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Vald/Eclipsed By Nightwinds/Vanguard Productions/2015 Demo Review

lundi 16 mars 2015 à 04:51

  Vald  are  a  band  from  the  United  States  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  demo  "Eclipsed  By  Nightwinds"  which  was  released  by  Vanguard  Productions.

  Militant  sounds  and  acoustic  guitars  start  off  the  demo  and  after  the  intro  the  music  starts  going  into  more  of  a  slow  yet  raw  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  depressive  yet  high  pitched  screams  and  the  music  speeds  up  at  times  with  some  fast  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Just  like  with  the  previous  demo  the  music  is  more  in  a  90's  black  metal  direction  and  does  have  the  raw  feeling  of  some  of  the  demo's  that  where  released  in  that  time  period   and  I  can  hear  a  lot  of  French  and  Eastern  European  influences  in  the  bands  musical  style  and  one  of  the  tracks  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  singing  while  the  main  focus  remains  more  on  a  primal  style  of  black  metal  and  one  of  the  later  tracks  also  brings in  a  few  seconds  of  deep  vocals  that  remain  true  to  a  grim  style  and  the  demo  closes  with  an  acoustic outro.

  Vald  creates  another  demo  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  raw  black  metal  sound  and  also  avoid  any  type  of  modern  sound  or  trends,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  focus  more  on  dark  subjects.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Vald  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  old  school  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "World  Of  Superstitious  Slaves"  and "Symbols  Of  Kingship".  8  out  of  10.



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Nocturnal Art Interview

dimanche 15 mars 2015 à 02:28
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

  The group was formed in October 2013 as a studio project. It was recorded a few tracks on the poems of Edgar Allan Poe, Anatole France, Sangiorgi Gordon Byron. Entries successfully went to friends and fans. There were two live shows in October last year. In January this year Narcoleptica Productions released our demo, which, in our opinion, has entered the most original and versatile material.

2.In January you had released a demo, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

   In terms of sound, we tried to make something between a black-metal and trash with elements of classical music.

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

   Our lirtka - a description of emptiness, wilting, necrosis.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Nocturnal Art'?
   Nocturnal Art - it works, created under vlyaniem dark side - vampirism kolodovstva and demonic forces. It's not just a fad. We feel the appeal of the night of the world and try to open it in his work.

5.Currently there are only two members in the band, are you planning on expanding the line up in the future or do you prefer to remain a duo?
   The expansion of the planned, provided that the new team will be fully people approach us, will share our point of view. While Nocturnal Art remains a duet.

6.In January Narcoleptica Productions released your demo as a limited of 50 cd's, do you feel cd's have been a decline over the years considering that mp3's have been taking over?

    Feel, and it is very sad, because due to the mp3 format and because of the availability of downloading people are accustomed to that kind of music does not have to pay, but you can not make music for free and this leads to the fact that young teams have no chance earn their creativity. On the other hand, there is now a huge number of similar music, and this applies to all styles, and in this situation mp3 format just need to get acquainted with the material.

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

    We support communication with fans and musicians from some black - death metal bands. This is mainly the guys from Russia.

8.Are any of the band members also involved with any other bands or musical projects?

    No, at the moment we are busy only in their group and devote all his time to this project, but in the future allow such an opportunity, as we believe that the work on other projects with other musicians is a good experience and an opportunity to gain new knowledge and enrich their horizons in music.

9.When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

    The album is already underway. We plan to finish the summer. We try to develop our concept of music as much as we can. Music will be more aggressive at the same time and melodic than a demo album.

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?
    Black-metal and classic. Currently listening Carach Angren, King Diamond, Behemoth, Watain, Kreator, Arch Enemy. Inspires the same literature Howard Phillips Lovecraft, Victor Hugo, Edgar Allan Poe, Anatole France. Philosophy, psychology, things of that nature.

11.How would you describe your views on Occultism?

    Our worldview rather satanic than okultnoe.

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

    Wait for our album. We hope not to disappoint you new material.

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Ancst/Ast/Vendetta Records/2015 Split CD Review

samedi 14 mars 2015 à 06:10

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Germany's  Ancst  and  Ast  which  was  released  by  Vendetta  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Ancst  a  band  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  mixes  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  with  crust  and  noise.

  There  side  of  the  split  starts  off  with  a  very  heavy  and  raw  crust  sound  that  evolves  into  more  of  a  melodic  black  metal  direction  once  it  speeds  up  and  adds  in  blast  beats  while  also  mixing  in  the  rawer  side  of  the  genre  as  well  and  when  vocals  are  added  into  the  music  they  have  an  angry  hardcore  feeling  to  them.

