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Towers Of Flesh/Antithetical Conjurations/Candlelight Records/2014 CD Review

vendredi 22 août 2014 à 12:43

  Towers  Of  Flesh  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  an  occult  form  of  black/death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Antithetical  Conjurations"  which  will  be  released  by  Candlelight  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodies  and  after  the  intro  brutal  blast  beats  are  added  into  the  music  along  with  some  grim  screams  and  the  music  combines  the  darkest  elements  of  black  and  death  metal  together   and  the  band  sticks  to  mostly  a  slow  to  mid  paced  musical  direction  while  they  also  do  have  their  fast  moments  at  times  mostly  on  the  alter  tracks.

  You  can  hear  a  great  amount  of  talent  and  skill  in  the  guitar  playing  and  the  solos  and  leads  the  band  uses  are  in  a  more  modern  direction  and  after  awhile  modern  metal  elements  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  on  of  the  tracks  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  horror  movie  samples  which  bring  more  of  an  occult  and  ritualistic  feeling  to  the  recording  while  the  main  focus  remains  on  a  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  which  also  sees  the  band  adding  in  more  death  metal  growls  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  on  the  last  track  there  is  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  being  utilized.  

  Towers  Of  Flesh  take  a  very  raw  and  melodic  style  of  occult  death  metal  and  mixes  it  in  with  the  more  modern  style  of  death  metal  to  create  their  own  musical  style,   the  production  has  a  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Luciferian,  and  Gnosticism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Towers  Of  Flesh  are  a  very  great  sounding  occult  black/death  metal b and  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Veiled  Conception"  and  "Imperfect  translations".  8  out  of  10.

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Black Autumn/Losing The Sun/Rain Without End Records/2014 CD Review

jeudi 21 août 2014 à 12:54

  Black  Autumn  are  a  1  man  band  from  Germany  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  ambient  form  of  black  metal  with  elements  of  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Losing  The  Sun"  which  will  be  released  in September  by  Rain  Without  End  Records.

  A  very  dark,  atmospheric  and  ambient  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavy  and  melodic  doom  metal  direction  along  with  the  leads  and  solos  taking  the  same  out  as  the  riffing  and  after  awhile  grim  black  metal  screams  start  becoming  a  huge  part  of  the  recording  along  with  some  keyboards  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Ambient  elements  are  a  huge  part  of  this  album  and  they  mix  in  with  the  heavier  parts  at  times  as  well  as  the  guitar  riffing  bringing  in  more  raw  and  black  metal  traces  and  the  vocals  also  have  a  depressive  feeling  to  them  at  times  and  clean  and  acoustic  guitar  playing  can  also  be  heard  at  times  bring  more  of  a  post  rock  edge  to  the  recording  and  they  bring  in  a  more  progressive  side  to  the  artist's  musical  style.

  As  the  album  progresses there  are  some  psychedelic  and  electronic  music  elements  being  mixed  in  with  the  more  ambient  side  of  the  recording  and  after  awhile  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  are  added  into  the  music  when  the  guitars  start  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  fast  riffing  while  the  main  focus  is  on  a  slow  dark  metal  musical  style  and  one  of  the  later  tracks  also  sees  a  few  seconds  of  spoken  word  parts  being  utilized  as  some  of  the  songs  on  the  album  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Black  Autumn  remains  true  to  his  mixture  of  dark  ambient,  black  and  doom  metal  as  well  as  adding  in  more  melody  this  time  around  and  showing  a  great  amount  of  progress  on  the  guitars  and  keyboards  which  also  have  more  of  an  organic  feeling  this  time  around,  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  sound  while  the  lyrics  cover dark,  poetic  and  melancholic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Black  Autumn  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  project,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Losing  The  Sun"  "From  Whence  We  Came"  and  "In  The  Ruins  Of  June".


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Ghast Interview

jeudi 21 août 2014 à 07:43
1. Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?

Arrrrrrrach: Nothing really, a few gigs and rehearsals for them. Live Evil.

2. You had a new album released in August, 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?

Arrrrrrrach:  The new album came out this month, having been recorded 2 years back. Listening to it these days, it seems a little more damp and morbid, but whether that is the production and vox or the writing is hard to tell.
Kz: We’ve taken it further, and knew better what Ghast is.

