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Crowhurst/The Fake Grape Sessions/2020 EP Review

dimanche 15 mars 2020 à 06:42

  Pennsylvania's  Crowhurst  has  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  into  a  mixture  of  black,  doom  metal,  d  beat,  post  punk  and  noise  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2020  ep  "The  Fake  Grape  Sessions".

  Drum  beats  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  powerful  sounding  bass  guitars  a  few  seconds  later.  Elements  of  post  punk  and  noise  rock  are  also  utilized  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while  the  vocals  bring  in  an  angry  yet  somewhat  melodic  style  of  vocals  that  are  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  80's  era.

  D  beats  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  old  school  indie  rock  style.  The  slower  sections  of  the  music  also  brings  in  the  heaviness  of  doom  metal  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  at  times.  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  some  of  the  screams  also  add  in  a  touch  of  black  metal.

  On  this  recording  Crowhurst  moves  away  from  the  black  metal  and  noise  style  of  their  previous  releases  and  goes  into  more  of  a  mixture  of  black,  doom  metal,  d  beat,  noise  rock  and  post  punk  as  well  as  adding  in  some  session  work  from  members  of  Primitive  Man,  Lycia and  Sol  Invictus  while  the  production  sounds  very  dark  along  with  all  of  the  songs  being  recorded  live.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  decent  sounding  recording  from  Crowhurst  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black,  doom  metal,  d  beat,  post  punk  and  noise  rock,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "No  Saving  Grace"  and  "Changes".  7/5  out  of  10.

https://www.facebook.com/crowhurstnoise
https://crowhurst.bandcamp.com   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/03/crowhurstthe-fake-grape-sessions2020-ep.html


Luctus/Uzribis/Inferna Profundus Records/2020 CD Review

dimanche 15 mars 2020 à 04:16

  Luctus  are  a  band  from  Lithuania  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this recording  plays  a  very  aggressive  and  raw  style  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Uzribis"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Inferna  Profundis  Records.

  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  which  also  introduces  synths  onto  the  recording  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style.

  Vocals  are  done  in  a  very  deep  growling  style  while  grim  screams  are  also  utilized  at  times  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  here  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  dark  sounding  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.

  Elements  of  war  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  along  with  the  music  also  having  some  of  its  atmospheric  and  dissonant  moments.  The  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences,  synths  also  make  a  return  on  some  of  the  later  tracks.

  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as  a  great  portion  of  the  song  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  they  also  bring  in  a  couple  of  instrumentals.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Lithuanian  and  cover  a  spiritual  journey  through  the  obscure  depths  of  the  soul,  breaking  through  any  boundaries  of  social  life,  in  search  of  the  other  world.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Luctus  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of raw,  melodic,  aggressive  and  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sušiurpintas  ano  pasaulio  nuostabos"  "Už  sapno  ribų"  and  "Vandens  paviršiumi".  8/5  out  of  10.

https://youtu.be/JImFOXdvQLM
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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/03/luctusuzribisinferna-profundus.html


Blasphamagoatachrist/Bastardizing The Purity/Nuclear War Now! Productions/2020 CD Review

dimanche 15 mars 2020 à 01:46

  Blasphamagoatachrist  are  an  international  band  with  members  from  Brazil  and  Canada  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  bestial  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Bastardizing  The  Purity"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by Nuclear  War  Now!  Productions.

  A  very  dark,   ritualistic  and  war  orientated  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  which  also  uses  a  small  amount  of  synths  while  also  introducing  chaotic  sounding  guitar  leads  which  later  become  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording.  The  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  it  goes  for  more  of  a  raw  war  metal  style  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.Vocals  are  mostly  done  in  a  very  angry  black  metal  style  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  death  metal  elements  and  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  part.

