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Diablery/Architect/2014 CD Review

vendredi 20 juin 2014 à 17:53

  Diablery  are  a  band  from  Greece  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  album  "Architect".

  Dark  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  and  they  give  the  music  a  classical  and  avant  garde  feeling  as  well  as  adding  in  some  violins  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  more  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  high  pitched  screams,  melodies  and  symphonic  elements  and  at  time s they  also  speed  up  and  add  in  blast  beats.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  added  into  the  music  they  are  in  the  more  melodic  direction  and  the  band  also  uses  a  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  is  heavily  rooted  in  the  mid  90's  style  of  black  metal  and  the  vocals  also  get  deep  at  times  and  the  music  has  a  Norwegian  feeling  at  times  and  like  the  previous  recording  the  synth  is  a  huge  part  of  the  bands  musical  style  and  they make  the  music  sound  more  epic.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  album  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  band  also  displays  a  good  amount  of  skill  and  talent  and  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  melodic  clean  singing  vocals  as  well  some  spoken  word  parts  are  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  synths  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  electronic  music  elements  and  the  music  also  has  some  blast  beats  that  take  the  band  into  a  more  brutal  direction  at  times  and  the  violins  of  the  intro  make  a  return  later  on  during  the  album  and  some  of  the  tracks.

   Diablery  remain  true  to  the  sound  they  had  on  the  last  album  bringing  in  a  perfect  balance  between  fast,  heavy,  melodic,  atmospheric  and  symphonic  parts  and  while  it  is  not  very  original  this  band  is  very  good  at  what  they  play,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  metaphysical  and  occult  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Diablery  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  and  symphonic  black  metal,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Architect  Of  Manifestations"  "Vanity  Of  Darkness"  and  "Blackness  Enshrouds  this  Configuration".  8  out  of  10.    

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Nyctophobia/Ritual II - The Will Of Darkness/Nigra Nit Distro/2014 EP Review

jeudi 19 juin 2014 à 18:49

 Nyctophobia  are  a  band  from  Spain  that  plays  a  very  dark  and  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this is  a  review  of  their  2014  ep  "Ritual  II  -  The  Will  Of  Darkness"  which  was  released  by  Negra  Nit  Distro.

 A  dark  sounding  synth  with intros  starts  off  the  ep  and  adds  in  a  very  ritualistic  and  occult  feeling  to  the  music  and  you  can  also  hear  some  clean  guitars  being  utilized  in  the  background  and  after  the  intro  the  music  starts  getting  more  heavier  as  well  as  going  into  a  more  raw  black  metal  direction.

  Once  the grim  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  kick  in  the  music  goes  into  a  more  fast  and  old  school  direction  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  after  awhile  they  bring  in  a  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  growls  and  all  of  the  tracks  remain  true  to  a  very  fast  and  raw  old  school  black  metal  sound  and  there  are  some  dark  sounding  melodies  and  guitar leads  being  added  into  the  music  at  times  as  well  as  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  you  can  hear  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  and  spoken  word  parts  being  used  on  one  of  the  songs  before  the  band  returns  back  to  a  more  heavy  and  raw  black  metal  direction.

  Nyctophobia  play  a  very  true  and  raw  form  of  old  school  black  metal  which  also  evokes  a  very  dark  atmosphere  while  remaining  heavy  at  the  same  time,  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  sound  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Luciferian,  Occultism,  Darkness  and  Cthulu  Mythos.

  In  my  opinion  Nyctophobia  are  a  very  great  sounding  dark,  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Dead  Tongues"  and  "Night  Of  Witchcraft".  8  out  of  10.

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Karst/Lime Veins Bleed Rust/2014 CD Review

mercredi 18 juin 2014 à 15:28

  Karst  are  a  band  from  Hungary  that  plays  a  mixture  of  progressive  black  metal  and  extreme  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  album  "Lime  Veins  Bleed  Rust".

  A  very  melodic  classic  rock  style  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  adding  in  some  aggressive  vocals  and  screams  that  are  in  the  more  black  metal  direction  as  well as  having  a  depressive  tone  to  them  and  the  band  also  adds  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  into t heir  musical  sound  and  they  also  speed  up  at  times  along  with  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats.

  There are  a  lot  of  many  different  types  of  musical  genres  being  mixed  in  with  the  bands  progressive  black  metal  sound  and  the  vocals  also  use  of  mixture  of  deep  deep  and  high  pitched  vocals  as  well  as  adding  clean  playing  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  you  can  hear  a  great  amount  of  post  rock/metal  elements  being  utilized  throughout  the  recording  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  sound  effects.

