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Menschheitsdämmerung/Clever Of Skies And Tenants/No Sleep Till Megiddo Records/2013 EP Review

dimanche 23 février 2014 à 07:58

  Menscheitsdammerung  are  a  1  man  band  from  Belgium  that  plays  a  very  heavy,  fast,  raw  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2013  ep  "Clever  Of  Skies  And  Tenants"  which  was  released  by  No  Sleep  Till  Megiddo  Records.

  The  ep  starts  out  with  nature  sounds  before  going  into  a  fast,  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  direction  along  with  grim  vocals  and  blast  beats  and  after  awhile  the  recording  starts  bringing  in  a  mixture  of  slow  and  fast  parts.

  When  the ep  moves on  the  music  sticks  to  a  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  sound  which  reminds  me  of  the  mid  90's  Swedish  black  metal  bands  while  having  a  different  approach  to  the  music  lyric  wise  and  at  time s the  music  produces  a  death  metal  feeling  while  being  a  lot  more  closer  to  black  metal  and  the  music  gets  a  lot  more  darker  during  the  slower  sections  and  on  the  5th  song  the  music  starts  adding  in  more  fast  old  school  black  metal  and  thrash  elements.

  Menscheitsdammerung  bring  back  a  lot  of  memories  of  the  mid  90's  with  their  fast  and  melodic  approach  to  black  metal  while  also  having  a  good  amount  of  slow  parts  which  add  to  the  diversity  of  the  recording  and  this  is  a  decent  example  of  melodic  black  metal.

  Song  lyrics  are  a  concept  based  on  instincts  and  perversions,  while  the  production  has  a  very  raw,  heavy  and  powerful  sound  to  it.

  In  my  opinion  Menscheitsdammerung  are  a  very  great  sounding  heavy,  fast,  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Pick  (or  When,  fortuity  and  violation  intervene)"  and  "The  Kill  (or,  How  the  quientessence  of  nature  prevails)".  8  out  of  10.


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Nekrospell/Demo III/2013 Review

dimanche 23 février 2014 à 07:10

  This  is  a  review  of  another  recording  from  Nekrospell  which  continues  his  fast,  raw  and  atmospheric  black  metal  sound  with  his  3rd  demo  being  self  released  in  2013.

  The  demo  starts  out  with  an  intro  that  has  a  very  heavy  and  dark  sound  to  it  along  with  traces of  doom  metal  and  melodic  leads  before  adding  in  spoken  word  parts  which  also  takes  the  music  into  a  faster  black  metal  direction.

  After  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  more  slow  and  depressive  black  metal  direction  along  with  grim  vocals  before  adding  in  fast  parts  while  also  keeping  the  melodic  leads  of  the  intro  and  the  music  also  has  a  mixture  of  both  fast  and  slow  parts  which  the  brings  out  in  all  of  the  songs  that  are  present  on  this  recording  and  the  last  song  brings  in  more  atmospheric  elements  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars  before  returning  to  a  faster  direction  and  during  the  last  few  seconds  melodic  vocals  are  added  in  briefly.

  With  this  demo  Nekrospell  slow  the  music  down  a  bit  and  the  music  takes  a  more  dark,  melodic  and  depressive  direction  while  the  fast  parts  are  still  brought  into  the  music  on  a  regular  basis  and  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  demo  for  the  black  metal  genre.

  Song  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  occultism  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  sound  to  it  along  with  one  of  the  songs  being  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  demo  from  Nekrospell  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Path  Through  Arkhanic  Rituals"  and  "Land  Of  Black  Lakes".  8/5  out  of  10.

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Nekrospell/Demo II/2013 Review

dimanche 23 février 2014 à 06:37

  Nekrospell  are  a  1  man  band  from  Spain  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  before  that  his  a  very  raw  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2013  second  demo.

