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Meuchelmord/Mordmelodien/Purity Through Fire/202 CD Review

mercredi 20 janvier 2021 à 01:56

 


  Germany's  Meuchelmord  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  dhows  the music  going  for  more  of  a  melodic  and  raw  style  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Mordmelodien"  which  will  be  released  in  February by Purity  Through  Fire.


  Operatic  choirs  start  off  the  album  before  adding  in  some  melodic  guitar  solos  and  leads  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  riffs  also  add  in    decent  amount  of  melody.


  A  lot  of t he  music  is  also  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  One  of  the  tracks  also  brings  in  touches  of  World  War II  era  marching  music  along  with  one  song  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  semi  clean  playing  as  well  as  the  music  also  capturing  a  medieval  atmosphere  at  times  and  one  of  the  tracks  also  adds  in  some  guest  vocals  from  Iblis  formerly  of  Endstille  and  the  album  also  closes  with  an  'Ad  Mortem'  cover  which also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  synths.       


  On  this  recording   Meuchelmord  goes  for  more  of  a  raw  and  melodic  style  of  black  metal  that  still  keeps  the  aggression  of  previous  releases. The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  World War  II  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Meuchelmord  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  melodic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Der  Tod  nacht" "Treibjagd"  "Alter  Geist"  and  "Totenkult".  8  out  of  10.


www.meuchelmord.de


https://youtu.be/Ex8NL3kx1Qk

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/01/meuchelmordmordmelodienpurity-through.html


Inflabitan Interview

mardi 19 janvier 2021 à 03:17

 


1. For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project? 


Inflabitan started as an one-man band back in the early nineties, at the time when the Norwegian Black Metal scene was still young. The musical expression back then, was anger, hatred and melancholy. Burzum’s two first releases was the biggest source of inspiration. It resulted in two demos recorded at my four track Fostex home studio. The first one in 1993, and the second in 1994. In 1995 I recorded two tracks at Stovner Rockefabrikk that Ancient Lore Creations were supposed to release, but the record company disappeared, so unfortunately it never materialized. That was the end of Inflabitan’s first chapter. After being out of business for 25 years, a great number of new riffs piled up. So, in 2019 I decided to structure them into new tracks and record them to avoid that the ideas would be forgotten. During 2020 rest of the pieces fell in to place, and luckily I got a deal with Soulseller Records for a full album release.



2. In February you have a new album coming out, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past? 


I was deeply into Black Metal when starting up Inflabitan. The sound was pure and raw. On the first demo, there were only guitars, drum machine and vocals. On the second I added synthesizer, and after that real drums and bass. In the beginning it was very underground, like the rest of the scene. At that time there were more demo cassettes in circulation rather than cds and vinyl, regarding that genre. I am glad I was old enough to experience that period, and looking back, it is easy to get nostalgic. Nowadays the music is influenced by several genres, and it can be explained by following the development of different Metal styles. For me, it was Heavy Metal in the early eighties, Thrash Metal in the mid eighties and Death Metal in the late eighties. These genres escalated into Black Metal. Despite being obsessed of Black Metal, I never stopped listening to the other genres, so that might give an answer to the present musical expression, that basically is a mix between Black, Death and Thrash. I guess I missed playing the attacking Thrash Metal riffs, but at the same time wanted to keep the dark voice of Death Metal and the atmospheric melodies of Black Metal. I think these genres complements each other in an energetic way on the forthcoming album 'Intrinsic'.



3. The project was broken up for more than 25 years, what was the cause of the split and also the decision to reform? 


The split came naturally. You know, when you are a teenager, you have all the time in the world to concentrate on your hobbies. But sooner or later a boy becomes a man and responsible for taking care of many things. I was occupied by a lot of work for years and also got a son, but now I’m settled and my son is more or less independent. I feel that the time is right to continue Inflabitan’s story, as I have some goals to accomplish. On 'Intrinsic' you can hear riffs made during the last two decades.



4. The music on the new album sounds a lot more different from the demo's you have released in 90's, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical change? 


The change is intentionally, because I see no reason to recreate what I have done before. Someone says that music are feelings, or expressions of feelings. If so, I was in a different mood during Inflabitan’s first chapter, than I am now. Besides that, I also need to see some development, or it will get boring. The main intention for the new album 'Intrinsic', was to make it sound intense. I want to attack the listeners with aggressive riffs. There are not many repetitive sections in each track. This is on purpose, because I want the listeners to get the feeling that new things happens all the time through the whole record, giving the listeners no rest. Instead of having many repetitive parts, it’s better to play the whole album again. Regarding the musical change, the synth is gone again, and Inflabitan appears like a traditional band set up with guitars, bass and drums. There are almost none effects used on 'Intrinsic', except a little bit reverb on the vocals here and there.