  As  the  album  progresses  more  raw  black  metal  influences  are  added  into  the  faster  sections  of  the  bands  musical  sound  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  being  added  onto  on  of  the  later  songs  and  after  awhile  the  music  gets  more  progressive  sounding  with  folk  music  style  flutes,  acoustic  guitars,  percussion's  and  keyboards  being  added    while  the  main  focus  remains  on  a  heavier  sound  and  they  also  bring  in  alternative  rock  influences  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  to  give  the  album  a  more  original  sounding  feeling,  one  of  the  later  songs  shows  the  band  adding  in  jazz  music  elements  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  and  some  of  the  songs  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Karst  create  a  very  original  and  progressive  style  of  black  metal  with  their  musical  sound  as  well  as  being  influenced  by  a  great  amount  of  other  musical  genres  which  they  add  into  their  sound  and  there  is  also  a  great  amount  of  diversity  in  all  of  the  tracks  that  are  on  the  recording  and  they  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  garage  rock  elements  into t heir  musical  style,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  heavy  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Hungarian  and  cover  nature,  dirt  and  dissolution.

  In  my  opinion  Karst  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  progressive  metal  and  extreme  garage  rock  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Halogoto"  "Norak  es  lidercek"  "Savos" and  "Van  egy  malom".  8  out  of  10.  

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Solbrud Interview

mercredi 18 juin 2014 à 10:10

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
1. The band was formed in summer 2009, but it was not before Ole joined the band in 2010, that we really found the sound and vibe we were looking for.

From the beginning it has been our intention to play long atmospheric black metal. Trying to recreate the sound of a grand storm. We started off quite well with the band and had some of our songs played on a national metal radiochannel.  In 2011 we played at the Copenhell Festival in Copenhagen, and last year we played at Roskilde Festival in Denmark. The first album came out in april 2012 and gave us a lot of positive response in our homecountry and probably lead to some of the bigger local support gigs.

2.According to the bandcamp page, you have a new album coming out in the middle of 2014, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical direction of the newer material and also how will it differ from the previous full length and demo you had release din the past?
2. Yes it's true we have a new album coming up. It will be out by september 2014. We have still managed to stick to the original sound from the first album, but its not difficult to hear that we have also moved in some way. You will probably hear a change in how we play our instruments and how the songs are written. Its been two years since the first album so we have moved a bit since then. The new record is faster and more intense, but still have the long and immersive passages, keeping it true to the first album. But we think the new record has a better overall flow in terms of the musical and lyrical themes.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
3. There is an overall topic in the new lyrics. The lyrics are sort of written in ancient language and metaphors, refering to subjects revolving around the human quest for greed and power and the resulting corruption of the mind and the earth. How for instance the world is tainted with the influence from too much ridiculous TV, and from that the hunger and longing for false fame and mammon.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Solbrud'?
4. The name Solbrud has many meanings in danish. We all have different opinions and we also heard a lot of different opinions on why we call ourselves that, so we like to let each one decide what the name should mean. In Danish some of the meaning would be sun blast or burst, a bride of the sun, or simply that light is breaking to shadows or breaking out of somewhere - shining through.

5.According to the R-A-B-M website the band is a part of the leftist and anarchist movement in Denmark, can you tell us a little bit more about your views on these topics?
5. It's true that we have a connection with the left wing and anarchist and punk movement in Denmark, but it does not have anything in particular to do with the band as such, besides perhaps our personal attitudes may shine through in the music to some extent, and our rehearsal room being located in the radical left sanctum called Ungdomshuset in Copenhagen.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
6. We have had a lot of great gigs during the last couple of years. We played for approximately 2500 people at Roskilde Festival last summer. That was quite an awesome experience and amazing crowd. But we have also played a lot of great gigs at smaller venues. If we play at a small venue and it's packed, its often more fun to play for a smaller crowd, getting more intimate and sensing the energy from the crowd and vice versa. We seldomly address the audience in speak, and that is as much because we have nothing to say as that we want our music to speak for itself.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is out? 
7. We are planning two release gigs in Denmark in september 2014. Besides that we will have a couple of shows around in Denmark when the album is out. In spring 2015 we will be touring Germany and eastern Europe.

8.The band is signed to Euphonious Records, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
8. The old label that signed us for our first record is a danish label called Euphonius Records. It has switched it's name some times i think, and also been co-working with some swedish and norwegian labels under VME(Voices Music), who released some of the Ulver stuff in the 90's, among other things. On the new record we've moved up to a somewhat bigger danish label though, Mighty Music which is a metal label under Target Distribution.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
9. We received a lot of positive response for the first album which we are were happy for. We have followers from a lot of places outside Denmark and Europe, and a lot of people asked if we could come play near them. We started the band because we all love this genre, so its really awesome to get this much positive feedback, and hearing that people appreciate what we do from far away.