  The  demo  starts  out  with  a  very  dark  sound  and  a  minute  later  the  music  goes into  a  more  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  along  with  blast  beats  as  well  as  mixing  slow  and  fast  parts  together.

  On  the  following  track  grim  screams  and  vocals  are  added  into  the  music  as  well  as  bringing  in  clean  sections  a  few  minutes  later  for  a  few  seconds  before  returning  to  a  heavier  and  darker  direction  and  as  the  demo  progresses  you  can  hear  more  melody and  depressive  elements  being  added  into  the  music  and  start  mixing  in  with  the  more  fast  and  raw  parts  of  the  demo.

  With  this  ep  Nekrospell  show  a  bit  of  diversity  with  the  way  he  mixes  in  fast  and  raw  black  metal  with  some  more  slow,  melodic,  atmospheric  and  depressive  parts  while  mostly  sticking  to  a  faster  style  and  this  recording  is  another  great  example  of  true  black  metal  the  way  it  showed  be  played.

  Song  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  occultism  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  raw,  heavy  and  old  school  sound  to  it  along  with  one  of  the  songs  being  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Nekrospell  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric,  fast  and  raw  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Cryptic  Voices"  adn  "Darkened  Path".  8/5  out  of  10.

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ForestMuse Interview

samedi 22 février 2014 à 07:05
1.For those that have never heard of you before can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Kage: ForestMuse is a black metal band from Santa Cruz, California, started by Taserof and myself in 2012. At the time of formation we had been playing music together already for about 6 years on and off, and now ForestMuse is around 2 years old. We play black metal inspired by bands such as Bathory, Emperor, Immortal, Moonsorrow, as well as history, particularly of Europe/Scandinavia and the Americas.
Our first release, “The Land of Tall Trees,” was self-recorded and self-produced and released through Bandcamp. Our new album, “Moonlit Shadows,” is complete and awaiting artwork before becoming available. It was recorded at Parade Outrageous Studios by Max Zigman.

2.A few year you released your first demo, can you tell us a little bit more about your musical sound?

Kage: Our style falls into the classic black metal tradition, but we also use ambient and folk elements in our music. Our first album had several keyboard pieces, and our latest album features a Finnish instrument called the Kantele.

Taserof: As well as the Lithuanian Kankles.

3.Your lyrics cover Nature, Atavism and Ancestors, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?

Taserof: My interest is in all things that made us humans the way we are. It is more than something so narrow as a “topic” they are the very reasons we are alive today. Anyone who does not appreciate nature, their ancestors, or the past is completely lost in the artificial world it’s became.
The lyrics of ForestMuse are imaginary. I personally am a very visual person, I see a story or landscape unfold from music. So when I write lyrics I try to make them match what I see from the music. ForestMuse lyrics are generally literal and take the listener to a place and describe the setting. It’s sometimes hard for me to write lyrics that don’t delve into my hate for greed and the many things that still continue to utterly destroy our already shattered cultures and dwindling nature. I let the music be the hate while the lyrics focus on the epicness of what was (and can still be).

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name ForestMuse?

Taserof: The name is self-explanatory. I have been asked if the word muse has anything to do with the old Greek religion and no it does not. However, I think anything that reminds people of the past and of a forgotten religion fits ForestMuse.

5.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you planning on expanding the line up in the future or do you choose to remain a duo?

Kage: We added our bass player, Senun, last year. He is an accomplished musician who also plays in Fiends at Feast. Senun definitely adds a missing element to the band, as is evident both live and on our second album, and we are lucky to have him.

6.Has the band done any live shows or is this strictly a studio project?

Kage: We have played half a dozen live shows so far, mostly in Santa Cruz, but we have begun to play neighboring cities. In June we will perform at Festum Carnis, a forest metal festival in Soda Springs, CA.

Taserof: We are looking to play as many live shows as possible. We will hopefully organize and play a show somewhere in the forest in Santa Cruz sometime in the spring.

