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Chasma/Codex Constellatia/The Path Less Traveled Records/2014 CD Review

dimanche 4 mai 2014 à 23:53

  Chasma  are  a  band  from Portland,  Oregon  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  and  depressive  form  of  cascadian  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2013  album  "Codex  Constellatia"  which will  be  re-issued  by  The  Path  Less  Traveled  in  2014.

  Atmospheric  sounding  drones  start  off  the  album  along with  some  clean  playing  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  the  music  goes  into  a  more  heavy  and  melodic  direction  along  with  some  depressive  screams  which  they  also  mix  in  with  some  distorted  and  atmospheric  sounding  elements  and  they  also  mix  in  both  the  clean  and  heavy  parts.

  When  the  faster  sections  are  added  into  the  music  the  album  starts  evoking  a  more  raw  black  metal  feeling  along  with  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  and  they  also  put  a  good  amount  of  melody  into  the  more  slow  and  depressive  parts  of  the  music,  all  of  the  songs  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  main  ingredient  on  this  recording  seems  to  be  depressive  black  metal.

  The  cleaner  sections  on  the  recording  bring  a  very  tragic  and  suicidal  sound  to  the  album  and  they  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  whispers  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  an d you  can  also  hear  distorted  drones  being  utilized  in  the  background  at  times  and  the  band  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  synths  and  psychedelic  elements  which  also  gives  the  music  a  more  experimental  feeling  along  with  spoken  word  samples  before  returning  back  to  a  havier  and  atmospheric  direction  on  the  last  2  tracks  while  alos  keeping  around  the  other  parts  and  mixing  them  together.

  As  the  album  progresses  you  can  hear  some  progressive  and  post  metal  elements  being  mixed  into  the  music  at  times  which  does  not  effect  the  raw, atmospheric  and  depressive  nature  of  the  recording.

  Chasma  have  a  very  diverse  sound  with t heir  music  taking  the  cascadian  black  metal  sound  of  the  Northwestern  states  and  adding  in  a  more  atmospheric,  raw  and  depressive  approach  as  well  as  showing  that  they  are  not  afraid  to  experiments,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  powerful  and  the  lyrics  cover  scientific  and  metaphysical  themes.  

  In  my  opinion  Chasma  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  and  depressive,  cascadian  black  metal  and if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Burning  Shapeless"  and  "Wormwood  Horizon".  8  out  of  10.  

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Abomnium/Solace For The Condemned/UKEM Records/2014 CD Review

dimanche 4 mai 2014 à 05:15

  Abomnium  are  a  1  man  band  from  the  Netherlands  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  with  element s of  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2014  album  "Solace  For  The  Condemned"  which  will  be  released  by  UKEM  Records.

  Dark  sound  effects  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  more  blackened  death  metal  direction  along  with  some  grim  sounding  high  pitched  screams  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  music  also  utilizes  a  good  amount  of  melody  along  with  a  mixture  of  both  fast  which  bring  out  the  raw  black  metal  sounds  and  slow  parts  which  bring  in  the  doom  metal  structures.

  As  the  album  progresses  the  music  starts  utilizing  more  melodic  and  atmospheric  black  metal  elements which  also  have  a  cascadian  feeling  to  them  at  times  as  well  as  the  vocals  utilizing  more  death  metal  style  growls  while  also  maintaining  a  blackened  atmosphere  to  them  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  added  into  the  music  they  bring  a  more  traditional  and  classic  metal  feeling  to the  recording.

  The  true  black  metal  side  of  the  music  really  starts  to  kick  in  as  the  songs  go  on  by  as  well  as  getting  more  depressive  sounding  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording,  the  band  also  shows  that  they  have  some  technical  death  metal  elements  in  some  of  the  later t racks  which  they  also  mix  in  with  black  metal  and  some  of  the  cleaner  sections  of  the  music  have  a  very  progressive  feeling  to  them.

