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Fornicus/Storming Heaven/2014 CD Review

dimanche 3 août 2014 à 03:49

  Fornicus  are  a  band  from  Kentucky  that  plays  a  very  fast  and  heavy  form  of  black  metal  with  elements  of  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Storming  heaven".

  A  very  dark  and  evil  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  spoken  word  samples  which  gives  the  music  a  ritualistic  feeling  before  going  into  a  more  old  school  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  grim  screams  and  you  can  also  hear  a  great  amount  of  thrash  influences  in  the  bands  musical  style.

  Deep  demonic  growls  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  solos  and  leads  the  band  uses  are  in  more  of  an  old  school  death  metal  direction  while  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  amount  of  the  more  melodic  side  of  black  metal  at  times  and  the  band  also  adds  in  a  decent  amount  of  fast  playing  which  utilizes  tremolo  picking  along  with  some  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  a  more  raw  feeling.

  As  the  album  progresses  the  band  really  starts  to  find  their  sound  taking  the  raw  and  melodic  styles  of  black  metal  and  combining  them  with  death  and  thrash  metal  as  well  as  using  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  they  also  have  a  technical  feeling  to  them  at  time s when  they  bring  in  the  death  metal  parts  and  the  spoken  word  parts  also  return  on  one  of  the  later  tracks  along  with  some  fast  and  primal  bass  guitars  and  the  band  also  does  a  cover of  Sepultura's  "Antichrist"  before  closing  the  album  with  2  of  their  own  original  songs.

  Fornicus  creates  a  style  of  metal  that  takes  both  the  old  school  and  melodic  satanic  side  of  the  black  metal  genre  while  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  death  and  thrash  metal  influences  to  create  some  truly  heavy  and  unholy  music,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism  and  Anti  Christian  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Fornicus  are  a  very  great  sounding  fast,  melodic  and  aggressive  black  metal  band  with  a  thrash  and  death  metal  edge  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "We  Are  Sin"  "Into  Obscurity"  and  "Storming  Heaven".  8  out  of  10.

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Oltretomba Interview

dimanche 3 août 2014 à 01:51
1. For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Both me and Falco come from other bands, Athanor and Malanoctem. We were already friends before; he appreciated the first tracks I gave him to listen to and I've thought he was the right drummer to play them. It was easy to set up the first rehearsals to see that the line up was working. No one with the need to play technical or modern stuff could be a nice member for the band. Just play powerful and straight so the listener can feel the impact on his face.

2. Recently you have released your first full length album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from your previous demos?
I see many young bands starting right into a studio to get a professional debut cd. That is not a demo, they don't want a demo at all, just a cd to feel famous. We recorded our first demo into the rehearsal room with few microphones already there; this is the reason why we've distributed it only on tape: this way to record is no more in use today, for the reason said above... people start a band already with the will to show themselves to everyone and on internet. Our "Cross the bone" demo tape was recorded the old way, then sold only to few maniacs. It was not our intention to say the world 'hey, we are here!' or to act as stars in front of our friends. We only wanted to see how our songs could sound by listening to them outside the rehearsal room; however it was appreciated and even suddenly came the interest of some labels, which took us to proceed with something more.
This time we really focused on sounds. The first days to prepare for the recording set were spent to tune the drum, to choose microphones ant their position on it. The same was later made for guitar amplifier. We are really satisfied with the final sound because it's really what we were working for there tracks: old fashioned, powerful and personal in some way.

3. On your website the band refers itself to 'retrogade metal' can you tell us a little bit more about this tag?
As for some reason already told, as for the need for labels and... customers (?) to distribute something more modern (contaminations, experimentations, etcc...), we wanted to detach our music from this avantgarde wave. So we play retrogarde as to compose/playing as for sound/recording. We are not really focused on black or death metal, we just want to play extreme and primitive.

4. Your lyrics cover some satanic, occult and blasphemous topics,  can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?
I don't like very much (I don't like it at all) the 'politically correct' way to write lyrics into extreme metal today. Sometimes it is more a 'be philosopher game', or other issues more socially committed. Nothing of my interest while listening to extreme metal. On my side, I can only write about what I've got in my mind even while not playing. To be sincere, I don't write about how happy I could be with my family or friends and if this world would be a better one if we all love each other, because I'm not going to play gay music. When I compose lyrics or musics it's like to get a a mysterious inspiration coming not from anything materially existing. In this low level of existence I find interesting to express low level instincts and sure, I mix this kind of topics with my interest in occultism and satanism or demonology that I've got since years now. And again, not to be politically correct, why don't add some simple blasphemies to have something more 'actual' or 'social' under my point of view...?

5. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Oltretomba'?
Oltretomba is the italian term for the beyond. We like how it sounds, even though we use english lyrics; it also remains as mark of our nationality, even though it's not a topic for us. The beyond is a so simple concept but really great to collect so many images and sounds. We really needed a name as simple as outright.

