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Zom/Flesh Assimilation/Dark Descent Records/2014 CD Review

jeudi 25 septembre 2014 à 01:20

  Zom  are  a  band  from  Ireland  that  plays  a  very  raw,  brutal  and  bestial  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Flesh  Assimilation"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Dark  Descent  Records.

  Dark  and  evil  demonic  sound  effects  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  tortured  voices  before going  into  a  very  fast,  raw  and  brutal  war/black  metal  direction  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  a  mixture  of  growls  and  screams  and  the  band  also  brings  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  You  can  hear  some  elements  of  crustcore  in  the  vocals  and  song  structures  at  times  and  the  solos  and  leads  the  band  uses  bring  back  an  old  school  black/death  metal  sound  to  the  bands  musical  style  while  some  of  the  rhythm's  utilize  some  morbid  sounding  melodies  and  they  also  use  the  samples  from  the  first  track  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  which  also  gives  the  recording  more  of  a  ritualistic  and  occult  feeling  as  well  as  bringing  in  a  small  amount  of  harsh  sounding  distortion.

  You  can  hear  a  great  amount  of  the  90's  war  metal  sound  throughout  the  recording  as  well  as  some  thrash  metal  influences  being  added  into  the  guitar  riffing  at  times  while  in  some  of  the  slower  sections  you  can  hear elements  of  doom  metal  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  

  Zom  goes  back  to  the  90's  style  of  bestial  black  and  war  metal  and  combines  them  with  the  darker  side  of  death  metal  as  well  as  bringing  in  elements  of  doom  and  thrash  metal  to  create  an  album  that  is  very  dark,  raw,  heavy,  brutal  and  old  school  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  perversion,  sorcery,  cosmos  and  death.

  In  my  opinion  Zom  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  brutal  and  bestial  mixture  of  black,  war  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Tombs  Of  The  Void"  "Gates  To  Beyond"  and  "Flesh  Assimilation".  8/5  out  of  10.     

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/09/zomflesh-assimilationdark-descent.html


Funeralbloom Interview

mardi 23 septembre 2014 à 04:37
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Austin: Sure, we started Funeralbloom a couple years ago under a different name, The Measure Of. We played more of a melodic-hardcore/post-rock mix and had a couple releases and a tour under our belt. Our sound gradually began to change more and more until our band was almost unrecognizable to what we had started as. We don’t even live in the same place as when we started the band. Although we are still listed as being from Austin, and we still consider it the band’s home, none of us actually live there anymore as we’re all spread around Texas with members in Houston, Ft. Worth, Temple, San Marcos, and Pflugerville. With “Petals”, we were finally able to write the caliber of an album that we had always aspired to, and it’s one that I feel very accurately represents who we are as people and where our passions lie.

2.In August, you had released your first album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
Nick: When we were writing "Petals" we wanted to create movement in our songs, and allow each part enough room to breathe. We wanted to create a dark atmosphere that could move from long intense sections, to slow and emotional drones.  We wanted to add as much atmosphere to black metal-esque parts as possible, then incorporate several musical techniques from post-punk, gothic and post-metal.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Austin: The lyrics deal a lot with inadequacy and hopelessness. The feeling that you’re never going to be able to pull yourself out of your current situation and that all the anguish you’re feeling is permanent. There’s a large focus on the self in terms of selfishness and selflessness and how they can become blurred inside of a relationship. Inside of this relationship there is a large focus on the sentimental aspects between the two people and how these feeling and actions are portrayed as amorously idiosyncratic.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Funeralbloom’?
Nick: As Austin was saying earlier, we used to be called The Measure Of, but we have changed so much as people, and a band, that we decided we should probably change the name.  We like to play with dark/light imagery and aesthetics in our music and lyrics, so we needed a name that portrayed the feelings we wanted to express.  It also could be a play on the “death” of The Measure Of, and the beginning of the new chapter for our band.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Austin: I think my favorite show that we have played so far was in May when we played with Circle Takes The Square. It was definitely an honor and we felt absolutely privileged to be able to play with them. Our stage performance is a strange thing. It has a certain element of theatrics and like a lot of things with our band, it plays on the dark and light. Our band dresses in basically funeral attire while there are either purple, red, or white flowers everywhere. Usually by the end of the set the stage or floor is completely adorned in petals. A lot of people frankly don’t know how to react during our sets. Sometimes people start to mosh, but then quickly begin to realize that for the most part our music is not very “moshable”. We play music that one could easily relax and fall asleep to and at other times could be used for an adrenaline rush while running or at the gym. I think we can all agree though we strive to make our live show as intense and visually pleasing as possible.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Nick: We are planning a two week winter tour of the east coast and mid-west of the United States.  We will also be looking to play the Austin, Texas area soon.