  After  awhile  a  brief  use  of  pagan  style  chanting  finds  its  way  onto  the  recording  and  when  the  album  returns  to  a  heavier  direction  the  music  starts  evolving  more  into  a  blackened  thrash  metal  direction  which  also  dominates  the  last  few  songs  on  the  recording  as  well  as  utilizing  a  more  modern  day  approach  to  atmospheric  black  metal  and  the  last  track  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  synths  towards  the  end  of  the  album.

  Abomnium  shows  a  great  amount  of  diversity  and  originality  with  his  music  with  the  sound  being  based  more  in  modern atmospheric  black  metal  while  also  being  heavily  influenced  by  thrash  and  death  metal  as  well  as  incorporating  in  a  great  amount  of  melodic  structures,  the  production  is  very  professional  sounding  where  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  included  on  this  album  and  the  lyrics  cover  science  fiction,  religion  and  mind  control.

  in  my  opinion  Abomnium  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  project  with  elements  of  death  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Condemned"  "Witchlight"  and  "Solace".  8  out  of  10.


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Scourge/Hate Metal/Greyhaze Records/2014 CD Review

dimanche 4 mai 2014 à 00:31

  Scourge  are  a  band  from  Brazil  that  plays  a  mixture  of  death,  black  and  war  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Hate  Metal"  which  will  be  released  by  Greyhaze  Records.

  Thunder  and  rain  sounds  start  off  the  album  and  a  few  seconds  alter  evil  sounding  synths  are  added  onto  the  album  along  with  some  black/death  metal  growls  and  screams  which  leads  up  to  a  more  brutal  sounding  death  metal  direction  along  with  some  technical  elements.

  The  vocals  seem  to  be  equally  influenced  by  both  death  and  black  metal  and  the  music  has  an  old school  feeling  that goes  back  to  the  mid  80's  and  early  90's  along  with  the  guitar  leads  having  the  more  morbid  ancient  style  and  the  band  also  utilizes  a  good  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  the  music  also  incorporating  a  good  amount  of  melody.

  The  band  also  brings  in  clean  playing  and  spoken  word  ritualistic  parts  on  some  of  their  songs  as  well  as  adding  in  some  of  the  more old  school  Brazilian  black  and  death  metal  influences  into t heir  music  and  the  war  metal  elements  do  show  up  in  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  while  the  main  element  is  still  death  metal,  one  of  the  tracks  has  Wagner  Antichrist  of  Sarcofago  doing  some  back  up  vocals  and  alter  on  the  recording  the  bass  guitars  start  to  sound  more  powerful  and  you  can  also  hear  some  thrash  elements  being  added  into  to  brutal  approach  to  extreme  metal  and  they  also  bring  in  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  on  a  couple  of their  songs  before  returning  to  a  heavier  direction.

  Scourge  take  the  old  school  Brazilian  death  metal  sound  and  updates  it  with  a  more  war  like  blackened  metal  approach  to  make  the  music  sound  more  modern,  the  production  is  very  powerful  and  heavy  sounding  and  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Anti  Religion  and  Hateful  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Scourge  are  a  very  decent  sounding  mixture  of  death,  war  and  black  metal  and  if  you a re  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Bread  That  God  Crushed"  "The  Ancient  Ritual  Of  The  Dead"  and  "Hate  Metal".  8  out  of  10.


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Forgotten Tomb/Darkness in Stereo: Eine Symphonie des Todes - Live In Germany/Agonia Records/2014 Live Album Review

vendredi 2 mai 2014 à 23:08

  Forgotten  Tomb  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  that h as  went  through  many  different  musical  directions  starting  with  black  metal  then  getting  more  depressive  and  doom  metal  influenced  on  later  releases  before  evolving  more  into  a  mixture  of  black,  gothic  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  live  2014  album "Darkness in Stereo: Eine Symphonie des Todes - Live In Germany"  which  was  released  by  Agonia  Records.

