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Wrong/Pessimistic Outcomes/Xtreem Music/2014 CD Review

mardi 27 mai 2014 à 06:34

  Wrong  are  a  duo  from  Spain  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Pessimistic  Outcomes"  which  was  released  by  Xtreem  Music.

  Avant  garde  and  rain  sounds  start  off  the  album  and  a  few  seconds  later  you  can  hear  the  voices  of  human  torture  which  leads  to  a  more  heavy  and  melodic  depressive  black  metal direction  along  with  some  suicidal  screams  and  you  can  hear  a  dark  atmospheric  sound  in  the  background  at  times.

  When  fast  parts  and  blast  beats  are  utilized  in  the  album  they  give  the  music  a  more  raw  black  metal  feeling  and  the  vocals  also  start  getting  more  grim  as  times goes  on  by  and  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  utilize  a  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  in  their  song  structures.

  Spoken  word  parts  and  whispers  when  they  are  utilized  gives  the  music  a  more  poetic  feeling  and  every  song  has  a  very  different  sound  to  them  while  also  remaining  true  to  a  raw  and  depressive  black  metal  sound  and  on  of  the  later  tracks  utilizes  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars  and  the  band  also  brings  in  small  elements  of  post  rock  while  black  metal  is  always  the  main  dominant  factor  of  the  recording.

  Wrong  create  a  very  negative  and  pessimistic  approach  to  raw  and  depressive  black  metal  with  this  album  and  the  songs  on  the  recording  are  a  perfect  example  of  what  depressive  black  metal  should  sound  like,  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  sound  to  it  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  negative,  hateful  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from Wrong  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw,  depressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "His  Hatred  Breathes"  and  "Dragging  My  Soul  Until  the  Sunset".  8/5  out  of  10.

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Charming Tmur/A Brief Moment Of Existence/2014 CD Review

mardi 27 mai 2014 à 05:29

  Charming  Timur  are  a  one  band  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of  post  black  metal,  sludge,  alternative  and  nu  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2014  album  "A  Brief  Moment  Of  Existence".

  Distorted  noises  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  alternative  metal  style  riffing  and  a  few  seconds  later  grim  black  metal  screams  are  added  into  the  music  and  you  can  also  hear  some  post  rock  melodies  being  utilized  in  the  background  which  are  also  added  into  the  solos  and  leads  on  the  recording.

  As  the  album  progresses  elements  of  nu  metal  find  their  way  onto  the  album  and   experimental  sounds  and  clean  singing  are  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  which  also  gives  the  album  a  more  avant  garde  feeling  and  the  music  also  starts  adding  in  heavy  doom  and  sludge  metal  parts  with  the  more  melodic  side  of  the  music  that  is  presented  on  the  tracks.

  There  are  also  a  good  amount  of  industrial  elements  being  utilized  on  the  album  at  times  as  well  as  a  few  seconds  of  harsh  noises  and  the  vocals  also  start  to  get  more  deep  and  depressive  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  along  with  traces  of  ambient  drone  and  on  some  of  the  later  songs  the  music  starts  adding  in  more  post  rock  and  shoegaze  sounds.

  Charming  Timur  combines  a  variety  of  many  different  musical  style  in  his  music  while  the  main  influence  is  black  metal  you  can  also  hear  elements  of  sludge,  nu  metal,  alternative  and  post  rock  throughout  all  of  the  tracks  which  also  makes  the  music  sound  very  original  and  satand  out  on  its  own,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  doe  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Charming  Timur  are  a  very  great  and  original  sounding  post  black  metal  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "OCD"  "My  Pain"  "Ego  Machine"  and  "All  The  Same".  8  out  of  10.


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Elysium Interview

lundi 26 mai 2014 à 09:57

1.Can you give us an introduction to your self and your musical projects?

Well, first of all I’m from Argentina. I’ve played metal for almost 8 years now, although I had the chance to start recording all my music and playing live gigs just a few years ago. Most of the music in all my projects and the bands I have been part of are really old and there are also a lot of ideas that haven’t been recorded yet that were composed when I started to play including pure death metal songs and also ambient/intrumental music.

2.You have 2 solo projects and one full time band, what are the musical styles you play with all 3 projects and also how do they differ from each other?

The oldest one, which is Elysium, is Black metal with a melodic approach to it although I don’t consider it to be “Melodic black metal” but some people like to call it that way. The bands I consider to be a main influence for this project are: In aeternum, Naglfar, Satanic warmaster, Horna, Angantyr, Gorgoroth, Taake and Idjarn.
On the other hand Shemhamforash is oriented to a much more brutal and dark kind of Black metal, mainly influenced by: Funeral Mist, Marduk, Katharsis, Mayhem, Watain, Profanatica, Deicide and Teitanblood. There are also a lot of ambient songs which I have composed exclusively for this project that add a lot of darkness to the whole concept.
Finally, Spiritual Desecration, the band I’m part of as guitarist, plays a style we like to call “Black Death Metal Profanation” and it’s influenced by the old Sepultura albums, Sarcófago, Von, Morbid angel, Mayhem, Emperor, Venom and many other bands. It has a lot of different rhythms and tempos so it’s different from my other projects because its sound is a mix between brutal death metal and the most primitive black metal with very little melody. I’ve also made a few ambient tracks for Spiritual Desecration

3.With Elysium your lyrics cover ancient cultures, mythology and lost continents, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in those topics?

