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Varathron/Untrodden Corridors Of Hades/Agaonia Records/2014 CD Review

mercredi 19 novembre 2014 à 02:10

  Varathron  are  a  band  from  Greece  that  has  been  interviewed  before  by  this  zine  and  plays  an  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Untrodden  Corridors  Of  Hades"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  Agonia  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  ritualistic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodic  chants  and  a  few  seconds  later  grim  whispers  are  shamanistic  beats  are  added  into  the  music  which  leads  up  to  a  more  heavy  and  melodic  musical  direction  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  and  growls  as  well  a s some  guitar  solos  and  leads  that  use  a  great  amount  of  melody,  talent  and  skill.  

  All  of  the  musical  instrument s on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  music  is  very  atmospheric  in  more  of  an  early  90's  way  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  the  ritualistic  sounds  with  the  black  metal  elements  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  on  some  of  these  tracks  you  can  hear  the  band  is  adding  in  more  of  a  modern  sound  while  still  bringing  in  the  old  school  Greek  black  metal  feeling.

  As  the  album  progresses  there  are  some  more  fast  and  raw  parts  that  utilized  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  being  added  into  the  music  at  times  and  when  the  band  uses  synths  the  music  gets  more  epic  and  atmospheric  and  on  some  of  the  tracks  clean  playing  and  acoustic  guitars  are  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  some  very  powerful  sounding  bass  guitar  leads,  when  we  get  further  into  the  album  the  band  starts  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Varathron  expand  on  the  occult  black  metal  sound  that  was  present  on  earlier  recordings  while  also  showing  a  great  amount  of  progress  and  moving  wit h the  times  instead  of  writing  the  same  album  over  again  and  the  music  on  this  album  is  very  heavy,  ritualistic  and  progressive,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Kabbalism,  The  Lesser  And  Greater  Kings  Of  Solomon,  Occultism,  and  Left  hand  Path  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Varathron  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Kabalistic  Invocation  Of Solomon"  "Arcane  Conjuring"  and  "Delve  Into  The  Past".  8  out  of  10.      


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Downfall Of Nur/Umbras e Forestas/2014 EP Review

mardi 18 novembre 2014 à 23:20

  Downfall  Of  Nur  are  a  duo  from  Argentina  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  pagan/black  metal  with  elements  of  folk  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  ep  "Umbras  e  Forestas".

  Nature  sounds  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  more  of  a  raw  and  atmospheric  black  metal  direction  which  also  brings  in  grim  screams  and  Cascadian  style  melodies  before  speeding  and  adding  in  blast  beats  and  there  is  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  On  some  of  the  tracks  they  music  starts  adding  in  more  folk  music  elements  which  also  bring s in  more  of  a  pagan  and  medieval  feeling  to  the  bands  musical  style  along  with  traces  of  dark  ambient  and  the  band  also  keeps  around  their  raw  black  metal  roots  on  the  following  tracks  and  each  track  sounds  different  from  each  other  without  ever  losing  atmosphere  and  on  the  last  track  there  is  a  brief  use  of  melodic  guitar  leads  being  utilized.

  Downfall  Of  Nur  creates  a  style  of  pagan/black  metal  that  has  enough  atmosphere  and  melody  of  the  more  modern  day  Cascadian  sound  while  also  bringing  in  a  good  amount  of  the  rawness  from  the  old  school  variation  of  the  genre  as  well  as  adding  in  touches  of  folk  and  ambient  to  create  their  own  sound,  the production  sound s very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Spanish  and  cover  the  Nuragic  Civilization  and  the  Folklore  of  Sardinia,  Italy.

  In  my  opinion  Downfall  Of  Nur  are  a  very  great  sounding  folk  influenced,  atmospheric  pagan/black  metal  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sa  Aurora  De  Sos  Astros"  and  "Umbras  e  Forestas".  8  out  of  10.  


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Arathgoth/Book Of the Night-Legends/2014 Full Length Review

mardi 18 novembre 2014 à 02:52

  Arathgoth  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  that continues  the  dark  ambient  and  atmospheric  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  album  "Book  Of  the  Night-Legends".

  A  very  dark  industrial  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavy  guitars  and  a  few  seconds  alter  black  metal  screams  are  added  into  the  music  along  with  some  atmospheric  and  melodic  elements  and  they  also  speed  up  the  music  and  also  add  in  some  raw  black  metal  and  blast  beats  at  times.

  There  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  throughout  the  recording  and  there  are also   samples  from  horror  movies  being  utilized  at  times  and  some  of  the  tracks  also  bring  in  melodic  guitar  solos  and  leads  as  well  as  the  album  bringing  in  synths  that  bring  in  more  of  a  medieval  feeling  which  also  reminds  me  of  a  soundtrack  for  a  fantasy  video  game  at  times.

  Spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  in  the  music  at  times  along  with  the  synths  bringing  in  a  variety  of  many  different  sounding  keys  which  also  has  a  goth  feeling  at  times  and  programmed  beats  which  also  adds  more  to  the  epic  atmosphere  this  album  creates  as  well  as  adding  in  traces  of  dark  dungeon  synth  to  the  recording's  musical style  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  also  instrumental  while  there  still  is  a  good  amount  of  vocal  tracks.

  Arathgoth  creates  another  recording  which  continues  their  mixture  of  dark  ambient,  dungeon  synth  and  atmospheric  black  metal  while  also  bringing  in  more  melody  and  epic  structures  this  time  around  along  with  a  touch  of  industrial,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  inspired  by  the  writings  of  Robert  Jordan,  Renee  Vivien,  and  Bram  Stoker  as  well  as  movies  such  as  Underworld,  Voracious,  and  Vikings.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Arathgoth  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  dungeon  synth,  dark  ambient  and  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Vampiric  Dolls"  "Children  OF  the  Dragon"  "Revolt  Of  the  Lycans"  and  "Ritual  Of  the  Skeleton".  8  out  of  10.





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The Furor Interview

lundi 17 novembre 2014 à 00:25
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the musical project since the recording and release of the new music?

Well aside from promoting it as hard as I can through various mediums, I’ve been writing new songs which are so far sounding great, plus rehearsing and doing shows with my other three bands Impiety, Mhorgl and Malignant Monster.

This year, Impiety had the great fortune of performing shows in India, Malaysia, Norway, China, Hellfest in France and Indonesia. International shows are always amazing to do!
The other Australian based bands have been playing shows here in Perth, Australia on frequent basis. We have a pretty active scene here.

As for the Furor, I'm currently rehearsing with a new lineup with the intention of playing more shows towards the end of this year. I've been itching to get out and perform these songs again. Our set will feature songs from all the older albums, plus Impending Revelation. I'm itching for this!

2.In March, you had released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you had released in the past?

Well for starters, this is the first album I’ve ever written in which I wrote and performed all instruments myself, so that surely affects the outcome. It's a more focused style I think, although it can be hard not to repeat yourself when working alone.

The songs are generally a little less complex than previous albums, the riffing is more intentional and solid, and I think the arrangements are definitely better, I made sure of this! It still has the trademark speed and ultra ferocity of the previous four albums, but It is all more concise and tightly packed. Older songs had a tendency of getting too long and often missed the mark in terms of purpose and memorability.

I'm very happy with the way this album has turned out. I even surprised myself a little during the writing process. I worked very hard on it and broke down a few of my creative barriers along the way. My focus and resolve was never so strong whilst writing a CD.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with the newer music?

The same as always! Insane forces from other dimensions instigating Death, War, Armaggeddon, Violence the destruction of society and culture as we know it. Total upheaval, and belief in the power of self above all other forms of dogma, religious, cultural or otherwise. I'm not so much into trying to educate the listener, or preach, but entertaining is my main focus. Although the content may seem unoriginal in metal, it's the way in which the words are written that differs slightly.
My lyrics, while containing ideas and themes true to my core beliefs, are not ideological in any sense, e.g. I’m not trying to shovel an agenda or set of beliefs down anyone’s throat. I think art/music has become too self involved and romanticised. I'm simply here to shove a hand grenade up your ass and get your head banging!!!!!!!

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

The official definition of the word is: a situation in which everyone is manic or upset / a furious and hectic activity. These connotations alone seemed to back up what the band was about, plus the word just rolled off the tongue nicely too.

5.The last few recordings have been recorded all by yourself, are you open to working with a full band again on this project or do you chose to remain solo?

I'm undecided at this point, although if the right person/people present themselves, I’d definitely consider a full lineup. It's just about finding someone who is keen on playing that style, and has a good work ethic.

Currently I’m fully focused on putting together a live lineup to play shows, after that we'll see what happens.

The reason The Furor became a solo project in the first place, is that it was becoming hard to get the level of commitment I wanted from other members. Understandably though, attention can wane for numerous reasons. We'd been performing a long time in the scene, we're getting older, responsibilities outside music are ever mounting, etc.

I never wanted to quit entirely, so whilst doing many other bands, and touring the world as I have, I always had it in the back of my head to reform the Furor and pummel the fuck out of everyone all over again!!!! It's definitely a force to be reckoned with and I can't put it to sleep.

6.When there was a full line-up where there any live shows, if so what where some of the best shows that you had played and also how would you describe your stage performance?

Our stage performance is a full barrage of Armageddonous stealth and firepower!
Very intense, very visual and very tight musically.  As it should be. All aspects bombarding you in the face at once! We played probably 100 shows between the years 2004-2008 and they were all fun. I love playing live most of all, as I am somewhat of a social creature!