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

Kage: We are not currently seeking a label; however, if there is enough interest in our second album, we will consider finding a distributor.

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

Kage: We have gotten positive feedback on our first album by fans worldwide, from France to Italy to Chile, Russia, and so on. It has been very humbling to have good response to a record that was recorded and produced entirely for free, and we are looking forward to hearing what people have to think of the second album. It is all-around a much stronger record and we expect more people to hear it and enjoy it!

9.When can we expect new material and also what musical direction do you see the band heading into during the future?

Kage: As said before, the new album, “Moonlit Shadows,” is recorded and awaiting artwork before its release. Here is a video for one of the songs from the album:
Taserof is currently writing new material and we will hopefully record again this year.

Taserof: Yes, new material is constantly developing. Future releases will have more Kantele and Kankles.

10.What are some bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

Kage: As I mentioned earlier, the bands that have influenced us the most stylistically are classic black metal bands such as Bathory, Emperor, Enslaved, and Immortal. In addition to black metal, I listen to a lot of death metal like At the Gates, Morbid Angel, and Death, although I don’t know how much that style influences ForestMuse’s music.

Taserof: As Kage already mentioned most of the second wave Norwegian black metal bands from the early 90’s as well as various underground Slavic black metal bands from the mid 90’s. The keyboard songs on “The Land Of Tall Trees” were inspired by Burzum’s “Hliðskjálf” and “Daudi Baldrs”, Mortiis’s “Keiser Av En Dimension Ukjent” and “Ånden Som Gjorde Opprør”, and various ambient artists especially Klaus Schulze. There are too many bands to name but Slayer must be mentioned. Non- metal (but still metal) Martti Pokela and various other kantele and zither music.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Kage: All of the band members love spending time in nature, whether it be hiking, camping, mountain biking, etc. I am a graduate student, so when I am not playing or listening to music I am almost always reading or writing. Senun is also a student finishing up his degree in music.

Taserof: Nature admiring. All the education I need comes from the forest and deep recollecting.

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

Kage: Thank you for the kind words and for helping us put our music out there. We are excited to continue performing and writing original black metal, and we hope that people give us a listen and enjoy it!

Taserof: Never forget who you are. Feel your blood. Smell the Night-Air!


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Signalfeide/Fornjot/Floodgate Moods Productions/2014 EP Review

samedi 22 février 2014 à 06:04

  Signalfeide  are  a  band  with  members  both  from  the  United  States  and  Norway  that  plays   black  metal  mixed  with  dark  ambient  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  ep  "Fornjot"  which  was  released  by  Floodgate  Moods  Productions.

  The  ep  starts  out  with  dark  ambient  drones  and  harsh  noises  and  after  the  first  song  the  music  gets  more  distorted  and  goes  into  a  more  mid  paced  melodic  black  metal  direction  along  with  spoken  word  samples  which  also  lead  up  to  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  and  you  can  also  hear  psychedelic  elements  in  the  background.

  On  the  following  track  they  start  bringing  in  acoustic  guitars  while  also  having  distorted  parts  before  returning  to  a  more  black  metal  direction  on  the  following  song  and  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  deep  grim  vocals  which  are  mostly  done  in  a  whisper  or  spoken  mode  as  well  as  having  soft  and  heavy  parts  being  mixed  together  and  the  last  song  is  all  ambient.

  With  this  ep  Signalfeide  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  diversity  and  originality  and  while  you  can  tell  that  black  metal  is  one  of  their  main  influences  you  can  also hear  traces  of  dark  ambient  and  other  genres  throughout  this  recording  and  this  is  a  hard  to  classify  band.

  Song  themes  cover  darkness  and  nature,  while  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  lo-fi  sound.

  In  my  opinion  Signalfeide  are  a  very  decent  sounding  mixture  of  black  metal  and  dark  ambient  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Miles  From  Home"  and  "Black  Sun  Insignia".  7/8  out  of  10.


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