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Ovin Taravlon/Kav/Wolfmond Productions/2015 Split CD Review

mercredi 4 février 2015 à 03:41

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Australia's  Ovin  Taravlon  and  Germany's  Kav  which  was  released  in  2014  by  Wolfmond  Productions  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Ovin  Taravlon  a duo  that  plays  a  very  hypnotic  and  experimental  form  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  dark  and  distorted  black  metal  sound  along  with  some  grim  screams  and  the  music  is  also  very  slow  and  has  a  depressive  feeling  in  the  beginning  stages  and  after  a  few  minutes  blast  beats  start  to  get  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  tracks  while  the  following  songs  also  shows  the  music  speeding  up  at  times  and  adding  in  more  of  a  raw  style  of  black  metal  while  another track  brings in  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  that  also  gives  the  music  more  of  an  experimental  feeling,  the  production  on  this  recording  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  cosmos  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ovin  Taravlon  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  experimental  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Song  Of  No  Eascape"  and  "Cosmos".

  Next  up is  Kav  who  continues  his  ritualistic  raw  black/death  metal  sound  of  the  previous  recording.

  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  dark,  lo-fi  sound  along  with  some  drum  beats  a  few  seconds  later  which  leads  up  to  some  guttural  and  bestial  black/death  metal  growls  and  after  awhile  the  guitars  start  sounding  powerful  along  with  the  music  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  both  slow  and  fast  parts  while  the  faster  sections  display  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  style  as  well  as  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  last  track  is  a  cover  of  Crowbar's  "The  Lasting  Dose"  and  also  shows  melody  being  added  into t he  music,  the  production  sound s very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  ritualistic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Kav  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  black/death  metal,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Patient  Zero".

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  to  all  fans  of  experimental  black  metal  and  raw  black/death.  8  out  of  10.                 

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Kav/Self Titled/2015 EP Review

mercredi 4 février 2015 à 03:06

  Kav  are  a  1  man  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  raw  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his self  released  and  self  titled  2015  ep.

  A  very  dark,  raw  and  lo-fi  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  blast  beats  a  few  seconds  later  before  adding  in  bestial  and  demonic  growls  and  the  music  also  bring s in  a  good  mixture  of  fast  and  slow  parts  along  with  the  faster  sections  having  an  early  90's  doom/death  metal  feeling  to  them.

  Blast  beats  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while  the  faster  parts  bring  in  a  very  raw  and  old  school  style  of  black  metal  and  the  music  also  goes  back  to  the  early  days  of  U.S.B.M  when  the  genre  was  still  heavily  influenced  by  death  metal  while  you  can  also  hear  traces  of  the  early  bestial  black/death  and  war  metal  genres.

  Kav  plays  a  very  raw  and  old  school  style  of  black/death  metal  that  shows  more  of  an evil  side  of  that  time  frame  as  well  as  ignoring  all  modern  trends,  the  production  has  a  very  dark  and  raw  sound  while  the  lyrics  cover  blasphemous  and  darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Kav  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  old  school  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  musical  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  "II"  and  "V".  8  out  of  10.    

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Katavasia/Sacrilegious Testament/FLOGA Records/2015 CD Review

mercredi 4 février 2015 à 02:33

  Katavasia  are  a  band  from  Greece  which  has  members of  Varathron,  Aenaon,  Hail  Serpent  Noir,  Transcending  Bizarre,  Agnes  Vein,  while  the  last  2  tracks  have  members  Septic  Flesh,  Rotting  Christ,  and  Thou  Art  Lord  as  session  musicians  and  the  band  plays  a  very  old  school  and  atmospheric  form  of  occult  Greek  black  metal..

  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  atmospheric  Greek  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  deep  grim  screams  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  and  brings  back  a  lot  of  the  raw  aggression  of  that  time  frame.

  When  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  musical  direction  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  bass  guitars  are  utilized  as  a  lead  instruments  throughout  the  recording  and  on  some  of  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  blast  beats  are  utilized  at  times  and  there  are  also  a  few  tracks  that  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  a  couple  of  the  later  tracks  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing,  spoken  word  parts  and  elements  of  medieval  folk  music  while  the  later  songs  return  back  to  more  of  a  Greek  black  metal  style  while  some  parts do  use  a  few  seconds  of  acoustic  guitars.

  Katavasia  brings  back  the  early  90's  Greek  black  metal  sound  and  creates  an  album  that  is  very  old  school,  raw,  melodic  epic  and  occult,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  yet  powerful  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  and  Left  Hand  Path  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Katavasia  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric,  occult  and  old  school  Greek  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Cosmic  Nightmare:  "Visions  Of  The  Misty  Night"  and  "The  Chariot  Of  the  Emperor".  8  out  of  10.


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True Love Interview

mercredi 4 février 2015 à 00:16
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

-  True Love is a black metal "band" from North America. I am the only member. I try to keep True Love's focus musically on a bit of a creepier and darker path,. Im using True Love as a vehicle of exploring and expressing, celebrating and strengthening my love and I guess obsession i've had all my life for things that haunt and scare me.