7.The ep was released on cassette by Broken World Media, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
Austin: Yeah, they’re a label run out of Connecticut by Derrick from the band The World is a Beautiful Place. Almost all of the bands on the label except for us fall more into the Indie and Emo spectrum so we definitely seem to stick out a lot. But, fans of the label have definitely been incredibly receptive to us and the relationship doesn’t seem too strange, because before this release we had done pretty much everything DIY. So we played with a lot of screamo, emo, and indie bands so that’s where a lot of the bands we became friends with and the connections we made came from. We’re just really thankful that Derrick believed in us and took a chance on something that was so much different than what the label had previously put out.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal and ambient?
 Nick: Overall, the response to “Petals” has been positive.  We have found that we have a lot of fans from Russia, and that is amazing to me. The response and reception of “Petals” was a lot more widespread than I had imagined it would be. I am quite pleased with the feedback we have received so far. I am even more amazed by the fact that we have actually reached a worldwide audience.  I, for one, never thought that would happen like it did. However, we aren’t everyones cup of tea in respects to those two genres. Fans of our more atmospheric and ambient parts have said that they think blast beats deserve no place in our kinda of music, and fans of our more black metal parts sometimes don’t relate to the baritone vocals that we incorporate into our songs.

9.Are any of the band members involved with any other musical projects?

Austin: I’m currently involved in a darkwave project called Argue with my friend Matt from the band Illustrations. We released a couple songs earlier this year and there is definitely more in the works. https://soundcloud.com/argueuntildeath

Also, our drummer Tyler plays in band called Clear Acid.

10.When  can we expect another full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Nick: We don’t currently have plans to release another full length any time soon, but we have been writing a few songs for something we hope to release sometime in 2015.  We are experimenting with many new things for our new material.  So far, what we are coming up with will be more post-metal than “Petals” while still retaining the post-black metal and ambient influences.  You should expect the new songs to feel darker, yet still contain positive rises and crescendos.

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?
Nick: While I love post-black metal, I think that ambient and atmospheric music has the biggest impact on my guitar playing and writing.  Most of the guitar parts in “Petals” have a significant amount of reverb or delay, which is reminiscent of ambient styles of music.  Since I think Jad is the same way when it comes to his guitar parts, we are then able to amplify these parts with other elements of heavier genres. Right now I am listening to the new This Will Destroy You album, Hope Drone and Toluca.
Austin: I’m definitely influenced by a lot of 80’s post-punk and darkwave. Bands like The Sisters of Mercy, The Cure, Bauhaus, and Depeche Mode have been very influential in my vocal style and lyrics. I’m also known to be a tad bit Morrissey obsessed so many things he has done have leaked their way into our music. Currently I’ve been jamming his new album a ton along with the new Leonard Cohen and Merchandise albums.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
Nick: Coffee is a big interest of mine, and basically keeps me functioning throughout the day. I also enjoy watching wrestling with some of the other members of Funeralbloom.  I'm also about to graduate from college with two majors, so that has been taking up a lot of my time that I am not devoting to music.
Austin: I’m pretty happy that soccer season has started because I’m a big Chelsea supporter. Unfortunately I’ve had to work a lot on weekends so far this year, but whenever I can I try to make it to the pub to watch the matches with a big group of supporters. Besides that I’m also a wrestling fan and get way to upset and complain about the lowest form of art.

