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Arcane North/Enter The Arcane North/2014 Demo Review

vendredi 13 juin 2014 à 06:46

  Arcane  North  are  a  1  man  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2014  demo  "Enter  The  Arcane  North".

  Nature  sounds  which  also  appear  on  some  of  the  later  songs  as  well  start  off  the  demo  before  going  into  a  slower,  darker  and  heavier  black  metal  direction  which  also  has  an  atmospheric  background  and  then  the  grim  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  start  to  make  their  presence  known  in  the  music  and  after  awhile  the  music  goes  into  a  more  raw  and  mid  paced  direction.

  Most  of  the  music  on  the  demo  sticks  to  mostly  a  slow  or  mid  paced  direction  while  there  are  also  some  fast  moments  being  utilized  at  times  and  when  the  synths  are  added  into  the  music  the  demo  starts  having  a  more  epic  feeling  as  well  as  having  a  sound  that  would  perfectly  fit  on  a  fantasy  movie  soundtrack  as  well  as  using  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  while  the  main  focus  remains  on  an  atmospheric  black  metal  sound.

  As  the  demo  progresses  there  is  a  good  amount  of  melody  being  added  into  the  musical  sound  along  with  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  and  at  time s the  music  also  evokes  a  very  depressive  feeling,  on  the  second  track  melodic  vocals  and  melodic  guitar  leads  start  finding  their  way  into  the  music  and  the   last  track  uses  some  melodic  chanting  that  brings  a  pagan  feeling  to  the  recording  and  all  of  the  tracks  go  past  the  5  minute  mark  which  also  enhances  the  epic  feeling  of  the  recording

  Arcane  North  creates  a  truly  raw  and  epic  style  of  atmospheric  black  metal  with  his  musical  sound  along  with  the  music  having  the  perfect  balance  between  heaviness,  atmospheric  and  melody,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  nature  and  fantasy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Arcane  North  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Eternal  Forest  Waltz". 8 out of 10.

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Ad Infinitum/Woven Within/Fragile Bunch Recordings/2014 Cassette Review

jeudi 12 juin 2014 à 10:15

  Ad  Infinitum  are  a  band  from  Kentucky  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  and  ambient  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  cassette  "Woven  Within"  which  was  released  by  Fragile  Bunch  Recordings.

  Atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  and  after  a  minute  the  music  starts  going  for  a  more  slow  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  high  pitched  screams  while  also  keeping  the  atmospheric  elements  in  their  musical  sound  and  there  are  also  some  melodies  being  added into  the  music  after  awhile  as  well  as  some  spoken  word  samples  being  utilized  at  times.

  As  the  album  progresses  the  music  starts  adding  in  more  fast  and  raw  black  metal  elements  along  with  some  blast  beats  being  use d in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as  bringing  in  a  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  there  are  also  a  good  amount  of  dark  ambient  elements  and  drones being  brought  into  the  music  by  the  synths  which  also  enhances  the  atmospheric  black  metal  sound  this  band  creates  with  their  musical  sound.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  music  starts  to  find  a  perfect  balance  between  the  fast,  raw  and  slower  atmospheric  parts  on  the  later  tracks  and  the  ambient  parts  makes  the  music  sound  more  occult  and  dark  as  well  as  the  album  containing  an  all  ambient  instrumental  before  returning  back  to  a  more  black  metal  direction  on  the  later  tracks  which  also  sound  very  different  from each other  while  you  can  still  tell  that  it  is  the  same  band  the  whole  time  and  the  last  track  is  a  very  long  ambient/drone  piece  which  alos  brings  back  the  spoken  word  samples.

  Ad  Infiniitum  create  a  very  diverse  sound  with  their  music  with  the  main  element  being  atmospheric  black  metal  but  there  are  also  some  melodic,  fast  and  raw  moments  in  their  musical  sound  as  well  as  a  good  doe  of  dark  ambient  and  drone  which  makes  their  music  really  stand  out,  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  sound  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark, astral  and  metaphysical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ad  Infinitum  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric,  ambient  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  cassette.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Heliacal  Rising"  "Etherial"  and  "Woven  Within".  8  out  of  10.  


