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Sedna/Self Titled/Drown Within Records/2014 CD Review

lundi 10 novembre 2014 à 04:37

  Sedna  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  mixture  of  post  black  metal,  doom  and  sludge  and  sludge  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2014  album  which  was  released  by  Drown  Within  Records.

  A  very  dark  ambient  sound  starts  off  the  album  and  a  few  seconds  later  the  album  starts  going  into  more  of  a  melodic  doom  metal  direction  before  speeding  up  as  well  as  adding  in  blast  beats  which  also  takes  the  recording  into  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  grim  screams  and  after  awhile  the  band  starts  bringing  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  You  can  hear  a  great  amount  of  the  more  modern  post  black  metal  style  in  the  bands  musical  sound  at  times  along  with  a  very  heavy  sludge  metal  influence  and  when  clean  playing  is  utilized  on  the  recording  it  gives  the  band  a  more  progressive  edge  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  after  awhile  the  band  brings  in  elements  of  depressive  black  metal  and  on  one  of  the  later  tracks  melodic  female  vocals  are  added  into  the  music  which  also  takes  the  album  into  more  of  an  experimental  direction  while  the  last  track  shows  a  return  to  a  more  post  black  metal  sound.

  Sedna  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that combines the  depressive  and  post  styles  of  the  genre  while  also  adding  in  elements  of  experimental  music  as  well  as  a  good  amount  of  influences  from  sludge  and  doom  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  desolate  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Sedna  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  post  black  metal,  experimental,  sludge  and  doom  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sons  of  the  Ocean"  and  Sons  of  the  Ancients".  8  out  of  10.

      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/11/sednaself-titleddrown-within.html


Atrum Tempestas/Neant/Nordavind Records/2014 CD Review

dimanche 9 novembre 2014 à 04:22

  Atrum  Tempestas  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Neant"  which  was  released  by  Nordavind  Records.

  A  very  dark,  melodic  and  atmospheric  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  and  you  can  also  hear  elements  of  funeral  doom  in  the  bands  musical  style  along  with  some  post  and  depressive  black  metal  elements  and  after  awhile  spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  at  times  the  band  brings  in  small  amounts  of  clean  playing  and  acoustic  guitars  on  the  last  track  which  also  gives  their  sound  a  more  progressive  edge  and  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  music  progresses  you  can  hear  some  synths  being  added  into t he  music  at  times  and  on  one  of  the  tracks  spoken  word  parts  are  brought  in  briefly  and  on  the  last  song  the  music  starts  to  speed  at  at  time s and  also  brings  in  a  raw  black  metal  feeling

  Atrum  Tempestas  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  atmospheric  and  melodic  while  also  sticking  mostly  to  a  mid  paced  direction  and  they  also  have  a  great  amount  of  variety  and  diversity  in  all  3  of  the  tracks  that  are  on  the  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Finnish  and  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Atrum  Tempestas  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "S' eclipser".  8  out  of  10.  

       
  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/11/atrum-tempestasneantnordavind.html


Witchclan/The Dark Binding/Elvestor Records/2014 CD Review

vendredi 7 novembre 2014 à 05:12

  Witchclan  are  a  1  man  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  very  raw  style  of  black  metal  he  calls  'bestial  hell  metal'  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2014  album  "The  Dark  Binding"  which  was  released  by  Elvestor  Records.

  A very  dark  and  evil  sounding  intro  starts  off   along  with  some  spoken  word  ritualistic  parts  and  after  the  intro  a  very  powerful  sounding  bass  guitar  starts  to  kick  in  along  with  some  heavier  parts  and  melodic  guitar  leads  which  also  leads  up  to  more  of  a  fast  and  raw  black  metal  sound  along  with  some  grim  and  demonic  screams.  

  Blast  beats  and  synths  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the music  is  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  and  at  times  death  metal  growls  are  utilized  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  amount  of  melody  in  the  guitar  riffing  at  times.

  At  time s the  music  is  very  heavily  thrash  influenced  and  all  of  the  tracks  ignore  any  of  the  modern  trends  that  have  been  a  part  of  the  genre  for  the  last  20  years  while  the  music  still  can  be  very  atmospheric  but  done  in  more  of  an  old  school  tradition and  every  track  sounds  very  different  from  each  other  while  you  can  still  it  is  the  same  artist  performing  all  of  the  tracks.

  Witchclan  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  dark  and  raw  and  all  the  songs  sound  like  they  could  of  easily  been  recorded  and  released  in  the  90's  and  the  keyboard  parts  that  are  utilized  also  go  back  to  the  days  when  they  still  sounded  evil  in  black  metal  but  the  main  focus  is  on  the  guitars  and  grim  vocals,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  you  can  still  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  anti  religion,  misanthropy  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Witchclan  are  a  very  great sounding  raw,  old  school  occult  black  metal  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Worms  Of  Hypocrisy"  "Dawn  Of  The  Serpent  Kings"  and  "Neverending  Funeral".  8  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/11/witchclanthe-dark-bindingelvestor.html


Onferno Interview

vendredi 7 novembre 2014 à 04:05
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
- ONFERNO is three people. Guitar+vocals, bass+vocals, drums. Names are irrelevant.
We gather and play since Winter 2013 in our practice room in the Eastern Italian hills.