2.Recently you have released a demo, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

 I guess id say its haunting. I usually recommend listening to True Love alone in complete darkness with headphones at full volume to get the experience that im personally after when making the sounds themselves. The recording itself is raw. Its all recorded by my self and played by myself in a very non-studio environment/condition.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

So far being  that "25 years of Isolation" is my first set of songs the lyrics are dealing with my hatred and confusion with other humans... mostly those without any personal ambition or independent thought... my spiritual belief that the soul will transcend this mortal plane when death occurs and the realization that the idea we know as "time" is an illusion and that this "Human" life is nothing without that knowledge and gaining that knowledge by treading the left hand path!....all of which organized religion has mastered making seem absurd and idiotic. Also my firm belief that in order to grow, a person must suffer and not only suffer but focus that pain and hate that undoubtedly will develop; into a burning personal drive and power to control your own destiny. Man is capable of supernatural power and is apart of the earth itself and I find that writing lyrics about that strengthens my mind to rehearse and build that privileged power.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'True Love'?

-It goes back to my frustration with the people I am forced to share this earth with, and the hollow, half hearted stares in there eyes. Very few people I have personally met live with passion. This "Society" we dance around is meant to keep it that way. I want to live every part of my life in the extreme. With true devoted love to the black path. Theres a very popular black metal band that war cries about this same frustration; people not being really into the craft they represent... I saw this band live recently and they aren't fucking around. They took what they did that night extremely seriously and it was hypnotic! There was nothing about it that seemed like a gimmick or not thought through and practiced and studied. It was real. And that's what the words True Love mean to me. Be fucking real.

5.While it does say your a United States band, none of the websites mention where you are actually from, what part of the U.S is the band based out of?

True Love is currently writing and recording music in Reno, Nevada.

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

-Ive only recorded True Love songs no plans to play them live.

7.On the demo you had done a cover of Darkthrone's "Quintessance", what was the decision behind doing your own version of this track?

-Dark Throne was the band that I locked onto when I was a kid and first heard about black metal, which in turn changed my life. I will forever respect Dark Throne. I identify with the general idea of the lyrics in the song, its a song of confidence inherited and recognized by putting you life on the blackened path. Celebrating the light from the black flame. Not to mention the pure unfiltered groove. That fucking song is all attitude.

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

-I will be releasing music independently unless an opportunity presents itself with someone I respect, than things may change.

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

- Too early to tell.

10.When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

-Summer 2015. I want to create sounds that communicate with the dead.

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?

- Im a fan of many types of music and sounds and ideas, as far as True Love songs go I want to make my instruments sound like warfare at times and like pure sorrow other times.. with my body I try to sound as non human as I am capable of a lot of the time...bands and artists that influence a lot of what I try to do would be stuff like Gorgoroth's "Under The Sign of Hell" album. Pest's vocals are fucking lethal. Acherontas has been playing in my headphones alot lately Sargeist and Behexen too....I found a demo soaking in piss outside a show I went to in San Francisco this last weekend that im glad I picked's been playing on my way to and from work and its been blowing my mind...bands called negative something??...been getting into Revenge...a friend turned me onto Saturnalia Temple recently...

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

-Horror movies, boxing, art work, any kind of book, movie, podcast that can scare me...

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

- I would like to thank you for giving me the opportunity to discuss True Love. The "25 Years Of Isolation" demo Is available for free download at and if anyone wants a tape copy or to keep up with True Love contact Thank you.

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Hacavitz/Darkness Beyond/Dark Descent Records/2015 CD Review

mardi 3 février 2015 à 09:51

  Hacavitz  are  a  band  from  Mexico  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this zine  and  played  a  bestial  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  on  previous  releases  but  go  for  more  a  traditional  style  of  black  metal  this  time  around  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Darkness  Beyond"  which  will  be  released  on  February  24th  by  Dark  Descent  Records.

  A  very  dark  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  high  pitched  screams  and  you  can  also  hear  a  death  metal  influence  being  mixed  in  the  riffing  at  times  along  with  a  small  amount  of  melody  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  the  music  brings  in  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  also  adds  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats.  

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  a  good  portion  of  the  music  focuses  more  on  a  traditional  style  of  black  metal  than  previous  releases  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  one  of  the  tracks  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars  and  ethnic  elements  before  returning  back  to  more  of  a  raw  style  of  black  metal  and  they  also  add  a  depressive  approach  to  the  vocals  on  some  of  the  tracks  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  finally  added  onto  the  recording  they  are  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  musical  direction.

  Hacavitz  strip  all  of  the  death  metal  and  bestial  elements  out  of  their  musical  style  and  go  for  more  of  a  straightforward  black  metal  direction  and  while  it  does  the  have  the  brutality  of  previous  releases and  will  might  anger  some  of  their  long  time  fans,  the  music  is  still  very  great  quality  black  metal  and  still  unleashes  a  very  dark,  grim  and  evil  atmosphere,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  mostly  English  with  some  tracks  in  Spanish  and  cover  dark,  occult  and  pre  Hispanic  Mythology  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  from  Hacavitz  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  dark  and  raw  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Deadream"  "Darkness  beyond"  and  "Time  Is  Now".  8  out  of  10.


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