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Primitive Graven Image/Traversing The Awesome Night/UKEM Records/2013 CD Review

dimanche 26 janvier 2014 à 09:04

  Primitive  Graven  Image  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  with  a  musical  style  I  would  describe  as  being  a  heavy  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2013  album  "Traversing  The  Awesome  Night"  which  was  released  by  UKEM  Records.

  The  album  starts  out  with  fast  and  heavy  black  metal  guitar  riffs  along  with  drums  and  grim  screams  and  after  awhile  the  music  speeds  up  along  with  brutal  sounding  blast  beats  as  well  as  mixing  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  together  as  well  as  bringing  in  atmospheric  synths.

  As  the  album  continues  the  band  stick  to  a  modern  Norwegian  style  black  metal  direction  while  also  adding  in  thrash  influences  and  melody  which  also  have  a  90's  Swedish  feeling  to  them  and  as  the  recording  progresses  old  school  solos  are  added  into  the  music  along  with  melodic  clean  singing  shortly  after  that.

  When  we  get  more  into  the  album  the  screams  start  sounding  more  high  pitched  and  evil  as  well  as  the  fast  parts  becoming  grimmer  while  the  music  does  not  forgot  its  melodic  roots  and  there  is  a  lot  of  diversity  being  utilized  in  the  songs  and  on  the  short  instrumental  there  is  a  classical  orchestra  music  feeling  which  brings  epic  like  elements  to  the  recording  and  then  the  band  return  back  to  a  heavy  and  melodic  direction.

  On  this  recording  Primitive  Graven  Image  show  that  they  have  grown  a  lot  as  musicians  over  the  years  and  this  album  is  very  diverse  with  the  way  they  mix  speed,  heaviness,  grimness,  darkness, atmosphere  and  melody  together  to  create  a  very  diverse  record.

  Song  lyrics  cover  darkness,  nature  and  fantasy  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy  and  dark  sound  along  with  the  bass  guitars  being  mixed  down  low  in  the  mix.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Primitive  Graven  Image  and  if  you  like  your  black  metal  heavy,  dark  and  melodic,  you  should  check  out  this  album>  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Bringer  Of  Light  And  Dark"  "Fear  And  Fire"  "None  Shall  Stand"  and  "Blood  Red  Heart".  9  out  of  10.


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Avulse interview

samedi 25 janvier 2014 à 09:28
1. Can you tell us a little bit about the project for those that have never heard of you before?
1. Avulse started back in 2009. I've released 3 Albums, 2 EPs, A split and a demo in that time.

2. How would you describe your musical sound?
2. Musically, it straddles the line between punk and black metal, although with a more atmospheric approach.

3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
3. I tend to sing about resistance, things that are fucked up and why they have to be there. Also about my struggles with alcohol.

4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the bands name?
4. Avulse means to Tear or to rip, so its fitting with the music i feel.

5. Currently there is only 1 member in the band are you planning on expanding the line up in the future or do you choose to remain solo?
5. I might get a live line up, but this is me and me alone for all recording

6. I have read that you run the record label The First Church Of The Left Hand Path, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
6. Ugh no.

7.On a world wide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal and punk?
7. People seem to be receptive to it. Mostly its love it or hate it, no middle fucking ground.

8. What is going on with the other musical projects these days?
8. Auspicium is getting ready for the ten year anniversary, maybe a new album by the years end? Black Chalice just put out a new record, Obsidian. Field of Spears put out a new LP and Wholy Failure continues to weird everyone out.

9. What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?
9. Its probably gonna be more of the same. hah

10. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
10. Specificly to Avulse? Poison Idea, Darkthrone, Sheer Terror, Burzum, Slapshot.

11. How would you describe your views on Occultism?
11. Eh its a cool hobby and definitely interesting as hell to read about, but I am definitely a rationalist and don't expand my interest into the practical.

12. Outside of music what are some of your interests?
12. If im not working, you'll find me on the water, walking on the shore or fishing.

13. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
13. "If you dont listen to manowar than you are afraid of yourself!"

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Alghazanth/The Three Faced Pilgrim/Inverse Records/2013 CD Review

jeudi 23 janvier 2014 à 04:59

  Alghazanth  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  with  a  musical  style  on  this  album  I  would  describe  as  being  a  melodic  form  of  satanic,  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2013  album  "The  three  Faced  Pilgrim"  which  was  released  by  Inverse  Records.

  The  album  starts  out  with  some  old  school  black  metal  guitar  riffs,  drums  and  synths  along  with  blast  beats  and  grim  screams  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  melodic  leads  become  a  part  of  the  music  as  well  as  acoustic  guitars  while  still  sticking  to  mostly  a  heavier  sound.

