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Smuteční Slavnost/Narky Vecneho Zatreceni/2013 Cassette Review

mardi 10 décembre 2013 à 01:11

  Smetecni  Slavnost  are  a  band  from  the  Czech  Republic  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  with  a  musical  style  i  would  describe  as  being  anti  fascist,  raw  and  primitive  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2013  cassette  "Narky  Vecneho  Zatreceni".

  'Stekot  Obrovske  Smecky  Psu  A  Kvileni  Dusevne  Nemocynch"  which is  the  first  song  on  the  cassette  opens  up  with  drum  beats  and  distorted  amp  sounds  before  adding  in  fast,  raw  and  primitive  black  metal  guitar  riffs,  blast  beats  from t he  drums  along  with  some  high  pitched  screams  as  well as  alternating  between  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  you  can  also  hear  a  small  amount  of  melody  in  the  guitar  riffing.

  "A  Paty  Jezdec  Je  Strach'  begins  with  spoken  word  samples  which  leads  up  to  deep  death/grind  growls  and  fast  black  metal  guitar  riffs  that  utilize  some  melody  as  well  as  some  blast  beats  from  the  drums  and  after  awhile  the  music  slows  down  a  bit  and  adds  in  elements  of  hardcore  before  speeding  up  again  and  adding  in  black  metal  screams  that h ave  a  very  depressive  tone  to t hem  as  well  as  some  sound  effects  and  a  minute  later  the  music  starts  alternating  between  slow  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  hardcore  style  vocals.  

  "Ansuz"  opens  up  with  fast  guitar  riffs  that  combine  black  metal  and  grindcore  together  along  with  black  metal  screams  and  death  metal  growls  as  well  as  some  spoken  word  samples  before  slowing  down  and  adding  in  elements  of  hardcore.

  "Hozeni  Boha  Do  Propasti"  starts  up  with  spoken  word  samples  and  avant  garde  sound  effects  along  with  elements  of  ambient  and  there  are  no  guitars  or  extreme  vocals  on  the  song  and  the  music  is  under   2  minutes.

  "Narod  Vecneno  Podzimu"  which  is  also  the  last  song  on  the  cassette  begins  with  distorted  guitar  drones  before  adding  in  some  dark  and  melodic  sounding  guitar  riffs  and  after  awhile  drums  and  high  pitched  depressive  black  metal  screams  start  to  kick  in  and  a  couple  of  minutes  later  the  music  goes  into  a  faster  direction  along  with  some  blast  beats  as  well  as  alternating  between  slow  and  fast  parts  and  you  can  also  hear  the  bass  guitars  in  certain  sections  of  the  song  and  towards  the  end  there  are  some  spoken  word  parts  added  into  the  music  along  with  a  small  amount  of  guitar  leads.

  Song  lyrics  are  written  in  their  native  tongue  and  cover  anti  fascist  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  heavy,  raw  and  primitive  sound  to  it  along  with  the  bass  guitars  being  mixed  down  low  in  the  mix.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Smutecni  Slavnost  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw,  anti  fascist  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  cassette.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Stekot  Obrovske  Smecky  Psu  A  Kvileni  Dusevne  Nemocynch"  and  "Narod  Vecneno  Podzimu".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.      