2.Recently you have released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
- With "Cathartic Offering" we wanted a 100% raw black metal album that would relate to the old school that influenced us. We wanted the guitar to sound edgy and clanking all over the listener's face. We wanted the bass to pound from the underground. We wanted the bass drum to be deep and present. We wanted the vocals to be sometimes stabbing, sometimes eerie, not necessarily in front of all the instruments: we wanted to convey an agonizing feeling without many studio tricks.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
- The lyrics are an abstract collection of images related to all the obscure, bleak and hateful feelings we experience in our lives. They were not written line by line, but rather all mixed together: during the piece, we grab on one phrase or word that is suggested by the music and build from that. The titles refer to the general mood of the song.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Onferno'?
- First of all, it just sounded right to us. Second, Onferno is a word very similar to "inferno", the Italian for "hell", and it is also a place in the Italian hills with some very fascinating caves.

5.On both the facebook and bandcamp page you refer to your musical style as 'unholy black metal', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
- "Unholy Black Metal" is just one of many Darkthrone tributes present in our album, as it is the title of a song from "Under a Funeral Moon".

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
- We only played 2 concerts so far.
The first is with a death/grind band of friends, Hell Brood: the venue was not a metal venue and our sound was awful, so we are satisfied because the final result was very rotten and most of the people was disgusted.
The second was at a wild multi-group event with another band of friends, Antares: we played 15 minutes, the whole room was filthy because everyone kept throwing stuff, drinks and stinking food at each other, and we are satisfied because in spite of the cheerfulness of the party, some people felt the coldness that we wanted to convey.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
- One member of the group is currently abroad and another one have problems playing live and getting in touch with the darkest core of our music while strangers are only there to drink beer and chat about nonsense.
For this reasons we will not play live unless and until we will have another record ready to be released. In that case, we may have a "release party" concert, but ONFERNO at its current state is not a live band.

8.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
- We are starting to receive some interest, but we're still far from having a direct contact with a label.
Most of all, we are eager to distribute our music in the BM scene so in that sense our door is open.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
- The first record is a sort of "manifesto", so it inevitably conveys a wide and generic vision of Black Metal. After this, we already started writing new material, exploring other aspects and fringes of Black Metal. We think that the next albums should be more focused, each one with a specific sound and "grain".

10.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?
- Each one of us has individual tastes, very different and also distant from Black Metal, but with Onferno (and specifically with "Cathartic Offering") we gathered around some of our favourite "old school" bands - the names may sound banal, but they still remain the most vivid and inspiring: Darkthrone, Mayhem, Burzum, Emperor, Immortal, Ulver.

11.How would you describe your views on Satanism and Occultism?
- We have no opinion on this matter. The Darkness that influences our vision is all-encompassing and rooted in the human guts, it stands before and beyond any religous, philosophical or hystorical belief. It makes us feel angry, hateful and desperate regardless of who we side with.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
- Individually, they range from visual arts to swordmanship to video games.
Together, our collective interest are drinking beer, being mean to each other and NBA basketball.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
- No.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/11/onferno-interview.html


Abusiveness Interview

mercredi 5 novembre 2014 à 03:31
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?

Hello, here Vizun. Nothing happened what could be especially interesting...just from the deepest forests Czernoboh has emerged. Besides we live our simple life. Mainly we focused on our other bands and recorded new materials with them. Churches have been burning since recording sessionand our treasury has been filling up with valuables since release of "BramyNawii" what makes us happy.

2.You have a new album coming out this month, 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?

As I'm writing these words we have October, so now I can judge by cool eye.For me the sound and music of new album is much more mighty than the previous one. I'm glad from the final version. Comparing to "Trioditis" and "Hybris" the sound of every instrument is more organic, so everything seems to be more natural and intensive. Music is still in our style developed in the last three albums - fast, 'La Chanson de Roland' and 'sad feet'(insiders know what I mean.)

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?

The main lyricist on "Bramy Nawii" is our beloved irreplaceablemultiinstrumentalist, bard, poet, singer and storyteller Kniaź Mścisław, so he should answer to this question but probably he's too great to give interviews. I suppose now he's walking between forests and mountains somewhere in the world, singing with accompaniment of gusle or waiting for dead souls when the gates of Nawia are opening. Lyrical theme of "Bramy Nawii" is quite difficult to explain in few words and of course I don't want to impose my own interpretation. Words are full of praise for our Slavic heritage. They are included in very poetic form and tell us about many forgotten patriotic values. Every poem refers to contemporariness but is strongly connected with our roots from the pre-christian times. Apart from Mścisław's lyrics the album contains poems such as "Żywe kamienie" written by Włodzimierz Wnuk (Polish writer, journalist, soldier of AK  and participant of Warsaw Uprising in 1944) and "Niezłomni" written by unknown author. These poems strongly fit to the whole concept of lyrical layer. The icing on the cake are motifs from "Księga Welesa" ("The book of Veles"; the text about religion and history of ancient Slavs) recited by Kniaź Varggoth from Nokturnal Mortum.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Abusiveness'?

