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L'Hiver en Deuil/Ter Aarde/Consouling Agency/2013 CD Review

vendredi 27 décembre 2013 à 04:01

  L'Hiver en Deuil  are  a  band  from  Belgium  that  plays  melancholic  form  of  black  metal  and this  is  a  review  of  their  2013  album  "Ter  Aarde"  which  was  released  by  Consouling  Agency.

  The  album  starts  off  with  some  dark  sounding  distortion  that  comes  out  of  the  guitar  playing  and  once  the  music  goes  into  the  prelude  drums  are  added  in  and  then  the  music  shape  shifts  into  clean  guitars  and  bass  before  heading  into  a  slower  black  metal  sound  and  adding  in  spoken  word  parts  which  also  start  mixing  in  black  metal  screams  and  death  metal  growls.

  As  the  album  moves  on  acoustic  guitars  are  mixed  in  with  the  heavier  parts, , and  as  the  album  moves  on  post  rock  elements  are  added  in  and  they  enhance  the  atmospheric  black  metal  elements  this  recording  possesses  and  poetic  elements  are  added  to  the  spoken  word  parts  and  the  music  also  starts  getting  more  melodic  after  awhile  as  well  as  mixing  in  whispers.

  One  of  the  main  strengths  on  this  album  are  the  depressive  black  metal  elements  that  are  mixed  in  with  the  deeper  vocals  and  the  screams  also  start  adding  more  of  a  melancholic  feeling  and  while  they  say  there  are  post  hardcore  elements  on  this  recording,  I  cant  hear  them  and  to  me  that  is  a  great  thing  and  another  great  highlight  are  the  fast  riffs  and  blast  beats  that  are  utilized  later  on  during  the  recording  which  gives  the  music  more  life.

  Song  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  English,  Dutch  and  French  and  cover  dark  and  melancholic  themes,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  heavy  and  dark  sound  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  as  well  as  some  of  the  songs  being very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  L'Hiver en Deuil  are  a  very  great  sounding  melancholic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Gesel"  and  "Gekluisterd".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

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Esotis Interview

vendredi 27 décembre 2013 à 00:35
1.Can you give us an introduction to the musical project?
I guess and hope that listening to my first album could say enough about this project.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is present on your recordings?
Waves of distorted guitars layered with synth. Atmospheric and “spatial”.

3.Your lyrics cover cosmos and space themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interests in these topics?
I don’t really have lyrics : there are only screams. I use my voice as an instrument, another layer of sound to express feelings… Watching a sky full of stars on a clear night has always been an intense and personal experiment for me. In fact, I can’t really express myself with words about cosmos and space... That’s why I’m trying to do it through music. It is a mix of a deep loneliness feeling but, at the same time, being very confident.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Esotis'?
ESOTIS means Eternal Silence Of These Infinite Spaces. It comes from the famous words of Blaise Pascal : “The eternal silence of these infinite spaces frightens me ”… But with one difference : it doesn’t frighten me, it makes me confident.

5.Currently this project is all solo, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work by yourself?
Who knows what could happen… but right now, I prefer to keep it solo.

6.The album came out on Katabaz Records, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Katabaz Records is a great netlabel made by (and for) a bunch of friends. You should check other artists on it : a lot of different styles but always with mood, atmosphere and feelings (

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of atmospheric black metal?
Well, worldwide is a big word… But I’m pretty surprise : in one week I got some pretty nice compliments and some people shows me good support on facebook and youtube. I’m happy with it right now but it is just a start : ESOTIS is born very recently so I still have a lot to do.

8.Are you involved with any other musical projects besides 'Esotis'?
Yes but I prefer to keep all of them separate so if you’re ok I wont speak about them.

9.What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?
I’ll still continue my way in this style with waves of guitars and deep synth… but I’ll try to add, here and there, some little new sounds.

10.What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Well, the mix of guitars and synth is inspired by bands like Lustre or Basarabian Hills. However, to be honest, even if I like their music I’m not listening a lot to these bands. In a different style I prefer Summoning which is definitely one of my favorite band when it comes to mix guitars with synth. A part of that, I’m listening to a lot of different music : dark ambient, dungeon synth and movie soundtracks are, at the moment, among my favorites.

11.Does occultism play any role in your music?
No, sorry. I don’t believe in god, occultism, spirits, etc…  I’m only “Trve” to one thing : myself. And it is not easy every days…

12.Outside of music what are some of your interests?
Art in general : movies, books… I like to draw. I’ve done the artwork of my album myself. I like to travel as well.

13.Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
Thanks for your interview and review. Keep on supporting ESOTIS on bandcamp, facebook, youtube or whatever : it is so nice to see people liking a project which is important to me !

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Ak'chamel The Giver Of Illness/Thrower Of Sickness/Halloween Quest Records/2013 Cassette Review

jeudi 26 décembre 2013 à 06:41

  Ak'chamel  The  Giver  Of  Illness  are  a  band  from  Texas  that  on  this  recording  plays  a  mixture  of  lo-fi  black  metal  mixed  with  psychedelia  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2013  cassette  "Thrower  Of  Sickness"  which  was  released  by  Halloween  Quest  Records.

  The  cassette  begins  with  some  raw,  lo-fi  black  metal  guitar  riffing  and  then  starts  adding  in  grim  screams  and  starts  getting  more  upbeat  as  time  goes  on  by  as  well  as  speeding  up  and  adding  in  blast  beats  along  with  a  dark atmosphere,  when  it  goes  into  the  next  song  it  goes  more  avant  garde,  experimental  and  psychedelic  as  well  as  adding  in  demonic  voices  and  am  radio  voices.

