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LeMarchand/Labirinto de Leviata (Leviathan's Maze)/2013 Demo Review

mercredi 27 février 2019 à 03:48

  This  is  a  review  of  another  recording  from  Brazil's  LeMarchand  which  shows  the  music  going  into  more  of  a  raw  and  mid  tempo  black  metal  direction  and  the  demo  was  self  released  in  2013  and  called  "Labirinto  de  Leviata  (Leviathan's  Maze)".

  Spoken  word, movie  samples  and  epic  sounding  synths  start  off  the  demo  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  some  melody  at  times  along  with  most  of  the  songs  sticking  to  a  mid  tempo  musical  direction.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  along  with  the  riffs  also  displaying  a  great  amount  of  raw  aggression.  Demonic  growls  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  you  can  also  hear  some  influences  of  death  and  thrash  metal  at  times  as  well  as  some  synths  also  being  added  into  this  recording,  on  the  last  track  classical  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  On  this  demo  LeMarchand  moved  away  from  the  ambient  elements  of  the  previous  recording  and  focused  more  on  a  raw  style  of  black  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  lo-fi  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  The  Hellraiser  Series  and  Black  Metal  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  LeMarchand  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "A  Art  do  Infiel  (The  Infidal  Art)"  and  "Junte-se  a  Nos  (Join  Us)".  8  out  of  10.   

    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/02/lemarchandlabirinto-de-leviata.html


LeMarchand/A Batalha Continua (The Battle Continues)/2012 Demo Review

mercredi 27 février 2019 à 02:56

 
  LeMarchand  are  a  duo  from  Brazil  that  plays  a  mixture  of  raw  black  metal  and  dark  ambient  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2012  demo  "A  Batalha  Continua  (The  Battle  Continues)".

  Dark  sounding  synths  along  with  some  spoken  word  samples  start  off  the  demo  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  musical  direction.  Deep  growling  vocals  are  also  utilized  at  times  along  with  some  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  also  being  utilized  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording.

  Blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  also  be  heard  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  at  times  the  music  also  captures  an  epic  war  like  atmosphere.

  A  small  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  spoken  word  parts  also  make  a  return  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.  One  of  the  tracks  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  second  side  of  the  demo  shows  the  music  going  into  more  of  a   dark  ambient  direction.  The  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and lo-fi  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  War  and  Negativism  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  LeMarchand  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  raw  black  metal  and  dark  ambient  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "A Batalha Continua (The Battle Continues)"  and  "Destrutivo  Sentimento  de  Negativismo (Destructive  Feeling  of  Negativism)".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/02/lemarchanda-batalha-continua-battle.html


Graverose Interview

mardi 26 février 2019 à 06:13
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

Gravröse is a project by myself, Axtherius. I wanted to do raw, primitive and vile black metal that stray away from the over produced emotionless mainstream black metal.

2.So far you have released one album, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?

I wanted to put emphasis on creating a brute force of hateful black metal. No more, no less. Aimed to connoisseurs of underground metal.

3.The lyrics on the recording are a concept album dealing with haunting's and ghostly creatures, can you tell us a little bit more about the songwriting?

Yes you are right. Before I recorded the album I spent some nights in an isolated abandoned house with no food, just some to drink. It put me in a almost mad, hallucinating state. I started to see things and started to write down the lyrics. Then I went in the studio as soon as I left the house to record the material in one day. I was tired and frustrated and I really think it added that extra atmosphere of purity to the recording.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name ’Gravrose'?

Gravröse means cairn. I thought it was a fitting name for the project and went with it. It has several meanings to me.

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the album cover?

The artwork was made by Tim Nordstedt who also played session drums on the album. It is an abandoned house on Gotland, Sweden. I think the artwork turned out great and really fitted the albums material.

6.With the exception of a session drummer you recorded most of the music by yourself, are you open to working with a full line up or do you prefer to work solo?

No, not open to work with other musicians.

7.You also had a couple of quests on a couple of tracks providing some keyboards and lyrics, can you tell us a little bit more about their contributions?

Tony Stark who runs Beastmaster Management is a friend of mine and since he is a keyboard player I asked him to put some extra touches on one song. I think it turned out well.

8.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

Actually the album will be released on Gate Of Horror Productions and perhaps another label as well. It should be out fairly soon I hope.

9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?

Just after the release on bandcamp I got contacted immediately by 3 labels plus interviews started to arrive so I think there are some interest out there for Gravröse.

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

I don’t see anything except continuing my quest of recording more albums. If its appreciated, its nice, if not, that’s fine too.

11.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?

Mainly underground black metal that probably no one has heard of. I listen very randomly these days. I can’t tell you any specific bands.

12.Does Occultism play any role in your music?

Yes for sure.

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

Thanks for the interview. Look out for the debut album of Gravröse to be released soon on CD but for now you can pick up the album on bandcamp if you are interested.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/02/graverose-interview.html


Abduction/All Pain Is Penance/Inferna Profundus Records/2019 Full Length Review

mardi 26 février 2019 à 04:54

  Abduction  are  a  solo  project  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  modern  yet  traditional  style  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2019  album  "All  Pain  Is  Penance"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Inferna  Profundis  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  chaotic  style  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  ritualistic  soundscapes  and  atmospheric  elements  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  Some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  some  of  the  riffs  also  start  incorporating  more  melody.

  Acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  which  also  gives  the  recording  a  lot  more  diversity.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  one  of  the  later  tracks  adds  in  more  of  a  drone  style  before  returning  back  to  more  of  a  black  metal direction  on  later  tracks. The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  occultism,  anti  religion,  depression  and  darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Abduction  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  dark  and  aggressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Infinite  Ancient  hexes"  "Embattled"  and  "The  Funeral  of  Cosmic  mastery".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/02/abductionall-pain-is-penanceinferna.html


Akasha/Canticles Of The Sepulchral Deity/Grey Matter Productions/Les Fleur du Mal Records/2019 Full Length Review

mardi 26 février 2019 à 03:26

  California's  Akasha  has  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  vampiric  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2019  album  "Canticles  Of  The  Sepulchral  Deity"  which  will  be  released  in  March  as  a  joint  effort  between  Grey  Matter  Productions  and  Les  Fleur  du  Mal  Productions.

 Clean  playing  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  start  off  the  album  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  riffs  throughout  the  recording.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  A  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  which  also  mixes  in  some  dissonant  structures  at  times.

  Clean  playing  also  makes  a  return  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  the  album  progresses.  A  lot  of  the  music  brings  in  more  of  a  modern  style  of  black  metal  while  also  remaining  true  to  the  traditional  side  of  the  genre,  a  later  track  is  also  a  very  ritualistic  sounding  instrumental  while  a  later  song  also  introduces  synths  onto  the  recording.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Death  Worship,  Spiritual  &  Mental  Vampirism,  Hatred  and  Nihilism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Akasha  which  also  shows  a  great  amount  of  progress  from  previous  releases  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  vampiric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Akasha  (Canticles  Of  The  Sepulchral  Deity)"  "Sepulchral  Oath"  "Vibratory  Waves Collapsed"  and  "Worship At  The  Threshold  Of  Her  Womb".  8  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/02/akashacanticles-of-sepulchral-deitygrey.html