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Yaldabaoth/Remphan/Unholy War Productions/2020 Cassette Review

samedi 15 février 2020 à 09:06

  Brazil's  duo  Yaldabaoth  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  also  continues  the  gnostic  themed  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Remphan"

  Ritualistic  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times.  Most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  good  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  A  lot  of  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  style  along  with  some  tracks  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  as  well  as  the  sounds  of  wolfs  howling  also  being  used  briefly.

  One  track  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  evil  laughter  as  well  as  the  music  also  only  utilizing  a  small  amount  of  open  note  riffing  and  focusing  more  on  power  chords,  the  synths  are  also  used  a  lot  more  than  they  where  on  previous  releases.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Portuguese  and  cover  the  history  of  the  Goetic  demons  and  their  war  with  the  demiurge.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Yaldabaoth  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  occult  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Genesis  Segundo  a  Goetia"  and  "Hierarquia  Demiurgica".  8  out  of  10.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BjFxMz-Siw&feature=share

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/02/yaldabaothremphanunholy-war.html


Amnutseba/Emanatism/Iron Bonehead Productions/2020 CD Review

vendredi 14 février 2020 à 21:22

  Amnutseba  are  a  band  from  France  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Emanatism"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by Iron  Bonehead  Productions.

  Distorted  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  which  alternate  between  high  pitched  and  deep  vocalizations  and  the  music  also  captures  a  lo-fi  atmosphere.

  When t he  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling. Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  vocals  also  sounding  very  tortured  and  depressive  at  times.

  The  music  also  adds  a  modern  approach  to  the  genre  along  with  a  small  amount  of  dissonant  sounding  melodies  also  being  utilized  at  times.  Clean  singing  can  also  be  heard   briefly  as  well  as  the  music  also  having  it's  ritualistic  and  demonic  moments  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction,  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  one t rack  also  introduces  spoken  word  parts,  keyboards  and  electronic  music elements  onto  the  recording.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Amnutseba  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  occult  black  metal,  you should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ungrund"  and  "Dislumen".  8  out  of  10.

http://soundcloud.com/iron-bonehead-productions/amnutseba-dislumen

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/02/amnutsebaemanatismiron-bonehead.html


Hecate/Ode au desert suspendu/Morning Light Records/2020 CD Review

vendredi 14 février 2020 à 08:52

  Hecate  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  a  very  melodic  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of their  2020  album  "Ode  au  desert  suspendu:  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Mourning  Light  Records.

  Classical  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction.  Vocals  are  mostly  high pitched  black  metal  screams  and  when  the  music  speeds  up a   great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the songs  more  of a   raw  feeling  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  vert  melodic  style.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  music  also  having  its  atmospheric  moments.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  vocals  also  getting  very  deep  sounding  at  times.  A  few  tracks  also  introduces  clean  playing  onto  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  classical  guitars  also  make  a  brief  return  on  a  few  songs,  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  on  the  closing  track  orchestra  elements  and  choir  vocals  are  also  added  into  the  music.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the lyrics  are  written  in  French  and  cover  literature,  myths  and  cosmos  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Hecate  are  a very  great  sounding  atmospheric  and  melodic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Oracle  atone"  "Sous  i'arche  diamantine"  and  "Et  ja  panserai  ''aube".  8  out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/02/hecateode-au-desert-suspendumorning.html


Chagrin/Destined To Suffer Interview

jeudi 13 février 2020 à 10:23
1.For those that have never heard of you before can you tell us a little bit more about yourself and your musical projects?
1. I have been making music since 10 years old, I’m self-taught, the main instrument is the guitar, the path to the world of music began for me with punk rock, the first group was assembled at 16, we played punk rock / punk metal, but later my tastes changed just like my worldview, a few years later the group broke up, and I continued to do solo music. For several years I was looking for new groups, but the search was unsuccessful, so I continued to do some work alone. Now there are several people with whom I plan to do something together, but they are few, Varg Sverr will be the main participant.   

2.Musically how do all your projects differ from each other?
  2.They differ in ideology, in the philosophical plan of writing texts - technically speaking, they are not very different, but in terms of sound I try to find my own sound for each project - each project has its own energy and mood, this can be noticeable to the listener.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

3.Out of all your musical projects which one do you consider to be your main one?
3.Destined to suffer/Chagrin.   

