos,  Death  and  Cultural  issues.

  In  my  opinion  Siaskel  are  a  very  great  sounding fast  and  aggressive  black/death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Howens"  "Habshi"  and  "Kenos".  8  out  of  10.    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/07/siaskeljatentolpen-thejin2014-cd-review.html


EmanationThe Emanation Of Begotten Chaos From God/Monad Press Ltd/2014 CD Review

mardi 15 juillet 2014 à 05:28

  Emanation  are  a  1  man  band  from  Spain  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  atmospheric  and  experimental  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2014  album  "The  Emanation  Of  Begotten  Chaos  From  God"  which  was  released  by  Monad  Press  ltd.

   Acoustic  guitars  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  avant  garde  sounds  before  adding  in  some  drums  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  slow  and  heavy  guitar  riffs  are  added  into  the  music  and  at  times  you  can  also  hear  some  spoken  word  parts   being  utilized  in  the  background  which  also  leads  to  a  more  black  metal  musical  direction

 The  guitar  solos  on  this  album  are  in  a  more  melodic  and  distorted  direction  and  the  music also  uses  a  good  mixture  of  slow  and  mid  paced  parts  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  an d epic  in  length  and  some  of  the  songs  have  elements  of  doom  metal  and  drone  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  being  utilized  at  times.  

  As  the  album  progresses  there  are  some  fast  and  raw  black  metal  elements  along  with  blast  beats  being  added  onto  the  recording  and  there  is  also  some  synths  and  traces  of  dark  ambient  and  atmospheric  music  in  certain  sections  of  the  songs  and  after  awhile  a  brief  use  of  am  radio  sounds  and  harsh  noises  are  brought  in  briefly.

  Emanation  remains  true  to  his  atmospheric  and  experimental  approach  to  black  metal  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  originality  and  diversity  with  all  6  tracks,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  very  and  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Spiritism,  and  Scientific  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Emanation  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  and  experimental  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS   INCLUDE  "Ritual  Asphyxia"  and  "Inorganic".  8  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/07/emanationthe-emanation-of-begotten.html


Xarkrinur Interview

lundi 14 juillet 2014 à 22:31
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the musical project since the recording of the new split?
1. Well since the recording of Cold Forest, I began planning on releasing maybe another split and then taking some time off

2.You have a new split coming out later this year, how would you describe the musical sound of the newer material and also how does it differ from the previous demo you had released in January?
2. Well the new shit is much more better than what I did back in January, the split album's quality and production is much more better than Demo"14, the two materials are different in every comparison, from songs quality, lyrics and even artwork! I have much faith in Cold Forest

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your newer music?
3.Well of course I mainly write lyrics with a depressive tone, whether it be about rage or hate, it always has a dark tone to it. And ever since this material, I plan on writing more lyrics with a depressive tone with certain truths and subjects and experiences I had in my short-lived life

4.So far you have recorded everything solo, do you feel your music sounds a lot more stronger than it would with a full band?
4. Ahh, maybe I suppose? If I did Death Metal or something, but actually I think Xarkrinur should be alright by being handled solo

5.You have a split coming out with Happiness Through Suicide, can you tell us a little bit more about this musical project and also how did they get involved with the split?
5. Yes, Happiness Through Suicide is also a one man depressive black metal band from United Kingdom, Alex is sole member of the band, before the split, he only released a single track and later he found me via Bandcamp, emailed me for a split offer and I accepted it, that's how we met and it was the start of a good friendship

6.So far you have worked with Depressive Illusions and Acephale Winter, do you feel these 2 labels have done a lot of help when it comes to getting your music out there heard?
6. For Depressive Illusions, its good to release something via their label because Sergiy has contacts with so many people its just hard to imagine and he does a great thing about sending the stuff we release to those people. For Acephale winter, they also do a great job, from sending the released material to local shops and different metal zines and promoting online, they do a great thing for an underground label

7.Are there any other black metal bands from your home country of Bangladesh that you would recommend to anybody?
7.Yeah! There's Mourning Hours, Satanik, Burial Dust Nafarman and many more, I know these guys with others personally, there are more great bands out there who just need to be heard!

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
8.Well the persons who heard it and responded positively, especially with my countrymen, they never thought a 15 year old would do this type of music at this early age.

9.When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see the project heading into musically during the future? 
9.Well I don't want to rush anything out yet, I want it to take it slow, its not like every day you can make good riffs or lyrics, you must be patient and let the special moment of a certain day come to you, when you can make good lyrics and music coming from your inside, not just thinking about how to make it sound like this or something. Also I plan on experimenting with Xarkrinur, I won't completely change the genre, but maybe gain influences, 

10.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?
10.Well these days I'm listening to Sargeist and Rotting Christ, I plan on listening to Behexen too, I just wanna explore new music and not just stick around with the same shit, and I believe those words could say itself how I got inspired for making this split

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
10.Well these days I'm listening to Sargeist and Rotting Christ, I plan on listening to Behexen too, I just wanna explore new music and not just stick around with the same shit, and I believe those words could say itself how I got inspired for making this split

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
12.Open your eyes and see the truth in front of you, don't be scared from it, learn from it, learn the mistakes and the feedbacks, and smile onto its face and walk away to a better path.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/07/xarkrinur-interview.html