  Later  on  the  album  returns  back  to  being  raw  black  metal  while  also  keeping  around  the  avant  garde  and  experimental  elements  which  in  return  creates  a  very  original  sound  while  adding  in  more  touches  of  psychedelia  and  as  time  goes  on  by  Gregorian  chants  are  added  onto  th e  cassette.

  "Once  we  get  to  the  last  song  the  mid  60's  and  early  70's  occult  rock  sound  starts  to  dominate  and  brings  in  organs  and  it  takes  the  cassette  into  a  more  evil  direction  while  also  having  in  elements  of  harsh  noise  and  as  the song  progresses  demonic  chanting  is  adding  in  calling  upon  the  dark  forces  of  Chtulu  as  well  as  bringing  back  some  black  metal  elements  and  the  cassette  closes  in  a  more  psychedelic  direction  as  well  as  mixing  in  radio  sounds  and  choirs.

  Song  lyrics  cover  Lovecraft  and Occult  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  lo-fi,  raw  and  primitive  sound  along  with  a  couple  of  the  songs  being  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  recording  from  Ak'chamel  The  Giver  Of  Illness  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  lo-fi  black  metal  mixed  in  with  experimental  and  psychedelic,  you  should  give  this cassette  a  chance.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Devourer of  Stars"  and  "The  Old  Ones".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.


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Thy Worshiper/Czarna Dzika Czerien/Propaganda Chaosu/2013 CD Review

jeudi 26 décembre 2013 à 02:08

  Thy  Worshiper  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  pagan/black  metal  with  medieval  folk  elements  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2013  album  "Czarna  Dzika  Czerien"  which  was  released  by  Propaganda  Chaosu.

  The  album  starts  off  with  nature  sounds  and  then  the  dark  synths  and  esoteric  female  vocals  start  to  kick  in,  once  acoustic  guitars  and  drums  are  added  in  the  music  takes  on  more  of  a  folk  edge  as  well  as  mixing  in  bass  and  guitar  leads  which  also  leads  to  some  black  metal  screams  that  have  a  deep  tone  to  them  and  it  leads  to  a  heavier  direction.

  Once  we  get  more  into  the  album  tribal  beats  are  added  in  and  the  music  starts  going  for  a  more  pagan  direction  and  has  a  ritualistic  feeling  that  invokes  the European  Pagan  Gods  while  also  remaining  heavy  at  the same  time  and  the  music  starts  adding  in  more  melody  and  a  guitar  sound  that  is  very  original  and  not  in  the  standard  black  metal  direction,  and  the  album  utilizes  this  direction  throughout  the  9  songs  that  are  present  on  this  recording.

  One  of  the  main  strengths  this  album  has  is  its  shamanistic  feeling  and  when  we  get  more  into  it  folk  instruments  are  added  in  to  enhance  the  medieval  feeling  this  recording  possesses,  and  the  music  starts  getting  stronger  with  each  song  and  the  black  metal  parts  start  to  kick  in  a  lot  as  well  as  bringing  in  some  fast  parts  while  the  music  sticks  mostly  to  a  medieval sound  but  updated  for  2013  in  a  more  underground  and  cult  way  and  it  is  a  very  original  approach  to  black  metal  and  the  album  closes  with  a  blast  beat.

  Song  lyrics  are  written  in  Polish  and  cover  Paganism  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  strong,  powerful  and  dark  sound  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording.

  In  my  opinion  Thy  Worshiper  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  pagan/black  metal  and  medieval  folk  music  and   if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres  and  looking  for  something  original,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Piach"  "Deszcz"  "Wiatr"  and  "Ogien".  RECOMMENDED  BUY. 

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Emanation/One Soul, One Body, One Spirit/Black Mass Records/2013C Review

mercredi 25 décembre 2013 à 13:12

  This  is  a  review  of  another  recording  from  Emanation  which  continues  his  spiritual  approach  to  atmospheric,  experimental  black  metal  with  the  Cassette  being  called  "One  Soul,  One Body,  On  Spirit"  which  was  released  by  Black  Mass  Records.

  The  cassette  starts  off  which  avant  garde  soundscapes  as  well  as  grim  vocals  in  the  background  before  adding  in  synths  and  as  time  goes  on  by  you  can  hear  experimental  noise  elements  start  to  kick  in  and  as the music  starts  to  progress  drones  and  spoken  word  samples  become  a  part  of  the  music,  black  metal  guitar  riffs  and  depressive  screams  finally  make  their  way  on  the  album  after  10  minutes  and  mix  in  with  all  the experimental,  drone  and  noise  sounds  that  are  present  on this  recording.

  After  the  first  song  which  is  over  40  minutes  as  well  as  being  more  of  an  experimental  song,  lo-fi  elements  start  making  a  powerful  presence  on  this  recording  and  you  can  hear  some  dark  and  creepy  guitars  in  the  background  which  have  a  drone/doom  metal  feeling  to  them  and  as  the  album  progresses  it  starts  heading  into  a  more  atmospheric  black  metal  direction  and  also  mixes  in  with  all  of  the  drone  and  experimental  elements  to  create  a  sound  that  is  very  original.

  When  the  album  moves  on  it  adds  in  more  up  beat  and  mid  paced  elements  as  well  as  adding  a  suicidal  touch  to  the  screams  and  the  album  never  forgets  about  its  experimental  roots  which  also  take  over   a  good  part  of  the  album  in  a  serious  way  while  never  staying  too  far away  from  the  black  metal  foundation  which  also  dominates  the  last  song  and  this  is  the  perfect  album  to  listen  to  during  seances  or  raising  the  dead

  Song  themes  cover  Spirtism,  Science  and  Occultism,  while  the  production  has  a  very  dark  and  lo-fi  sound  with  all  of  the  songs  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Emanation  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental,  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Metempsychosis"  and  "Immanent".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.  


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