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Sicut Glacies/En reise gjennom kalde dimensjoner/2020 Full Length Review

samedi 28 novembre 2020 à 23:37

 


  Sicut  Glacies  are  an  international  duo  with  members  from  Norway  and  Italy  that plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2020  album  "En  reise  gjennom  kalde  dimensjoner".


  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  Vocals are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the songs  also  add  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.


  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  sounding  while  synths  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  songs.  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  a  brief  use  of  wolves  howling  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences.


  As  the  album  progresses  they  bring  in  a  cover  of  Marduk's  "Opus  Nocturne"  which  also  introduces  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  recording  along  with  one  song  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  melodic  yet  ritualistic  chants.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  English  and  Norwegian  and  cover  Nature,  Winter  and  Luciferian  themes.


In  my  opinion  Sicut  Blacies  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Mighty  Mountains  -  Witness  Of  Time"  and  "In  Nomine  Luciferi  Draconis".8  out  of  10.


https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Sicut_Glacies/3540470592

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/11/sicut-glaciesen-reise-gjennom-kalde.html


Taur-Im-Duinath Interview

samedi 28 novembre 2020 à 20:59

 

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?


Imagine yourself at the threshold of a great, dark and unexplored forest. Imagine the sense of wonder, curiosity and awe assailing you. The feeling of wandering with no destination, lost among the trees, that's what Taur-Im-Duinath is about. It is a multilayered sonic endeavour, dense with melancholy and a sense of longing transpiring in the music.


 2.Recently you have released a new album, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past? 


It differs in every way from my previous album. This release is a collection of two different sides of Taur-Im-Duinath, each taking a different path from “Del Flusso Eterno” (first album).

The black metal sides of the work is somewhat less refined and more savage, while the folk/neofolk side is different just by definition.


3.One half of the album is black metal while the other half is neo-folk, can you tell us a little bit more about making a double album that is divided into 2 different musical styles? 

 

“The Burning Bridges” consists of two parts, divided in two cds. It is a ceremony of opposites.

The first half, “Randir”, is a completely revisioned version of my first demo. It represents the most savage side of Taur-Im-Duinath, with its primordial and fierce black metal songs.

“Bare Boughs”, the other half, is a somewhat mellower , stripped down side of the project. I wanted to express myself in a more intimate and essential way. 

The two sections are not, as would appear, contraries, but “complementary opposites” as Blake would say. They ultimately concur to the same whole.



4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored over the years with your music? 


Taur-Im-Duinath is and always will be about the forces of Nature and its allure, taking inspiration from its beauty, from its magic and mysticism.



5.I know that the bands name comes from the writings of J.R.R Tolkien, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in his writings? 


Yes, I took inspiration from the writings of the Professor regarding the name of the project. He is my favourite author, and not enough words would ever be sufficient to express how much beauty lies in his works. I instantly fell in love with “The Lord of the Rings” of course, but what got me enchanted was “The Silmarillion”, from which I took the name.

Although, the name is the only thing concerning Tolkien in this band, this was not an attempt of yet another “Tolkien Black Metal” project.


6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?


The cover is a photo taken by my dear friend Marco Alfieri, one of the most talented photographer I know. Fire is the red thread of the release. Fire cleanses, purifies, and reduces everything to its essence, leaving behind the superflous



7.On the albums you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians in the studio or do you prefer to work solo? 


I record everything by myself, but in this instance I had the pleasure of having various guests, in the second cd, “Bare Boughs”, the afore mentioned Marco Alfieri also singed on “Clearing Path”, Dario Guarino (Aged Teen) on “Night Hymn”, and Chiara Minniti (Writ In Water) on “Hyades”. They contributed with their voice, taking the songs to another level completely.


8.What are some of the best shows that you have done with the live line up and also how would you describe your stage performance? 


We only started playing live for two years, but I can safely say that the best show was the very first one, held at Cult of Parthenope Black Metal Fest in Caserta. Opening for bands such as Cult of Fire, Sur Austru and Selvans was a huge honor. The venue was packed from the very beginning (and we were the very first band playing), and it was really liberating, and cathartic, to finally play those songs live. It is a moment I will always cherish, and hold close to my heart.


9.The new album was released on 'Cult Of Parthenope', how would you compare working with them to your older label 'Dusktone'? 


Just to be clear : I have not signed for the label Cult Of Parthenope, but we arrenged to publish this particular double release (which is not an “album” in the literal term). I am still in the Dusktone roster, with which I will release my second album.


10.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?


The reaction was good in general, I was and still am humbled by the response of the public.


11.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future? 


Hopefully as I see myself in the present: devoted to music and its creation.


