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Sartegos/As Fontes do Negrume/ Caverna Abismal Records/2015 Cassette Re-Issue Review

dimanche 26 avril 2015 à 02:14

  Sartegos  are  a  band  from  Spain  that  plays  a  satanic  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2013  ep  "As  Fontes  do  Negrume"  which  was  re-issued  on  cassette  in  2015  by  Caverna Abismal Records.

  Medieval  torture  sounds  along  with  an  evil  and  epic  atmosphere  start  off  the  ep  and  after  th e intro  the  music  starts  going  for  more  of  a  dark,  raw  and  heavy  black/death  metla  direction  that  also  incorporates  some  morbid  sounding  melodies  and  they  also  add  in  demonic  growls  and  grim  black  metal  screams.

  Most  of  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  and  you  can  also  hear  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  at  times  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  very  dark  and  melodic  and  at  time s the  music  has  almost  a  bestial  black/death  metal  feeling  while  never  quite  getting  as  brutal  as  that  style  and  some  of  the  fast  riffs  also  add  more  of  a  raw  atmosphere  to  the  songs  while  some  of  the  slower  riffs  bring  in  elements  of  old  school  doom/death  metal  and  they  close  the  ep  with  a  ritualistic  soundign  synth  outro..

  Sartegos  goes  back  to  the  early  90's  era  of  black  and  death  metal  and  mixes  the  darkest  parts  of  both  genres  from  that  era  together  to  create  some  evil  and  raw  sounding  music,  the  production  sound s very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Spanish  and  cover  Satanism  and  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Sartegos  are  a  very  great  sounding  satanic  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Lostregos  Sob  As  Tumbas"  and  "Coroado  Seja  (Trono  Aureo)".  8  out  of  10.

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Sercati/In The Shadow Of Sidewalks/WormHoleDeath Records/2015 EP Review

samedi 25 avril 2015 à 23:47

  Sercati  are  a  band  from  Belgium  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  melodic  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  ep  "In  The  Shadow  Of  Sidewalks"  which  was  released  by  WormHoleDeath  Records.

  Dark  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  a  few  seconds  later  and  on  the  second  track  the  music  starts  adding  in  more  symphonic  elements  along  with  some  powerful  sounding  bass  lines  in  the  background  before  adding  in  acoustic  guitars  and  grim  black  metal  screams.

  Elements  of  ambient  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  along  with  some  militant  drum  beats  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  more  of  a  melodic  musical  style  and  on  the  third  track  the  guitars  start  to  bring  in  more  of  a  heavier  style  that  is  closer  to  melodic  black  metal  while  the  music  also  remains  atmospheric  and  the  songs  also  stick  to  mostly  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction.

  Sercati  remains  true  to  the  melodic  and  atmospheric  style  they  have  established  and  previous  recordings  and  they  still  have  a  grim  feeling  and  the  keyboards  are  still  a  very  huge  part  of  their  sound,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  continue  the  concept  of  the  archangel  known  as  'The  Nightstalker'.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Sercati  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Anesthetist"  and  "Natural  City".  8  out  of  10.


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Skygge Interview

vendredi 24 avril 2015 à 09:52
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?
SM :  I am always writing music in some form so I have been writing a great deal of new songs and still working on creating new stuff. As of today Skygge is back to being a one man band. There are different reasons for this,but that is all i can say for now at least.

2.In January 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 have released in the past?

SM :  Music wise it is pretty much a wall of sound with more focus on the details. And more focused on the dark and hard hitting feel of the musical vibrations. I wanted to do something different and new(for myself), and it worked for me and the direction of the band. Now i am more focused on sharpening the tools that i already have within skygge. From "knokkelkraft" it has evolved a big deal. From experience,musicianship and my own views on things. That off course shapes the outcome,music and lyric wise. So it is a step in the right direction for me and not stagnating on what has been.

3.This is the first album to be released in 3 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?
SM : I did not want to rush the album so i used alot of time and energy to find the inspiration and writing when the moment struck me. Since i do everything myself i like to take my time and try out different things and not settle for something that`s half finished or just dosen`t "sit right".

4. Your lyrics cover a good amount of Occult and Left hand path topics, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the black arts?
SM : It is not easy to put into words. For me it`s something very deep,powerful and personal. It`s all about self explored and gained experience. But the dark/unknown aspects of life have always inspired me more and driven me further. I do have a varied interest in the occult and even though there are alot of similarities in skygge with the left hand path i really don`t use those terms much myself. A quote from earlier when knokkelkraft was released explains it pretty good. "Standing out as a true individual and making the choices thereafter are vital things for skygge. Not being a slave to society,others opinions,beliefs and so forth. But holding on to your true self. The eternal inner flame. Power to wield it and becoming a God."

