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Endlichkeit/VI-VIII/Fallen Empire Records/2014 Demo Review

mercredi 10 décembre 2014 à 04:46

  Czech  Republic's  Endlichkeit  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  that  continues  their  raw  and  old  school  black  metal  sound  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  demo  "VI-VIII  which  was  released  by  Fallen  Empire  Records.

  A  very  slow,  dark  and  raw  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  demo  before  speeding  up  a  bit  with  some  tremolo  picking  and  all  3  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  and  also  use  a  good  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  some  grim  screams  and  throughout  the  tracks  you  can  hear  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  All  of  the  songs  have  an  old  school  black  metal  feeling  to  them  and  the  music  only  uses  power  chords  on  the  guitars  and  there  is  no  solos  or  leads  to  be  heard  anywhere  on  the  recording  and  the  main  focus  is  on  a  very  raw  and  depressive  black  metal  sound  that  never  haves  a  weak  or  soft  moment  on  any  of  the  tracks.

  Endlichkeit  remains  true  to  the  raw  and  old  school  black  metal  sound  of  previous  recordings  and  brings  in  3  tracks  that  bring  in  the  purest  and  truest  style  of  the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Endlichkeit  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of   raw  and  old  school  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "VII".  8  out  of  10.

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/12/endlichkeitvi-viiifallen-empire.html


Cvinger/The Enthronement Ov Diabolical/2014 CD Review

lundi 8 décembre 2014 à 01:07

  Cvinger  are  a  band  from  Slovenia  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  blasphemous  and  misanthropic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  album  "The Enthronement Ov Diabolical".

  Ritualistic  sounds  and  melodic  chanting  start  off  the  album  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  along  with  brutal  blast  beats  and  grim  screams  and  you  can  hear  a  good  amount  of  blackened  death  metal  elements  in  the  bands  musical  style  and  they  also  mix  in  the  ritualistic  sounds  with  the  more  brutal  parts  at  times.

  You  can  hear  some  melodies  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  they  also  give  the  songs  a  darker  edge  along  with  the  vocals  also  bringing  in  death  metal  growls  at  times  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  starts  bringing  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  While  the  music  remains  true  to  the  bands  black  metal  roots  the  death  metal  influence  still  has  a  very  powerful  impact  in  all  of  the  songs  while  the  music  remains  very  dark  and  ritualistic  sounding  at  the  same  time  and  the  album  remains  mostly  in  a  brutal  and  fast  direction  throughout  all  of  the  songs  while  also  slowing  down  at  times.

  Cvinger  on  this  album  plays  a  very  fast  style  of  black  metal  and  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  brutal  death  metal  elements  which  takes  their  music  into  a  different  direction  while  still  being  very  dark  and  blasphemous,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Dark  and  Misanthropic  themes.

  In   my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Cvinger  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  both  black  and  death  metal,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Anno  Inferni"  "Bogs  Of  the  Ancient  Ones"  "Anguish  in  Ossuary"  and  "The Enthronement Ov Diabolical".  8  out  of  10.

    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/12/cvingerthe-enthronement-ov.html


Stormvold/Third Bestial Mutilation/Xtreem Music/2014 CD Review

dimanche 7 décembre 2014 à 03:55


  Stormvold  are  a  1  man  band  from  Spain  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  extreme  form  of  bestial  black/death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2014  album  "Third  Bestial  Mutilation"  which  was  released  by  Xtreem  Music.

  A  very  heavy  and  dark  old  school  death  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  growls  and  screams  and  you  can  hear  traces  of  early  90's  war  metal  being  mixed  into  the  riffing  before  speeding  up  and  adding  in  blast  beats  and  more  of  a  bestial  black/death  metal sound  along  with  a  great  amount  of  chaotic  sounding  guitar  solos  and  leads.

  You  can  hear  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  throughout  the  recording  and  some  of  the  tracks  use  a  decent  amount  of  evil  sounding  melodies  as  well  as  mixing  in  Florida  death  metal  influences  into  a  very  raw  and  chaotic  form  of  black  metal  that  also  brings  back  memories  of  the  early  Australian  bands  that  where  a  huge  part  of  the  creation  of  this  genre  and  every  track  remains  true  to  a  very  raw,  heavy  and  aggressive  musical  direction  and  there  is  never  any  soft  or  weak  elements  being  added  into  any  of  the  tracks.

  Stormvold  takes  the  bestial,  war  and  black  metal  genres  and  mixes  in  a  heavy  old  school  death  metal  sound  to  create  a  very  dark,  raw,  heavy  and  brutal  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw,  heavy  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  violence  and  war  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Stormvold  are  a  very  great  sounding  bestial  black/death  metal  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Universal  Domination"  "Slaying  The  Losers"  and  "Levitation  Of  Bestiality".  8  of  10.       