  As  the  album  progresses  the  music s ticks  to  a  more  old  school  melodic  black  metal  direction  while  being  darker  than  most  bands  of  this  musical  genre  and  growls  are  added  into  the  music  in  certain  sections  of  the  album  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  can  be  heard  on  this  recording  and  they  alternate  quite  a  bit  between  slow  and  fast  parts.

  On  this  album  Alghazanth  have  changed  their  sound  around  quite  a  bit  and  the  guitars  have  more  power  on  this  album  than  the  synths  which  over  powered  their  earlier  stuff  and  they  have  more  of  a  traditional  and  old  school  approach  to  black  metal  these  days.

  Song  lyrics  cover  Darkness  and  Occultism  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  dark  and  heavy  sound  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  as  well  as  the  songs  being  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Alghazanth  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  will  not  be  disappointed.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Promethean  Permutation"  and  "AdraMelek  Taus".  8  out  of  10. 

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Vorna/Ajastaika/Inverse Records/2013 CD Review

mercredi 22 janvier 2014 à 11:31

  Vorna  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  black  metal  with  elements  of  folk  and  rock  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2013  album  "Ajastaika"  which  was  released  by  Inverse  Records.

  The  album  starts  out  with  an  intro  which  uses  nature  sounds  and  then  go  into  a  more  pagan  black  metal  direction  on  the  first  song  as  well  as  bringing  in  melodic  vocals,  bass,  and  solos  as  well  as  synths  which  lead  up  to  grim  screams  and  then  the  band  mix  folk  with  the  heavier  parts  and  they  also  introduce  death  metal  growls  and  blast  beats.

  As  the  album  progresses  the  band  also  bring  in  epic  elements  along  with  some  faster  parts  and  the  synths  start  bringing  in  orchestras  elements  and  you  can  hear  tribal  parts  being  utilized  in  the  drums  at  times  as  well  as  the  death  metal  influences  getting  a  lot  more  stronger  and  when  acoustic  guitars  are  brought  in  they  bring  in  a  medieval  feeling  to  the  recording.

  When  we  get  farther  into  the  album  folk  instruments  are  added  in  and  the  music  starts  having  more  of  a  Finnish  folk  music  feeling  while  also  having  a  more  melodic  black  metal  sound  being  mixed  in.

  Vorna  display  a  great  amount  of  talent  and  skill  with  their  music  and  their  approach  to  melodic  black  metal  really  stands  out  with  they  way  they  mix  blast  beats,  synths  and  melody  along  with  the  folk  music  of  their  homeland  and  I  can  see  a  bright  future  for  this  band.

  Song  lyrics  are  written  in  Finnish  and  cover  nature,  myths,  and  struggles  of  minds  and  emotions,  while  the  production  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy  and  professional  sound  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  as  well  as  some  of  the  songs  being  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  Vorna  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  black  metal  band  with  elements  of  folk  music  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hiiden  Taival"  "Kaivatun  Taiva"  "Ikuiseen  Itaan"  and  "Muisto".  8/5  out  of  10.

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Frostland Darkness/Ad Moriendum Gratia/Inverse Records/2013 CD Review

mercredi 22 janvier 2014 à 07:53

  Frostland  Darkness  are  a  1  man  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  very  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2013  album  "Ad  Moriendum  Gratia"  which  was  released  by  Inverse  Records.

  The  album  starts  out  with  grim  black  metal  vocals  before  going  into  some  raw  old  school  guitar  riffing  along  with  drums  and  after  a  few  minutes  the  music  goes  into  a  more  mid  paced  direction  and  then  speeding  up  with  blast  beats  before  returning  to  a  slower  direction.

  When  the  album goes  into  the  nest  song  clean  playing  are  melody  are  added  into  the  music  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  along  with  some  faster  parts  being  utilized  at  times  which  leads  to  the  whole  album  mixing  fast  and  slow  parts  together  and  you  can  hear  a  great  amount  of  early  90's  Norwegian  black  metal  influences  being  utilized  on  this  record  and   the  last  song  is  all  instrumental.

  While  there  is  not  much  in  the  way  of  originality  Frostland  Darkness  seems  to  know  his  old  school  black  metal  very  well  and  his  fast  stuff  brings  back  the  rawer  elements  of  early  90's  black  metal, while  the  slower  stuff  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  sorrow  and  darkness.

  Song  lyrics  are  written  in  Finnish  and  cover  darkness,  cold  and  ritualistic  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  old  school  sound  that  goes  back  to  the  early  90's  along  with  most  of  the  songs  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  Frostland  Darkness  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  black  metal  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Reinaaja"  "Tuhon  Kirkkaudessa"  and  "Rituaali".  8  out  of  10.  

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