  All  of  the  musical  instrument s on  their  side  of   the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  side  to  them  and  they  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  death  metal  growls  at  times  and  the  later  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  one  of  the  tracks  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  and  you  can  also  hear  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  on  the  last  track,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw,  yet  very  powerful  at  the  same  time,   while  the  lyrics  cover  the  angry  and  anti  fascist  themes  of  previous  recordings  but  also  bring  in  more  darker  topics  this  time  around.

  In  ,y  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Ancst  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Seizures".

  Next  up  is  Ast  a  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of  raw,  post  black  metal,  hardcore  punk  and  experimental.

   Distorted  sounding  drones  start  off  their  side  of  the  split  along  with  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  heavy  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  and  you  can  also  hear  a  touch  of  post  hardcore  in  the  bands  musical  style  but  done  in  much  of  a  more  dark  and  heavy   direction  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  at  times.

   As  their  side  of  the  split  progresses  blast  beats  can  be  heard  at  times  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  one  of  the  tracks  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  before  making  a  return  to  a  heavier  direction  which  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  fast  and  raw  black  metal  guitar  riffs  before  closing  with  harsh  noises,  the  production  sound s very  dark,  raw  yet  powerful  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  are  more  in  an  anarchist  direction.

  In  my  opinion  Ast  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of   raw,  post  black  metal,  hardcore  punk  and  experimental,  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "F.S".

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  crust  influenced  black  metal.  8  out  of  10.  


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Svadilfare/Krig I Kunst/Naturmacht Productions/2015 CD Review

vendredi 13 mars 2015 à 08:56

  Svadilfare  are  a  1  man  band  from  Norway  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2015  album  "Krig  I  Kunst"  which  will  be  released  on  March  22nd  by  Naturmacht  Productions.

  A  very  dark and  raw  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  angry  shouts  a  few  seconds  later  which  evolve  into  grim,  depressive  and  high  pitched  screams  and  you  can  also  hear  chants  being  utilized  in  the  background  at  times  and  the music  does  speed  up  at  times  and  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.

  Throughout  the  recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  at  times  along  with  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  while  some  tracks  also  bring  in  clean  singing  viking  vocals  that  also  gives  the  recording  more  of  an  epic  and  pagan  feeling.

  When  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  remain  true  to  a  melodic  musical  direction  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  songs  at  times  bring  back  the  feeling  of  90's  Norwegian  Viking  and  Pagan/black  metal  and  also  bring  back  some  of  the  epic  structures  those  bands  had  as  well  and  there  are  also  a  couple  of  tracks  that  are  very  long  and epic  in  length  and  the  last  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts.

  Svadilfare  creates  another  album  that  continues  the  pagan  and  atmospheric  black  metal  sound  of  his  previous  recordings  while  still  having  a  perfect  balance  between  heaviness,   darkness  and  rawness  as  well  as  having  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  epic  structures,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  yet  heavy  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  are  written  mostly  in  Norwegian  along  with  a  couple  in  English  and  cover  Norse  Mythology,  Anti  Christianity  and  nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Svadilfare  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  pagan  or  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Evig  Motstand  I  Eit  Dyrenrike"  "All  Religion  Must  Die"  "Liket  I  Svartediket"  and  "Despair,  Depression  and  Contempt".  8  out  of  10.

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Heathen/Self Titled/Caligari Records/2015 Cassette Review

vendredi 13 mars 2015 à 02:14

  Heathen  are  a  1  man  band  from  Norway  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  atmospheric  form  of  viking/black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2015  cassette  which  was  released  by  Caligari  Records.

  A  very  dark,  raw  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  cassette  and  you  can  hear  some  grim  black  metal  screams  that  are  mixed  down  low  in  the  mix  and  over  powered  by  the  guitars  which  also  have  a  depressive  tone  to  them  at  times  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  very  dark  and  melodic  and  a  few  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  After  awhile  the  music  starts  going  for  more  of  a  mid  paced  and  atmospheric  musical  direction  and  at  times  the  tremolo  picking  from  the  guitars  can  be  very  raw  and  also  adds  an  early  90's  Norwegian  black  metal  feeling  to  the  recording  and  after  awhile  the  music  does  speed  up  at  times  and  also  introduces  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  onto  the  recording  along  with  the  riffs  getting  very  fast  and  primal  while  the  main  focus  remains  more  on  a  mid  paced  viking/black  metal  sound  and  one  of  the  tracks  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  keyboards  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction.

  Heathen  plays  a  style  of  viking/black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  old  school  and  also  mixes  in  a  little  of  atmospheric  and  depressive  elements  along  with  the  guitars  being  the  main  focus,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  song  themes  focus  ob  Norse  Paganism.

  In  my  opinion  Heathen  are  a  very  great  sounding  viking/black  metal  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  cassette.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Clutches  Of  Hedonism"  "Diabolical  Hypnotism"  "Banished  To  The  Land  Of  Ice".  8  out  of  10.

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