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Ezkaton/Sheen And Misery/Ashen Dominion/2019 CD Review

mercredi 7 août 2019 à 09:52

  Ezkaton  are  a  band  from  Ukraine  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  atmospheric  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Sheen  And  Misery"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Ashen  Dominion.

  Acoustic  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  album  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  on  a  few  tracks.  Vocals  are  mostly  depressive  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  also  mixes  the  heavy  and  atmospheric  parts  together  along  with  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  depressive  sounding  melodies  along  with  acoustic  guitars  also  making  a  return  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  as  well  as  some  synths  also  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music,  as  the  album  progresses  they  also  bring  in a  cover  of  Coldworld's  "Tortured  by  Solitude"  and  one  of  the  later  tracks  is  also  an  instrumental.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  downfall,  misery,  sadness  and  history  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Ezkaton  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  and  depressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Altars  Of  The  Flame" "The  Ash  Path  Is  Lain  Into  The  Shade"  "Weave  Your  Wand"  and  "Fading  Abyss".  8  out of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/08/exkatonsheen-and-miseryashen.html


Deadwood Lake Interview

mercredi 7 août 2019 à 08:19
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?



Since recording Immortalised In Death we have been locked away preparing everything for the release alongside UKEM Records as well as booking shows and practicing for our live performances.



2.You have a new album coming out during the middle of August, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?



We feel our new album is a step forward for us, we really feel that we have progressed as song writers. It still sounds like typical Deadwood Lake but the song writing seems more mature, it is also a lot darker and heavier than our previous material.



3.All of the lyrics on the albums deal with a loss and grief over a family member, can you tell us a little bit more about the songwriting?



Yes, we formed in memory of my brother, Gary, who passed away in a car accident in 2015. All of the lyrics throughout all of our releases focus on aspects of his life, his passing and the effects that grief has had on myself, his friends and his family. I write lyrics about him because we were very close and I miss him very much, it is a cathartic experience for me that helps me deal with the grief and it also keeps his memory alive.



4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Deadwood Lake'?



There is no meaning behind the name at all, we just thought it sounded cool at the time and it stuck!



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



The artwork was created by the highly talented Misanthropic art and it depicts three grieving people holding a vigil whilst a body is being cremated. The artwork nods towards some of the song titles found on the album, such as ‘My Ashes Will Remain’ and ‘Vigils’.



6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?



We originally started out as a studio band and have only recently started performing live. At this point I think we have only played 8 live shows, but we have supported the likes of Fen, Old Corpse Road, Bloodshot Dawn and The Infernal Sea. I think our performances are very intense and emotional, we get up on stage and give it 110% and perform in memory of my brother, it is an incredible cathartic feeling for us on stage and hopefully it comes across that way to the audience.



7.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?



We have a few shows and festivals lined up for 2019, including Warhorns Festival, The Blackwood Gathering and HRH Vikings where we will be performing alongside the likes of Kampfar, Moonsorrow, Finntroll, Fen, Nightrage, Blood Cilice and many more!



8.The new album is coming out on 'UKEM Records', how did you get in contact with this label?



I have been friends with the owner Chris for many years and often buy cd’s through his distro. He had released a few albums from bands we are friends with (notably Cryostorm and Agrona), I like his approach towards his releases and appreciate what he does for the extreme metal scene in the UK. So I simply just asked if he would like to release Immortalised In Death and he said yes!



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



I don’t know how much traction we have picked up outside the UK. But we have been getting a lot of positive reactions from within the UK and the new album is getting positive reviews across the board, which is nice.



10.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?



Our guitarist Ryan is going to be releasing a debut EP with his other project Wolves In Exile via UKEM Records later this year. I recommend checking them out.



11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?



I think our next release will be in a similar vein to Immortalised In Death, I really enjoy the sound we have achieved on the album and we are already writing new songs in a similar style.



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?