  Clean  playing  and  audience  reception  start  off  the  album  and  after  the  intro  the y play  one  of  the  newer  tracks  which  I  an  not  really  familiar  with  but  it  seems  to  be  in  a  more blackened  doom  metal  direction  while  still  having  the  depressive  style  screaming  vocals  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  The  guitar  leads  bring  in  a  very  melodic  sound  that  reminds  me  of  some  of  Paradise  lost's  material in  the  mid  90's  and  they  also  add  the  melody  into  the  guitar  riffing  and  some  of  the  material  they  bring  onto  the  live  recording  has  a  more  modern  metal  feeling  to  it  along  with  a  mixture  of  both  clean  and  heavy  parts  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  The  newer  material  has  a  stoner  doom  metal  vibe  at  times  and  you  can  really  hear  it  in  their  music  when  the  melodic  vocals  start  to  kick  in  and  the  band  also  bring s in  some  of  their  more  older  material  which  I  am  more  familiar  with  and  the  musical  direction  takes  depressive  black  metal  and  mixes  it  in  with  some  of  the  more  melodic  doom  metal  of  early  Katatonia  and  the  band  stick  to  mostly  a  slow  to  mid  paced  sound  on  this  live  recording   with  no  blast  beats  or  fast  parts  being  utilized.

  With  this  live  album  Forgotten  Tomb  bring  in  a  mixture  of  both  the  older  and  newer  material  which  show  2  different  sides  of  the  band  and as  well  as  making  the  live  recording  sound  very  diverse,  the  production  has  a  very  powerful  live  feeling  and  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  decent  sounding  live  recording  from  Forgotten  Tomb  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Reject  Existence"  "Solitude  Ways"  and  "Disheartenment".  8  out  of  10.  


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Sutekh Hexen Interview

vendredi 2 mai 2014 à 21:37
 1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new ep?

All things conducive to our intentions: rehearsals, studying and writing.

At the end of May and in early June, we will be embarking on a short West Coast tour with our friends, Common Eider, King Eider for about 8 dates. There will be a limited c10 (returning to the format) split with Seattle, WA's BLSPHM, released in conjunction with this tour, featuring two new 5 minute tracks from each band. 

We have been busy working on the next full-length, which is about half completed. This will be a complex album, a natural progression in terms of instrumentation and the form for the continued evolution of band and we are very pleased with the direction this is going.

Before that happens though, we have a forthcoming collaborative 2xLP/c60 release with our brother Th. Tot of Trepaneringsritualen, titled 'One Hundred Year Storm' that was recorded live @Stella Natura festival in 2013 went into production last week and will be co-released byPesanta Urfolk and Cloister Recordings. 

Expanded CD editions of 'Become' and 'Monument of Decay' EP's being released by Cold Spring and Small Doses. Both editions will feature a new track not on the vinyl versions and exclusive to each CDEP. Our friends at Sentient Ruin will be issuing a c30 edition of 'Become' shortly, this will be the final installment of this EP and identical to the LP version, but w/new artwork. 

2.Recently you have released a new ep, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical direction of the new recording and also how does it differ from your previous releases?

Yes, the 'Monument of Decay' 12" EP (Black Horizons) and 2xc10 (Beläten) was released at the end of 2013. It is the final release featuring one founding member and two auxiliary members. 'Monument of Decay' channels and challenges previous sensibilities that Sutekh Hexen are known for and pushes certain aspects further (converging black metal and power-electronics); it has an undeniably fleeting essence to it, thus creating a very powerful experience.

3.The band has been around for 5 years and so far has released a lot of material, do you put a lot of time and effort into the band?

Yes, we would like to say so.

4.The song lyrics cover a good amount of occult themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?

Sutekh Hexen is the expression of shared interests amongst like-minded individuals; the Genesis of this project was based on esoteric themes, values and occurrences from various cultural perspectives.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Sutekh Hexen'?

(refer to the previous answer.)

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?

We have played many memorable shows in the time of our short existence, it's really hard to say, because we have been very fortunate to have the opportunity to share bills with some of our best friends and several of our most respected peers.

Our stage performance can be visceral, but we probably have an entirely different perspective.

Individual participants have told us some really interesting things outside of the typical "that was cool" compliment, which is always good too, including more personal perspectives/interpretations, including feeling isolated, like they were the only one in the room, and being able to go deep within a realm of introspection they have never previously tapped into, one fellow witnessed a portal opening before him during our set, a really cool and reoccurring thing we hear is the internal development of narratives while we're performing, and one guy even told us once that he experienced absolute spiritual affliction, which is a very powerful thing.