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Wolvhammer/Clawing Into Black Sun/Profound Lore/2014 CD Review

mardi 10 juin 2014 à 13:36

  Wolvhammer  are  a  band  from  Minnesota  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  metal,  sludge,  death  rock  and  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Clawing  Into  Black  Sun"  which  will  be  released  in  July  by  Profound  Lore.

  A  very dark  and  distorted  sound  starts  off the  album before  adding  into  fast  raw  black  metal  elements  and  grim  screams  which  leads  to  a  more  mid  paced  direction  which  also  gives  the  music  a  punk  rock  feeling  at  times  and  after  awhile  the  band  starts  alternating  between  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  to  make  their  musical  style  sound  a  lot  more  interesting.

  You  can  hear  a  good  amount  of  doom  and  sludge  metal  influences  along  with  a  good  balance  between  clean  and  heavy  parts  as  time  goes  on  by  and  there  is  also  a  short  intro  that  utilizes  drones  and  demonic  sounds  with  the  following  track  taking  an  even  more  raw  and  old  school  black  metal  approach  and  when  they  add  in  guitar  leads  there  are  mostly  in  a  melodic  post  black  metal  direction  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  As  the  album  progresses  the  music  starts  having  a  more  blackened  punk  feeling  at  times  along  with  some  heavy  death  rock  element s becoming  a  huge  part  of  the  bands  musical  sound  as  well  as  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  sludge  and  crust  punk  elements  get  a  lot  more  stronger  as  the  album  progresses  as  well  as  the  vocals  adding  in  some  of  the  harsher  element s of  hardcore  at  times  and  the  last  two  tracks  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  singing  which  enhances  the  atmosphere  of  the  recording.

  Wolvhammer  create  a  very  interesting  sound  with  their  music  with  the  main  elements being  black  metal  but  you  can  hear  traces of  post,  sludge,  hardcore,  punk  and  death  rock  all  mixed  in  with  their  musical  sound  which  results  in  the  band  sounding  very  original  and  diverse,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  esoteric  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Wolvhammer  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  metal,  sludge,  punk  and  death  rock  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Silver  Key"  "Slaves  To  The  Grime"  and  "Clawing  Into  The  Black  Sun".  8  out  of  10.     

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Krigsgrav/The Carrion Fields/Naturmacht Productions/2014 CD Review

mardi 10 juin 2014 à 12:32

  Krigsgrav  are  a  band  from  Texas  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric,  melodic  and  nature  orientated  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review of  their  2014  album  "The  Carrion  Fields"  which  will  be  released  by  Naturmacht  Productions.

  Nature  sounds  and  acoustic  guitars  start  off  the  album  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  heavier  direction  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  a  few  seconds  later  the  music  starts  going  into  a  more  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  grim  screams  that  also  utilize  some  deep  growls  at  times  while  also  keeping  a  very  melodic  and  atmospheric  sound.

  After  awhile  the  music  starts  alternating  between  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  utilizing  a  mixture  of  both  clean  and  heavy  parts  which  also  gives  the  music  a  more  progressive  feeling   and  the  fast  parts  never  loses  the  raw  atmosphere  and  you  can  also  hear  a  touch  of  post  black  metal  in  the  bands  musical  style  at  times  as  well  as  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  On  the  second  song  the  band  goes  into  a  more  acoustic  and  instrumental  direction  before  returning  back  to  a  heaver  direction  on  the  following  song  while  the  acoustic  guitars  still  remain  a  huge  part  of  the  bands  musical  arsenal  and  they  also  at  times  mix  in  ambient  and  atmospheric  elements  with  their  progressive  and  raw  approach  to  melodic  black  metal  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  melodic  clean  singing  being  used  on  one  of  the  later  tracks  as  well  as  another  track  utilizing  a  small  amount  of  folk  instruments.

  Krigsgrav  plays  a  very  melodic  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  that combines  both  the  raw  and  progressive  elements  of  the  genre  together  while  also having  an  original  sound  of  its  own  and  displaying  a  great  amount  of  talent  and  skill  on  their  musical  instruments,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw,  heavy  and  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  cycles  of  seasons  in  nature  and  the  parallels  between  this  and  the  life  cycle  experienced  by  all  living  things  on  this  earth.