 13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
just thanks for the kind words about the album and for your time

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/09/funeralbloom-interview.html


Martelo Negro Interview

mardi 23 septembre 2014 à 02:00
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?
Greetings, blasphemous readers and chaos mongers from Hell!
Well, I can tell you we are already composing new stuff for a 7? ep to be recorded late this year and rehearsing hard for the upcoming gigs.

2.At the end of June you had released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound of the newer recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
  Our new album is far more mature than our debut effort. It?s the same musical purpose on a more adult level.

3.On your facebook page you label your music as 'New Wave Of Portuguese Proudly Obsolete Black Speed/Thrash Metal, can you tell us a little bit more about this tag?
  N.W.O.P.P.O.B.S.T.M is just a joke, really! In reality, it does not even define our musical approach in its entirety, it?s just  some nonsense crap i posted on facebook without even thinking too much about it. Still, some truth resides in it!

4.You have covered some occult topics with the new album, how would you describe your views on Occultism?
  Occultism is a huge motivation for me, as i see no interest in the mundane. Our lyrics revolve around religion, occultism, witchcraft, cosmology, mithology and everything beyond the visible and palpable.
The true power lies beyond the senses.

5.On the new album you had songs in both Portuguese and English, what was the decision behind writing in 2 different languages on the new recording?
  There?s no rational reason to justify that, really. It just happened! Some songs had a Lusitanian feel to it and some others  were blatantly anglo saxonic (at least from my point of view).
I really didn?t think much about it and let things instinctively flow.

6.Originally the band was called 'Black hammer' but know has the same name but in Portuguese, can you tell us a little bit more about the band name?
  The band name is a mere metaphor for the dark forces that drive the band. The name change was a suggestion from a friend (Belathauzer- Filii Nigrantium Infernalium?s mastermind).
The fact is that Martelo Negro is less cliché than Black Hammer, even though the essence is the same. Also, as a moniker, Martelo Negro is far more mysterious than Black Hammer, i guess....

7.Originally the band started out as a solo project, what was the decision behind forming a full line up?
  I guess that, at a certain point in time, it just became too serious for me as soon as i realized i wouldn?t want to remain confined to the walls of my bedroom, programming lousy drum machines and living in misanthropic  burzumesque isolation. Heavy Metal is supposed to be celebrated on stage, even though there?s nothing wrong about one building a career as a one man project and refusing to play live.
  It?s just a matter of artistic direction and personal choices. Hail Quorthon!

8.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
  The 2014 edition of Steel Warriors Rebellion was a huge moment for us, as it was the 2012 edition of Degredo Metal Fest at Covilhã (crazy, crazy bangers and moshers!).
I would say we are a very intense band, even though we are all
heavywheight veterans reaching 40.

9.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
  There are no plans for touring, except for some one-off gigs here and there. We all have complicated professional and familiar lives that don?t allow us to play live as much as it is desirable.
Still, we have plans to play abroad, even though we cannot do it on an extensive level due to the reasons i exposed.

10.The new album was released on HelldProd, can you can us a little bit more about this label?
  HelldProd is a label focused on the real shit and we are very proud for being part of what they have been doing for the past 20 years.
No trends, no fashion! That?s what they are about! Apart from that, Helldprod is a very hardworking label, headed by people who know what professionalism is about.
Just take a look at the label?s catalogue and let all doubts be dissipated!

11.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your new album by fans of extreme metal?
  Well, taking into consideration the album was released on a very limited edition (300 copies LP), i can only speak about a dozen of very positive reviews.
As for Portugal, the feedback has been great so far, as I believe we have finally gained the respect we have aimed for in the past 8 years.