3. This is the first release to be put out in 3 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time?

Arrr: I've been focusing on painting and drawing and stressing out.
Kz: 3 years! I suppose just life. I’ve also been playing drums for a range of other bands, but that’s calmed down now too, these years? I don’t know.

4. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?

Arrr:  It's all about the album title, which came retrospectively.  Songs of black magic, trial by torture, the curse of violence, a hallucinogenic death ritual, resentful ghosts and of blind, murderous rage.  In that order.
Kz: For me, from behind the kit “The Magic Men….” During Hate Stone.

5. The band was originally known as 'Souldust' what was the decision behind the name change and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Ghast'?

Myrggh: We wanted a better name. I was ignorant of Lovecraft at the time, although I saw the word 'ghast' and took it to mean a particularly wretched kind of ghost. It just suited the mood. It has nothing to do with a certain boxy looking creature in a popular computer game.
Kz: I remember being outside our rehearsal room, by the drains, in the wind and we all didn’t like being called Souldust.

6. What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?

Arrr: It's always down to the crowd.  Long been fond of our Scottish shows, as well as a few in London and Bristol.  No strange events, just good reactions here and there.
Myrggh: There was a gig we did in Ashton-under-Lyne, supporting Pantheist in the back of a pub. It was very cold and very dark; one of the few performances where I think we all felt in control. It just struck me as being very much a Ghast gig. There weren't many people there.
Kz: We’re changeable, every gig is unique. Easy highlights are Bristol opening for WITTR, just the atmosphere. Camden in London for the first night of our tour, another time in Camden when we were very late and everyone hated us but we won ‘em over. Our first gig with Daemonolith in Bristol and all the subsequent gigs we played together. The London bloodbath, the Edinburgh boozy!

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?

Arrrrrrrach: No, we're contemplating.

8.Colin Marston did the mastering on the album, are you satisfied with the way the album was produced?

Arrrrrrrach:  Both the mixing by Swine and the mastering by Marston are great.  We wouldn't be half as good without these efforts.
Kz: We recorded the album in two days. I recorded my drums in four hours, that’s for an album that’s nearly an hour long. To capture that Swine did well! Ideally I’d like to spend more time but that hasn’t been an option for us.
I like what Colin has done, I’ve been trying different stereos and it sounds great no matter what you do!

9. Fenriz of Darkthrone had you listed as band of the week, where you honored having this metal legend liking your music?

Arrrrrrrach:  Yes, Darkthrone is one of my top bands and Fenriz is my favourite drummer, especially on Blaze and Goatlord.  Fucking disgraceful hammering.
Kz: Yes!

10. The new album came out on Todestrieb Records, how did you get in contact with this label and also how would you describe the support they have given you so far?

Myrggh: Nobody would have heard of us if it wasn't for Todestrieb. In fact, they're the reason we decided to record our first album.
Kz: I think at our first gig as Ghast in Bristol (opening for Amputated - 2007) somebody brought a copy of our split release, and played it to Todestrieb.
Arrr:  Massive.

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

Arrr: It's been out since Monday; two guys said it's great.

12. Are any of the band members involved with any other musical projects these days?

Myrggh: I'm just starting something new in my garage. Don't hold your breath - it's all happening at a snail's pace and will sound like a peat bog when it finally gets heard.
Kz: I’ve been recording with a doom band called Reclvse.

13. Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

Arrrrrrrach: I can't see us straying far under this moniker.  I never know what will happen; it all begins with sitting there messing about on the instrument, inspired by who knows what just happened that day.  If it doesn't fit, it doesn't get used.  We have plenty of stuff that was abandoned due to being 'off'.
Myrggh: No, not abandoned. I've recycled all the bargain basement riffs.

14. 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?

Kz: In Ghast I’m influenced by Arrrrrrrach & Myrggh. I aim to add bitter emotion to my snare, spite to my cymbals, it’s hard to hold it down and I slip sometimes. I listen to Crust Punk, Dub, Doom Metal, Pop, Drone, Your phone..
Arrrrrrrach: I'm currently listening to a lot of USPM, mainly 80s stuff, catching all the reissues I can find.  As well as 70s prog, as always.  Some of my influences regarding Ghast would have to be Autopsy, Darkthrone, Paradise Lost, Bethlehem, Weakling.
Myrggh: Got to mention early My Dying Bride. There's nothing wrong with their new stuff either, but you're usually more influenced by what you heard when you were young. Mayhem. My riffs on Scorn and Death are Profanatica inspired. Always early Bethlehem. Horna. I've been enjoying Saxon, Agent Steel, Vostock, Elderwind, Phlebotomized, Emperor (Wrath of the Tyrant. Everything after Anthems is awful). Bad News.

