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The Great He-Goat/Last Rites For A Generation/2014 Full Length Review

vendredi 7 février 2014 à 23:59

  The  Great  He-Goat  are  a  band  from  Oklahoma  which  has  had  their  previous  material  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  that  plays  a  very  raw,  melodic  and  grim  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  album  "Last  Rites  For  A  Generation".

    The  album  starts  out  with  a  dark  dungeon  synth  style  sound  before  going  into  a  more  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  along  with  blast  beats  and  grim  vocals  as  well  as  adding  in  old  school  melodic  death  metal  elements  while  the  main  focus  is  still  black  metal  along  with  an  atmospheric  background  which  also  leads  to  a  mixture  of  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  before  bringing  in  melodic  metal  solos.  

  As  the  album  progresses  acoustic  guitars  and  traditional  metal  influences  are  brought  into  certain  sections  of  the  music  along  with  some  slower  parts  that  bring  in  a  depressive  feeling  to  the  recording  before  finding  their  sound  with  the  more  fast  and  melodic  material  which  they  are  really  good  at  and  after  awhile  you  can  hear  a  small  amount  of  symphonic  elements  form  the  keyboards  but  they  are  mostly  in  the  background  and  do not  over  power  the  album.

  With  this  album  The  Great  He-Goat  show  a  great  amount  of  progress  with  their  music  while  the  music  does  has  its  raw  black  metal  moments  they  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody,  melody  and  a  small  amount  of  atmospheric  and  symphonic  elements  as  well  as  a  traditional  metal  feeling  and  you  can  tell  the  band  does  not  follow  any  trends   and  it  shows  with  the  diversity  they  bring  onto  the  album.

  Song  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  occult  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  powerful  and  heavy  sound  along  with  the  bass  guitars  being  mixed  down  low  in  the  mix  as  well  as  some  of  the   songs  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  The  Great  he-Goat  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  heavy,  fast,  grim  and  melodic  black  metal,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hollow  Victory"  and  "The  Cloak  Of  Shadows".  8  out  of  10.

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Ritual Decay/The Conquering Darkness/Caligari Records/2014 Cassette Review

vendredi 7 février 2014 à 09:05

  Ritual  Decay  are  a  trio  from  Memphis,  Tennessee  that  plays  a  very  blasphemous  form  of  black/death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  cassette  "The  Conquering  Darkness"  which  was  released  by  Caligari  Records.

  The  cassette  starts  out  with  with  a  dark  and  heavy  sound  before  going  into  a  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  along  with  piercing  high  pitched  screams  and  blast  beats  and  after  awhile  deep  death  metal  growls  become  a  part  of  the  music  which  also  leads  to  a  mixture  of  slow  and  fast  parts  which  also  brings  in  an  old  school  early  90's  feeling.

  As  the  recording  continues  the  band  start  going  into  a  more  early  second  wave  black  metal  direction  while  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  keeping  around  a  good  amount  of  death  metal  elements  and  on  a  couple  of  the  songs  they  bring  in  some  angry  sounding  shouts  and  on  the  last  song  they  go  for  more  of  a  slow  and  heavy  direction  while  still  having  their  fast  moments

  On  these  cassette  Ritual  Decay  go  back  to  the  raw  roots  of  second  generation  black  metal  and  bring  in  some  influences  from  the  dark  side  of  death  metal  to  create  a  recording  that  is  very  fast,  bone crushing,  raw  and  heavy  sounding  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blasphemy  and  morbid  sounding  melodies  which  a  lot  of  newer  bands  seem  to  be  lacking.

  Song  lyrics  cover  darkness,  occult  and  blasphemous  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  raw,  heavy  and  old  school  sound  along  with  the  bass  guitars  being  mixed  down  low  in  the  mix  as  well  as  some  of  the  songs  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  Ritual  Decay  are  a  very  great  sounding  blasphemous  black/death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  cassette.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Reach  For  the  Axe"  and  "An  Oath  to  Spilling  Blood".  9  out  of  10.  


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Nihilstinen Barbaarisuus Interview

vendredi 7 février 2014 à 07:59
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Nihilistinen Barbaarisuus began outside Philadelphia in 2012 when co-founders Mika Mage (me) and Manuel Rodriguez decided to create music reminiscent of the arctic winter.  Manuel had a great collection of riffs but no time to record them, so I contributed my own and a few unique tracks and recorded a short demo myself.  M.W.S. (Serpent ov Old, Shadows in the Crypt, ex-Wykked Witch, ex-Evil Divine) heard it and asked me to record a full-length at his Thee Illuminated studio, thus 'Synkkä Tuuli' was born..  Manuel was only interested in creating one album and M.W.S. left to focus on Serpent ov Old, leaving things a one man project from the 'Väinämöinen' EP onward..

2.So far you have released a demo, full length, and an ep, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical sound that is present on those 3 recordings and also how do they differ from each other?