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

Yes. A brief West Coast tour with Common Eider, King Eider at the end of May and beginning of June. There are some Summer plans being discussed and we are looking into some potential dates for the East Coast in 2015, but nothing is 100% confirmed at the moment.

8.The new ep came out on Sentinent Ruin, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Sentinent Ruin is a DIY label run out of the Bay Area specializing in all things dark and heavy, Mattia is also a personal friend of ours. Thank you, Mattia.

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

Generally positive and without reservation, because black metal music is definitely one of our influences, not to be mistaken as our primary focus. We are marginal, too abstract for some die-hard metal folk and, you know, that is totally okay with us; concerning another spectrum, it sometimes sounds like we are too extreme for some experimental folks, yet appeal to their critical awareness. There is no compromise in what we do, so to have any kind of feedback at all is always a pleasure.

10.What is going on with the other musical projects these days that some of the band members are involved with?

Andy: I am working currently on releases for my 2 solo projects... ACWAY(Vocal noise/ritual drone project) and THOABATH(blackened death industrial...sort of)... aDEMONSLEEPER/THOABATH split will be out by the time this interview is out. there are a handful of collabs in the works but it's too early to talk about them...

Kevin: currently working on several solo and collaborative material right now. Utech Recordswill be issuing 'The Emerald' 8" lathe very soon, this will be my first proper solo-release. I have a long-form dark-ambient project with Thomas Martin Ekelund (TxPxR) named OGHAM, that will be delivering their second full-length in 2015. An as of yet unnamed collaborative project withChristopher Walton (ENDVRA, Tenhornedbeast), that sound nothing like what either artist have output to date, and a project with emphasis on piano, field-recordings and electronics with long-time friend and Seattle musician, Demian Johnston.

Joshua: working on sound pieces for a couple of ongoing collaborations with local filmmakers for upcoming performances and DVD releases, recordings for solo blackened doom projectPlumes, and a solo multimedia performance based on the sonic vibrations of water forSoundwave ((6)) festival in the SF Bay Area.

Ryan: After about a 4year hiatus I've fully immersed myself in solo endeavors again, AZOG / R. JENCKS / CRUOR INCENDIA respectively. Just returned from a 3wk European tour, headed toEnde Tymes Fest in NYC next week. Also my counterpart of industrialnoise outfit PREYERS is moving back to the area so some releases should being seeing the light of day soon. AlsoDeathoes has a backlog of material waiting to come out. Always busy with DISPIRIT / WHITE PHOSPHOROUS.........

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

Hopefully the continuation of crossing musical-boundaries together, having great opportunities presented to us along the way and continuing to be supported by folks near and far who get what we are doing. 

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?

Andy: Playing with Esoteric this last fall has rekindled my interest in funeral doom... but i've been listening to a lot of 70's electronic prog lately... especially  the darker stuff like Peter Frohmader and Igor Wakhevich. As well as the usual black metal, industrial noise ect... 

Kevin: I have been getting into some Kraut/psych/prog rock through Andy and our friend R.F. Palmer, exploring Tibetan Religious music, this Italian composer named Giancinto Scelsi who really understood the practice of sustained tension and release >> without mercy (really brutal stuff), Tangerine Dream and Pink Floyd to stay grounded and always a healthy dose of the weirder black metal, which the French seem to be the masters of.

Joshua: Musique concrète, film music/scores - particularly the work of Edward Artemyev, Goblin, and Angelo Badalementi, west coast and cascadian black metal, and have also recently been revisiting some crusty Quebecois hardcore from the 90's such Union of Uranus, One Eyed God Prophecy, and Drift. 

Ryan: Scott Walker and SWANS.......

13.What are some of your non musical interests?

Andy: Esoteric studies... brewing weird  beers... Ethnobotany.. I am a minor aquarist... 

Kevin: the outdoors, reading, vivariums and graphic design. 

Joshua: wilderness, wandering, and whiskey.

Ryan: Some things are better left secret........

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

Thank you.

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