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Morktar Interview

lundi 9 décembre 2013 à 05:33
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band these days?
Sinmara: We have had to let go of Gates Bloodfire as our singer, but found E. for the time being doing the vocals for the live gigs. We may also have an album in store, which will be released next year. Thrym: Yes we have been playing some gigs and rehearsing with some new tracks for future releases.
2.How would you describe the musical sound of the newer material and also how does it differ from the stuff you have done in the past? T: If you listen to it you can make your own decision about it, but personally it’s not something that I really given a thought to.
3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the name explores with the music? T: Misanthropy, paranoia, self harm and suicide.
4.I have read that the band started out as a solo project, what was the decision behind forming a full line up? T: To be able to project my hatred for the human race on a live stage.
5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name Morktar? T: The meaning is the inspiration, Mørktår means dark years, so dark times ahead and in the past for us and everyone who listens.
6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance? S: I would say the one at the Black Heart – which we released as our demo Dead In London – was so far our best gig. It is raw and angry. We put all our anger at humanity into our performance.
7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future? S: Yes, there are several shows planned for 2014 – only one confirmed, the 19th of January in London at the Purple Turtle.
8.Over the years the band has put out splits with Blackspell, Folkstorm and Dark Debauchary, what are your thoughts on the other bands that participated in these split albums? T: The reason why I chose to put out split albums with these bands is because they are good, they play good music and bring in a different vibe to the E.P.
9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal? S: We had feedback from Norway, the US, Germany, Austria, Greece – not all of them good, but then we don't aim to please everyone.
10.What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases? T: We are not going to change the way we play, we are Mørktår and that is it.
11.What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays? S: The influences that go into the drumming I'm doing for Mørktår are Darkthrone, Falkenbach, Bathory and the likes. Nowadays I have a very broad music taste – from Falkenbach, Summoning, Caladan Brood and Lustre to Acherontas, In Solitude, Cultes Des Ghoules, Heimdalls Wacht, but also a lot of neofolk like Spiritual Front, Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio, shamanic music like Penjaga Insaf and Halo Manash. There is usually always some kind of act of a music style that is good. The only ones that my ears simply refuse to listen to are experimental Jazz, Goa/Psytrance and the likes. T: There are a number of different bands that have helped guide me to play the way I do and I won’t stop listening to them because there are some egos out there who think they are IT.
12.Does Satanism or Occultism, play any role in your music? S: I can only speak for myself, in as that drumming for me has a cathartic effect, the shamanistic trance state I can get from playing. This does influence the drumming for Mørktår. I have nothing to do with Satanism, I am more into shamanism with a strong chaos magic influence.
13.Outside of music what are some of your interests? S: Nature. Forests. Working with natural materials like horn, wood. Hiking. Books. Making mead. Baking. I'm not averse to drinking whiskey, rum, vodka and cider in good company.
14.Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview? S: Fuck the system.

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Chemical Cascades/Demo 2013 Review

lundi 9 décembre 2013 à 01:39

  Chemical  Cascades  are  a  band  from Australia  that  plays  a  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  with  death  metal  influences  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2013  demo.

  "Noetic  Contempt"  which  is  also  the  intro  for  the  demo  opens  up  with  dark sound  effects  along  with  some  melodic  chanting.

  Ad  Astra"  the  first  real  song  on  the  demo  begins  with  tribal  style  drum b eats  before  adding  in  fast  black  metal  guitar  riffs  along  with  some  blast  beats  which  also  lead  up  to  some  grim  vocals  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  riffing  before  going  into  a  mid  paced  direction  and  adding  in  some  melodic  guitar  leads.  

  "Spine  Of  The  World"  opens  up  with  raw  and  fast black  metal  guitar  riffs  along  with  some  blast  beats  from  the  drums  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  lead  up  to  some  grim  vocals  that  utilize  both  deep  and  high  pitched  elements  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  adding  in  mid  paced  and  slow  parts  along  with  a  brief  use  of  death  metal  growls  and  you  can  also  hear  melody  in  certain  parts  of  the  guitar  riffing  and  towards  the  end  the  music  speeds  up  again.

  "Within  The  Clouds  Of  Brhaspati"  begins  with  fast,  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  guitar  riffs  which  also  leads  up  to  some  blast  beats  from  the  drums  and  you  can  hear  some  deep  growls  in  the  background  that  later  evolve  into  black  metal  screams  and  they  song  remains  in  a  faster  direction.

  "Cosmic  Winter"  starts  up  with  drums  before  adding  in  fast,  melodic  and  atmospheric  sounding  black  metal  guitar  riffs  which  leads  up  to  some  depressive  screams  which  also  leads  up  to  some  blast  beats  from t he  drums  before  the  music  slows  down  a  bit   and  adding  in  some  thrash  elements  and  you  can  also  hear  some  deeper  vocals  in  the  background  and  then   the  music  goes  into  a  slower  black  metal  direction  while  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  death  metal  growls  and  towards  the  end  there  is  a  brief  use  of  guitar  solos  and  leads  being  utilized.