The self-titled promo and ST had tracks featuring equal contributions from Manuel and me, but since I wrote my riffs to complement his it's his influences that shine through.  All the material after ST was composed solely by me, and I think the stylistic difference is evident on the EP, and will continue to be more so on the next album..  I'm more progressively oriented, thus I took some creative risks that I hope the kvlt faithful respond well to..

3.From what I have seen so far is that the project was originally based in Finland but is now re-located to the New England part of the United States, what was the decision behind the move and how would you compare the black metal scene of the east coast to the one in your native country?

I'm a dual citizen of Finland and the US, my family still owns a cottage in Finland but I've lived mostly in America since I was a child, so America is where the band was formed.  Did we actively decide to start a black metal band in the US?  No, we aren't idiots, we're victims of geography..  I would compare the European black metal scene to that on the east coast but there is none to compare it to.. at least not in this area..  Sure, there are clusters of bands making great black metal here and there, like Inverted Trifixion in Maryland and our HPGD label mates Shadows in the Crypt and Serpent ov Old in Philadelphia, but I would hardly call it a scene..  There does exist a small scene for brutal death, which has bred some excellent bands (Sapremia, Nightfire, Black Crown Initiate) and musicians I like to commandeer on occasion for my own evil devices..

4.Can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

This music is a love letter to the frozen north, or perhaps more a suicide note..  For ST, I wanted to take the listener on a bleak voyage through a desolate arctic landscape, thus the opening track begins with footsteps fighting a blizzard, and the album ends with a melancholy acoustic piece implying a frostbitten finality..  I decided to keep the lyrics minimalist on all tracks except 'Anhedonia' to emphasize the wall of sound and compliment the searing, wind-like M.W.S. vocal style.  For the follow-up I looked to the Finnish national epic the 'Kalevala' for inspiration, further embracing my Nordic roots..  The EP 'Väinämöinen' is named for the hero protagonist and the lyrics to the title track are taken directly from the text.  The new album will follow suit..

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Nihilistinen Barbaarisuus'?

Nihilistinen Barbaarisuus (nihilistic barbarism in English) is a philosophical concept I came upon while reading 'The Little Book of Atheist Spirituality', a book written by French philosopher Andre Comte-Sponville.  I think he explains it best:

"Nihilistic Barbarism has no program, no ideal, no ideology.  It has no need of these things.  Its advocates believe in nothing; they know only violence and egotism, contempt and hatred.  They are prisoners of their own instincts, their own stupidity and lack of culture, and slaves to what they think of as their freedom.  They are barbaric because they lack faith and/or fidelity; they are the mercenaries of the void."

6.Currently there is only 1 member in the band, are you planning on working with another line up again in the future or is this going to evolve into a solo project?

Due to the nature of the music and my personal life it will likely remain a one man project..  Creatively this leaves me with more freedom, and managerially less headaches..  I find it's easier to just recruit session talent when needed, like on 'Väinämöinen' I had Lawrence Wallace (Shadows in the Crypt) program drums and play synth, M.W.S. returned to play bass, and James Dorton (Black Crown Initiate, Nightfire, Antikythera) sang.  For the new album I played guitar and bass, I split duties on keys and drums with Lawrence, and James signed on to sing again; for future work I will handle all duties myself (except perhaps vocals)..

7.Has the band done any live shows or is this strictly a studio project?

I'm not opposed to live shows if it were ever convenient, but as music is not my primary occupation (currently I work as a medical assistant until I begin medical school later this year) I have little time to coordinate a band.  The truth is, we already have label support and an international audience, thus I see little to gain playing dive bars in Delaware, especially since no one ever got laid playing guitar in corpse paint, at least not in America..

8. Currently you have Horror  Pain  Gore  Death  Productions releasing your albums on cd and Infernal Kommando releasing them on cassettes, do you feel that working with 2 different record labels has done a lot for getting your music out there heard?

The head of HPGD Mike Juliano was great and bent over backwards to make us happy when we released ST; as an American label it gave us some traction in the states and legitimized NB as an entity.  The French label Infernal Kommando Records came along after I put out 'Väinämöinen' (it was first a promotion with the blog Gun Shy Assassin), and I think it has done just as much if not more for NB, since they were the gateway to the international underground.. speaking of which, I want to thank Tuomas at Primitive Reaction in Finland and Sergiy at Depressive Illusion Records in the Ukraine for their awesome support distributing our CD and cassettes.

9.When can we expect another full length and also what direction will the music be heading into during the future?

I'm the only creative force in the band now and I think the new material will show for it, but the attitude is still very much the same.  Although I strive to create atmospheric tracks, I personally tend more towards melody and greater dynamic in riff structure, while still preserving the raw feel essential to this music.  The next album is complete except for vocals; James will be singing again but as Black Crown Initiate has recently become bigger than Jesus (opening for 1349 and Marduk on their upcoming tour) we have to operate on his hectic time frame..