12.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? 


No straight answer here, as my tastes are various like my mood, but anyway, I could draw a line of the essential and most profound influences on me, the foremost being Agalloch, followed by Ulver, Mgla, Panopticon...

Right now I'm trying to follow all the beautiful releases of the year, but also discovering stuff from the past.

Right now I'm very into the new Wayfarer, Akhlys , Auðn and a couple new projects called Lure, from France, and the other called Silver Knife. Really good stuff.

I was driven crazy by the new Ulver, and also loved the new Sangre De Muerdago and Hexvessel, while I'm discovering new stuff like Lux Interna, Burial Hex or Western Skies Motel.

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


Thank you for the interesting questions, and thank you to all the reader. Keep wandering.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/11/taur-im-duinath-interview.html


Artisian Interview

samedi 28 novembre 2020 à 20:48

 

1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the musical project these days?


hi! well, Artisian is currently in the studio recording the 11th studio album out on Tinnitus records, I did a 1 man online live feed gig 2 weeks ago. The artwork is currently being prepared and I will no doubt do another 1 man gig in a few months.


2.In 2020 you had released both a full length and an ep, musically how do they both differ from each other?


well I actually did 2 full length albums and an EPin 2020 lol!! I did Thurisaz which had a lot of black and roll influence as well as the usual Artisian style of songs and I did an unplugged album called 'Lament' not ot be confused with the first album 'lament for the eternal frost'  i wanted to experiment with dark heavy black metal feeling but strip it back as minimalist as possible, so i used an acoustic guitar, clean vocals and stomp box. Black metal has always been about feeling, coldeness, solitude, darkness etc a real opposition to pop music, so this i felt was taking my interpretation of black metal one step further, i may or may not do it again, but it was a 1 off idea that i wanted to do, it went well i feel. The EP was a mix of both, it had full band black metal tracks, then 2 traditional Scottish folk songs to finish, clean vocals and a bodhran ( drum ) 


3.On the new ep you also done a couple of Scottish folk tunes, can you tell us a little bit more this decision?

 I felt they were very black metal in feeling, I felt they were so stripped down, minimalist and raw that i felt compelled to do this one time.


4.A lot of your lyrics cover satanic topics, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in Satanism?

Satan means adversary, i think a lot of people into the music will agree that they feel like social opposition, we reject, or should reject mainstream consumerism and organised religion, which are simply multinational corporations too.  All the plastic processed world that is force fed to us; plastic music, plastic food, plastic everything. Destroying our culture, our history,  our people, ( Our Land on Thurisaz deals with this topic )

I feel an affinity with proper Satanism, certainly not the plastic hollywood satanism of le'vey. I live in a stripped down, natural, dark positive manner. 


5.You have also written a few songs that cover Norse Paganism and Runes, how would you describe your interest in this topic?

This is my history and heritage and largely the listener bass of Artisan too, it applies to us, it is being outlawed in certain European countries, i have no idea why they are trying to censor our heritage and history, but no matter our view point, this is despicable and if a small black metal band can help keep our rich and fantastic history alive... then I will do so. I have major issues with censorship and there is alot going on these days.


6.What are some of the other lyrical topics and subjects you have explored over the years with your music?

When i lived in London, i was there when the terrorist attacks happened, i wrote about that in the 2nd album, the 1st album was a learning process but it had things i still deal with today but also issues that i had grown up with in Scotland. I write about what inspires me, there is a repatitve theme but each album has a different set of topics and in some respects, once some of these issues have been addressed they are done, its a bit like self therapy lol! 


7.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Artisian'?

You are the first person to ask this in 16years so thank you!!  it is Artisan with an extra i. When I started the band I knew it was going to be underground and on trade magazines etc so i chose the letter A to be near the top of the list lol! Then I started looking around for words in French, English, Gaelic and Latin, it took some time, but then I settled on Artisian. An artisan is someone who creates something, as I was going to be the sole creator in this work it made sense, then i decided to tweak the spelling a little to make it original! 


8.Currently you work as a solo project but have had former members in the past, are you open to working with other musicians during the future?

Perhaps, but it is so stress free working alone, i have no issues, no constraints, it is very free and liberating and lets the band flow in the direction it needs too. 


9.What are some of the best shows that you have played with the live line up over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?

