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Laracna/2012 Demo CD-R Review

dimanche 25 mai 2014 à 03:21

  Laracna  are  a  duo  from  Brazil  that  plays  a  very  raw,  thrashy  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2012  demo.

  A  very  raw,  thrashy  and  old  school  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  fast  playing  and  blast  beats  which  leads  to  some  evil  growls  being  added  into  the  music  and  the  band  also  brings  in  a  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  a  good  amount  of  underground  80's  metal  elements.

  The  guitar  solos  and  leads  this  band  utilizes  combines  the  rawest  elements  of  black  and  death  metal  together  and  the  band  avoids  having  any  melody  in  their  sound  which  also  adds  to  the  aggression  on  the  demo  and  the  last  track  is  a  cover  of  Sepultura's  "Antichrist".

  Laracna  combine  both  the  first  and  second  waves  of  black  metal  together  as  well  as  having  some  old  school  death  and  thrash  metal  elements  in  their  sound,  the  production  has  a  very  raw  and  demo  style  sound  while  the  lyrics  cover  anti  christian  and  anti  religion  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Laracna  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  and  raw  mixture  of  black,  death,  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  duo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Cursed  God".  8  out  of  10.

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Den Saakaldte/Faen i Helvete/Agonia Records/2014 CD Review

dimanche 25 mai 2014 à 01:39

  Den  Saakaldte  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  with  a  musical  style  on  this  recording  that  combines  depressive  black  metal  with  thrash,  doom  metal  and  elements  of  experimental  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Faen  i  Helvete"  which  was  released  by  Agonia  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  grim  screams  as  well  as  some  morbid  sounding  melodies  and  the  band  also  has  a  good  amount  of  thrash  elements  in  their  musical  sound  and  they  also  bring  in  a  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  When  clean  singing  and  spoken  word  parts  are  added  on  the  album  they  still  maintain  a  grim  and  dark  feeling  as  well  as  having  traces  of  avant  garde  in  their  sound  and  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  the  band  brings  onto  the  album  are  very  melodic  sounding  and  there  musical  style  is  very  true  to  the  Norwegian  black  metal  tradition  along  with  a  few  of  the  tracks  being  long  and  epic  in  length.

  The  doom  metal  elements  are  added  into  the  slower  sections  of  the  music  and  the  band  shows  a  great  amount  of  progress  from  the  previous  recording  I  reviewed  a  few  months  back  and  almost  sounds  like  a  different  band  but  you  can  still  hear  the  depressive  black  metal  elements  when  the  band  adds  in  small  amounts  of  soft  and  clean  playing,  while  the  first  half  of  the  album  is  very  straight  forward  the  more  experimental  side  of  the  band  shows  on  the  later  tracks  while  always  remaining  true  to  their  Norwegian  black  metal  sound.

  Den  Saakaaldte  show  a  great  amount  of  progress  on  their  new  album  adding  in  a  more  catchy  style  of  black  metal  as  well  as  having  a  great  amount  of  thrash  and  doom  influences  and the  band  also  shows  that  they  are  not  afraid  to  experiment  with  their  sound,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Norwegian  and  cover  depression,  emotional  and  paranoia  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Den  Saakaldte  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  Norwegian  style  black  metal  with  experimental  elements,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Din  Siste  Dag"  "Endelost  Ode"  and  "Ondskapens  Nodvendighet".  8  out  of  10.


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Ordoxe/Beyond Mankind/Hymnes d'Anton/2014 CD Review

samedi 24 mai 2014 à 12:13

  Ordoxe  are  a  band from  Quebec,  Canada  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  thrashy  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Beyond  Mankind"  which  was  released  by  Hymnes  d'Anton.

  A  very  thrash  orientated  raw  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  screams  and  blast  beats  along  with  a  musical style  that  has  a  very  heavy  Norwegian  influence  to  it  as  well  as  a  great  amount  of  rawness  and  aggression  and  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  the  band  utilizes  are  very  melodic  in  sound  and  structure.

  you  can  hear  a  great  amount  of  melody  in  the  bands  guitar  riffing  and  acoustic  guitars  are  also  added into  certain  sections  of  the  album  and  they  evoke  a  dark  atmosphere  without  taking  anything  away  from  the  heavier  side  of  their  music  and  a  good  portion  of  the  tracks  add  in  some  of  the  more  raw  elements  of  thrash  and  death  metal  into  their  melodic  approach  to  black  metal.

  On  the later  tracks  there  is  a  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  in  the  songs  along  with  a  small  amount  of  deep  growls  as  well  as  a  great  balance  between  melody  and  rawness  and  the  later tracks  use  less  thrash  elements  and  the  band  focuses  more  on  a  melodic  black  metal  sound  while  still  having  a  bit  of  thrash  in  their  sound  and  the  bass  playing  also  starts  having  a  more  powerful  sound  as  the  album  progresses.

