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Neoheresy/Potop/Elegy Records/2016 CD Review

mercredi 13 avril 2016 à 00:30

  Neoheresy  are  a  solo  project  from  Poland  that  plays  a  pagan  form of  black  metal  with  some  folk,  ambient  and  symphonic  elements  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2016  album  "Potop"  which  was  released  by  Elegy Records.

  Thunder  and  rain  sounds  along  with  classical  guitars  and  shamanistic  beats  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  synths  a  few  seconds  later  and  the  music  starts  adding  in  more  of  a  medieval  folk  music  atmosphere  and  after  awhile  melodic  vocals  and  pagan  chanting  make  their  presence  known  on  the  recording.

 Violins  can  be  heard  in  the  music  briefly  and  on  the  intro  grim  black  metal  screams  start  becoming  a  huge  part  of  the  recording  along  with  the  music  getting  heavier  and  the  synths  also  get  more  epic  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  later tracks  bring  in  ambient  elements  and  melodic  guitar  leads.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  it  uses  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  bringing  in  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  style  to  the  recording  while  also  mixing  it  in  with  the  more  atmospheric  side  and  later t racks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts and  when  female  vocals  are  utilized  they  are  usually  mixed  in  the  background..   

  Neoheresy  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  a  mid 90's  pagan/black  metal  mid  paced  sound  an d mixes  it  in  with  symphonic,  dark  ambient  and  medieval  folk music  to  create  something  very  dark,  original,  epic  and  ritualistic,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and r aw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Polish  and  cover  Paganism  themes.   

  In  my  opinion  Neoheresy  are  a  very  great  sounding  pagan/black  metal  project  with  element s of  ambient,  symphonic  and  folk  music  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Dar"  "Dotyk  Albo  Miecz"  and  "Potop".  8/5  out  of  10.  

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Svoid/Storming Voices Of Inner Devotion/Sun & Moon Records/2016 CD Review

mardi 12 avril 2016 à 22:44

  Svoid  are  a  band  from  Hungary  that  plays  an  anti  cosmic  form  of  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Storming  Voices  Of  Inner  Devotion"  which  will  be  released  on  April  18th  by  Sun  &  Moon  Records.

  Grim  screams  and  ritualistic  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  a  small  amount  of  atmospheric  synths  which  also  leads  up  to  a  heavier bass  guitar sound  and  clean,  distorted  yet  melodic riffing  being  added  onto  the  recording  and  after  wahile t he  grim  screams  start  bringing  in  more  of  a  black  metal  approach.

  Clean  singing  can  be  heard  in  the  music  at  times  along  with  some  elements  of  indie  rock  and  post  punk  and  when  the  music  speeds  up a   small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  some  of  the  riffing  and  solos  also  brings  in  a  touch  of  early  80's  death  and  goth  rock.

   As  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  female  vocals  be  can  be  heard  while  tribal  elements  and  clean singing  male  vocals  can  be  heard  on  later  tracks  and  when  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  brings  in  more  of  a  raw  style  of  black  metal  and  the y also  bring  in  a  brief  ambient  track  which  still  has  a  ritualistic  feeling  while t he  following  songs  go  back to  more  of  a  guitar  orientated  sound  and  clean  playing  also  makes  a  brief  return.

  Svoid  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  the  anti  cosmic  Swedish  style  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  post  punk  and  indie  rock  to  create  a  very  original  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  void,  anti  cosmic  chaos  and  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Svoid  are  a  very  great  sounding  anti  cosmic,  post  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  looking  for  something  very  original,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Crown  Of  Doom"  "Eternal"  "Forlorn  Heart"  and   "In  Damnation  Vast".  8  out  of  10.       

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Tormentium Interview

mardi 12 avril 2016 à 20:01
Tormentium interview - April 2016
Sky (vocals, lyrics, visuals)
Wes (guitars, song writing, lyrics, vocals)

1.Can you give us an update as to what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?

Sky: Mainly just working on getting the album released, all the details and final touches. I know the guys have been diligent as always in writing new stuff, rehearsing and drinking beers.