10.Are any of the band members involved with any other musical projects these days?
10. We all have a couple of different side and solo projects, but nothing really going anywhere or releasing anything for the time being.

11.Where would you like to see the band heading into during the future?
11. We'll just take one step at a time and see where that leads us. Sure we'd like to do more records and do more gigs outside Denmark. But we're certainly not in this for the money or the fame, because then i think we'd have chosen the wrong thing. We just want to play black metal 'cause thats what we love to do. And if other people want to listen to it, that's just great.

12.What are some bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
12. It would be a long list if we started namedropping, we all listen to a lot of different music. Of course we all listen to a lot of different black metal bands, and each of us have got our own personal favorites and tendencies to other metal subgenres, but we also like alot of different stuff like old 70's rock, blues, country, medieval folk music and classical music.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?
13. Quite a few, but that is not really so important.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
14. Thanks for taking your time with us for this interview, and thanks to all the people who support Solbrud and listens to our music. We look forward to releasing our next album.

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Fiends At Feast/Tragic Death/Purgatory Rites/Horror Pain Gore Death Productions/2014 Split CD Review

mercredi 18 juin 2014 à 09:54

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  California's  Fiends  At  Feast  and  Wisconsin's  Tragic  Death  called  "Purgatory  Rites"  which  was  released  by  Horror  Pain  Gore  Death  Productions  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Fiends  At  Feast  a  band  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  occult  black  metal  and  death  metal.

  Demonic  sounding  spoken  words  start  off  their  side  of  the  split  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  black/death  metal  direction  along  with  blast  beats  and  a  mixture  of  evil  sounding  growls  and  screams  and  the  music  also  starts  bringing  in  a  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  powerful  sounding  bass  guitars  and  dark  sounding  melodies.

  There  are  a  great  amount  of  guttural  sounding  death/bestial  black  metal  growls  throughout  the  4  songs  they  bring  in  the  album  along  wit h some  raw  and  melodic  sounding  guitar  leads  being  added into  the  music  at  times  and  most  of  their  songs  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  some  of  the  darkest  elements  of  early  90's  death  metal  being  mixed  in  with  black  metal  along  with  some  elements  of  doom  metal  and   one  of  the  later  tracks  uses  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  on  an  instrumental  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  on  the  last  song  on  their  side  of  the  split.

  Fiends  Of  Feast  remain  true  to  their  dark  and  evil  mixture  of  occult  black  metal  and  death  metal  while  also  bringing  in  longer  songs  and  adding  more  doom  metal  element s into  their  musical  sound  which  makes  their  music  sound  more  evil  on  this  recording,  the production  sounds  very  dark  and  evil  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Fiends  Of  Feast  and  if  you  are  into  the  most  evil  and  blasphemous  forms  of  black,  death  and  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Four  Winds  Of  Destruction"  and  "Into  The  Darkness".

  Next  up  is  Tragic  Death  a  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black, death  and  thrash  metal.

  Siren  sounds  start  off  their  side  of  the  split  before  going  into  a  slow,  dark  and  heavy  doom  metal  direction  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  a  few  seconds  later  as  well  as  some  evil  sounding  melodies  and  after  a  few  minutes  clean  and  atmospheric  parts  are  added  into  the  music  along  with  some  powerful  sounding  bass  guitars.

  All of  the  songs  the  band  brings  onto  the  split  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  a  great  balance  between  brutality  and  atmosphere  and  as  their  music  progresses  more  elements  black,  thrash  and  melodic  death  metal  are  added  into  their  musical  sound  and  the  last  song  displays  a  lot  more  of  the  bands  black  metal  sound  as  well  as  having  some  psychedelic  elements   being  utilized  in  the  background. .

  Tragic  Death  creates  an  interesting  sound  with  their  music  that  takes  from  occult  black  metal,  doom,  melodic  death  and  thrash  metal  which  they  label  as  'apocalyptic  metal'  and  they  have  a  very  original  style  to  them,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  occult,  and  desolate  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Taragic  Death  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  occult  black,  melodic  death,  doom  and  thrash metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band  and  there  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "The  Dissolution  Of  The  Clay  People.

  In  conclusion  i  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black,  doom  and  death  metal,  you  should  add  this  album  to  your  collection.  8/5 out  of  10.


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