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The Wake/Born In 84, Dies In The 84th Year/Loud Rage Music/2020 EP Review

mercredi 30 septembre 2020 à 05:09

 


  The  Wake  are  an  international  duo  with  embers  from  Germany  and  Romania  that has had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  raw  and  melodic  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  ep "Born  In  84,  Dies  In  The  84th  Year"  which  was  released  by  Loud  Rage  Music.


  Breathing  sounds  start  off  the  ep  fore  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  the  only  track  that  is  presented  on  the  recording  is  over  15  minutes  in  length.  Whispered  vocals  can  also  be  heard  before  along  with  all  of  the musical  instruments  also having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.


  Grim black  metal  screams  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  song while  spoken  word  parts can  also  be  heard  briefly.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  recording  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  also  being  utilized  at  times,  psychedelic  sounds  and  synths  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  and  the  ep  also  adds  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.


  On  this  recording  The  Wake  goes  for  more  of  a  raw  and  melodic  style  of  black  metal  that  also  mixes  in  some  elements  of  death  and  doom  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own. The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  The  Wake  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  melodic  black  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  8  out  of  10.


https://loudragemusic.bandcamp.com/album/the-wake-born-in-84-died-in-the-84th-year




    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/09/the-wakeborn-in-84-dies-in-84th.html


Ordinul Negru/Nebuisa/Loud Rage Music/2020 EP Review

mercredi 30 septembre 2020 à 04:24

 


  Romania's  Ordinul  Negru  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  atmospheric  style  of  black  metal  from  their  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  ep  "Nebuisa"  which  was  released  by  Loud  Rage  Music.


  Melodic  guitar  riffing  and  drum  beats  start  off  the  ep  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  and  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.


  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  At  times  the  riffs  also  get  very  technical  sounding  along  with  the  music  also  having  its  atmospheric  moments  as  well as  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style,  one  track  also  introduces  female  vocals  and  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  recording.


  On  this  recording  Ordinul  Negru  takes  their  atmospheric  style  of  occult  black  metal  into  more  of  a  technical  direction.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Romanian  and  cover  Occultism,  Darkness  and  Solitude  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Prdinul  Negru  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  and  occult  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Nebuisa"  and  "Maldoror".  8  out  of  10.


https://loudragemusic.bandcamp.com/album/ordinul-negru-nebuisa.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/09/ordinul-negrunebuisaloud-rage-music2020.html


Heteriik Interview

mercredi 30 septembre 2020 à 03:31

 

 For those that have never heard of you before , can you tell us a little bit about the musical project? 1) Personal , visceral inspirations. I let a story come to life that is created over time. The overall picture speaks of the repercussion of mental disorders, of "deviances" on the physical ; disorders induced in particular by societal needs, collective demands unsuitable for the main protagonist of the picture. For A.T.R . we are in the first chapter, in the first table , we are just beginning to explore falls and the unconscious. It is full of false certainties, of real questioning, why not see it as the first steps of an initiatory or therapeutic journey?

 So far you have released an ep, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording? 2) Everything is both instinctive and thoughtful . To try to be clearer, at no point in the creation or recording process do I ever stick to anything in terms of musical etiquette. Certain rhythmic and melodic lines were often made by instinct, I knew which music had to transcribe such and such an emotion at such and such a moment. Once it was laid down , even spat out, I could take the time to build around it and explore , experiment with the sounds. And that's what was great with S. Robitaille , who have mixed and mastered A.T.R , to be able to exchange and work on certain parts, certain sounds to get to what you can listen to today. No need or desire for a musical label of departure or arrival . 

What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored so far with the music? 3) For A.T.R ., I gave you a lot of keys in the first answer. For the next opus, I will take you further in the unconscious exploration , letting the brain or the guts express themselves, whoever needs it on each piece. You will also find themes such as isolation (forced or wanted), internal prison , progressive loss of control . On other projects I have been fortunate enough to work on , I have explored a very wide range of themes, from Saturnalia to the battlefield , with varying degrees of satisfaction . Experiments on the psyche of the individual , climatic alterations, different human disorders are my favorite themes, certainly because the most personally speaking haha.

 What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Heteriik'? 4) Heteriik is a free rewriting of the etheric word. I echo the notion of the etheric body, and I let you rummage through the books if this notion is foreign to you :)

 5) Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the ep cover? 5) I was impressed by this photo, what it expresses, what it exudes in emotion and appeal to personal reflection . Everything is impeccable on this one , the light, the colors... And it fits perfectly with the music and the emotions I wanted to convey. This picture and the one on the round cd were made by M.S. and Benoît Mota. The insert is made by Satter, inspired by the theme of the EP and the colors of the cover. I take this opportunity to thank them again by the way. 