,  As  the  album  progresses  a  couple  of  intros  are  also  added  between  a  couple  of  songs  as  well  as  the  music  mostly  sticking  to  more  of  a  brutal  style  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  melody  also  being  added  into  the  guitar  riffing  briefly.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  war,  blasphemy,  death  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Blaspamagoatachrist  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  war,  bestial  black  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Bastardizing  The  Purity"  "Death  Alchemy"  and  "Fire  Demons  Of  Blokula".  8  out  of  10.

http://nuclearwarnowproductions.bandcamp.com/album/bastardizing-the-purity    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/03/blasphamagoatachristbastardizing.html


Aubzagl Interview

dimanche 15 mars 2020 à 00:58
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Aubzagl are: Andy (Vocals), Paul (Bass), Arron (Drums), Jamie (Guitar), Phil (Guitar). We're a black metal band from Yorkshire, UK. Formed in late 2016, with members of many different styles of heavy UK bands spanning the last 20 years, including Errander / PSP, Reth, Canvas, Narayana, Gets Worse, Forneus, The Nothing, Narcosis, Soulfracture, Hundred Year Old Man, Esclavage, Chojin and plenty more. For fans of early Gorgoroth, Wolves in the Throne Room, Celeste, Dissection and other black metal with riffs


2.So far you have released a demo and an ep, musically how do they both differ from each other?
Jamie (guitar) - The demo is very rough and ready, we bashed it out at a very early practice so we were finding out musically where we were headed plus it was the first time I'd ever recorded anything. The EP is still me trying to learn how to record properly but it sounds a hell of a lot better.


3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored so far with the music?
Andy (vocals) - Lyrically we explore a lot. The songs written earlier on tackle more traditional black metal themes such as nihilism, anti-religious sentiment towards organisations, daemonology etc. As we progressed I started tackling more personal subjects such as depression and suicide.


4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Aubzagl'?
There's a fair bit of controversy surrounding the actual origins of our name. We each seem to have conflicting accounts of how it came about.

Andy (Vocals) - One night I was driving to Newcastle. On the way I stopped at a service station. They had a phone box there, and as I walked past it started ringing. I answered and the voice at the other end whispered one word: "Aubzagl." then hung up. To this day I don't know what happened but I had to suggest the name when we started the band. It seemed like fate.

Phil (Guitar) - I was watching Countdown and those were the first 7 letters on the board. When the camera panned to Richard Whitley they’d added corpse paint to him briefly in post production and I saw that as a sign that I should join a Black Metal band of the same name.

Paul (Bass) - In my teenage years, I dabbled in time travel, and on one particularly intense trip, which you can read about in my book 'Let's See Dnipropetrovsk', me and a friend who was just getting into Ukrainian history at the time, traveled back to the mid 1600s to see the Zaporozhian Cossacks winning many a brutal fight.

The leader was a monstrous chap named Errbzagaahl, and we got talking to him afterwards, and asked him about his unusual name.. we didn't understand all of it as we didn't speak much Ukrainian, especially not the 17th Century version of it, but from what we could make out, with the help of some very strange dancing on our new friends' part, is that his family named him that because as a child, he used to enjoy the stories told about a mythical and violent, black and red creature of Ukrainian folklore, which was called The Aubzagl. They changed the spelling slightly to rhyme with his sisters name, Berbrabaal.

That was a really fun day... when we returned I found a tenner on the floor, so it has really stuck with me since.

The REALLY funny thing about this is that it all happened on the same day that Andy was driving to Newcastle and Philip was watching Countdown (strangely before I had ever met him, and also the band was called this before I joined them, but, time travel, you know, it's a funny ol' game).

Jamie (Guitar) - Yeah it's an ancient Chinese proverb for ' He who goes to bed with itchy bum wakes up with smelly finger'

Arron (Drums) - It was both my kids' first word.


5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that was presented on the new ep cover?
Andy (Vocals) - The artwork was actually a photo I took while travelling. I did an initial edit, then Paul made the final changes to what you see now. Most likely this will be our approach for the foreseeable future too.
Paul (Bass) - I really liked the original picture and how this edit came out though. It has a weird calm, creepiness, isolation to it, that made me think of a figure lost on the lunar landscapes of Iceland.


6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Arron (Drums) - We've only actually played a handful of shows in the time that we've been together, but we've been lucky to play with some quality bands such as Terzij De Horde, Furia, Hexis, Ante-Inferno, Waerteras amongst others.

Andy (Vocals) - Our best gig so far has been our most recent, as every time we play I feel we improve greatly.

Paul (Bass) - Yeah the one supporting Furia was the winning one for me as well. The first gig was ace as well, after it being in the practice room for so long, it was great to finally put it in the live setting.