To me, recording albums is almost secondary to the experience of playing live.
In my opinion, REAL bands are ones that can pull it of spontaneously in a live setting. Studio trickery doesn't fool me, I've been around since before the digital age hehehe.

Highlight shows include our Australian tours with Behemoth (for their ‘Demigod’ album), Nile (for the ‘Annihilation of the Wicked’ album) and Marduk (for the ‘Rom 5:12’ album).
That was a great chance to get out of Perth and play Australian city's that had never experienced us before, and boy, we gave ‘em Hell, on a platter!

7.On the new album there was a cover of Slayer's "Show No Mercy', what was the decision behind doing your own version of this song?

Well Jeff Hanneman had just died and Slayer were firmly on my mind, more than usual haha, so it was my own little tribute to him, plus it's an old Slayer song I really enjoy, and am able to play without too much difficulty. In fact, those first two Slayer albums are perhaps my favorite metal albums of all time. They have an authenticity that is near impossible to be recreated these days. Amazing riffs, amazing vocals, amazing arrangements!!

8.The new album was self released but you have worked with labels before in the past, how would you compare the DIY approach to working with a record label?

I've only ever worked with the Prime Cuts label which is based here in Perth, and a few small distros worldwide, all of which have been quite minor affairs. Y'know, 5 CD's here, 10 CD's there kinda thing. It's probably worth mentioning that I’m currently looking for a reliable label to release ‘Impending Revelation’ and future releases worldwide.  Get in contact! I think I can hit a bigger audience, but I need more of a network by which to do it.

The benefits of doing things DIY, is that you have FULL CONTROL. You know where all the product and all the money's going so you're fully accountable, and it's a guaranteed way to get things done, on a smaller scale mind you. But it's not too bad with the internet these days. We were doing this before the internet existed and that was completely different as you can well imagine.

Doing things DIY can be fun, like running your own little business. The biggest downside of the DIY approach is finding time to follow everything up! It takes a lot of time to write and produce music, but probably even MORE time to promote, package and send things throughout the world. It can be a tad distracting for me at times as music is my forte.

I'd like to have more time to focus on the creative aspect, and let a professional handle the promo duties, but in the meantime, I’m doing an ok job at spreading the music, and the music seems to be speaking for itself thus far.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to the new album by fans of black and death metal?

It seems to be great so far. All reviews have been positive and I haven't seen anyone talking shit about it! I've promoted this one harder than previous releases, so I think it has reached a wider audience.

10.What is going on with some of the other musical projects or bands these days that you are a part of?

I have played drums with Singaporean Black/Death masters IMPIETY since September of 2011 and in that time I’ve recorded with them one album (‘Ravage and Conquer’) and one mini album (‘The Impious Crusade’), and we've done a heap of touring also. We toured Europe twice, once with Enthroned from Belgium, and once with the mighty Absu from Texas.  Awesome bands and ferocious blokes! Like I said we've played some new territory this year also, India, Norway and China. All big festivals, all great shows! In the past, we've extensively toured throughout Malaysia, Thailand, The Phillipines and Australia and New Zealand also.  It's been a wild ride, and I wouldn't change any of it. Touring is the hardest, yet the best!

Here in Perth, I recorded drums for the MALIGNANT MONSTER album 'Yours in Murder', plus we played many good local shows including a support slot for Watain, and we also hit the road and executed a small Australian tour with Melbourne thrash warlords DESECRATOR. We're currently writing for a new album, and we'll be playing local support for Krisiun here in November. I'm excited, as I'm a Krisiun nut!

The other band I’m in, MHORGL(Experimental Death/Black), is about to release an EP entitled ‘Haunter of the Dark’. It's a short sample of some new songs we've whipped together in the last year or so. It's a slightly different direction to our previous three albums, but sounds great so far. We did two shows in the Eastern States of Australia in 2011 and we play local shows here in Perth too.

I also played about 20 local shows with another project PSYCHONAUT (Thrash, Metal, Rock). That was fun. I think they're a great live band, very entertaining and somewhat of a fixture here in the Perth metal scene.

11.Where do you see this project heading into musically during the future?

I'm not exactly sure, but it won't be too different. All I can say is that it will positively evolve. It will always have it's foundations in hyperspeed Black/Death/Thrash metal, NO COMPROMISE, but I'll continue to find better ways of expressing that, through accentuation of certain existing aspects. Time will reveal it all to me.

12.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?

I don't have too much time to explore latest releases, but I can tell you what albums are currently in my car!

Deicide - When Satan Lives
Spearhead - Decrowning the Irenarch
Infernal Execrator -  Ad Infinitum Satanic Adherant
Oath of Damnation - The Descent
Exordium Ex Mors - The Apotheosis of Death
Apocalypse Command - Damnation Scythes of Invisible Abomination
Angelcorpse - Of Lucifer and Lightning.
Abhorer - Zygoatal Ecstacy
Suffocation - Live in Montreal

As you see, mainly old school style Black Death metal.
This is the style and vintage of metal which musically influences me.
And of course there are a million more bands I praise!

