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Promethean Horde/Ashes Of The Empyrean/Metal Swarm Productions 2014 CD Review

vendredi 19 septembre 2014 à 05:01
  Promethean  Horde  are  a  band  from  Florida  that  plays  a  very  fast,  aggressive  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  with  a  touch  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Ashes  Of   The  Empyrean"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Metal  Swarm  Productions.

  A  very  fast  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  blast  beats,  powerful  sounding  bass  guitars  and  grim  screams  and  you  can  also  some  melodies  and  death  metal  influences  in  the  guitar  riffing  and  the  growls  and  after  awhile  the  band  brings  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  The  solos  and  leads  the  band  uses  are  more  in  a  melodic  musical  direction  and  the  heavy  parts  are  very  raw  and  brutal  at  times  and  as  the  album  progresses  you  can  hear  the  mid  90's  Swedish  black  metal  sound  being  mixed  in  with  Florida  style  death  metal  and  as  the  album progresses  clean  singing  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  they  bring  in  a  touch  of  pagan  metal.

    A  couple  of  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  on  some  of  the  later  songs  the  band  starts  bringing  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  and  they  also  bring  a  more  progressive  and  folk  music  orientated  sound  when  they  are  utilized  and  after  awhile  the  band  starts  to  find  their  musical  sound  on  this  recording  which  is  mostly  in  a  blackened  death  metal  direction   mixed  in  with  some  melodic pagan/folk  metal  while  sticking  more  to  a  guitar  orientated  direction.  

  Promethean  Horde  takes  a  style  of  melodic  black  metal  and  adds  in  a  a  lot  of  speed,  aggression,  heaviness  and  rawness  while  also  being  influenced  by  pagan/folk  and  death  metal  in  the  more  brutal  parts  and  they  create  an  album  that  could  appeal  to  a  variety  of  many  different  extreme  metal  fans,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Promethean  Horde  are  a  very  great  sounding  fast,  aggressive  and  melodic  black  metla  band  with  a  touch  of  pagan  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Artisan  Of  Silence"  "Spirits  Of  Water"  "Dark  Black  Catacomb"  and  "Divinity  by  Conquest".  8  out  of  10.

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Ellorsith/1959/Caligari Records/2014 Cassette Review

jeudi 18 septembre 2014 à 07:46

  Ellorsith  are  a  band  from  Scotland  that  plays  a  very  raw  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  cassette  "1959"  which  was  released  by  Caligari  Records.

  A  very  dark  ambient  sound  starts  off  the  cassette  which  also  bring s in  a  small  amount  of  distorted  noises  and  spoken  word  parts  and  after  the  intro  the  music  starts  going  into  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  direction  as  well  as  speeding  up  and  adding  in  deep  growls  which  also  have  a  bestial  black/death  metal  feeling  to  them.

  After  awhile  there  is  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  being  presented  on  this  recording  and  the  slower  sections  display  a  very  heavy  death  metal  influence  to  them  bringing  back  some  of  the  morbid  sounding  melodies  of  the  early  90's  and  mixing  them  in  with  a  more  modern  black  metal  style  and  after  a  while  a  small  amount  of  melodic  guitar  leads  are  added  into  the  music  along  with  a  couple  of  tracks  that  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  on  the  last  song  you  can  hear  some  elements  of  doom  metal  and  it  closes  with  some  melodic  Gregorian  chants  and  spoken  word  parts.

  Elorsith  creates  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  original  sounding  taking  some  influences  from t he  early  2000's  era  of  the  genre  as  well  as  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  talent  and  skill  as  well  as  some  doom  and  death  metal  influences  to  create  a  sound  that  is  very  different  than  what  most  bands  go  for,  the  production  sound s very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  inspired  by  the  Dyatlov  Pass  Incident.

  In  my  opinion  Elosith  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sussuration"  and  "Compelling  Natural  Force".  8  out  of  10.

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Xarkrinur/Dark Rituals/Psalm 88/2014 Cassette Review

jeudi 18 septembre 2014 à 04:30

  Xarkrinur  are  a  1 man  band  from  Bangladesh  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  with  the  music  on  this  recording  being  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2014  ep  "Dark  Rituals"  which  was  released  by  Psalm  88.

  A  very  fast,  raw  and  lo-fi  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  grim  screaming  vocals  and  the  music  brings  back  the  primal  90's  style  of  black  metal  along  with  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  that  also  utilize  some  blast  beats  and  on  the  second  track  elements  of  dsbm  find  their  way  onto  the  recording.

  The  vocals  have  a  very  suicidal  sounding  edge  to  them  at  times  and  on  the  third  track  to  music  starts  to  speed  up  a  bit  and  add  in  a  touch  of  Vlad  tepees  demo  era  style  of  sound  and  the  ep  closes  with  a  7  minute  epic  song  that  sees  the  music  going  back  into  a  mkore  slow  and  depressive  direction

  Xarkrinur  creates  some  very  raw  sounding  black  metal  that  goes  back  to  the  90's  demo  days  of  the  genre  and  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  primal  while  also  bringing  in  a  touch  of  depressive  black  metal  at  times,  the  production  sound s very  raw,  lo-fi  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Xarkrinur  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  depressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Dark Rituals"  and  "Screams  of  Darkness".  8  out  of  10.          