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

The faithful have responded very positively to us; the more raw the publication, the better the response.  It just goes to show this is a niche music for a niche group of people, an obscure sub-genre in an already obscure genre.  I listened to Velvet Cacoon when I first got into metal and I thought it was trash, but now 'Avalon Polo' is one of my favorite albums.. The 16 year old kid who shops at Hot Topic and listens to Amon Amarth and Lamb of God isn't immediately going to be into (let alone understand) raw depressive black metal, it takes time to get that grim.. but hopefully they find NB when they do..

11.What are some bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

Manuel mostly regards Graveland, Hate Forest, and Horna as his influences, and that seems to be what most people recognize in ST; these days he listens to a lot of Altar of Plagues, Dragged Into Sunlight, and Ulcerate.  Manuel is admittedly a lot more kvlt than I am..  My taste is more progressive and I purposefully try not to listen to other ambient black acts since I don't want to be inadvertently influenced while writing, thus for black metal I stick with Hakuja, 1349, Rotting Christ, and Nagelfar..  My guilty pleasure is Sonata Arctica (their sticker comes with the new Finnish passport)..

12.Do you have any other interests than music?

Manuel has a degree in game design and works for a large video game company in Colorado.  I have a graduate degree in medical research and will be attending medical school in the fall to be a physician; currently I work as a medical assistant, and between that and NB I have little time for else.. as it should be..

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

Thanks for the support and opportunity to speak to the trve grim out there, and keep an eye out for the next NB album later this year.. I know I already said in some press release it would be out this winter, but sh*t happens..  Also, the 'Väinämöinen' EP is still a free download on our Bandcamp ( and at Gun Shy Assassin (, so grab it if you don't already have it.. I know it's not so fun to download music if it isn't stealing, but do it anyway..

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Azziard/Vesanie/Mortis Humanee Productions/2013 CD Review

vendredi 7 février 2014 à 04:23
Azziard  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  and  brutal death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2013  album  "Vesanie"  which  was  released  by  Mortis  Humanee  Productions.

  The  album  starts  out  with  a  dark  and  evil  sounding  synth  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  melody  and  then  the  black  metal  screams  kick  in  along  with  brutal  blast  beats.

  As  the  album  continues  death  metal  influences  start  mixing  in  with  black  metal  along  with  growls  and  you  can  also  hear  a  small  amount  of  thrash  being  added  into  the  recording  along  with  a  mixture  of  mid  paced  and  fast  sections  and  after  awhile  you  can  hear  elements  of  modern  extreme  metal  being  brought  into  the  music  and  on  the  last  song  there  is  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts.

  When  we  get  more  into  the  album  the  band  take  the  sound  of  mid  90s  Marduk  and  mix  it  in  with  recent  Behemoth  but  adding  in  a  more  melodic  and  grim  approach  to  the  way  they  play  their  instruments.

  While  there  is  nothing  very  original  present  on  this  recording  Azziard  are  very  decent  at  playing  their  instruments  and  their  speed,  brutality  and  melody  make  up  for  what  is  lacking  in  originality  and  I  am  sure  this  band  probably  sounds  great  live.

  Song  lyrics  are  written  in  French  and  cover  war  and  nihilism,  while  the  production  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy,  brutal  and  professional  sound  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording.

  In  my  opinion  Azziard  are  a  very  decent  sounding  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Allegorie"  "Sur  La  Toile"  "Ekphrasis"  and  "Digression".  7/8  out  of  10.    

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Nihilstinen Barbaarisuus/Vanamoinen/Infernal Kommando Records/2013 EP Review

mardi 4 février 2014 à 05:34

  This  is  a  review  of  another  recording  from  Nihilstinen Barbaarisuus  which  continues  their  ambient  black  metal  sound  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2013  ep  "Vanamoinen"  which  was  released  by  Infernal  Kommando  Records.

  The  ep  starts  out with  a  dark  ambient  and  atmospheric  sound  before  going  into  a  more  fast  raw  black  metal  direction  along  with  grim  screams  and  blast  beats  while  also  keeping  around  the  synths  as  well  as  bringing  in  deeper  elements  to  the  vocals  and  then  slowing  down  and  adding  in  a  more  traditional  metal  feeling  while  also  remaining  true  to  their  core  sound.

  As  the  ep  progresses  they  bring  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  before  going  into  an  even  more  atmospheric  black  metal  direction  while  also  keeping  around  the  faster  parts  and  the  following  song  is  a  brief  instrumental  which  uses  acoustic  guitars  and  ambient  synths.

  With  this  ep  Nihilstinen Barbaarisuus  continue  the  sound  that  was  on  their  previous  recording  while  also  adding  in  more  raw  sounding  aggression  and  heaviness  and c reating  a  song  that  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length.    

  Song  lyrics  cover  Artic,  Northern  Winter,  and  Isolation  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  dark  and raw  sound  to  it  with  only  one  full  song  and  an  instrumental  being  present  on t his  ep.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Nihilstinen Barbaarisuus  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  cold  ambient  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Vanamoinen".  8  out  of  10.  

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