  Ordoxe  take  their  thrash,  raw  and  melodic  sides  of  black  metal  and  and  mix  them  together to  create their  own  musical  sound  along  wit h a  black'n'roll  feeling  at  times,  the  production  has  a  very  raw  and  powerful  sound  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  French  and  English  and  cover  darkness,  power  and  grimness.  

  In  my  opinion  Ordoxe  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  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Obsessions"  "Exiled  Archangels"  "We  Are  Vermin"  and  "Samsara".  8  out  of  10.


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Hjel Interview

samedi 24 mai 2014 à 03:11
1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?
Currently I'm in the songwriting process for our debut album. One or two songs are already finished and others await the completion.
2.A few months back you had released your first ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
Well I tried to come up with a norwegian black metal sound in general and then mixed in some other elements. Atmosphere was my main focus, but I also experimented with modern influences.
3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
On our first EP, the lyrics used were poems that I had written during the months and years before. The topics are mostly death, transience of life, nature and its processes. Maybe here and there with some morbid irony included.
4.I know that the band name comes from Norse Mythology, would you consider the band pagan or heathen?
There isn't actually an idea behind the band name Hjel. It came to my mind as a smoother version of the norwegian word Hel, but I didn't intend to include mythology here. I was quite suprised though, as later I found out that it is similiar to an old norwegian word for death or something.
Considering that, Hjel was not pagan/heathen in the first place. But as songwriting goes on for the next release, there is a possibility I will switch a bit onto that lane, for some of the new upcoming riffs resemble the pagan era of Bathory.
5.Currently there is only 2 members in the band, are you planning on expanding the line up in the future or do you chose to remain a duo?
The only instrument that is actually missing in the band is the drums. They were programmed on our first EP and yes, I plan to use real drums next time, so I will be searching for a drummer to get on board.
6. The new ep was released on Senseless Life Records, do you feel they have given your music a great amount of support? 
Yes yes indeed. I remember there was a second label interested in us, but the great thing about Senseless Life Records for us musicians is that they let you keep your rights on your music, as you wouldn't sell your soul that was the decisive point. And I still can say it was a good decision, they promoted our work, pressed CDs for free and offered other duties as well. It is most likely that we will stay with them for the next record.
7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
We received some positive responses for sure, people telling us that they like the music, some reviews with good grades, many downloads. I think we haven't got enough responses to firmly state that people like the music, but as a black metal musician that isn't my aim anyway, we make the music and people will like it or not.
8.Are any of the band members involved with any other musical projects?
Munin also sings in a black metal band from Karlsruhe called Golgothar. I recently made up an Ambient project with the name Alhazred, of which I released the first album in April.
9.When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
There's still a small chance we can release our debut album in 2014, but next year seems more probable. Musically I'm currently heading towards old school black metal, like Bathory as I already said, Gorgoroth, Darkthrone... You can also expect some modern riffing and fairly melodic leads.
10.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?
My main inspiration comes from scandinavian black metal and from the modern german post black metal scene. I am also quite into pagan black metal, death metal in its variations and some substyles of doom.
11.What are some of your non musical interests?
Archery, history, nature.
12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you for the opportunity to have this interview, thanks to our label for great support and thanks to everyone listening to (and maybe purchasing) our music!

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Abadoned By Light Interview

vendredi 23 mai 2014 à 23:18

1.      For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

A.     Well the project was founded in February of last year between me and Morgomir, who quickly left the project to start his own rock one ‘Diego De La Nada’, I decided on the name Perpetua, meaning ‘eternal’,  I wanted to continue the project by myself, to craft the music that I wished to make, without anyone else’s influence changing it

2.      How would you describe the musical sound that has been present on the recordings so far?

A.     The sound I have aspired for is raw DSBM, like black metal should, stripped down to its bones, raw, pure emotion, in the vein of the 1990’s sound, not to be kvlt or anything, or trve, just because I like that sound and thought it would best convey my message of suicide. There are mistakes in my music, I won’t claim to be a great musician, but I create the sound that I wish for, and I won’t take them out, as that would be lying, and I think some of it adds to the sound.

3.      What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?

A.     Most of the topics I try to cover are linked in with depression, suicide and its causes, all the factors that cause depression, but the overall aim of the music and lyrics is to cause people to think about their lives, most people nowadays don’t think about their life, don’t appreciate, and some don’t even deserve it. I want people to think about this, and those who come out with an appreciation of their existence are those who can find meaning in the words, the rest I hope will find despair and pain and come out thinking ‘suicide, that sounds like a good idea, I’ll give that a go.’ The music is all about trying to make people appreciate their lives for what they are worth. That’s why the lyrics are so dark and depressing.