With this project you record everything by yourself but have experience working with other musicians, how would you compare the two? 6) Everything, absolutely everything is different. You only confront yourself in the end , and you make yourself evolve , always looking further. I'm a natural to question everything, often . So I think it's an asset to work on solo projects. Group work must be dynamic, you must also know how to make compromises and be flexible , without necessarily crashing either. It's still relational in my opinion , and when you have a dynamic that lasts over time then you already have half of the work done. Both ways of working are very interesting and enriching, on different points. You don't have the same constraints of time , of rendering. Working alone is a challenge too, for the necessary rigor, and it allowed me to learn a lot of new skills and use new materials. But I feel free to create in both ways. 

Currently you are unsigned , are you looking for a label or have received any interest? 7) Yes. At first I didn't even think about it, preferring to focus on the release and some promotion . Then some good , even very good feedback from listeners came to me , and encouraging lyrics that led me to consider looking for a label , to support me in future releases on a different format than the CD. 

On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of atmospheric black metal? 8) I have some good feedback from France , Europe and Quebec at the moment. It's a good start, especially for a project that was released so recently I think. 

What is going on with your other band 'Verglas Sanglant' these days? 9) For Verglas Sanglant, we are in the promotion phase of our latest EP, "Tempête de Tourments", released last June and on the preparations for the tour in France in February 2021 with our friends from The Negation . Beautiful dates to come , and all the infos will be announced via the Facebook page and the band's website. 

10.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the music heading into musically during the future? 10) Soon , within a few months at the latest. As I told you my musical approach is rigorous and sincere , so I'm giving myself every opportunity to perfect the next opus. Which is on the right track , many tracks have already been recorded. The evolution will be the one that the project will bring in the end , with the research to take you very far, too far in the musical journey. We'll see what means it will take , I'm not ruling out any possibility for this project. We come back to the disinterest of musical etiquette , certainly I create a form of Black Metal , but codification is one of the victims of the journey with Heteriik. Codifying, putting in the little boxes, doesn't help you think. Here , I invite you to project yourself into the music, to feel it, to live it. In your own way. 

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? 11) Very clearly Black Metal , you will also find electro and experimental music in terms of influences. At the moment, in no particular order and without being exhaustive , I'm listening: Pink Floyd Leviathan Wardruna James Carter Shining DHG Deathspell Omega SUNN 0))))) Austere Igorrr Diapsiquir Quantic Charlie Parker Archgoat Behexen IC3PEAK 

Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts? 12) Thank you for your questions, which I enjoyed answering. Thank you for the support, and see you soon for a new musical step.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/09/heteriik-interview.html


Akral Necrosis/The Greater Absence/Loud Rage Music/2020 CD Review

mardi 29 septembre 2020 à 06:50

 


  Romania's  Akral  Necrosis  have  returned  with  a  new recording  which  shows  the music  going  for  more  of  a  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "The  Greater  Absence"  which  was  released  by  Loud  Rage  Music.


  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the vocals  are  a  mixture  of  high  pitched  yet  grim  black  metal  screams  and  death  metal  growls.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  brutal  sounding  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  tremolo  picking  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  yet  chaotic  style  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  some  whispered vocal  also  being  utilized  briefly.


  One  track  also  introduces  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  recording  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  at  times  as  well  as  some  of  the  tracks  also  getting  more  longer  in  epic  in  length  as  the  album  progresses.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  based  upon  a  character  obsessed  with  the  occult  and  who  discovers  a superficial  approach  towards  the  unknown  can  have  unexpected  consequences.  


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Akral  Necrosis  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Silent  Altar"  "Man  In  The  Cauldron" "Plaguebound"  and  "Damnatio  Memoriae".  8  out  of  10.


 https://loudragemusic.bandcamp.com/album/akral-necrosis-the-greater-absence  


    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/09/akral-necrosisthe-greater-absenceloud.html


Ceremonial Bloodbath/The Tides Of Blood/Sentient Ruin Laboratories/2020 Full length Review

mardi 29 septembre 2020 à 05:00

 


  Ceremonial  Bloodbath  are  a  band  from  Vancouver  B.C,  Canada  that  plays  a  bestial  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album "The  Tides  Of  Blood" which  will  be released  in  October  by  Sentient  Ruin  Laboratories.


  A  very  dark  and  ritualistic  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  brief  use  of  whispered  spoken  word  parts  before  going  into  a  very  fast,  raw  and  brutal  war  metal  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  bestial  growls.


  Dark  sounding  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Black  metal  screams  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  some  of  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  showing  an  influence  of  90's  era  doom/death  metal.


 When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  chaotic  style  as  well  as  having  their  melodic  moments  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  synths  can  also  be  heard  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Darkness  and  Violence  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Ceremonial  Bloodbath  are  a  very  great  sounding  bestial  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Primitive"  "The  Throat  Of  Belial"  and  "Ceremonial  Bloodbath". 8out  of  10.


BANDCAMP RELEASE 


  


   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/09/ceremonial-bloodbaththe-tides-of.html