  In  my  opinion  Krigsgrav  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  and  atmospheric  nature  orientated  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Words  Of  Aeolus"  "Ghosts  Among  the  Ashes"  and  "Cold  Wounds  Of  Virtue".  8  out  of 10. 

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Ordoxe Interview

mardi 10 juin 2014 à 02:39

Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?
We did two album release shows(Quebec city and Trois-Rivières)  followed by 6 shows in Quebec's province and Ontario during May. Right now we are already working on the next album.

2.You released your new album in the month of March, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical direction of the new recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you had released in the past?
Beyond Mankind is very different of every other past releases. In fact, every Ordoxe releases are very different! Beyond Mankind is more musical and melodic, but still with the hate and the fury of Nihil. It's also the the best production we've done so far.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the new album?
J-F Jalbert have a strong interest for astronomy and ancients civilizations, It influenced him a lot for the writing of the last album. "Orion Nebula", as example can give you a good idea.

4.The band has been around in some form or another since 1989 but waited until 2006 to release to first album can you tell us a little bit more about the hiatus the band took in the 90's and also the decision to reform?
In 1990 Ordoxe became Slaotvean and it stay the principal project of J-F Jalbert until Slaotvean's split off in 2011. He reactivate Ordoxe as solo-project from 2006 to 2007 to record alone two albums(Sorrick Ked Tho and Magnum Opus). He took the decision to reform again Ordoxe in 2012 when he had the opportunity to tour South America. And then he ask me, Steve and Sam to join to have a complete line-up.

5.On 1990 you had a demo with this band, what was the musical direction like in the beginning?
It was a lot more death-thrash oriented, Ordoxe at this time was a high-school band. It's only when the band became Slaotvean that black-metal influences arrived.

6.According to the Metal Archives page there was also a split between 2007 to 2012, can you tell us a little bit more about what was going on during those years?
As I explained before, from 1993 to 2011 Slaotvean was the priority of J-F Jalbert. During the 2007-2011 period, he released few albums and toured a lot with them.

7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Most of the South American tour last year was totally awesome! I remember city like Viedma, Cordoba and Villa Mercedes who was totally insane. People are very different (in fact EVERYTHING is different!). About our stage performance, we give the best we can every night and we stay the most professional as possible.

8.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
We finished our "week-end tour" of 6 shows in May and it was very cool to play in cities where we played long time ago. We saw many old friends! Most of these shows we played was with our fellows label mates Haeres.

9.The new album was released on Hymnes d'AntAn , can you tell us a little bit more about this record label?
Hymnes d'AntAn is a label led by our friend Keven from Chasse-Galerie and Forteresse. He started the label few years ago, and released albums of bands from Quebec and France. He works hard to push the bands of his label internationally. (

10.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
In South America the reaction was very good. When we released our first video "À travers ses yeux", we been surprised to see to good reactions from countries like Russia, Czech Republic etc. Worldwide, things looks promising for the future.

11.What is going on with the other musical projects these days that some of the band members are involved with? 
For myself I don't have other musical project for the moment. J-F Jalbert work sometimes on his doom-metal project called Silent Cries, Steve our drummer is involved in rock/metal band called The Authority and just left a metalcore band named Hopeless Nation. About Sam, he still have his thrash-metal project Horfixion but I don't think he work very hard on it since he is a member of Ordoxe.

12.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
The new songs are more catchy and are more rock-oriented. Maybe a little bit less black-metal but you'll still recognize the raw side of Ordoxe! We are not that kind of band who release the same album few times under different names.

13.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have influenced your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Since the beginning Darkthrone have been a major influence. Others black-metal bands like Enthroned or Rotting Christ have to be mentioned but many other bands of many other genres influences us.

14.What are some of your non musical interests?
As a typical guy born in Quebec, hockey is since the begining of my life one of my bigger interest. I still playing every week. As says before, J-F Jalbert is a lot interested by astronomy, he can spend nights long watching it. Sam is interested by everything about computer, and Steve is interested by only 3 things : sex drug and rock N roll!!!

15.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
First of all, thank you for the review and the interview! Second thing, thanks to everybody that who visit and watch our videoclips on Youtube! Don't be shy to contact us about anything! Hail from the mighty north!!

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