12.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects that some of the band members are involved with?
  Well, Melkor?s other band (Neoplasmah) is about to release a new album after a few years of inactivity.
Me and Thamuz are working on the debut cd of Bathürzüm (fast and destructive black metal with some Voivod influences) and i have my own personal project called Black Blood Whoracle going on (also fast black metal with some Sarcófago/Blasphemy/Beherit influences).
Our drummer Maalm is currently playing with Atentado and Filii Nigrantium Infernalium.
We also have a funeral doom thing going by the name Capela dos Ossos, with Pedra from Grog on the vocals.
I can say we keep ourselves very, very busy when it comes to making music related stuff.

13.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
  I guess we won?t change much during the course of the years. We feel really comfortable doing this kind of primitive thing and our goal is to keep our music rooted in the 80?s.
That does not mean we are heading towards stagnation, we just feel we can do interesting and refreshing stuff without abandoning the elements that define what Martelo Negro is about.
But as far as innovating anything, I guess not! Reinventing METAL means disaster, or at least that?s the way I see it.

14.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?
Well, the obvious stuff, I guess.
We have always been death metal fans, specially death metal from the 80?s crust, speed metal, thrash metal, etc Our most prominent influence is Hellhammer and Celtic Frost but, personally, I?ve always been a huge Iron Maiden fan...
We also have a huge grindcore background, since we all played in grind bands in the past...
It?s kind of complicated to define our influences because we are, in a very abrasive and extensive way, extreme music fans.
I, personally, listen to everything that sounds honest and true. I?m really into stuff like Anaal Nathrakh, Absu, old Carcass, Electric Wizard, Incantation, old Maiden, old Anthrax, old Slayer, Darkthrone, Carnivore, etc.
Complete musical schizophrenia!

  15.What are some of your non musical interests?
  I would say that some of our non musical interests are the things that our music is about: occultism, witchcraft and (anti)religion.
We are not huge sport fans (except soccer) and no one in the band is into bricolage, crochet, dancing, stamps collections or cooking...

  16.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you very much for this interview!
Please, keep up with what we are doing here in this forsaken piece of land and stay true to yourselves. Keep it metal! DIE HARD!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/09/martelo-negro-interview.html


Promethean Horde Interview

lundi 22 septembre 2014 à 22:54
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?
We have a couple shows in queue to play later this year. But until then we are actually working on new merch ideas, demoing out new riffs and such.

2.Recently you have released a new album, 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? The 2009 EP/Demo contained 5 of the songs on the new record. We used to have keyboards and they did play a prominent role in the sound. Over the years, we have more-so steered away from that sound and began utilizing the guitars and bass to bring our more of the melody.

3.This is the first recording to be released in 5 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?
A ton of gigging. Also, we actually worked with several drummers during that period while we played shows. So a good portion of that time was teaching new people the songs. However we only had about 6 months there where we didn’t play a show but stayed pretty regular while we worked on that.

4.I have seen the band being labeled as symphonic black metal and I heard none of that on this recording, how did the band end up being labeled with that 'tag'? Well, as I previously mentioned, for many years we had my brother Mike (Lull Me To Larvae) on the keys. He had a lot of input on our earlier stuff, so naturally some of it came out pretty keyboard-heavy.

5.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
The album covers a few different topics, but to touch on a couple: Ördögszereto is Hungarian for "Demon Lover." This song is about this female demon that comes in causing complete paralysis and has her way with you and then accepting it time in and time out. Unknown Corpses is a story about a group of ancient warriors that wonder the land in search of war and kingdoms to overthrow. They eventually find out they're already dead and they, themselves, were plundered. Sort of reliving the tragedy of realizing they were defeated and their village, burned.

6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Promethean Horde'?
The story goes, Prometheus stole fire from the heavens to benefit mankind. We all have an idea of what is, and what things could be. To us, its a great idea that promotes selflessness. Our lyrics generally speak of removing the oppressive forces in this world, such as religion, greed and unwarranted suffering.