15.What are some of your non musical interests?

Myrggh: Drinking, and doing just enough exercise so that I don't feel guilty about it. Staring into space when I have the time. Posting out copies of Dread Doom Ruin. Neglecting my sleep.
Kz: I’m stuck on writers, and periods of writing. Back on the Beats again, thought I’d read my way out of it. The other one is travel, I like seeing new places.

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

Arrr:  Thanks for getting in touch!  Be careful removing the booklet!

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Womit Angel/Holy Goatse/Inverse Records/2014 CD Review

jeudi 21 août 2014 à 06:21

  Womit  Angel  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  raw  mixture  of  satanic  black  metal,  thrash,  hardcore  and  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Holy  Goatse"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Inverse  Records.

  Bells  and  melodic  Gregorian  chants  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  raw  black  metal  direction  along  with  blast  beats  and  high  pitched  screams  and  the  band  also  brings  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and   you  can  also  hear  some  deeper  and  demonic  elements  being  utilized  in  the  vocals  at  times.

  There  is  a  decent  amount  of  melody  in  the  guitar  riffing  at  times  along  with  the  energy  of  hardcore  punk  and  the  rawness  of  old  school  thrash  metal  and  the  solos  the  band  uses  are  in  a  very  dark  musical  direction  that  goes  back  to  the  80's  style  of  black  metal  as  well  as  being  perfect  for  the  bands  raw  black  metal  sound  and   the bass  guitars  also  have  a  very  powerful  sounding  presence  on  this  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Womit  Angel  takes  the  rawest  side  of  old  school  satanic  black  metal  and  mixes  it  in  with  energy  of  hardcore  punk  and  thrash  to  create  a  very  raw  and  extreme  style  of  metla  on  this  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  powerful  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  English  and  Finnish  and  cover  Satanism,  Perverted,  and  Violent  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Womit  Angel  Angel  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  raw  satanic  black  metal,  thrash  and  hardcore  punk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Skin'n'Fuck"  "Summoning  The  Spirits  of  Agony(Through  Self  Fatality)"  "The  Witchhammer"  and  "Holy  Goatse".  8  out  of  10.


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Ghast/Dread Doom Ruin/Todestrieb Records/2014 CD Review

mardi 19 août 2014 à 13:52

  Ghast  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  mixture  of  raw  black  metal,  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Dread  Doom  Ruin"  which  was  released  by  Todestrieb  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  distorted  sound  along  with  a  good  amount  of  reverb  and  distortion  starts  off  the  album  before  going  more  into  a  doom/sludge  metal  direction  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  and  on  the  second  track  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction.

  At  time s you  can  hear  blast  beats  in  the  music  and  the  black  metal  side  of  the  bands  musical  style  is  more  in  the  early  90's  direction  and  they  also  bring  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  also  keeping  around  the  sludge  and  doom  metal  elements  into  their  approach  to  black  metal.

  After  awhile  melody  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  a  few  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  some  of  the  faster  sections  have  a  crust  punk  feeling  to  them  at  times  and  the  bass  guitars  have  a  very  powerful  sounding  presence  on  the  album  and   towards  the  end  there  is  a  brief  use  of  melodic  guitar  leads  and  on  some  of  the  tracks  the  vocals  have  a  very  depressive  tone  to  them  at  times.

  Ghast  takes  a  very  dark  and  old  school  style  of  black  metal  which  also  combines  a  bit  of  the  modern  depressive  sound  and  mixes  it  in  with  some  of  the  heaviest  styling's  of  sludge  and  doom  metal  as  well  as  adding  a  bit  of  melody  in  the  music  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the production  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  sound  while  the  lyrics  cover  Paranoia,  Dreams  and  Grimness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ghat  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  raw  depressive  black  metal,  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Festival  Of  Serpents"  and  "Lost  In  Fog".  8  out  of  10.

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