5.While a lot of people associate Norway with black metal I have felt that a lot of newer releases from that country are more geared towards the mainstream and the Satan and Occult is done mostly for shock value, but when i listen to your music it is very dark and raw and more in depth with the Left hand Path, do you feel you stand apart from the majority of the bands in your home country?

SM : The way i see it is that being true to one self and creating something honest goes hand in hand with music. I am not interested in selling anything for a "trend" or just because someone thinks it`s cool. I think it all has been watered down and lost most of it`s true essence. The raw,individualistic and untamed aspect of it. I have my personal favorites from the nineties and so forth. But i do not compare or associate skygge with other bands so it is my own journey through the dark tunnels. Nowadays It has almost become a catch phrase and instant seller to use the term "TNBM" or "Norwegian black metal".

6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Skygge'?

SM : Skygge is my own interpretation for for night-side,darkness or the dark side of things. And all the imagery and myth/folklore that follows the darkness or the unknown fro my point of view. Coming from within and from my own mind most of the time. But it is also the path of change and evolving into something more.

7.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you planning on expanding the line up in the future or do you chose to remain a duo?
SM :  As the band as of today only consists of skyggemester there will be no more members for the time being.

8.The new album was released on Immortal Frost Productions, how did you get in contact with this label and also how would you compare working with to them to your old label Naturmacht Productions.

SM : It went pretty smooth. Skygge were offered a good deal from Immortal Frost and i spoke to the label manager and the deal was made from there. I think both labels have their good and bad qualities. But i leave it to that. My experience has been good in both cases and i respect the people behind the labels.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to the newer music by fans of black metal?

SM : The feedback is and has been very good and is constantly expanding so i am very thankful for all who support skygge in every way. It is still beyond my "expectations". To me it`s quite strange,because i make music for myself that i like and therefore never think about what others may think about it.

10.Are any of the band members involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?
SM : I have have another project called NordKraft.

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
SM : Honestly i do not know where the next crooked path takes me. But I see skygge as ever growing and expanding to where ever my inspiration and creativity takes me. I will always strive and fight to go further and deeper.

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?
SM : I listen to alot of different music. So it is hard to pin point specific bands that have influenced me more. It all depends. For me it is more about the feel of the song, the unique type of sound it has, or it could be something like a specific riff or drum fill. I am more enthusiastic about the "soul of the song".

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you very much for taking time to do this interview and hail the nocturnal empire.

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Nihilistinen Barbaarisuus/The Child Must Die/Infernal Kimmando/2015 CD Review

vendredi 24 avril 2015 à 07:16

  Nihilistinen  Barbaarisuus  are  a  band  from  Pennsylvania  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  cold,  ambient  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "The  Child  Must  Die"  which  was  released  by  Infernal  Kommando.

   A  very  dark,  raw  and  atmospheric  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  ambient  synths  and  the  drums  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  after  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  are  added  onto  the  recording  the  songs  start  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  A  good  portion  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  and  you  can  also  hear  some  deep  growls  in  the  background  at  times  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  some  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  and  the  synths  also  give  the  tracks  more  of  an  epic  atmosphere  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  very  dark  and  melodic  and  the  album  closes  with  an  acoustic  instrumental.

  Nihilistinen  Barbaarisus  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  on  this  recording  that  goes  for  more  of  a  mid  90's  style  atmospheric  and  epic  black  metal  sound  while  also  bringing  in  touches  of  ambient,  the  production  sound s very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  are  based  on  the  Kalevala  which  is  also  a  very  important  book  of  Finnish  paganism.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Nihilistinen  Barbaarisus  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Child  Must  Die"  and  "Admidst  the  Waves".  8  out  of  10.


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Ashbringer/Vacant/Avantgarde Music/2015 CD Review

jeudi 23 avril 2015 à 08:46

  Ashbringer  are  a  solo  project  from  Minnesota  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Vacant"  which  was  released  by  Avantgarde  Music.

  Ambient  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  singing  which  also  appears  on  other  songs  as  well  and  acoustic  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  while  a  few  seconds  later  melodic  post  black  metal  guitar  leads a re  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  some  grim  yet  high  pitched  screams  and  after  the  intro  the  bass  guitars  start  having  more  of  a  powerful  sound  to  them.

  A  good  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  elements  of  folk  music  at  times  and  the  music  can  get  very  atmospheric  when  synths  are  utilized  and  you  can  hear  a  lot  of  cascadian  black  metal  elements  throughout  the  recording  and  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  have  a  very  raw  feeling  to  them  and  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  there  is  also  an  ambient  instrumental  before  the   album  closes  with  another  heavy  track.

  Ashbringer  plays  a  style  of  black  metal t hat  is  very  modern,  melodic,  raw  and  atmospheric  sounding  and  also  seems  to  be  very  heavily  influenced  by  the  cascadian  style  and  there  is  also  a  touch  of  ambient,  folk  and  progressive  in  the  songs,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ashbringer  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Lucid"  and  "better".  8  out  of  10.

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