5. The lyrics on the album are written by Aldrahn of 'Dødheimsgard' and 'Urarv', can you tell us a little bit more about his lyrics? 


I got to know Aldrahn when joining Dødheimsgard for the European tour with Dimmu Borgir, Dark Funeral and Evenfall in 1999. Aldrahn, or Totembjørn that he wants to be called now, has always been very productive when it comes to writing lyrics. In lack of having those skills myself, I am overwhelmed by his generous contribution to the 'Intrinsic' album. He is a great and well known lyricist in the Black Metal scene, so I am honored to perform some of his works. In his own words, the lyrics are interpretations of the inner universe. Not meaning his inner universe, but the universe surrounding us. For me it is important that the lyrics are open for interpretations, because that is what makes art interesting. In that way, the listeners can make their own journeys through the record.



6. Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover? 


All graphic design is made by Pia Isaksen, and I am very satisfied with her work. She chose a dramatic landscape due to the intensity of the music. The pictures are cut, to illustrate that things are not always what they seem to be. This is associated with the lyrics, that are interpretations of the inner universe and the world around us. It is made like this to give a hint that things can be seen in different ways.



7. Originally the project started out solo but over the years has expanded to a duo, what was the decision behind adding in another member? 


On the two first demos I used a Boss drum machine, but I wanted the music to be organic. Even though the technology have come far, real drums sound better. On the two tracks from 1995, Aggressor played the drums. He is a very talented and creative musician, and did an amazing job. Unfortunately, because of an accident, he can not play drums anymore, so I had to get a new drummer when awakening up Inflabitan again. Luckily Anti-Christian willingly and eagerly lined up his kit in the studio, and recorded the drums in just two days. He said that the sessions were exhausting, because the music is much more progressive than he expected, so we joked about it and associated it with being in a tumble dryer for 35 minutes. I am very pleased with the skills he shows on all the ten tracks. His superb drumming have helped binding the tunes together. Anti-Christian immediately understood how I wanted the drums, and he executed his tasks perfectly.



8. On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black, death and thrash metal? 


Surprisingly many still remember Inflabitan despite the long period of inactive years. I have got very positive response on the new material all the way from Canada in the west to The Philippines in the east, but most of the feedback mainly comes from European countries, of course. It seems like the audience is ready for Inflabitan’s new musical expression. Hopefully, we will get even more reactions when the whole album is released.



9. Other then doing live shows with 'Dødheimsgard' and playing in 'Strid', you have for the most part been silent, can you tell us a little bit more about the last past 2 decades? 


The tour with Dødheimsgard was an absolute highlight, and also playing with Strid at Nacht der Drohende Schatten in Germany in 2011. Besides that, Kyrck Productions & Armour released a compilation cd with all the old Inflabitan tracks in 2010, named 'Wanderer Of Grief'. Soulseller Records re-released those digitally last year.

 


10. What is going on with 'Strid' these days? 


I do not have the full overview, since I am no longer part of Strid, but I do know they have a lot of material, so hopefully they will record and release some new stuff very soon.



11. Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future? 


I hope to release at least one more album in a couple of years. I am already working on new material, but do not have enough for a whole new album yet. I am not rushing this, because the inspiration must come naturally.



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? 


It is not easy to say, because a lot of things are going on in our subconscious minds. The following bands might have had some shades of influence in the shaping of the forthcoming album: Iron Maiden, Slayer, Death, Pestilence, Deicide, Carcass, Old Man’s Child and Revocation. I also have to admit, that being with Dødheimsgard, even it was for a short period, had some impact too. The record that it is in my cd player right now, is 'Coma Of Souls' with Kreator.



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


I hope, on the 26th of February, when Soulseller Records releases 'Intrinsic', that all the Metalheads out there take their time to listen through the whole album, so they can experience the variety it represents. Please enjoy, and keep on banging!



https://www.facebook.com/inflabitanintrinsic

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/01/inflabitan-interview.html


Valdaudr Interview

mardi 19 janvier 2021 à 03:10

 


1. For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band? 

Valdaudr is a two-piece black metal band started in 2020. However, the members have roots in the black metal scene since 1993 and Død played in Satyricon between 1996-1999. Valdaudr is the continuation of Cobolt 60, which was a black metal band for almost 20 years between Død and original singer of Blood Red Throne until recently. 


2. You have a new album coming out in February, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording? 

Pure organic and old-school black metal. This is how we like that genre and we didn't have to force anything. I really like the albums being released in the mid 90's and wanted to make an album sounding like that. I guess there is some thrash metal too and even some folk partsto make it even more interesting.


3. The band is considered as being a continuation of 'Cobolt 60', how does your newer music differ from the stuff you had released under your old name?