6. I have read that the band was originally a solo project, what was the decision behind forming a full line up?
As said I was already bass player and backing vocalist in Athanor. I wrote some tracks that I didn't feel adapt for their style and so, after a while I recorded them just to save all for me and that's the 'Demo 2008', which I have never really distributed (only few friends listened some tracks at my home, or sent via email). I was thinking about a solo project but not sure to go on with it.
In 2011 the activity with Athanor was slowing down so I decided to dedicate more time to Oltretomba, as I had the chance to propose this to Falco. As said in first answer, I would not ask everybody to join us, one necessarily have to understand (first) and then to appreciate the concept.

7. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
We had a venue into a little pub not far from our town and the owner was really great with us, even other bands in the bill were nice. We even played into a bigger club with Taake and other italian bands but only few of them were there to support each other; just some remained with us until the end so I cannot say if it was batter the bigger or the smaller venue; for sure we have been lucky until now, but it's early to talk by now...
The most important thing is to see that the public did appreciate the combo lineup, as we don't have a bass player anymore. I just had to work a bit more on guitar's sound and Falco has to hit drum as if there were no tomorrow...

8. Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
We are preparing venues at least one in each region here in Italy, we shall evaluate foreign dates only in a second time.

9. The new album was released on Fistbang Records, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
We had the chance to get in touch with it thanks to our previous demo tape. It supported us since then; and since we already had some tracks more we suddenly began working on a full length. We did update it monthly even sending audio previews. Fistbang ever supported us without asking for compromises or any limitation. All our work have been fully satisfied by its own, as we see now the album distributed through lots of catalogues, online and offline. It was a really lucky deal for us, as well as a friendly relationship actually. It even got selected stuff and bands in its rooster, so it's a pleasure to have its mark on our album.

10.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
We didn't expect everyone appreciate it. We thought many people would just say that there is nothing original in our music, but on the opposite it seems that 'The Death...' resulted balanced, as mix of personality and old style black death metal. We even read (few) people just labeling it black'n'roll, but maybe because they didn't listened to the whole cd. It was not meant to be a classical death, nor death or thrash proposal. There you can find any on these genre just because it's what we listen to, what we like to play, withouth the need to stay closed under one single label. I suppose it's the only point on which we are not going to work, we'll never use a standard musical genre. If it sounds retrogarde, wild and primitive, it's ok; on guitar riffs as on drum patterns. This is simply because the difference between all that styles mentioned, was not so defined at the beginning. To label it is a commercial way to catalogue music today.

11.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part off?
In more than 15 years of activity Athanor did pass through hard periods and forced stops due to the more various reasons. Their last (recent) recordings came after a long period of silence and even now I cannot say how things will go on; they have been not officially released yet.

12.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Our music is not supposed to evolve into something more than what it is. we will just keep on to play the fierce metal at its roots with a sinister and vulgar attitude.
All these which have been cult bands have now lost aggressiveness in exchange of a more clean sound, powerful only in loudness/decibels terms... I disdain this.

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?
It's rare for me to listen to something recorded after the 2000. I consider more interesting an '70 rock or punk than many actual so called death or black metal bands. This is due the way to compose and to record. Boring songs with really bad sound for an extreme metal band. Years ago I was still able to recognize a band by their sound, but now this is not possible. The personality is covered under modern recording/mastering techniques, all bands have got the same sound.  Who are still playing real death black metal today? It is really hard to think on a name... Autopsy for sure, Mortuary Drape... Inquisition... it's hard to say, 'cause all play something totally different from what death black metal was meant to be.
When I was younger I ever had Mayhem, Satyricon, Marduk, Emperor, Morbid Angel, Slayer, Kreator in my hi-fi. And I still listen to the same albums of that period, nothing new in the last 10, 15 years. A pair of nice albums seems to be enough for a band before to start playing soft metal. Now it is all an only one, very loud, very compressed, very fast, very all-the-same music. I prefer Beethoven and Hellhammer, no way.

14.What are some of your non musical interests?
I like to compose, to arrange, to record, to mix... and I like instruments, it would be nice to have the chance to play lots of them. I even try cello and flute. But ouside this field I don't have so many passions. I like reading nice (then rare) book on occultism, demonology, high magic, esoterism; but even quantum physic's, then horror stories too like Lovecraft's. I also like old movies, since 1900 to 1990 mainly; nowadays movies are just computer effects and dudes. I rarely leave my home, so it's all connected to what I can do inside; I just like camping sometimes, to sleep far away in a silent and fresh wood. I like smoking my pipe, or cigars, with a nice glass of scotch or barrique grappa!

15.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
I wish people like you shall keep supporting the underground even in a period like this when all has become social-networking and bands grow up day by day in 5 minutes. Too many useless bands around but still sometimes I find great musicians, even without these funny I LIKE IT on their facebook pages... keep searching and find the still living black death metal! And all you reading now, ever keep an eye on Occult Black Metal Zine!

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Uitzichtloos/Nevelmasker/Vacula Productions/2014 CD Review

vendredi 1 août 2014 à 11:58

  Uitzichtloos  are  a  band  from t he  Netherlands  that  plays  a  very  raw,  melodic,  mid  paced  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Nevelmasker"  which  was  released  by  Vacula  Productions.