Absu, Immortal, Krisiun, Darkthrone, Mayhem, Dawn of Azazel, Immolation, Tjuder, Watain, Slayer, WASP, Van Halen, Lion, Sodom, Motorhead, Necrophagist to name a few.

13.Does Satanism or Occultism play any role in your music?

I have a casual interest in it and I respect it, I’d say I understand the fundamentals of it, although I don't spend too much time researching or consciously putting themes into my music, but they do creep in there. It's inevitable I suppose?

I do believe in the occult and its ability to manifest in the human dimension. I think it's just a viewpoint that our currently society cannot understand or has trouble integrating.
Let’s face it, modern culture is a big show game, and it won't last without major upheaval. Ancient wisdom and knowledge has been eclipsed in favour of passing trends and superficial satisfactions, and we seem to be moving away from that sacred knowledge as time passes. I'm sure ancient cultures knew more about the true nature of true reality (in a cosmic context) than we probably ever will. Most people have trouble just keeping up with society and the economy, let alone delving into exotic mysteries which generally get you branded as a crazy person in this day and age.

These themes are woven into my music, but they are only one aspect of it. I'm still predominantly caught up in the DESTRUCTIVE phase hehehe.

14.What are some of your non musical interests?

Other than music, I like to keep fit by exercising, doing weights, jogging at the beach near where I live, stretching - generally keeping fit. I like reading books on esoteric topics like the mind, universe and magic etc. I like watching films, mainly sci fi, Horror etc, although I’ve not seen a really gripping film in some time. Ugh! I also spend a lot of time going out to watch local shows in my hometown of Perth. There always quality shows happening here and a tight horde of metal barbarians to support!

To tell the truth, I probably spend too much time playing music! But as long as I’m inspired, I love it.

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

Well first off, a big thanks to you for granting me this opportunity to speak about myself so indulgently!

Please support and stay updated on my projects at these sites:

Be proud!
Your thoughts are the only reality!
Avoid shitty media!
Communicate truthfully and clearly with those around you!
Work Hard! Play Hard!
Support the arts!
Destroy the Machine!
......And fuck, I hope someone sorts out this bullshit in the Middle East because it seems to be getting completely out of hand!!
A miscommunication that may kill us all!!

That's about it for now, thanks again!!  

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Thy Darkened Shade/Liber Lvcifer I: Khem Sedjet/World Terror Commitee/2014 CD Review

dimanche 16 novembre 2014 à 03:45

  Thy  Darkened  Shade  are  a  duo  from  Greece  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  progressive  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Liber  Lvcifer  I:  Khem  Sedjet"  which  was  released  by  World  Terror  Commitee.

  The  sounds  of  the  night  start  off  the  album  before  adding  in  melodic  chanting  and  guitars  which  add  in  even  more  melody  as  well  as  adding  in  some  solos  and  after  the  intro  the  music  starts  to  speed  up  a  bit  and  ads  in  a  technical  black  metal  sound  along  with  some  grim  vocals  and  screams  as  well  as  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  you  can  hear  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  throughout  the  recording.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  album  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  band  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  talent  and  skill  into  both  the  riffs  and  solos  and  there  are  also  a  good  amount  of  clean  singing  vocals  being  utilized  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  a  good  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  bringing  in  a  more  modern  sound  to  the  black  metal  genre.

  At  times  spoken  word  ritualistic  parts  are  added  into  some  of  the  songs  and  the  melodic chanting  of  the  intro  makes  a  return  in  certain  parts  as  the  album  progresses  which  also  adds  in  more of  an  occult  atmosphere  to  the  recording  and  the  band  also  adds  in  acoustic  guitars  on  a  few  songs which  add  in  even  more  progressive  elements  to  the  album's  musical  sound  and  there  is  a  great  amount  of  diversity  present  throughout  the  recording.

  Thy  Darkened  Shade  create  a  very  original  sounding  album  with  the  music  on  the  recording  building  upon  an  occult  black  metal  foundation  and  they  make  their  songs  more  progressive,  technical  and  diverse  than  most  bands  of  the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Luciferian,  Occultism,  Persian  Magick  and  Left  Hand  Path  themes  that  go  very  deep  into  the  subject  matter  and  they  demonstrate  more  knowledge  on  these  topics  than  most  bands  of  the  genre.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  They  Darkened  Shade  and  if  you  are  looking  for  some  progressive  and  occult  black  metal  that  takes  the  genre  into  a  different  direction,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Elixir  of  Azazel"  "Nox  Profunda"  "Drayishn-i-Ahriman  o  Divan'  and  "Liber  Lvcifer".  8/5  out  of  10.         

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