Well, I have to say that I try to concentrate my lyrics on mythology, ancient cultures (for me “lost continents” are included within both of those subjects) and also myths and stories that I create, which are always set on the past (mostly middle ages).
The interest on these topics emerges from a deep respect and admiration that I’ve always had for the ancient cultures (all of them, without concentrating in just one), their legends and way of life, as I consider them to be much more advanced than most of the societies in which we live in today, mainly because they cared about certain aspects that are not taken into account nowadays, such as the divine, sacred and hidden potential within the human being.
There was also a very interesting connection they had with nature through the myths of their gods that has always appealed to me, as I think most of them have a lot of philosophical teachings and hidden meanings that are very inspiring. In my opinion all of this knowledge has been almost forgotten, with the exception of a few people who still preach and practice most of the concepts found in that ancient wisdom.

4.With your other projects the lyrics are more in the Satanic and Occult direction, how would you describe your views on Satanism and Occultism?

I have studied Alchemy, the Hermetic qabalah, grimoires and treatises related by myself since I was 13 and I slowly became closer to Satanism and the Left hand path knowledge a few years after I started to read those texts, so I decided to practice many of the rituals described on those books and begin to meditate based on the Qliphotic system. I found out that there was a lot of hidden aspects of myself and the reality that surrounds us that can be discovered through these practices and can lead you to see the essence of who you really are and what you are capable to do in this world and beyond.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the names of all 3 of the projects?

Elyisum’s name was taken from a dictionary of greek and roman mythology that I own and, basically, refers to a place that exists only for brave and heroic warriors chosen by the gods. It has some similarities with the Valhalla of the Vikings where only the warriors who died at battle were admitted.

Shemhamforash is a Hebrew term that denotes the 72 secret names of god and is related to his Tetragrammaton or “four lettered” name which was forbidden to pronounce explicitly. It was used to invoke or evoke the forces of light or, in this case, the forces of darkness by the decryption of their names. The concept of this project, based on its name, is to summon those dark forces from other planes and the hidden aspects of ourselves (Macro and microcosm – as above so below), allowing us to create a portal between this world and the greater powers that are beyond our perception and within us.

Spiritual Desecration’s name is very self-explanatory I think, because it expresses what the band’s all about: Blasphemy, Satanism, war and darkness. And it’s also very interesting because, for me, refers to the profanation of the beliefs that forbid the freedom of the human being with their false morality and absurd codes of conduct.

6.You work with a full time band on one project and do the other 2 solo, which one do you prefer, working by yourself or with a full band?

I think that each one appeals to a different part of me and I find all of them very inspiring, although there’s a difference in how I enjoy each one of them, for example, In Elysium I enjoy more when the time comes to compose the music, with Shemhamforash it’s a mix between the time I record the vocals and I can hear the music already and also when I write the lyrics, while in Spiritual Desecration I have the opportunity to play with other people and include all the ideas that don’t fit in the other projects, so to sum up I would say that I enjoy both in its own way, working by myself and with the band.

7.Has there been any live shows with your band 'Spiritual Desecration' and if so how would you describe your stage performance?

So far the band has played a lot of live gigs, and I have been on stage with them in two occasions, in both times I enjoyed a lot while I was playing, the sound was very good and the people seemed to enjoy the music as much as we did, so I have to say that the live performances have been great.

8.Currently all 3 of the musical projects are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

Yes, they all have been self – released. Right now I’m promoting all these bands and looking for a serious label to all of them if it’s possible so I can concentrate more in the music and leave the promotion and distribution to people with much more experience and contacts than me.
I have to add that Spiritual Desecration will appear on a split with a Mexican band called “Black Torment” through Misantropic spirit records from Argentina and the first album is planned to be re – released by a Brazilian label very soon, but we are is still looking for a label that could offer us a contract to publish all our music.

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

Well, as regards the band, the reception has been very good both here in Argentina and at foreign countries too. About my own solo projects they have also received a lot of good comments and support here and abroad, especially from fanzines, radios and other musicians.

10.Do you have any new releases coming out later this year and also where do you see yourself heading into musically during the future with your musical projects?

Yes, I’m planning to release new albums and Eps with all my projects this year and also at the beginning of 2015.
I think that my main goal is to do a tour within my country with Shemhamforash, once I gather enough musicians interested on doing live gigs, together with Spiritual Desecration and maybe playing in other countries or do a South American tour if it’s possible, that would be great.

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?