Many of the songs and riffs were written and recorded many years ago and they were all meant to be on the 3rd Cobolt 60 album. What is different though are the vocals. Vald has more intense screaming vocals and he also has some epic clean vocal parts. We also brought in Rune Nesse(Taake, Orkan) and he definitely has his signature on the drums.


4. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with the newer music and also how would you describe your progress as songwriters over the years?

The lyrics are mostly inspired by many of the gruesome stories in the bible. There's also some norse subjects. It's basically anti-religious lyrics. Regarding songwriting, this has become a real focus for me the last decade. I used to make a ton of riffs and just put them together. Now, I'm really working on the arrangements and flow of the songs.  


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

My artist name is Død, meaning Death in english. Daudr is an old norse twist of the same word. Vald is Osvald's artist name. It means power or force. So, something like The Power of Death. I just thought Valdaudr was perfect since this is our two-piece project and somewhat cool to have a norwegian/norse name to it since all lyrics are in norwegian.


6. Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?

 Keep it simple and old-school. We had a great photo-shoot in the norse woods somewhere close to Vald's home. The album is called Drapsdalen(The Valley of Murder), inspired by a certain valley in the old testament where god helped killing thousands of people. This figure on the front cover with the axe symbolizes this act of holy killing. 


7. Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding the line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?

 Hard to say. If we find the perfect drummer and person, we might make it a trio. No more people than that. My other bands have 5 members, so it's nice to keep it a duo in Valdaudr!


8. Both of the band members have a history playing in extreme metal bands for the past 20 or more years, what is it that motivates you to keep going after a couple of decades?

I have a passion for music. Whether it's extreme or not. I guess this is why I have 5 bands/projects. It's not something I just stop. I'm inspired and creative still and want to make good music for many years to come! 


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

The album is not out yet, but based on the first single we released, this is something fans of black metal would find hard not to like. If you miss the old-school vibe of this genre, look no further.


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

I have 4 albums coming out these next months, so I'm pretty active, haha. I guess the most interesting would be the 10th Blood Red Throne album being released soon. That's a massive one this time. Also, when the world opens up, Vald is playing live-bass in Blot. A great viking/black metal band from our region.


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

I have no intention in changing dramatically. I stick to the style in every band I play in. I have some riffs for the next Valdaudr album and it will be grim and necro. There's no other way!


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?

In Valdaudr it's definitely the black metal I listened to in the early 90's and still do. This is how I like black metal. Old Darkthrone, Gehenna and Dissection. I'm also a big fan of epic black/pagan metal as Primordial and Enslaved.

 


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

Fans of old-school and classic black metal should check out Valdaudr. You will not be disappointed. Album out on vinyl/CD February 26th on Soulseller Records. Hail!




https://www.facebook.com/valdaudr

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/01/valdaudr-interview.html


Aylwin/The Arch Holder/Pacific Threnodies/2021 Cassette Review

mardi 19 janvier 2021 à 02:59

 


  Aylwin  are  a  band  from  California  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  atmospheric  and  cascadian  form  of  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "The  Arch  Holder"  which  will  be  released  on  cassette  January  31st  by  Pacific  Threnodies.


  Water  sounds  start  off  the  album  which  are  also  utilized  for  a  couple  of  minutes  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  The  only  track  that  is  present  on  this  recording  is  also  over  30  minutes  in  length  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  song  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melodies.  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  sounding  along  with  the  song  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  sounding  very  powerful.


  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  cascadian  style  along  with  the  vocals  also  adapting  a  more  deeper  yet  angrier  style  in  some  parts  of  the  track  as  well  as  the  clean  playing  also  bringing  in  elements  of  post  rock  when  9it  is  utilized.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  nature  and  atavism  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Aylwin and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  and  cascadian  post  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  cassette.  8  out  of  10.


https://pacificthrenodies.bandcamp.com/album/the-arch-holder 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/01/aylwinthe-arch-holderpacific.html


Zmarchrob/Yersenia pestis/2020 Full Length Review

lundi 18 janvier 2021 à 05:20

 


  Zmarchrob  are  a  solo  project  from  the  Czech  Republic  that  has  been  featured  before  in  the  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2020  album  "Yersenia  pestis".


  A  synth  orientated  intro  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  tradition.


  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Clean  singing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  when  they  are  utilized,  one  track  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  ritualistic  sounding  bells. 


  On  this  recording  Zmarchrob  remains  true  to  the  raw  and  old  school  style  of  black  metal  that  he  had  established  on  his  previous  release.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  the  songwriters  native  tongue  and  cover  wizardry,  witchcraft,  medieval  and  darkness  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Zmarchrob  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  old  school  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Zmarchrob-Yersenia  pestis"  and  "Svedectvi  sienske".  8  out  of  10.


https://zmarchrob-666.bandcamp.com/album/zmarchrob-yersinia-pestis-3     

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/01/zmarchrobyersenia-pestis2020-full.html