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Gates To The Morning/Return To Earth/2019 CD Review

dimanche 21 avril 2019 à 05:22

  Gates  To  The  Morning  are  a  band  from  New  Jersey  that  plays  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2019  album  "Return  To  Earth" which  will  be  released  in  July.

  Acoustic  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  tragic  sounding  keyboards  a  few  seconds  later.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  the  music  also  mixes  both  the  progressive  and  heavy  parts  together  at  times  and  clean  vocals  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  recording.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Angry  black  metal  screams  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  post  metal  style.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  some  of  the  tracks  are  instrumentals.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  one  track  also  introducing  stringed  instruments  on  the  recording  as  well  as  the  riffing  also  utilizing  a  great  amount  of  melody.  A couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  a  couple  of  songs  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  female  vocals.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Gates  To  The  Morning  are  a  very  great  sounding  post  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Terra  Incognita"  "Freezing  The  Sundials"  "Chasing  Shadows"  and  "Return  To  Earth". 8  out  of  10.

https://gatestothemorning.bandcamp.com/releases 
https://www.facebook.com/gatestothemorning/   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/04/gates-to-morningreturn-to-earth2019-cd.html


Sainte Marie des Loups/Self Titled/Amor Fati Productions/2019 CD Re-Issue Review

dimanche 21 avril 2019 à 03:08

 
  Sainte  Marie  des  Loups  are  a  solo  project  from  France  that  plays  a  very  raw,  aggressive,  sepulchral  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  titled  2018  album  which  will  be  re-issued  in  May  by  Amor  Fati  Productions.

  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  also  done  in  a  very  raw  and  melodic  style  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  riffs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences.

  One  of  the  tracks  is  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard.  One  track  also  introduces  synths  and  clean  playing  onto  the  recording  and  the  album  also  closes  with  an  instrumental  track.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  French  and  cover  dark  and  blasphemous  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Sainte  Marie  des  Loups  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  aggressive,  sepulchral  and  melodic  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  of  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "La  Fin  de  I'Hiver"  and  "Insolence".  8 out  of  10.

  http://www.amor-fati-productions.de
https://www.facebook.com/amorfatiprod

 

   

    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/04/sainte-marie-des-loupsself-titledamor.html


Funeral Hearse/In Devotion Of.../Spy Satellite Records/2019 Full Length Review

dimanche 21 avril 2019 à 02:05

  Funeral  Hearse  are  a  solo  project  from  Singapore  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  extreme  form  of  black  metal  with  elements  of  crust  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2019  album  "In  Devotion  Of.."  which  was  released  by  Spy  Satellite  Records.

  A  very  tribal  and  ritualistic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  some  melodic  chants  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats. Vocals  are mostly  high  pitched  sounding  black  metal  screams.

  Dark  sounding  melodies  are  also  added  into  the  guitar  riffing  at  times  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  a  touch  of  war  metal  in  some  parts  of  the  music.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  raw  and  melodic  style  while  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  elements  of  crust  punk  and  doom  metal  also  being  utilized  at  times.    All  of  the  drum  beats  being  programmed  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  ritualistic  sounds  also  return  but  keeping  the  focus  more  on  a  heavy  and  aggressive  sound,  a  couple  of  later  tracks  also  introduces  clean  playing  onto  the  recording.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  rituals  of a Left  Hand  Path  Hindu  Sect  the  Aghori  Sadhu  and  their  practices  of  cannibalism  and  residing  in  a  cemetery  ground.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Funeral  Hearse  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  extreme  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Into  The  Eye  Of  The  Serpent"  and  "Alternate  State  Of  Consciousness".  8  out  of  10.

Spy Satellite Records


   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/04/funeral-hearsein-devotion-ofspy.html


Dratna Interview

samedi 20 avril 2019 à 22:52
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the musical project since the recording and release of the new ep?



Since An Cath (The Battle) has been released I have actually been doing a lot of promotional work and basically replying to emails etc. I have also started into writing the first Full Dratna album. The first 3 Dratna EP’s are all about Dratna finding its feet, I think its taken the EP’s for Dratna to find its musical direction, but all done in a small amount of time, Dratna has only been active for 13 months.



2.Recently you have released a new ep, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?



This time round my writing has become more atmospheric, I think the song ‘Shadow of the Mountain’ is the best song I have written to date.  The music feels more mature and I have started to develop my own sound.



The first EP ‘Clíodhna’ was very much a trial and error EP. Before the release of ‘Clíodhna’ I hadn’t played the guitar in about 15 years (you can really tell).  So the songs feel a little less developed. The sound is very raw and there are a lot of things I would do differently If I was to record that EP again.



Altar is a much more refined EP with much heavier drums and riffs. The production also went up a notch too, taking away the rawness and adding more Keys.



I wanted the new EP to land somewhere in the middle production wise, but a little more rawness added. Song-wise it follows a much less predictive pattern and has more of a flow. The Keys also seem to integrate with the music in a more melodic way. I like the direction the sound is taking me.





3.During the last couple of years you have put out 3 releases, do you spend a great amount of time writing and creating music?



