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Shadowdream/The Sunsettler's Motel/WormHoleDeath Records/2016 Full Length Review

jeudi 28 avril 2016 à 05:43

  Shadowrealm  are  a  solo  project  from  Serbia/Sweden  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  originally  started  out  as  a  black  metal  project  before  going  into  dark  ambient,  jazz  and  neo-classical  direction  over  the  years  while  still  retaining  a  touch  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2016  album  "The  Sunsettler's  Motel"  which  will  be  released  in June  by  WormHoleDeath  Records.

  Tragic  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  album  and  they  also  give  the  music  an  atmospheric  dark  ambient  feeling  and  after  a  few  seconds  drum  beats  are  also  added  onto  the  recording  which  also  add  elements  of  jazz  into  the  songs  along  with  some  saxophones  and  some  tracks  also  bring  in  a  touch  of  psychedelia.

  Throughout  the  recording  you can  hear  a  variety  of  many  different  sounding  keys  coming  out  of  the  keyboards   while  acoustic  guitars  can  also be  heard  at  times  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  thunder  sounds  along  with  the  voices  of  tortured  souls  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  starts  getting  more experimental  and  every tracks  sounds  very  different  from  each  other  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  flutes  while  some  of  the  songs  are  long  and  epic  in  length.

  On  this  recording  Shadowdream  move  into  more  away  from  their  black  metal  roots  and  creates  an  album  that  is  more  close  to  avant  garde  jazz,  neo-classical  and  dark  ambient  while  also  being  all  instrumental,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  albums  concept  is  based  upon  a  motel  and  a  murder with a  supernatural  edge.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Shadowdream  and  if  you  are a  fan  of  black/dark  ambient,  neo  classical  and  jazz,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Sunsetter's  Theme"  "While  the  Motel  Sleeps,  Nightmares  Are  Being  Painted"  and  "The  Obsession  Begans  Tomorrow".  8  out  of  10. 

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Helleborus/The Carnal Sabbath/Satanath Records/Black Plague Records/2016 CD Review

jeudi 28 avril 2016 à 02:31

  Helleborus  are  a  duo  from  Colorado  Springs,  Colorado  that  plays  a  psychedelic  form  of  black  metal  and this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "The  Carnal  Sabbath"  which  will  be  released  in  June  as  a  joint  effort  between  Satanath  Records  and  Black  Plague  Records.

  A  very  dark,  and  avant  garde  ritualistic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some psychedelic  elements  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  and  atmospheric  sound  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  awhile  grim  black  metal  screams  make  their  presence  known  on  the  recording  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  speeds  up.

  A  more  raw  side  of  black  metal  can  be  heard  in  the  faster  riffing  which  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  very  dark  and  melodic  and  they  also demonstrate  a  great  amount  of  talent  and  skill  and  throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  synths  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  elements  of  traditional  metal  can  be  heard  in some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  most  of  the  music  is in  a  more  modern  atmospheric  black  metal  direction and  a  later  song  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of clean  playing  and  the  songs  also bring  in  a  great  amount  of  diversity  and  all  of the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful sound  to  them.

  Helleborus  plays  a  very  diverse  form  of  black  metal  that  can  be  very  heavy,  melodic  and  atmospheric  at  times  while  the  psychedelic  elements  make  the  songs  stand  out  a  bit  more  and  gives  the  music  more  of  an original  style,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  and  Left  hand  path  themes  with  a  touch  of  Lovecraftian  horror.

  In  my  opinion  Helleborus  are  a  very  great  sounding  psychedelic  black  metal  band  and  if you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Coils"  "Draconian  Discipline'  "Temple  Of  Seventh  Death"  and  "The  Carnal  Sabbath".  8/5  out  of  10.

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Wall Of Water/Self Titled/2016 Full Length Review

mercredi 27 avril 2016 à 04:47

  Wall  Of  Water  are  a  duo  from  New  jersey  that  plays  a  progressive  and  raw  mixture  of black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  and  self  released  2016  album.

  A  very  dark,  heavy,  melodic  and  atmospheric  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  epic  synths  in  the  background  before  going  into  more  of  a  fast  and  raw  direction  which  uses  high  pitched  screams,  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  90's  second  wave  feeling.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  solos  and  leads  remain  true  to  a  raw  and  melodic  style  of  black  metal  and  the  vocals  also  get  very  grim  at  times  while  on  other  songs  they  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  suicidal  screams  and  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Death  metal  growls can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  that  influence  also  being  mixed  in  the  guitar  riffing  and ambient  elements  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  cleaner  sections  of  the  songs  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  clean  guitars  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  modern  and  progressive  feeling  and  there  is  also  a  brief  instrumental  and  a  few  seconds  of  spoken  word  samples  and  the  vocals  also get  more  angry  as  the  album  progresses  while  some  of  the  solos  add  in a   touch  of  post  black  metal  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  violins  and  they  close  the  album  with  an  ambient  drone  instrumental.

  Wall  Of  Water  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  has  the  rawness,  aggression  and  melody  of  the  second  wave  while  also  mixing  in  death  metal  influences  and  some  of  the  more  modern  progressive  style  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  occult  and  metaphysical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Wall  Of  Water  are  a  very  great  sounding  progressive  black  metal  band  with  a touch  of  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should check  out  this  band..  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "No  Moment  Of  Claity"  and  "Clairvoyance".  8/5  out  of 10.


