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Null/Entity/Van Records/2020 CD Review

mercredi 8 juillet 2020 à 02:44

  Null  are  a  band  from  Iceland  that  plays  a  depressive  and  nihilistic  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Entity"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Van  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  elements  of  doom  metal.  Clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  off  the  recording  which  also  adds  more  of  a  post  metal  style  to  the  songs  along  with  some  depressive  black  metal  screams  also  being  utilized  at  times.

  When the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  A  couple  of  the  tracks  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  dark  sounding  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  as  well  as  the  music  also  having  its  atmospheric  moments,  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  classical  guitars  and  synths  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  futility  and  obsolescence  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Null  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  and  nihilistic  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "None"  and  "An  Idiosyncratic  Mirage".  8  out  of  10.


https://0000000.bandcamp.com

 

    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/07/nullentityvan-records2020-cd-review.html


Noctem Aeturnus/Landscape Of Discord/Naturmacht Productions/2020 CD Review

mardi 7 juillet 2020 à 08:48

  Noctem  Aeturnus  are  a  solo  project  from  Argentina  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2020  album  "Landscape  Of  Discord"  which  was  released  by  Naturmacht  Productions,

  Nature  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  synths  and  symphonic  elements  a  few  seconds  later  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  atmospheric  style  and  the  music  also  has  its  atmospheric  moments.

  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  some  orchestral  instruments  also  being  utilized  at  times.  Spoken  word  parts  also  make  a  return  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as  the  vocals  also  getting  more  deep  sounding  on  some  of  the  later  songs  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  inspired  by  Nordic  and  Greek  Mythology  and  cover  darkness  and  nature  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Noctem  Aeturnus  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Those  Who  Shall  Perish"  "Necromancy"  and "Solstice  In  The  Dark".  8  out  of  10.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxQTejW6EJg  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/07/noctem-aeturnuslandscape-of.html


Ayr/The Dark/Wolves Of Hades/The Hell Command/2020 Full Length Review

mardi 7 juillet 2020 à 07:01

  Ayr  are  a  duo  from  North  Carolina  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "The  Dark"  which  will  be  released  on  July  24th  as  a  joint  effort  between  Wolves  Of  Hades  and  The  Hell  Command.

Nature  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  while  whispered  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  sounding  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  acoustic  guitars  also  making  a  return  on  some  of  the  songs.  Synths  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  as  well  as  a  couple  of  the  tracks  also  being    ambient  instrumentals.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ayr  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Where  All  Light  Dies"  and  "Sever  The  Golden  Chain".  8  out  of  10.

ayrofficial.bandcamp.com/

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/07/ayrthe-darkwolves-of-hadesthe-hell.html


Feeling Worthless Interview

mardi 7 juillet 2020 à 00:51

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Feeling Worthless is a Black Metal / DSBM project born in the cold winter of 2019. It was born as an experimental project between resident members of different locations in Mexico.

2.You have released a good amount of ep's and singles, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recordings?
In each release we have used a different style to record. In the single "Desciendo, Corto y Muero" and the EP "Jornadas de Automutilación" we had Sick Filips as in charge guitar. Due to its influences towards bizarre genres such as Pornogore and Grindcore, the sound had more violent and raw features, unlike the last singles that had a more abstract and experimental sound. Each member has different influences, so the sound of the band is varied.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the project has explored so far with the music?
Its concept is based on the cult of death, suicide, misanthropy, negativity, and nature, mixed with the mythology of some indigenous cultures from different parts of America. Death is taken as the main inspiration, this as a result of its veneration over time by many cultures and civilizations (here is the participation of pre-Hispanic cultures). The monotony of the songs seeks to demonstrate how gray, boring and insipid life can become, sometimes with good things, but almost always (seeing it on a realistic and negative side), with bad things.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Feeling Worthless'?
The name comes from a song by the Venezuelan band "Osteoporosis Aguda", taken from the album "... A Ruthless Hello", to which it belongs. Similarly, the fact of feeling useless and without reason was taken as inspiration, so recording a song from this project is translated and attributed to feeling bad, empty, stupid, useless and with little reason to live. We do not seek to promote suicide, nor that people commit suicide, we seek that people escape through our music and that if they want to get depressed, that we are the reason.

5.Has the band done any live shows or open to the idea?
Not currently, but possible submissions are not ruled out.

6.One of the band members was also involved with the musical project 'Ombdue', how would you compare working solo to working with a full line up?
It is much more comfortable and the flow of ideas is facilitated, the influences of each one always bring something new to the sound and the feedback never ceases to be present. Among all the members of the band we have a good relationship as friends and we have never had friction or problems, it is very satisfying to share talent with people like them.

7.Recently the band released an ep on 'Dirty Fetti', how did you get in contact with this label?
We have been friends for almost two years, during the promotion of "Demo I" of Chorizo Con Papa, I was fortunate to find his seal and he helped me to spread it without problems I told him about this project and he was delighted with our material, with a promptness of two days, our EP was already on his platform.

8.One of the band members also runs "Entocomophobic Records', can you tell us a little bit more about the label and the bands and musical styles you have worked with so far?
Indeed, our vocalist Xinx Asklas is the CEO of this label, which mainly distributes our music. There are not many filters in terms of genres, almost any group or artist can easily enter the label and genres, there is great diversity, including even Latin Jazz and Kitsch Metal projects.

9.Globally, how has been the reaction to your music by fans of depressive black metal?
The truth has been well received by the community despite having so little time of activity. We had the opportunity to appear in Subtle Death Magazine and with various mentions on fanpages, youtube channels and more. Detractors will not be lacking towards this project, but it really is not something that matters to us.

10.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We are currently producing a single titled "Recuerdos en Blanco y Negro" and after it is published, we will start with our full length titled "Fearless", so it won't be long before we have one on our discography. The truth is that we do not see ourselves beyond a ceptic pit, if there are opportunities while we are still alive, the public may manage to see us live. Have no illusions.

11.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?
The project has been inspired by bands like Nargaroth, Noctural Depression, Sendero Inexorable, Lifelover, Silencer, Deafheaven, Alcest, Katatonia, Bethelem, Tormentor, Mayhem, Osteoporosis Aguda, Darkthrone, KoRn, Eskapi, Epitafio, Metzeli, Luciferian Rites, Xibalba, Black Dracul and a lot of other bands that we still listen to today.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
We appreciate all the support given to the project, the magazine, our followers and Ixtab.

https://www.facebook.com/FWDSBM

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/07/feeling-worthless-interview.html


Obscure Relic/First Black Communion/Helldprod Records/2020 EP Review

mardi 7 juillet 2020 à 00:08

  Obscure  Relic  are  a  band  from  Brazil  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  ep  "First  Black  Communion"  which  will  be  released  be  released  in  August  by  Helldprod  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  a  brief  use  of  synths  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Most  of  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  era. 

The  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.  The  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  music  also  capturing  a  very  violent  and  dark  atmosphere  as  well  as  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  classic  European  style.

  Obscure  Relic  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  melodic  in  the  90's  second  wave  tradition.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  evil  and  occult  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Obscure  Relic  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  First  Black  Communion"  and  "Enter  The  Infernal  Realms".  8  out  of  10.

https://youtu.be/CAZ9c-H0Xq0

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/07/obscure-relicfirst-black.html