  A  very  slow,  raw  and  epic  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  deep  depressive  screams  and  melodic  guitar  leads  and  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  amount  of  melody  in  the  guitar riffing  as  well  and  the  first  song  sticks  to  mostly  to  a  slow  or  mid  paced  direction  and  setting  the  perfect  atmosphere  for  the  album.

  On  the  second  track  the  music  speeds  up  a  bit  and  at  times  and  adds  more  of  a  melodic  black  metal  feeling  to  the  recording  and  acoustic  guitars  are  also  introduced  in  this  track  as  well  while  the  following  song  sees  the  band  adding  in  spoken  word  parts  and  ritualistic  sounds  in  the  beginning  before  returning  back  to  a  mid  paced  direction  as  well  as  the  bass  guitars  having  a  more  powerful  presence  this  time  around  along  with  the  band  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  doom  metal  influences  and  the  remaining  of  the  album  sticks  to  more  of  the  slow  to  mid  paced  style  of  playing  while  also  having  its  fast  moments  at  times  along  with  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats.

  Uitzichtloos  bring s in  a  great  amount  of  sorrow  with  their  raw  and  melodic  sound  which  focuses  more  on  a  mid  paced  take  of  this  genre  while  also  bringing  in  atmosphere  from  the  melodies,  the  production  has  a  very  dark  and  raw  sound  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Dutch  and  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Uitzichtloos  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Nevelmasker"  "Oog  van  de  Duivel"  and  "Uwe  Majesteit".  8  out  of  10.    

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Labyrinth Spell/Mountains Enthroned/Vacula Productions/2014 CD Review

vendredi 1 août 2014 à 10:56

  Labyrinth  Spell  are  a  band  from  Brazil  that  plays  a  very  raw,  atmospheric  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Mountains  Enthroned"  which  was  released  by  Vacula  PRoductions.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  high  pitched  grim  screams  and  after  awhile  the  music  slows  down  a  bit and  adds  in  synths  and  melodies  while  still  keeping  around  the  more  faster  parts  and  you  can  hear  quite  a  bit  of  Norwegian  and  Swedish  black  metal  elements  in  their  musical  sound.

  Once solos  are  added  into  the  music  it  gives  the  album  more  of  a  mid  90's  melodic  black  metal  feeling  and  the songs  start  using  a  good  amount  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  more  fast  and  raw  sections  dominate  most  of  the  recording  and  the  band  displays  a  very  aggressive  approach  with  their  musical  style  as  well  as  having  epic  synths  mixing  in  with  the  raw  parts  and  melodies  and  one  of  the  later  tracks  also  sees  the  band  adding  in  a  few  seconds  of  clean  singing.

  Labyrinth  Spell  brings  back  the  more  melodic,  epic  and  atmospheric  side  of  90's  era  black  metal  with  their  music  having,  a  bit  of  a  Dissection  and  early  Satyricon  feeling   them  but  with  a  more raw  and  grimmer  approach,  the  production  has  a  very  raw,  powerful  and  heavy  sound  while  the  lyrics  cover   darkness  and  nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Labyrinth  Spell  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  melodic  and  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Forged  by  Fire  And  Blood"  "Night  Of  Eternal  Chaos"  and  "Mountains  Enthroned".  8  out  of  10.


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Gnosis Of The Witch/Daudr Burdr Prysvar/Wohrt Records/2014 EP Review

vendredi 1 août 2014 à 08:59

  Gnosis  Of  The  Witch  are  a  band  from  the  United  States  that  plays  a  raw  and  dark  pagan  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  ep  "Daudr  Burdr  Prysvar"  which  was  released  by  Wohrt  Records.

  Dark,  distorted  and  evil  sound  effects  start  off  the  ep  giving  the  music  a  ritualistic  feeling  and  after  the  intro  clean  playing  makes  its  way  onto  the  recording  along  with  a  very  melodic  tone  which  leads  up  to  a  more  heavy  and  melodic  direction  before  going  into  a  very  fast  raw  black  metal  direction  along  with  blast  beats  and  grim  screams.

  The  tremolo  picking  the  band  uses  are  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  black  metal  sound  and  they  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melodic  guitar  leads  along  with  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  faster  parts  bring  a  lot  of  chaos  into  the  bands  musical  sound  as  well  as  having  a  war  like  feeling  to  them,  after  awhile  clean  playing  along  with  a  small  amount  of  synths  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  they  enhance  the  evil  atmosphere  this  music  creates.

  Gnosis  Of  The  Witch  have  a  very  raw  and  chaotic  approach  to  the  way  they  play  black  metal  and  they  also  bring  in  a  lot  of  the  best  elements  of  this  musical  genre,  the  production  sound s  very  dark,  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Germanic  and  cover  Dark  Thurisan  Worship.

  In  my  opinion  Gnosis  Of  The  Witch  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  old  school  dark  pagan/black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ormar  Eitr"  and  "Daudipursar  Seidr".  8/5  out  of  10.

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