2.You have a new album coming out, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording, and how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
Wes: It's not a far cry from anything we've ever done. I think the production is the best we've had thus far. We've had several years to cut our teeth on some of these songs. So it was nice to finally record this material.

Sky: The production is definitely a major factor… We never really felt our songwriting had benefitted from an appropriate production in the end. Writing wise, I think we stepped up our game on all fronts. I feel like this chunk of music is more cohesive and well organized.

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

    Wes: There's definitely a range of subject matter. Our songs tend to have a common thread of misanthropy, depression, and hate. I'd say that the lyrics for "Requiem Within" are definitely the most overtly personal that I've gotten in this band.

    Sky: When I write lyrics for Tormentium, I definitely make an attempt to conceive of a narrative story structure, letting it lead me as it goes, and ultimately it represents feelings and situations that eat away at me internally. That way, hopefully the listener gets a compelling drama experience, fiction and nonfiction, depending how you look at it. That’s been my take on the lyrics on Bound To The Depths.

4.This is the first album to be released in 4 years, can you tell us about what has been going on during that time frame?

    Wes: We practice on the regular. Sky is in Portland[, Oregon] now, and we're still in Eugene[, Oregon] but we're always cultivating new riffs and new songs. I've discarded far more songs for this band, guitar wise, than we've ever learned as a whole band. It's all part of the writing process. We jam at practice and come up with a lot of the most potent riffs from working together as a band. That's why practicing regularly is important to us. Also, this shit doesn't happen overnight. We recorded this album a year ago. The 2 or 3 years prior to that we were writing it. So although 4 years seems like a long time, in hindsight it was just a blink. Sometimes shit takes a while in the underground. We're trying to find our stride though.
    Sky: Yeah, we take our time with this band. Our older releases have all been smaller projects, like splits and demos. But in all honesty this is our most ambitious release to date, and towers in size and detail over our older efforts. So, it doesn't surprise me that it’s been a few years since our last, but we do this project for ourselves anyways.

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

    Sky: We’ve mostly just played shows in our home state, and sparingly since 2008 or so. Every few years we get the honor of playing alongside a big name band, but I feel like our best performances have been smaller ones. It's hard to always predict when you’re gonna have an “on” night, crowd on your side, and sound great... But we try like hell. Describing our stage show is a tough question, being that we’re always on the wrong side of the stage. But I can tell you there’s lots of blood, spikes, and loud noises.

    Wes: We've had many good times, and been lucky enough to share the stage with many great bands. I was drunk for all of it. After the smoke clears I'll let you know. Ha ha

6.Do you have any touring or show plans now that the new album is released?

    Wes: We did the tape release in our home town of Eugene, OR, last month. We're doing a CD release in Portland on May 21st [with Gloam, Daemoniis Ad Noctum, and Hiding]. We don't have any tours booked, but we plan on it in the near future.

    Sky: We’re eager to tour, but we’re all broke-workin’-geezers, so the stars must align.

7.The new album is coming out on Exile Musick, can you tell us a little bit about this label?

    Sky: Exile Musick is a tape label that specializes in small batch, hand made DIY releases. Real old school, cult style. They’ve believed in us since day one and it's great to have that kind of support.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been by fans of black metal?
    Sky: Well, the honest answer is that's not really something we’ve ever investigated. Our international reach has always been shit. But our material tends to be appreciated by fans of all kinds of metal; black, death, thrash, etc. It tends to be quite varied genre-wise. We get some of the riffy-heads and the atmosphere-lovers. Depressive-hobbits and blast beat duders.

9.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects that some of the band members are a part of?

    Wes: My band Hiding just released our first offering, a self-titled EP. We're actually on a West Coast Tour as I'm writing this. Ha ha. Cheers!

    Sky: I’ve been doing vocals for an older gore band named Splatterhouse, and we played Maryland Deathfest in 2015, but I’m waiting to hear new tunes from them. I’m also really looking forward to contributing lyrics and vocals on a secret new DSBM project.

10.Where do you see the band heading musically in the future?

    Wes: I think it's detrimental to the integrity of our music to overthink it. We have a wealth of material for the next album that we're currently cultivating. I know that as a guitarist I always want to keep progressing. So we'll see where it goes.