Actually no, when it comes to writing I write quite quickly, I run my own business so I have to make time to record. When it comes to recording I ‘blast it out’ If something sounds good I record it and build from there. It becomes a bit obsessive a at times and I have to get it finished rather than sit-in on it for months at a time.



With the other EPs ‘Clíodhna & Altar’ I stopped writing after  their release. Since ‘An Cath (The Battle)’  has been released I have continued to play and write so I think there is a change a happening, possibly due to the fact that an album will require much more work than an EP, strike while the iron is hot sorta thing.



4.A lot of your lyrics deal with Irish Paganism and Mythology, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this subject?



This was purely down to me wanting to learn more about my Irish history. It’s like the way the Norwegian Black Metal scene was inspired by anti christian views and their old gods, paganism. So I wanted to explore my own religious and historical connections. Ireland is very similar to the Scandinavian regions in that Christianity wiped out those beliefs. So it’s great to learn about your own culture and keep it alive.



5.What are some of the other lyrical topics and subjects you have also explored so far with your music?



‘Altar’ basically explored the division and hurt that organised religion has caused in Ireland, with its scandals and abuse. It has done real damage in Ireland and is suffering due to its poor reputation. It was just a topic I had to get off my chest.



‘An Cath (The Battle)’ is about Nature & man. Where I live in Ireland I am surrounded by mountains, forests, the sea and lots of green land. It’s really an inspiring place to live. Who doesn’t like walking in a forest and being close to nature? Black Metal and forests just go together. When I’m stuck on a song/riff I walk in the forest and it helps unjam the blockage.



6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name ‘Dratna'?



Dratna is my name in ‘Ogham’ an old medieval Irish language.



7.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new ep cover?



The main photo is taken from the forest close to where I live. The sheep on the front is a visual representation of the EP theme (man & nature) the Sheep staring down the man. The logo is the Ogham spelling of Dratna.



8.With this project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?



I’m always open to working with other people, however I spend most of my time running my own business, so when I get time to record its easier if I’m not relying on anyone, I record from my home office, its super efficient. Solo just suits me at this point in my life.



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



I had received a bit of interest after I released the first EP ‘Clíodhna’. But nothing concrete. So no I’m not really looking anymore, if there’s a label out there I’m sure our paths will cross, It would be really helpful if someone else was to take care of distribution etc that part takes up a lot of time. It’s like running another business in itself.



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



I get messages and people buying my music from all over the world, the fanbase isn’t huge but its growing and that’s cool. Within the black metal community some people really dig what I do and others don’t. Thats the nature of the beast, you can’t please everyone and I don’t try to either. I do this for me, if other people like it that’s awesome. If it makes someone bang their head even better. I get a lot of messages of respect from other musicians in bands, they seem to understand the difficulty of one man band projects even if the music is not to their taste.





11.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?



Within the year I would expect to see a full length and I’m just going to keep writing and recording. This project has already went much further than I ever expected. I think in the future I would like to collaborate with some of the other Irish bands, that would be cool.



12.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?



This year I have been heavily influenced by bands like: (black metal) Gehenna, Sargeist, Agalloch, Havukruunu, Craft , Sojourner.  Non-Black metal The Eagles, Tom Petty, Ghost (controversial) , ZZ Top, The Cure, Men at Work oh and an Icelandic alternative/pop-band  Retro Stefson.  I listen to everything, there’s a music for every ill. I’m not afraid to say I listen to non Black metal bands, give me an 80’s pop band any day of the week! I’m a sucker for nostalgia.



13.What are some of your non musical interests?



Walking my dog through the forest, and I love classic 80 & 90’s cars.



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



Yes these words form Fenriz have stuck with me since the beginning of Dratna.

Describing Black metal as “Individualism above all”. Dratna is individualism - Its not about being the blackest of black metal bands or the most extreme(its all been done already), its just just about the music and enjoying creating it.



Cheers 



Dratna



Dratna

Bandcamp: https://dratna.bandcamp.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dratnaband/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLuXjbu0XjXFqFkSICExWpA
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/3EGtaS7RlMSCoY6GdZcaKj

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/04/dratna-interview.html


Panzerfaust/The Suns Of Perdition I: War, Horrid War/Eisenwald/2019 Full Length Review

samedi 20 avril 2019 à 22:27

  Panzerfaust  are  a  band  from  Ontario,  Canada  that  plays  a  very  dissonant  and  aggressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "The  Suns  Of  Perdition  I:  War,  Horrid  War"  which  will  be released  in  June  by  Eisenwald.

  Dark  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction.  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  dissonant  sounding  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  Deep  growls  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  music  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  when  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dissonant  and  technical  style.  Clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  war  samples  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  examines  the  malign  episodes  of  the  last  century,  shining  a  light  on  difficult  subject  matter  using  a  begrimed  philosophical  lens  along  with  some  inspiration  from  George  Orwell.

  In  my  opinion  Panzerfaust  are  a  very  great  sounding  aggressive  and  dissonant  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Stalingrad,  Massengrab"  and  "The  Men  Of  No  Men's  Land".  8  out  of  10.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2WWYYnnIE5M      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/04/panzerfaustthe-suns-of-perdition-i-war.html