4.      The project was originally known as 'Perpetua' what was the decision behind the name chance?

A.     Well, the meaning behind ‘Pereptua’ is Latin for ‘eternal/perpetual’, and for me that represented what I was aiming for then, to convey the eternal nature of darkness and depression, how, when you’re in that mind frame, everything seems to last forever; sadness, grief, betrayal, death etc. The reason behind the name change was twofold; firstly, I had in my head, changed the direction I wished to take with the music, I wanted to explore darker corners of music and ideas, lyrics and themes, to truly bring out the darkness, misanthropy and sorrow that I wished to convey. So I wanted to change the name to represent this, and ‘Abandoned by Light’ was the name I chose. The other reason was that I didn’t feel that the name ‘Pereptua’ was been taken seriously enough by other people or bands, so I wanted a name that would stand out, and would convey the musical themes.

5.      What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Abandoned by Light'?

A.     Well, for me, the name represents everything that depression and suicide is, the feeling of isolation, and loneliness, when everything has left you; happiness, friends, family, faith and caring. You feel that you have been abandoned, and left on your own. So this is what ‘Abandoned by Light’ means, when everything has left you, and all that there is left, is you and your thoughts, when even the light of your God has gone. It’s in these moments, when suicidal thoughts creep in, and your hopelessness takes over, and that’s the aim of ‘Abandoned by Light’ to leave you in these moments, and let your mind do the rest.

6.      So far you have recorded all of your musical solo, are you interested in working with any other musicians in the future

A.      Not in the sense of making Abandoned anything other than my solo project, I’ve spoken with people about featuring on tracks, I was actually talking with Morgomir about coming and playing on another track, since he did guitar on ‘King of Cuts’ from the first album ‘And Dusk…’ But I want to keep Abandoned by Light my own project, I am in another black metal band with another guy, who played in Arendia, and we’ll be releasing an album soon from that, but Abandoned will remain my project for now.

7.      In the last year the project has been around you have released a great amount of music, do you feel you have put a lot of time and energy into this musical project?

A.     There have been a few releases, but not as many as some other bands; Unhappy and Dhampyr have released much more, but yeah, I try and put as much time as I can into Abandoned, and I wish I had the time to put more in, I am working on the next album at the moment, and an EP, and planning a possible split with Morgomir’s new band. Over the next few months I aim to put a lot of time into Abandoned by Light. I just feel that this is something I am passionate about, so should put all the time and effort in, to make it the best I can.

8.      So far you have been a part of splits with Unhappy and Tearfall, what are your thoughts on the bands that have participated on those split albums?

A.     Yes, I also did one with a project called ‘Life Has No Meaning’ who were good, but as for those two, they are both brilliant bands, Tearfall’s latest album ‘Eat Me, Drink Me’ is a fantastic album that is on regular rotation for me. As for Unhappy, I love the music he puts out, particularly the first album ‘Dear God, Thanks For The Suicide Option’ and the latest ‘Rotten Black Suicide Tree’. They are both great bands, and would love to work with either of them again in the future.

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

A.     To be honest, I haven’t heard a great deal, what I’ve heard has been mostly positive, a few negatives here and there, but mostly positive. I haven’t heard enough to make a judgement as to whether I’ve been accepted by the fans, but I’ve had a fair few downloads of the albums, and the Facebook page is becoming more popular, so I’m assuming people like the music, but haven’t heard a lot from people.

10.  Where do you see this project heading into musically during the future?

A.     Hopefully ever darker, on the next album, I’m wanting to make a more aggressive sound than has been on the previous ones, and create a darker and more suffocating atmosphere, more depressing. I want to learn how to craft better sounds, creating music is always a learning process, and I’m still trying to figure out some new things to bring into the music. I also want to reintroduce piano on the next album, like on the first, so expect that in the future, alongside aggressive soundscapes, think Shining meets Nocturnal Depression, meets Xasthur, meets Abandoned by Light, and that’s the hope for the future.

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?

A.     I try and take influences from everything I listen to, be that classical, American Indian, early rock and metal like; Sabbath, AC/DC, Cream, Eric Clapton and others, to more modern stuff like Marilyn Manson. Obviously a lot of my influences are black metal, stuff like Mayhem, Gorgoroth, Silencer, Abigail Williams, Watain, Vinterland, Nocturnal Depression, Shining, Thy Antichrist, Thy Light, 1349, Xasthur, Altar of Plagues etc. At the moment I’m listening to a lot of Shining, I absolutely love the sounds they create and the atmosphere, also Satyricon and ‘Secrets of the Moon,’ their album ‘Priveligivm’ is a masterpiece. Another album I’ve discovered recently is Bloody Melancholy by ‘Life is Pain’, that’s a great album. And Raped Christ are a good band for anyone into utter raw blasphemous black metal.

12.  What are some of your non musical interests?

A.     When I’m not recording or writing, I’m normally just finding new bands to get into, working or reading. It’s not immensely interesting; I’m at university at the moment, so that takes up a lot of time.

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

A.     Thanks for the interview, keep an eye out for the new album ‘Life O’ Despicable Life’ and the new music video I’m doing. And remember; share needles, slit your wrists, and suicide is an option. Have a nice day.

Thanks again,


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