    Sky: I couldn’t say for certain. But I’d like to see our music keep getting darker, honest, and realized. The kind of stuff we wanna play, our own way, and rad as fuck.

11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

    Wes: I'm very heavily influenced by some of the Swedish black metal greats like Dawn, Dissection, Dark Funeral, Lord Belial, and Shining. They are staples of my listening diet. There are so many good bands these days. Honestly, I just try to stay away from that hipster, bullshit scene mentality. There is no time for that shit. Stay true, and stay metal!

    Sky: Vocally, the kind of stuff that influenced me on the “Bound…” was odd, passionate shit. Shining was a big influence, as well as Dark Fortress - “Ylem”, Primordial, Maniac era Mayhem, Blood of Kingu, and Behexen. Lately, I’ve been listening to all sorts of random shit… obscure black metal, hip hop, classical, darkjazz… My mood decides.

12.How would you describe your views on Occultism?

    Wes: I prefer to observe the clandestine forces of this world in my own personal way. Occult philosophy is just one of many tools to help one come to terms with their existence and inevitable death. You can become a slave to your own absolutes. It doesn't matter what forces you pray to. They probably don't give a shit.

    Sky: It’s neat, but I invest 0% into all belief systems, even the cool ones.

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

    Wes:  HAIL!
    Sky: Art only justifies life.

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Eufori/Vardelos/Black Lion Productions/2016 EP Review

mardi 12 avril 2016 à 04:59

  Eufori  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  very  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  2016  ep  "Vardelos"  which  was  re;eased  by  Black  Lion  Productions.

  Clean  guitars  start  off  the  ep  and  mix  in  with  a  heavier  sound  a  few  seconds  later  along  with  some  angry  and  spoken  screams  making  their  presence  known  on  the  recording  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  after  awhile  the  vocals  start  utilizing  more  of  a  depressive  edge.

  At  times  the  guitar  riffs  can  be  very  melodic  and  the  music  brings  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow  and  mid  paced  parts  while  also  sticking  mostly  to  a  more  modern  and  dark  side  of  the  depressive  black  metal  genre  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  classical  guitars  and  they  also  close  the  ep  with  a  cover  of  Vanhelga's  "Lat  Son  Falla"  which  also  has  tremolo  picking,  melodic  guitar  leads  and  keyboards  being  introduced  to  the  recording  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  blast  beats.

  Eufori  plays  a  style  of  depressive  black  metal  that  is  very  dark  and  melodic  while  also  focusing  more  on the  slower  and  mid  paced  style  of   the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Swedish  and  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Eufori  are  a  very  great  sounding  depressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Inget  mer".  8  out  of  10.  


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Sun Worship/Pale Dawn/Golden Antenna Records/2016 CD Review

lundi 11 avril 2016 à 23:39

  Sun  Worship  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  has  been  featured  before  in this  zine  and  plays  a  cascadian  influenced  form  of  atmospheric  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Pale  Dawn"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Golden  Antenna  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  start  out  with  a  more  of  a  chanting  style  and  you  can  also  hear    great  amount  of  melody  in  the  guitar  riffing  and  after  awhile  the  songs  start  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  All  of  the  songs  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  after  awhile t he  vocals  start  getting  more  aggressive  while  being  somewhat  mixed  down  low  in  the  mix  and  as  the  album  progresses  they  evolve  more  into  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  bring  more  of  a  raw  yet  melodic  style  to  the  songs  they  are  utilized  on  and  the  whole  album  also  remains  very  dark  and  heavy  from  beginning  to  ending  of  the  recording  while  clean  singing  is  used  briefly  on  the  last  track.

  Sun  Worship  creates  another  recording  that  is  still  influenced  by  the  atmospheric  and  cascadian  styles  of  black  metal  while  also  having  more  of  a  raw  and  heavy  approach  to t he  genre  that  is  very  guitar  driven,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  yet  heavy  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  nature  themes  along  with  some  songs  being  written  in  German.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Sun  Worship  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  the  more  raw,  atmospheric  and  cascadian  styles  of  black  metal,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Pale  Dawn"  and  "Perihilion".  8  out  of  10.       

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