The term 'Abusiveness' perfectly fit to extreme music we play. Music and our beliefs are the inspiration for the name and vice-versa. I don't  know what's the point of view for other members of the band, but for me the name Abusiveness has quite aggressive meaning. It's like a middle finger  towards Christianity, Islam, ultra left-wingers, political correctness and other fucking things destroying our European heritage. Don't get me wrong - we are not a NSBM band; national spirit - yes (but Polish, not German) is of course close to us but not socialism. National socialism, communism are the ideologies that we despise.

5.The band has been around since 1991, what is it that keeps you  motivated to write heavy music after all of these years?

Simply we will never stop loving extreme kind of music and praise our Slavic heritage. That's all motivation, inspiration and reasons to  continue the existence of Abusiveness despite every difficulties. We strongly believe in our set of values what gives us power. Besides we like a lot of vodka and a joy of life which is associated with playing in a band such as Abusiveness or other metal horde.

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?

Actually, it's difficult to judge which concerts were our best. Most gigs both bigger and smaller were quite good. I have a nice memories from open-air festivals such as Mercilless East fest in 2004 or Open Hell
fest in 2005. Nice for me was also Balkan tour 2010 (Abusiveness/Parricide) or Polish tour 2013 (Abusiveness/Blaze of Perdition) - I play with all of these bands, so the joy was double. Smaller gigs such as Pomerania Shall Burn in 2009 or Old temple fest in 2010 (where I played with my three bands Abusiveness/Deivos/Ulcer) were excellent too. Our stage performance? Just pure fucking metal till death. No corpse-paint, no strange costumes. Nails, bullets, fog, fire, pain, blood and sweat...or only guitars and drums because is much better to play on them.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?

The basic plan is...that we don't have any touring or show plans. Nowadays we play gigs with Abusiveness quite rarely because of many reasons. For example Mścisław doesn't want to play gigs too often because sometimes he hates them or...hates them even more, although it happens that he likes to play when organizers give a good pay and a bowl full of grub. Lucass, the bassist is far away from our town and has his own world in a smoky Cracow.Gonthy, the second guitarist plays with us not too much; more than music he prefers to increase his muscle mass and a number of his family members so he probably has a lot of problems on his head. And I? - Most of gigs usually I play with my grind core band Parricide, so it's ok.

8.The new album is coming out on Arachnophobia Records, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

'Almighty Arachnophobia Records' is a small Polish label run by true enthusiast of excellent metal music. Check out his releases and see other informations here: http://arachnophobia.pl/Krzysztof, the boss of Arachnophobia is our greatest benefactor and savior of Lublin metal scene (he pays me a lot for adulation and advertisement of course). He likes almost every band where I play and usually wants to release them.
And now, seriously. Krzysztof has a great heart. After last year's car accident of Blaze of Perdition in Austria, where Sonnellion (the vocalist) and I were injured, and Mors (the bassist) lost his life, Krzysztof
helpedus thanks to his fundraising campaign for injured, for which I would like to thank him very much here.

9.On the new album you had some members from Blaze Of Perdition and Nokturnal Mortum doing some quest appearances, do you feel having these 2 members on some of the tracks made the album sound more powerful?

I think yes, or at least the album is more interesting.

10.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music over the years by fans of black and pagan metal?

The feedback always was excellent. I think that over the long years we have gained staggering number of enthusiasts - three or maybe even five fans from all over the world!

11.What is going on with some of the other musical projects or bands these days that some of the band members are a part of?

Blaze of Perdition, Deivos and Dira Mortis are finishing to record new albums. Soon we will finish the new material of Ulcer, so the next year will be full of our releases.

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

I've never thought about it, I don't know what to say about this topic.

13.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?

Everything from the world of music (except shitty pseudo-music) had some influence on us, our musical personality and a process of creating our music. Of course mostly we have influences from black and death metal,but not only. I don't want to give examples, because there are so plenty great bands all over the world. What am I listening to nowadays? Everything what seems to me to be a great music. Not only metal, it can be every kind of music especially where drums are quite interesting forme;)

14.How would you describe your views on Paganism?

Paganism is a freedom from the imposed system of foreign religion. It's a joy of life without enslavement. Doesn't matter whether you worship  sacred places, holy trees, a piece of wood, moon or sun. It's freedom of choice from among variety of traditions of your land. You can express paganism in many ways - through your own art, by inspirations from ancient legends and beliefs, by maintaining traditions and memory of ancestors, by loving your own land. This topic is too wide to give the simple answer - paganism is a state of mind.

15.What are some of your non musical interests?

I like all the ways to spend time amidst nature, exploring interesting or strange places, good literature...what else...I am a cat lover, these animals have a unique, unusual character.

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

Actually, I have nothing to add...Slava Bohom!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/11/abusiveness-interview.html