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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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Spiritual Desecration/Bestial Legion Ocultista Terrenal/2013 CD Review

lundi 19 mai 2014 à 23:25

  Spiritual  Desecration  are  a  band  from  Argentina  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  war  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  self  released  2013  album  "Bestial  Legion  Ocultista  Terrenal".

  Demonic  laughter  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodic  drones  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  bestial  black/death  metal  direction  along  with  some  growls  and  blast  beats  and  they  also  bring  in  a  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  high  pitched  screams  being  utilized  at  times.

  The  band  sticks  to  a  bestial  blackened  death  metal  sound  on  the  following  tracks  as  well  as  well  as  having  a  raw  feeling  to  them  and  they  seem  to  be  more  influenced  by  the  black  and  death  metal  bands  of  the  early  90's  with  nothing  modern  in  their  sound  but  in  a  good  way  and  the  bass  guitars  also  sound  very  powerful  at  times.

  I  can  hear  a  great  amount  of  Brazilian  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  influences  from  the  80's  being  mixed  in  the  sound  at  times  and  some  of  the  blast  beats  also  make  the  album  have  a  more  brutal  feeling  and  there  is  also  a  small  amount  of  evil  sounding  melodies  being  at  times  and  on  of  the  tracks  towards  the  end  utilizes  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  before  going  back  into  a  heavier  direction.

  Spiritual  Desecration  create  a  bestial  black/death  metal  sound  that  take s the  rawest  forms  of  mid  80's  to  early  90's  black  and  death metal  genres  and  take  them  into  a  more  evil  and  blasphemous  direction,  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  heavy  and  raw  sound,  while  the  lyrics  cover  satanism  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Spiritual  Desecration  are  a  very  great  sounding  bestial  black/death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ceremony  Of  Desecration"  and  "Lord  Satan".  8/5  out  of  10.  

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Elysium/Under The Fading Rays Of The Dying Sun/2013 CD Review

lundi 19 mai 2014 à 12:54

  Elysium  are  a  1  man  band  from  Argentina  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2013  album  "Under  The  Fading  Rays  of  the  Dying  Sun".

  A  very  old  school  and  melodic  Swedish  style  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  sounding  high  pitched  screams  and  the  music  also  speeds  up  at  times  along  with some  programmed  blast  beats  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  after  awhile  acoustic  guitars  are  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  On  the  other  tracks  you  can  hear  more  fast  and  raw  parts  being  mixed  in  wit h a  melodic  black  metal  sound  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  added into  the  music  they  enhance  the  melodic  qualities  of  the  recording  and  are  a  perfect  match  for  the  guitar  riffing  and  there  is  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  on  one  of  the t racks  and  they  have  a  very  ritualistic  and  occult  feeling  to  them.

  Melodic  Swedish  death metal  elements  are  mixed  in  wit h the  black  metal  sound  at  times  which  also  adds in  a  bit  of  diversity  and  there  are  also  a  few  tracks  that  are  past  the  5  minute  mark  and  it  makes  the  album  more  epic  and medieval  sounding  and  towards  the  end  you  can  also  hear  elements  of  blackened  thrash  being  utilized  in  one  of  the  songs  along  with  a  small  amount  of  death  metal  growls  and  on  the  following  tune  rain  and  wind  sounds  are  brought  in  briefly  along  with  a  small  amount  of  classical  guitars.

  Elysium  creates  some  great  quality  melodic  black  metal  that  is  a  little bit  on  the  raw  side  with  this  album  while  also  demonstrating  a  great  amount  of  talent  and  skill  with  his  music,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  trues  and  ancient  cultures  of  the  world  along  with  a  few  lost  continents.

  In  my  opinion  Elysium  are  a  very  great sounding  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sacrificial  Offerings"  "Ultima  Thule"  and  "The  Lost  Dominions  Of  Agartha".  8  out  of  10.     

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