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Afsky/Self Titled/2015 EP Review

mercredi 27 avril 2016 à 02:44

  Afsky  are  a solo  project  from  Denmark t hat  consists  of  a  member  from  Solbrund  and  plays  a  very  raw,  melodic  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  titled  and  self  released  2016  ep.

  A  very  raw  sound  along  with  tremolo  picking  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  drum  beats  a  few  seconds  later  that  also  takes  the  music  into  more  of  a  black  metal  direction  while  also  utilizing  blast  beats  at  times  and  the  vocals  that  are  used  in  the  music  are  grim  yet  high  pitched  depressive  screams.

  Throughout  the  recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  rawness  is  more  close  to  the  90's  second  wave  style  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  more  of  a  melodic  fashion  and  after  awhile  acoustic  guitars  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  a  brief  use  of  violins  while  later  songs  show  more  melodies  being  added  into  the  music  and  all  of  the  musical  instruemnts  have  a  very powerful  sound  to  them  and  elements  of  doom  metal  and  rock  can  also  be  heard  at  times.   

  Afsky  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  depressive  along  with  a  good  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  elements,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Danish  and  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Afsky  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  depressive  black metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Et  Sidste  Farvel".  8  out  of 10

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Avast Interview

lundi 25 avril 2016 à 22:38
1. For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

For sure. We are Avast from Norway, and we play atmospheric post-black metal. I guess we started out merely as an idea in the beginning of 2015. Hans Olaf (vocals and bass) and I (Trond, guitar) had just decided to put our previous band, Agenda, indefinitely on ice. However, we wanted to further expand and explore some of the more peripheral elements from that band. Agenda was a hardcore/crust band with some minor influences from both black metal and post-rock, and it was those elements we wanted to focus on with the new project. We asked Ørjan to join us on drums, and then we were good to go.

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

Fast, slow, heavy and atmospheric.

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

Well, we do not write your typical black metal lyrics, with occult and satanic themes. Because we originate from the punk and hardcore scene, our lyrics deal more with everyday matters and social issues, but in an artistic and poetic wrapping, meaning our lyrics are open for interpretation. Even though the three of us are all on the left-hand side of things, politically speaking, we do not classify ourselves as a political band, nor do we wish to be portrayed as such. Nevertheless, the full-length record we are currently writing is going to be a concept record, examining the dark aspects of human nature and the fall of civilization. Instead of drawing influences from specific social or political matters, which has been the case with most of my previous bands, we draw our lyrical influences from a broader perspective, including art, literature, philosophy and myths.

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

Avast is an old nautical interjection that simply means “stop”. There really is no deep meaning behind it; we chose the name because we wanted a name that was short and simple, and that in no way was representative of the music we play. The last thing we wanted was a band name that sounded dark, evil or brutal, or that was pretentiously long.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?

So far, we have only played two shows, both in our hometown, Stavanger. We were supposed to do a third show in Oslo in March, but the other guys in the band both caught the flu the day before the show, forcing us to cancel at the eleventh hour. Anyways, the first show we played was at the Tunghørt (Norwegian for “hard of hearing”) festival together with Totem Skin, Ampmandens Døtre and Timeworn, to mention a few. What was cool about that show was that no one had ever heard our music beforehand, and I don’t think the audience really knew what to expect, so I guess they were caught by surprise by both our music and our performance.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

Yes, we do! We are planning a European tour with our Swedish crust-buddies in Myteri in October. Apart from that, we do not have any show plans.

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

We are looking for labels who are willing work with us and release our music, but so far we haven’t really made an effort to make it happen. However, we have been contacted by a label that wants to release our music, but we’ll see how that goes. It’s too early to give any specific details.

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

We’ve received mostly positive feedback, but to be honest, I don’t really pay much attention to the feedback we receive, and I believe I am speaking for all of us when I say that. Not that we don’t care about the positive feedback we receive, but we’ve reached a point in our lives where we want to create music for ourselves and not care what everyone else thinks. If people like it, that’s great, and if people don’t, well, then there’s really nothing we can do about it.

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

A full length is currently being written and will hopefully be recorded towards the end of this year or the beginning of next year. So far I have written 5 or 6 songs for the upcoming record, which means that we have about 40 minutes of music ready to go. Where we are heading musically can best be described by the phrase “more of everything”, meaning that a full-length record will sound pretty similar to our first release, except there will be more black metal influences, more ambient influences, more blast beats and more slow parts.

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?

We listen to so much different music within the band, but I guess our main influences for this band are Darkthrone, Tragedy, ISIS and This Will Destroy You. As for what we listen to nowadays, I can only reply for myself, but Archivist, Deafheaven, Julien Baker, Thurm and Turnover are some of the bands/artists I listen to these days.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

I’m a huge fan of storytelling, so I love to read books and watch movies. Recently I read some graphic novels by Alison Bechdel and Gene Luen Yang that were really great, and right now I’m reading a novel by Norwegian author Ingvar Ambjørnsen.

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

Thanks a lot for your profound interest in our music. We really appreciate it!


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