  "Surface"  which  is  also  the  last  song  on  the demo  starts  up  with  raw  black  metal  guitar  riffs  and  drums  and  a  few  seconds  alter  black  metal  screams  and  melodic  guitar  leads  start  to  kick  in  before  going  into  a  mid  paced  direction  that  also  has  a  traditional  metal  feeling  to  it  along  with  the  guitar  riffing  utilizing  some  melody  and  towards  the  end  the  music  goes  into  a  faster  direction  along  with  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats.

  Song  lyrics  cover  Occult  and  Science  Fiction  themes,  while t he  production  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  primitive  sound  with  some  of  the  songs  being  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  the  bass  guitars  being  mixed  down  low  in  the  mix.

  In  my  opinion  Chemical  Cascades  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  band  with  elements  of  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Spine  Of  The  World"  and  "Cosmic  Winter".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.   

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Crown Of Twilight/Timeless Wisdom/2013 EP Review

vendredi 6 décembre 2013 à 08:20

  Crown  Of  Twilight  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  with  a  musical  style  I  would  describe  as  being  an  instrumental,  raw,  atmospheric  and  ambient  form  of  black  metal  with  the  ep  being  self  released  in  2013  and  called  "Timeless  Wisdom".

  "Altar  of  The  Sun"  which  is  also  the  first  song  on  the  ep  opens  up  with  raw  black  metal  guitar  riffs  that  have  a  raw  and  depressive  feeling  to  them  and  drums  and  during  the  last  few  seconds  of  the  song  there  are  some  dark  ambient  sounds.

  "Black  River  And  Dead  Lakes"  begins  with  slow,  depressive  and  raw  sounding  black  metal  guitar  riffs  along  with  some  drums  beats  and  the  song  remains  in  the  same  direction  during  its  3  and  a  half  minutes.

  "Timeless  Wisdom"  which  is  also  the  title  track  of  the  ep  begins  with  slow  and  raw  sounding  black  metal  guitar  riffs  and  drum  beats  and  after  awhile  the  riffing  changes  around  a  bit  while  remaining  true  to  a  slower  direction.

  "Dense  Fog  Crawling  Through  The  Night"  which  is  also  the  last  song  on  the  ep  starts  up  with   dark  ambient  synths  that  are  very  atmospheric  sounding  before  adding  in  some  black  metal  guitar  riffs  that  are  in  a  slower  direction.

  Song  themes,  cover  darkness  and  nature,  while  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  primitive  sound  to  it.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  sounding  ep  from  Crown  Of  Twilight  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  instrumental  and  raw  black  metal  in  a  slower  direction,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Altar  of  The  Sun"  and  "Dense  Fog  Crawling  Through  The  Night".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.



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Varituuk/H/2013 EP Review

jeudi 5 décembre 2013 à 02:18

  Varituuk  are  a  band  from  Canada  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  with  the  musical  direction  this  time  around  being  a  mixture  of  black  metal  and  noise  and  the  ep  was  self  released  in  2013  and  called  "H".

  "Alone"  opens  up  with  distorted  sounds  along  with  some  synths  and  a  minute  alter  drum  beats  start  coming  in  and  out  of  the  song  as  well  as  some  natural  sounding  noises  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  depressive  black  metal  guitar  riffs  are  added  into the  song  along  with  some  grim  suicidal  screams  and  as  time  goes  on  by  it  goes  into  a  more  mid  paced  direction  while  mostly  sticking  to  slower  parts  as  well  as  adding  melody  into  the  guitar  riffing  and  towards  the  end  elements  of  ambient  drone  are  added  into  the  song.

  Song  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  primitive  sound  with  the  only  song  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  with  its  21  minutes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  depressive  black  metal  with  elements  of  noise,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  BUY.  

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