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/12/stormvoldthird-bestial-mutilationxtreem.html


Sordide/La France a peur/Avantgarde Music/2014 CD Review

dimanche 7 décembre 2014 à 00:10

  Sordide  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  a  very  fast  and  aggressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "La  France  a  peur"  which  was  released  by  Avantgarde  Music.

  A  very  powerful  bass  guitar  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  drums  and  grim  black  metal  screams  for  a  few  seconds  alter  which  also  leads  up  to  the  music  going  for  more  of  a  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  the  music  and  vocals  also  bring  in  more  of  an  angry  and  hateful  sound  as  the  album  progresses.

  Throughout  the  recording  there  is  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  good  mixture  of  both  the  old  school  and  modern  black  metal  sound  as  well  as  adding  in  some  progressive  elements  and  deeper  growls  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  A  decent  amount  of  melody  can  be  heard  in  the  music  at  times  and  the  bass  guitars  also  mix  in  a  few  leads  with  the  guitar  riffs  adding  in  more  of  a  darker  black  metal  sound  to  the  recording  and  all  of  the  tracks  stay  in  a  very  heavy,  raw  and  aggressive  musical  direction  while  the  last  track  does  bring  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing.


  Sordide  plays  a  very  raw  and  aggressive  style  of  black  metal  that  brings  in  a  very  powerful  bass  guitar  sound  as  well  as  having  a  sound  that  will  appeal  to  both  modern  and  old  school  fans  of  the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  yet  powerful  while  the  lyrics  are  written  mostly  in  French  and  cover  violent  and  hateful  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Sordide  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  aggressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Blame  "L,  Innocence"  and  "Violence".  8  out  of  10.       

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/12/sordidela-france-peuravantgarde.html


Withania Interview

samedi 6 décembre 2014 à 07:39
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
Setril: I formed Withania in 2013, after having released two albums as Weidenbaum in 2008 and 2009. In summer 2013 Xceno joined Withania, he is responsible for the clean vocals and some additional growls.
Xceno: Yes, that fateful summer… I was desperate for something new – A new musical experience. So when I had the chance to join Withania I just had to take it.

2.Recently you have released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
Setril: It is pretty hard for me to describe my own music, especially if I have to use certain genres to do so. I guess that it could be described as dark metal, considering the ambiguousness of that term. I think that there is quite a lot of variety in the sound itself, there is the more aggressive dark metal side, but there are quite a few softer parts, that have been stripped of most metal influences.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Setril: The lyrics are very personal and not easily understood I guess. They basically deal with personal experiences, life itself or more abstract themes that are hard to describe.

4.The project was originally known as "Weidenbaum", what was the decision behind the name change and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Withania'?
Setril: I was never happy with the first name and in 2013, when I started the recordings of the album I needed a clear cut with the past in order to focus on the future. Withania is a genus of the nightshade family. I dreamed of one member of said genus several times and decided to use it as a name, as I find it carries a certain beauty and elegance.

5.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you planning on expanding the line up in the future, or do you chose to remain a duo?
Setril: There are no plans on expanding the line-up, but it could very well happen.

6.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
Setril: I’m certainly not desperately looking for a label and I don’t mind being unsigned, but some people have shown interest in releasing the album.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and dark metal?
Setril: So far I haven’t received too much feedback, which doesn’t surprise me. It is pretty hard to raise interest nowadays, especially as a new band that doesn’t play live. The feedback that I’ve received so far has been quite good, though.

8.Are any of the band members involved with any other musical projects these days?
Setril: Xceno is the singer of Final Faith, they play Death Metal. They’ve actually just released their first full length album, as well.
Xceno: Indeed, and then there’s my own side project which is something in between neo-folk, electro and darkwave which will probably never get done as there are songs I work on for over five years now… In the meantime I invite you to check out Final Faith and of course listen to Withania over and over.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Setril: I don’t know. Even though there are some ideas I’m not sure what the future will have in store for Withania.

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?
Setril: It’s pretty much impossible for me to say which bands have had significant influence on my own music, as they are pretty much subconscious. I don’t listen to metal (or even music) as much as I used to, I mostly enjoy classical music, soundtracks, old time and alternative country and some folk music these days.
Xceno: I second this one. Despite the fact that I sing in another Death-Metal band I don’t listen that much metal anymore. It just bores the hell out of me nowadays.
What I love is best described as neo-classic, old-school goth and certain types of experimental music.

11.Does Occultism play any role in your music?
Setril: No, not really.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
Setril: Movies, literature, photography, nature and herbalism/medicine.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Setril: Thanks for the interview!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/12/withania-interview.html