There have been lots of great shows that jump to mind, lots of people want to hear about the tour supports, which were great, i have toured with Marduk twice, Gorgoroth twice, Mayhem, Nachtmystium, Venom Inc, Obituary, Entombed, Napalm Death and loads of others and some open air festivals, but i have to be honest, since september 2019 i have been performing as a 1 piece, and these shows have really been the most stress free, i started Artisian as a 1 piece, and had planned to play live as a 1 piece from the start. The first few gigs, i didn't have the experience or correct set up to do it properly, so i allowed people in to play with me, which kinda ruined the idea, now i have everything i need and done about 10 shows as a 1 piece, 5 have been live stream gigs. so they have been the best!  the last gig is on the bands facebook you can still watch it. 

The performance is about a solitary self expression and my interpretation of black metal, but i am also there to entertain like minded individuals who enjoy the work, the art and the performance. doing the 1 man thing has shaped this alot. again, it has given me the freedom to do live feed gigs in places you wouldn't normally play, the last gig was in my barn in the middle of a forest where I live. This is much more fitting for a black metal band I feel and for Artisian in particular. 


10.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal and crust punk?

its been good,  Artisian has its fan base, they live what i do, so its all good, they are quite crazer fans, i have to say, but very cool people! :D 


11.You also have a new album coming out in 2021, what can we expect musically once it is released?

the next album is in 2 chapters, i has songs written and recorded in England and the 2nd chapter is written and recorded in Hungary, they vibe will be a little more lofi and old school, it is a production and vibe i really love, the most, the whole Dark Throne vibe is just pure black metal to me and i feel ready with this album to have a trve cult necro vibe to reflect the feeling of the new material and what inspired it.


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?

influence wise, it really hasn't changed, i am still listening to the same guys i have for many years as they are still producing great music, it covers a broad range, i always discover new bands in the underground via the labels i trade with and that i am friends with. there is always new stuff to check out and enjoy.


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

just to say these questions have been really great, thank you for reviewing the EP and thank you for giving Artisian your time and space on your blog.

if anyone wants to check out the music and live feeds, it can be found on  facebook.com/artisian666 and artisian.bandcamp.com

ave Satanas 


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/11/artisian-interview.html


Artisian/Skull And Bones/2020 EP Review

samedi 28 novembre 2020 à 05:45

 


  Artisian  are  a  solo  project  from  Hungary  that  plays  a  mixture  of  raw  black  metal  and  crust  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2020  ep  "Skulls  And  Bones".

  

   A  very  fast  crust  punk  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  deep  yet  grim  vocals  a  few  seconds  later. When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  blast  beats  are  also  added  into  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs.


  Most  of  the  music  sticks  mostly  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction  while  all  of  the  riffs  are  also  done  on  power  chords  along  with  one  of  the  tracks  also  adding  in  some  of  the  slower  riffing.  The  last  2  tracks  are  done  in  more  of  a  folk  music  style  as  well  as  adding  in  some  percussion's  and  clean  vocals.


  Artisian  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  raw  black  metal  and  crust  punk  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own  as  well  as  experimenting  with  Scottish  folk  music  on  a  couple  of  songs.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Darkness,  Misanthropy  and  Folklore  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Artisian  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  raw  black  metal  and  crust  punk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "...And  God  Has  Turned  His  Face  Away"  and  "Black  Sun".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/11/artisianskull-and-bones2020-ep-review.html


Lich/Ossario/Imperatix Mundi Records/2020 Split EP Review

samedi 28 novembre 2020 à 04:20

 


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  ep  between  Italy's  Lich  and  Ossario  which  was  released  on  cassette  by  Imperatix  Mundi  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Lich  a  band  that  plays  a  very raw  and  old  school  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal.


  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  dark,  heavy  and  melodic  sound  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  .Vocals  are  done  in  mostly  and  80's  black/death  metal  style  along  with  the  tremolo  picking  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  as  well  as  the  tracks  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  movie  samples  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  all  of  their  music  also  sticks  to  a  heavier  direction.


  Lich  plays  a  musical  style  that  goes  back  to  the  80's  and  early 90's  styles  of  black  and  death  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  horror  and  evil  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Lich  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  old  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Nightmare".


  Next  up  is  Ossario  a  band  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  old  school  mixture  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal.


  Their  side  of  the  split starts  out  with  some  thrash  metal  influenced  riffing  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  a  mixture  of  black  metal  screams  and  death  metal  growls  along  with  some  dark  sounding  melodies  also  being  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  and  the  tracks  also  add  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  horror  movie  samples  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  old  school  style.  


  Ossario  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  the  80's  and  early  90's  style  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  horror  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Ossario  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  old  school  mixture  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "A  Grave  Within  The  Mind".


 In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  raw  and  old  school  black,  death  and  thrash  metal.  8  out  of  10.


https://www.metal-archives.com/albums/Lich/Lich_-_Ossario/900306


https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Ossario/3540469043                    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/11/lichossarioimperatix-mundi-records2020.html