About the extreme metal bands, I already answered you by mentioning the influences of each project, but I could name a few that aren’t neither Black metal nor Death metal which are: Candlemass, Danzig, The Misfits, King diamond and Mercyful fate, Iron maiden, Yngwie malsteem, Old Metallica, and Led zeppelin. As regards the musical styles I have to say that punk rock has been important for me, classical music has also been a big influence as well as doom, drone and ambient music too.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
I like to read a lot, all genres, from Science fiction to Philosophy and historical books too. I also like and find inspiration in paintings and drawings from different artists (old and new) such as Gustav Dore, Brueghel (the elder), Hieronymus Bosch, H.R. Giger, Goyá, William Blake, Santiago Caruso, Paolo Girardi, Caspar David Friederich among others.

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


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Bland Vargar/Perpetual Return/Caligari Records/2014 Cassette Review

lundi 26 mai 2014 à 08:05

  Bland  Vargar  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  that plays   a  very  raw  and  epic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  cassette  "Perpetual  Return"  which  was  released  by  Caligari  Records.

  Dark  nature  sounds  and  winds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  classical  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  a  minute  the  music  starts  going  into  a  fast,  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  grim  high  pitched  screams  as  well  as  adding  in  blast  beats  as  well  as  some  melodic  guitar leads  shortly  after  that.

  As  the  album  progresses  the  band  starts  adding  in  a  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  adding  melodic  clean  singing  vocals  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  they  also  bring  back  the  classical  guitars  at  times  to  add  more  variety  to  their  musical  sound  as  well  as  bringing  in  elements  of  folk  and  progressive  rock.

  Whispers  are  utilized  briefly  and  they  bring  another  form  of  grimness  into  the  bands  musical  style  and  on  one  of  the  later  tracks  during  an  acoustic  song  the band  add s in  a  psychedelic  sounding guitar  lead  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  after  being  in  an  acoustic  direction  for  awhile  the  band  does  return  full  force  to  a  melodic  and  raw  black  metal  sound  on  the  later  tracks  as  well  as  adding  in  some  very  powerful  sounding  bass  guitars  and  towards  the  end  of  the  album  the  music  returns  back  to  a  folk  music  direction.

  Bland  Vargar  create  a  very  diverse  sounding  album  this  time  around  remaining  true  to  their  raw  and  epic  black  metal  sound  while  also  having  more  progressive  rock  and  folk  music  elements  in  their  songs,  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  heavy  and  powerful  sound  while  the  lyrics  cover  wolves,  nature  and  inner  struggles.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Bland  Vargar  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  epic  black  metal.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Bruma (Of  Wolf  And  The  Hunt)"  and  "Requiem".  8/5  out  of  10. 

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Avitas/Northern Ghosts/Bud Metal Records/2014 CD Review

dimanche 25 mai 2014 à 07:11

  This  is  the  final  review  of  a  recording  from  Avitas  which  shows  the  band  going  into  a  raw  black/war  metal  direction  along  with  a  touch  of  psychedelia  with  the  album  being  called  "Northern  Ghosts"  and  released  by  Bud  Metal  Records  in  the  year  of  2014.

  A  very  dark  and  psychedelic  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  avant  garde  style  synths  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes into  a  very  slow  and  raw  national  socialist  style  black  metal  sound  along  with  some  grim  screams  as  well  as  speeding  up  a  bit  and  adding  in  blast  beats.

  A  very  raw  and  war  like  black  metal  sound  dominates  a  good  portion  of  the  recording  as  well  as  injecting  a  good  dose  of  the  early  ns  black  metal  sound  into  their  musical  arsenal  and  they  also  utilize  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  As  the  album  progresses  the  music  starts  getting  more  diverse  while  always  remaining  true  to  a  raw  black  metal  sound  and  some  of  the  later  songs  also  add  in  small  amounts  of  clean  playing  as  well  as  having  more  elements  of  psychedelia  mixed  in  their  musical  sound  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  chanting  and  spoken  word  parts  an d the  black  metal  vocals  are  also  very  understand  on  all  of  the  tracks  that  are  included  on  the  album  and  acoustic  guitars  are  added  briefly  on  a  couple  of  the  songs  towards  the  end  of  the  recording  and  they  also  add  in  a  classic  rock  flavor.

  Avitas  remain  true  to  their  raw  ns  black  metal  sound  on  this  album  while  also  incorporating  more  psychedelic  elements  this  time  around,  th e production  is  very  raw  and  old  school  sounding  in  the  true  black  metal  tradition  while  the  lyrics  cover  heathenism,  Anti  Judeo/Christian/  Abrahamic  religions,  Thelema,  Occultism,  Atheism  and  National  Socialist  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Avitas  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw,  national  socialist  black  metal  with  a  psychedelic  black  metal  touch,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Return  Of  the  Heathen"  "Northern  Ghosts"  "Aiwass"  and  "Boreal  Nebulae".  8/5  out  of  10.


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