I find inspiration from lots of genres, everything from black metal to death metal to thrash metal to power metal. I remember some of the moments on Immortalised In Death was influenced by bands like Drudkh, Schammasch, Satyricon, Mercyful Fate and Woods Of Ypres.

At the moment I’m delving through the back catalogue of Judas Priest and Blind Guardian...probably not the answer you was expecting, but I really enjoy listening to ‘easy listening’ metal whilst at work.



13.What are some of your non musical interests?



I collect modern board games, things like Azul, Memoir 44, Wiz War, Blood Rage etc. I’m also currently reading Frank Herbert’s Dune. Myself and Tom both play Dungeons and Dragons on a regular basis.



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



Well it has been a pleasure talking to you and I hope that everyone enjoys our new album! If you catch us at a show, come and say hi! Stay safe.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/08/deadwood-lake-interview.html


Arctos Interview

mardi 6 août 2019 à 21:17
“For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?”



1. We are a Canadian black metal band that plays music inspired by the barren and majestic landscapes that surround us.



“In September you got your first full length coming out, musically how does it differ from the ep you had released in 2017?”



2. Musically the full-length and the EP are very similar in many regards. One notable difference is that the full-length was recorded entirely using our personal gear. No sampled drums, no digital amp modelling, just our sound as it might be heard in a live environment. We’re really pleased with how that turned out; it’s a sound that is uniquely ours.



“What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored so far with the music?”



3. I think we are quite up front about a lot of our subject matter. Disillusionment, solitude, and misanthropy are themes that we explore often, and the full length deals with these, but there is a definite theme of mortality and it’s many faces. I think that as a society, we find ourselves at a strange juncture where it has become fully acceptable and feasible to simply check the boxes and merely exist. I don’t think enough people push themselves to deal with adversity or negativity head on and instead focus on finding the quick and easy solution to their problems. We see this all too often, and though people take this half-assed approach for a time and get by relatively consequence free, there will come a time when you will face a situation that has no easy solution, and your character will be found lacking. If nothing else, this album will hopefully encourage the listener to take control of their life’s path and to rise to meet the challenges that will be inevitably thrown at them.



“What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Arctos’?”



4. Arctos is a latin word that means, as we understand it, ‘bear’ or ‘Northern people.’ We found this to be quite fitting for us as we are heavily inspired by nature and our Northern habitat



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



5. The artwork is a photograph taken in the backcountry of the Canadian Rockies here in Alberta. I think that the image captures a beautiful face of our world that often people are not willing to see. Winter’s in Canada are harsh and cold, and many people will never push themselves to leave the warmth and security of their homes unless they absolutely have to. The wilderness has so much to offer, and to behold a mountain sunset in the middle of winter is an experience like no other. In the background of the cover you can see some low mountains. These mountains are a very recognizable feature from the town of Canmore, but this is a view of them that many will have never seen. That in itself reinforces the idea behind the album’s title.



“What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?”



6. We were fortunate enough to tour Western Canada with Wolfheart in 2018 and those shows were absolutely fantastic. Our approach to stage shows is quite simple; we put on a show that we would want to watch. If we aren’t sweating and sore at the end of a set, we haven’t done our audience justice. Too many bands half-ass it on stage and we aim to never be counted among those ranks.



“Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?”



7. Not many. Were playing a festival in Edmonton called Black Mourning Light in October, but after that, we likely won’t be playing too many local shows for a while. We have designs on playing in Europe, so we will like focus our efforts on getting there. Weve been deep underground for awhile, so things are starting to ramp up quickly.



“On the 2017 ep you had also done an 'Amon Amarth' cover, what was the decision behind doing your own version of one of their song?”



8. Amon Amarth was a gateway band for many of us from the world of Thrash into Death Metal and other extreme metal genres. It seemed fitting to pay homage to a band that had inspired us as young musicians.



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



9. The response has been excellent. With the EP, we ended up shipping a lot of albums to Japan, Australia, Europe, and every time I did I felt so connected to the world. Black Metal can be found everywhere and it feels fantastic to provide our art for so many people from all corners of the globe.