7.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 always have a great time doing national acts, for sure. Its hard to pick a favorite but we've played with Wintersun, Cannibal Corpse, among probably a dozen others over the past couple years. Those two shows stick out to me because the energy and vibe were excellent. Our stage performance, is not so much of a performance as it is just us getting drunk and playing the Hell out of our instruments. I would say its high-energy with plenty of movement and plenty of buzzed on-stage banter. (Laughs)

8.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
The tour that just ended in August was to directly support the album, but we never go too long without getting on stage. We have probably around 3 shows booked through this year, so far, but one focus has already been the next album. We're already putting ideas together.

8.The new album was released on Metal Swarm Records, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
This is a very small label that I formed, recently. Metal Swarm Productions (formerly Death N Decay) will represent artists that we like and feel that we might be able to help out.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your newer music by fans of black and death metal? So far we have actually be received very well. Selling albums in Canada, Italy, Germany, UK and such including states that we haven’t been to. Things seem to be on the up-rise.

10.What is going on with some of the other musical projects or bands these days that some of the band members are involved with? Me, Jack and Jechael are still involved in Paths of Possession, but we can only do so much with George’s scheduling and such. The 3 of us in (Paths) have put Promethean Horde on top priority as we have no restrictions to anything. Our drummer is in a death metal band called Ulcer and he stays pretty busy with that.

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We're feeling like we want the next album to be very cold, dark and hateful. We'll probably always have the elements from Ashes of The Empyrean, with the clean guitars/singing and melodic riffs. But this next record, I would expect to be insane!

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? A few of the other guys are a little more eclectic than I am, I would say. I tend to stay with the black/death/folk metal stuff. That's pretty much the case with Jack and Jechael, but Jack likes punk and Jechael likes old Country/80's love songs. Jones likes a wide variety as well, ranging from death/metalcore/various acoustic artists. And finally, Gary can sing every Journey song almost perfectly. I think I'll stop there.

13.Does Paganism or Occultism, play any role in your music?
I would say very little if at all. Those things tend to sit a little close to religion. And as I've said earlier, we shy away from preaching things like that. We know that nearly all religions have taken unnecessary steps to eradicate those who differ in beliefs. Our message is to remove these religious ideas.

14.What are some of your non musical interests?Jack is a huge reader and also does a lot of artwork. We all love video games. Jones has his own business which makes (ear) plugs and gauges, called Stretch the World. Gary pretty much straps on some leather and goes riding on his motorcycle.

15.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thought?
Thanks a ton, for the support! We hope to see you all, next time we tour!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/09/promethean-horde-interview.html


Akatharsia/2014 Demo Review

vendredi 19 septembre 2014 à 07:35

  Akatharsia  are  a  band  from  Oakland,  California  that  plays  a  very  raw  from  of  black  metal  mixed  with  grunge,  punk  and  drone  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  demo.

  Clean  playing  which  is  also  used  again  on  a  later  track  starts  off  the  demo  and  it  has  a  garage  like  atmosphere  to  it  before  adding  in  more  of  a  lo-fi  heavy  sound  which  also  brings  in  some  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  and  on  the  second  track  the  music  starts  to  go  for  more  of  a  raw  mid  paced  direction  bringing  in  a  punk  rock  and  grunge  vibe.

  The  black  metal  side  of  the  bands  musical  sound  is  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  style  and  after  awhile  it  speeds  up  a  bit  and  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  and  you  can  also  some  melody  and  guitar  leads  in  the  music  at  times  along  with  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  some  of  the  reverb  noises  have  a  drone  like  quality  to  them.

  Akatharsia  plays  mostly  a  raw  style  of  black  metal  that  also  has  some  grunge  and  punk  rock  influences  which  also  gives  the  band  a  more  original  vibe  while  still  having  a  very  dark  atmosphere  to  them,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes  with  a  philosophical  twist.

  In  m y opinion  Akatharsia  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  black  metal  band  with  elements  of  punk  and  grunge  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Excreta"  "Blood  Opulence"  and  "Dross".  8  out  of  10.      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/09/akatharsia2014-demo-review.html