We're not one of those theatrical black metals. We're just a bunch of moshers who like all sorts of riffs playing the riffs we like that have a black metal feel to them. No fucking about. No frills. Just hard riffs.
As for our style onstage, it's basically just full energy assault of the senses.



7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Paul (Bass) - We'll only be playing a handful of shows each year, in part due to 'real life' commitments and time constraints, and partly just because it's better for some bands to only play a select few here and there.


8.Recently 'UKEM Records' re-issued your ep on cassette, do you feel this label has been very helpful when it comes to getting your music out there heard?
Paul (Bass) - Yeah they've been very helpful I think. The limited box and the tape itself both came out excellently well, and the label channels got our name out to a fair amount of places we wouldn't have, so, it has been an excellent and exciting first team up with them.


9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
Phil (Guitar) - Universal acclaim

Paul (Bass) - Three people from Mars downloaded the EP last week.
In all seriousness though, it seems to have been really good. Not something I've particularly kept a check on, but looking on YouTube, the EP has been uploaded quite a few times from people in different countries, receiving good comments, and it's been grabbed on Bandcamp from around the world, so, yeah, I think we've managed to get a nice worldwide appreciation for our first effort.

Arron (Drums) - All the reviews we've had have been really positive


10.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?
Phil (Guitar) - Jamie and I are in a Hardcore Punk band currently in the process of writing an EP and recruiting members.

Jamie and I are also in a Grindcore covers band that plays TV themes from the 80s and 90s. It’s niche but we like it.
Jamie (Guitar) - I play tv themes you look on disapprovingly
Phil (Guitar) - Not once have I looked on disapprovingly. Unless you’re not playing it fast enough

Paul (Bass) - I mainly focus on my own stuff nowaday under the name of The Owl (which will, in time cover a vast array of weird, dark, fast, slow, metal and electronic styles), plus an improv doomblackgrindnoiseviolencewhatever band called Sloth Hammer that record and play live occasionally.

Andy (Vocals) - For me, Forneus is still going (though now it's mainly me with a few friends helping rather than a full band) and I play guitar or bass in a myriad of other projects.

Jamie (Guitar) -  I also play reverb in a moody indie band called The Mourning Singers.



11.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Paul (Bass) - We're not planning specifically an album or a set amount of songs or time with any release. The next thing could be an album, or a 3 track EP, or a split, or all of the above. We'll know with each release when we have what we need.

Work began on the next 'thing' a while ago and we have plenty of songs, almost done, in pieces, and an infinite amount of riffs in the mind, the main obstacle is time and life... but, I would like to think that we would have another good bundle of songs done and recorded by the end of this year.

There will be riffs! Big ones too... and some twisty ideas... and some weird noises...


12.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?
Paul (Bass) - Everything I've ever listened to has had an influence on me, be it good or bad. The good has all combined into one big riff driven brain, the bad has shown me how not to write songs.

Big riffs, big songs, interesting progressions, weird noises. This is what I've always been into.


13.Does Occultism play any role in your music?
Arron (Drums) - No, but hail Satan!

Paul (Bass) - Hail Seitan!


14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Andy (Vocals) - Play riffs, love each other and punch Nazis.

Jamie (Guitar) - And wear suncscreen.

Aubzagl - Thanks for taking the time to ask us some questions!

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/03/aubzagl-interview.html


Argesk/Realm Of Eternal Night/Clobber Records/2020 CD Review

samedi 14 mars 2020 à 08:03

  Argesk  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  very  majestic,  atmospheric,  melodic  and  keyboard  laden  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Realm  Of  Eternal  Night"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Clobber  Records.

  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  keyboards  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs.  The  riffs  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  yet  heavy  style  while  the  vocals  bring  in  a  mixture  of  deep  death  metal  growls  and  high  pitch  pitched  black  metal  screams.

 A  lot  of  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era  while  the  vocals  also  have  their  grim  moments.  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  the  solos  and  leads  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  as  well  as  one  track  introducing  a  brief  use  of  melodic  vocals  onto  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Darkness  and  Anti  Christianity  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Argesk  are  a  very  great  sounding  majestic,  atmospheric,  melodic  and  keyboard  laden  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Adversary"  and  'Liberari  In  Tenebrae".  8/5  out  of  10.

www.facebook.com/argeskuk

https://youtu.be/wKMxRB6JXB8    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/03/argeskrealm-of-eternal-nightclobber.html