“What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?”



10. Once Arctos started becoming more than just an idle ‘jam-space’ project, I began to quit all the other bands I was involved in. Our other guitarist Jeremy has a Melodic Death Metal band called Valyria that he is quite involved in. Jacob is involved in some secret death metal projects. Nick does his own writing that he doesn’t like sharing with people.



“Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?”



11. We have spent almost 5 years of writing and refining our songs, and I believe that we have developed our sound quite well. Up til now, myself, Nick, and Josh have been the primary contributors to songwriting, but moving forward I have no doubt that our music will be more a more collaborative effort with all the band members. We will continue to improve our craft and will do so by building upon the foundation of music that we have already set.



“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?”



12. Black Metal, Thrash Metal, and Classical music are probably the biggest styles of music that have influenced our sound. Dissection, Moonsorrow, Behemoth, Iced Earth, Winterfylleth, and Windir are all bands whose music has provided inspiration. Composers such as Rachmaninoff, Tchaicovksy, Wagner, and Beethoven are certainly drawn upon for inspiration as well. I find myself listening to a lot of Havukruunu, Bane, W.A.S.P., Bewitcher, and Helrunar these days. Also a bunch of ambient music like Endless Melancholy and Musicformessier, as well as some synthwave like Dynatron and Perturbator.



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



13. I certainly encourage anyone who picks up Beyond The Grasp of Mortal Hands to listen to it front to back in the correct order at least once, and pick a time and place where you can do so without interruption. In my opinion that is the ideal way to be introduced properly to an album. Music can very easily become simply ‘background static’ and I would like our listeners to make a decisive effort to become acquainted with our art in as intimate a way as possible. Also go hiking and get out into nature if able.

https://arctos-northernsilence.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/Arctosofficial/ 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/08/arctos-interview.html


Mavorim/Aasfresser/Purity Through Fire/2019 Double EP Review

mardi 6 août 2019 à 21:06

  Mavorim  are  a  solo  project  from  Germany  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  stark  and  austere form  of  black  emtal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2019  double  ep  "Aasfressor"  which  consists  of  6  brand  new  tracks  and  4  unreleased  demo  songs  and  will  be  released  on  August  18th,  2019  by  Purity  through  Fire.

  A  very  epic  and  ambient  orientated  intro  starts  off  the  album  while  also  introducing  synths  onto  the  recording  which  also  returns  on  some  of  the  later  tracks.  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  recording  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black metal  screams  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  some  of  the  riffing  also  utilizing  depressive  and  epic  sounding  melodies.

   Some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  unreleased  demo  tracks  also  adds  in  more  of  a  90's  influenced  black  metal  style and  also  mixes  in  a  small  amount  of  synths  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  death,  murder,  paranormal  activities,  hate,  paganism  and  Germanic  folklore  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Mavorim  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  dark,  raw  and  epic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  double  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Aasfressor"  "Ein  hasserfullter  Giest"  "Hort  der  Seligkeit"  and  "Qualen  zerreilben  vernichten".  8/5  out  of  10.

https://youtu.be/0I6bAUzDnmY 

    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/08/mavorimaasfresserpurity-through.html


Urne Buriall/Demo#1/2019 Review

lundi 5 août 2019 à 20:36

  Urne  Buriall  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2019  demo.

  Dark  soundscapes  start  off  the  demo  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Both  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  Melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  music  also  mixes  both  the  heavier  and  atmospheric  parts  together.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  songs  also  add  in  a  good  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences,  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in a  very  melodic  style.

  Urne  Buriall  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  takes  the  raw  old  school  style  and  mixes  it  with  the  more  modern  and  atmospheric  form  of  the  genre.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  mythological  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Urne  Buriall  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Nokken".  8  out  of  10.

https://urneburiall.bandcamp.com/releases     

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/08/urne-burialldemo12019-review.html