4.Since 2019 you have released a great amount of  material, do you spend a great amount of time writing and creating music?
4.The writing of each album takes from 3 days to 3 weeks, until it is completely ready for listening. What can be said about 2019, this year was fruitful, very fruitful.   

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about some of the lyrical topics that you have explored with your music so far?
 5.The theme of my songs is loneliness, death, and in general I write about the most negative traits in a person. In general, I just write music to share it with people, so I don’t look at all this from a commercial point of view, and my music is completely available for free.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

6.I have noticed on the albums I have heard so far you avoid fast playing or blast beats, is that going to change on future releases?
      6.I can play different styles of music, from punk rock to thrash metal, but the main style that I like is black metal in all its forms and subgenres.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

7.While most of your projects are solo you work with another musician on 'Lifeless', do you prefer to record most of your music by yourself?
  7.Initially, my musical practice was only in writing music, due to problems with working with several musicians in other projects, I started to write everything on my own from 2019, I was just tired of waiting for them to do something, I don’t like to waste time on expectations, so it’s easier for me to do everything alone. But now I have several projects with different musicians from other countries, and so far I have managed to make only one album with Varg Sverr from Norway, what will happen next, I don’t know for sure, but I can say one thing: I will continue to write solo projects.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

8.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
    8.I definitely can’t say anything, on the Internet I periodically see my work on different sites, someone shares my music on Facebook and sends me various offers, but there are very few of them. Since I definitely do not do all of this from a commercial point of view, there is little information about my work, so few people are familiar with my work, there are people who help with the promotion, and I want to thank them for this, including you. But in general, I can’t give a concrete answer, since no one is engaged in promotion and media in a wide range, and I am not a member of any label. 

9.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future?
    9.Probably nowhere, I just write music and share it with people. The concert activity for me ended in 2014.                                                 

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?
  10.I listen to a variety of music, from punk rock to black metal. Now I mainly listen to heavy music, but in general I do not limit myself to one style and framework, different music helps to develop different ideas. But I don’t
I say that I listen to absolutely everything. Everything is very selective.                                                     

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
 11.I like to relax in the fresh air, especially alone. I like to take pictures, it's unprofessional, but sometimes I take pictures for myself. I also like to read poetry and sometimes watch horror movies. I like to communicate with interesting people, unusual personalities.But alas, there are very few of them in my field of vision. I am also interested in philosophy and the spiritual world of man, but the main occupation and interest is music.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
12.I only have wishes for everyone. I want to wish everyone good luck and more good and interesting music. Do what you like and less of the everyday problems that surround us every day. Once again, I thank everyone who somehow helps in promoting underground music, and I wish everyone good luck and health. Thank you for your attention and special respect for you

https://chagrin71.bandcamp.com/music

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/02/chagrindestined-to-suffer-interview.html


Borgne/Y/Les Acteurs de L'O,bre Productions/2020 CD Review

jeudi 13 février 2020 à 09:22

  Switzerland's  Borgne  have  returned  with  a  new  album  which  continues  the  atmospheric  style  of  industrial  black  metal  from  their  previous  recordings  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Y"  which  will  be released  in  March  by  Les  Acteurs  de  L'Ombre  Productions.

  A  very  dark  and  industrial  orientated  sound  starts  off  the  album  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  at  times.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody   along  with  the  music  being  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in a   great  amount  of  blast  beats.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts. Programmed  beats  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  tracks  along  with  the  music  also  having  its  atmospheric  moments  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Keyboards  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also h ave  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

 One  track  also  introduces  spoken  word  parts  and  clean  vocals  onto  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard,  and  a  later  song  is  also  an  instrumental.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  French  and  cover  misanthropy,  darkness  and  death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Borgne  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  industrial  and  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "As  Far  As  My  Eyes  Can  See"  "A  Hypnotizing  Perpetual  Movement  That  Buries  Me  In  Silence"  and  "A  Voice  in  The  Land  Of  Stars".  8  out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/02/borgneyles-acteurs-de-lobre.html