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Winterfylleth/The Divination Of Antiquity/Candlelight Records/2014 CD Review

mercredi 17 septembre 2014 à 10:33

  Winterfylleth  have returned  with  a  new  recording  that  continues  their  folk  orientated  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "The  Divination  Of  Antiquity"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Candlelight  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  raw  black/pagan  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  fast  riffing  and  blast  beats  which  leads  up  to  high  pitched  screams,  melodies  and  an  atmospheric  background  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  When  solos  and  leads  are  added  into  the  music  they  enhance  the  atmospheric  and  melodic  nature  of  the  bands  musical  style  and  some  of  the  slower  sections  bring  in  elements  of  doom  metal  but  done  more  in  a  raw  and  depressive  direction  and  after  awhile  acoustic  guitars  are  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  they  add  more  of  a  folk  orientated  and  progressive  sound  to  the  songs  they  are  utilized  on.

  The  melodic  chants  and  vocals  that  are  used  on  the  recording  bring  in  a  more  pagan  atmosphere  to  the  bands  melodic  approach  to  black  metal  and  on  some  of  the  tracks  small  amounts  of  death  metal  growls  are  utilized  while  the  songs  halfway  through  the  recording  shows  a  more  raw  black  metal  side  to  the  way  the  guitar  riffs  are  approached,  after  a  few  tracks  that  are  heavy  an  acoustic  piece  finds  its  way  onto  the  recording  and  the  melodic  vocals  start  heavy  more  of  a  powerful  sounding  presence  while  the  last  2  songs  go  back  to  the  bands  epic  black  metal  roots.

  Winterfylleth  creates  another  raw  sounding  black/pagan  metal  album  that  is  very  melodic  and  epic  while  also  being  very  atmospheric,  progressive  and  folk  influenced  at  the  same  time,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  Anglo  Saxon  Paganism.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Winterfylleth  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The Divination Of Antiquity"  "A  Craveworn  Heart"  and  "Forsaken  In  Stone". 8  out  of  10.            

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Creptum Interview

mercredi 17 septembre 2014 à 03:03
.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

We are a black metal band formed in 2001 by Tanatos and Animus Atra. The idea since the beginning was to perform the music in its rawest aspect. Direct riffs, fast drums and lyrics by total disregard to christianity. It's what we did 13 years ago and what we still do today!

2.Recently you had released a re-recorded version of your 2004 demo, what was the decision behind re-recording these songs and also how does the newer version differ from the original one that was released 10 years ago?

We needed to close a cycle. The first recording of "The Age of Darkness" in 2004 was made with a different lineup, although the songs were made by the original lineup. In the current version, in 2014, there was a musical maturity of all of us and to get back to where we left, we decided to record it and also add two songs of the first demo, "Disciple of Evil" and "Oh My Lord ..." .

3.The band was broken up for a few years, what was the cause of the split and also the decision to reform?

After Tanatos leave the band in 2004 for personal reasons, we changed the lineup to try to keep the band alive. But then, in 2005, I, Animus Atra, was invited to join the brazilian Death/Black Metal band CARPATUS and keep both bands active becomes impossible. So we decided to split up.
Through these years a lot of people kept always asking us about the band, so in 2013 Tanatos and I decided to bring the band to life again.

4.The lyrics cover some satanic, occult and anti christian themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?

We live in Brazil, an extremely catholic country. We see all the rottenness behind this religion in many ways in our society. There is no way to condone it. In occultism and Satanism, we found our way to expose this hatred with our music.

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

We started as Nekros because our focus was a name that expresses the theme of our lyrics. However, we enter into conflict with other bands that used the same name. So, we try to keep the latin and came to "creperum", which means "darkness", and from there we adapted the term to Creptum, but the meaning is the same.

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

It´s hard to say. We did some real good shows with some real awesome bands, so is hard to choose one or two.
About the performance, I could say it’s intense... Our songs are fast and raw, especially live... We do not use corpse paint, or spikes and don´t have nothing special visually speaking. We try to make just about the music.

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

We are preparing for some shows in Brazil. We already have early conversations with some producers and the return to the stage will happen soon. We also have the idea to do a mini-tour through some European countries in 2015/16, but this are still only plans.

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

Yes. The EP was released totally independent, but we know the difficulties of making our sound reach other parts of the world and a label would help a lot. I hope that happens soon.

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

We have received messages from people all over the world congratulating us on the sound. From Indonesia to the United States. But from Europe comes most of the messages from outside Brazil.
We´re getting a great feedback since we released the EP, which means a lot for us.

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

Deimous Nefus has a Project called simply "Nefus".

11.When can we expect new material and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

We are already working on a totally new material for the beginning of 2015. Some musical changes are natural and will happen, it is part of evolution, but we are focused on keeping the essence of the raw and harsh sound, which has become a characteristic of Creptum in these 13 years.

12.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?

Our influence comes basically from Black Metal and Thrash Metal Bands. Marduk, Dark Funeral, Desaster, Kreator, Destruction, Bathory, Taake, Sarcófago. The list could go on forever.
Speaking for myself, Tanatos, I´m listening a lot of Black Metal lately. More specifically, some bands stand out like Watain, Inferno (CZ), Belphegor, MGLA, Lord Belial, Immortal and Behemoth. Out of the style I listen to things like delta blues, Robert Johnson and Charley Patton.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?

Outside of music, we have interests in art and literature, such as HP Lovecraft, Lord Byron, Mary Shelley, Nietzsche, Edward Munch, Murnau, Fritz Lang, HR Giger (beyond Alien) ... These influences were gradually becoming part of what we consider the personality of Creptum.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Fist of all we want to thank you and Occult Black Metal Zine for the support. And for the people that doesn´t know us yet, go check our songs. We try to be really true with our music and style.

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