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Arstidir Lifsins/Saga a tveim tungum I: Vapn ok vidr/Van Records 2019 CD Review

mercredi 20 mars 2019 à 05:28

  Arstidir  Lifsins  are  an  international  band  with  members  from  Iceland  and  Germany  that  plays  a  pagan  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Saga  a  tveim tungum  I:  Vapn  ok  vidr"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Van  Records.

  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  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  which  also  get  very  deep  at  times  as  well  as  having  their  semi  melodic  moments  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  some  tracks  also  adding  in  nature  sounds  and  classical  guitars  and  stringed  instruments  which  also  introduce  elements  of  folk  music  onto  the  album.

  When  clean  vocals  and  choirs  are  utilized  they  also  give  the  music  more  of  a  pagan  feeling  while  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  music  also  getting  very  atmospheric  at  times,  whispered  vocals  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  music  and  all  of  the instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Old  Icelandic  and  cover  the  brutal  power  attempts  of  infamous  Norwegian king  Olafr  helgi  Haraldsson  in  the  11th  century.

  In  my  opinion  Arstifir  Lifsins  are  a  very  great  sounding  pagan  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Fornjóts  synir  ljótir  at  Haddingja  lands  lynláðum"  "Líf  á  milli hveinandi  bloðkerta"  "Vandar  jǫtunn  reisti  fiska  upp  af  vǫtnum"  and  "Haldi  oss  frá  eldi,  eilífr skapa  deilir".  8/5  out  of  10.

 https://www.facebook.com/arstidirlifsins

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/03/arstidir-lifsinssaga-tveim-tungum-i.html


Mist Of Misery/Unalterable/Black Lion Records/2019 Double CD Review

mercredi 20 mars 2019 à 02:59

  Sweden's  Mist  Of  Misery  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  symphonic,  atmospheric  and  depressive  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  double  album  "Unalterable"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Black  Lion  Records.

  Symphonic  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  album  and  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times.  On  the  second  track  clean  guitars  also  start  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  depressive  black  metal  screams  are  also  used  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  stringed  instruments  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music.

  Blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  are  also  utilized  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  and  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Spoken  word  parts  are  also  added on  some  of  the  tracks,  a  couple  of  the  songs  are  instrumentals  and  they  also  bring  in  Cold  World  and  Dimmu  Borgir  covers  as  the  album  progresses,  acoustic  guitars  are  also  added  onto  some  of  the  later  tracks.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  depression  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Mist  Of  Misery  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric,  symphonic  and  depressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Halls  Of  Emptiness"  "Desolation"  "The  Dying  Light"  and  "Unalterable".  8  out  of  10.

https://mistofmiseryblacklion.bandcamp.com/album/unalterable   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/03/mist-of-miseryunalterableblack-lion.html


Vananidr/Self Titled/Purity Through Fire/2019 Full Length Review

mardi 19 mars 2019 à 04:18

  Vananidr  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  very  aggressive,  melodic  and  old  school  form  of  Swedish  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2019  album  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Purity  Through  Fire.

  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences.

  Synths  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  the  songs  also  bring  in a   great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  Swedish  style  melodies.

  A  couple  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  while  growls  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.  A  couple  of  the  later  tracks  are  instrumentals  along  with  some  of  the  riffing  adding  in folk  melodies  but  with  a  heavier  take  on  the  genre.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  winter,  war,  nature,  darkness  and  evil  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Vananidr  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic,  aggressive  and  old  school  Swedish  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Raging  Blizzards"  "Abominations  Of  Evil"  and  "Enter  Eternity".  8  out  of  10.

http://vananidr.bandcamp.com/album/vananidr


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/03/vananidarself-titledpurity-through.html


Primogenorum/Ye Last Ordeal/Lunar Apparitions/Nebular Carcoma/2019 EP Review

mardi 19 mars 2019 à 02:21

  Primogenorum  are  a  band  from  Ukraine  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  lo-fi  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  ep  "Ye  Last  Ordeal"  which will  be  released  in  April  as  a  joint  effort  between  Lunar  Apparitions  and  Nebular  Carcoma.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  distorted  style.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences  and  the  riffs  also add  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies.

  One  of  the  tracks  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  music  also  captures  a  very  lo-fi  atmosphere.  After  a  couple  of  slow  yet  heavy  songs  the  music  starts  to  speed  up  on  the  third  track  and  also  add  in  more  raw  energy  as  well  as  some  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picked  riffs  and  leads  and  all  of  the  songs  remain  true  to  a  dark  and  heavy  musical  direction,  on  the  closing  song  the  sounds  of  human  torture  are  also added  into  the  music.

  Primogenorum  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  lo-fi  and  old  school  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  inhumanity  and  blasphemous  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Primogenorum  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  lo-fi  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Trial  Of  Black  Fire"  and  "On  The  Ground  of  The  Dying  Man".  8  out  of  10. 


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/03/primogenorumye-last-ordeallunar.html


Whore Of Babylon Interview

mardi 19 mars 2019 à 01:24

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
Whore of Babylon is a solo Raw Blackened Death project located in Australia. Deriving sources of musical inspiration from literature, sacred texts, art, dreaming and personal practices of spirituality and worship.

2.Recently you have released an ep, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?
I wasn’t necessarily striving for a specific sound or style when in the compositional / recording phase of this demo. Each song is based on a specific experience, concept and moment. From what I was feeling at that specific time relating to its subject matter, I allowed myself to become a vessel and simply let it write itself over time.

3.The lyrics on the ep cover Hecate Goddess of Witchcraft, Hermetic and Goetia themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the occult and dark arts?
That is incorrect, only the first ambient illustration entitled Ἑκάτη relates to that subject matter, which doesn’t have vocals, every song has its own story and relevance to something that is entirely greater. My relationship to such I wish to remain private for the time being as it is deeply personal.

4.What was the decision behind using the name 'Whore of Babylon', for your musical project?
The title ‘Whore of Babylon’ derives from two sources, the most notable being the Bible, stated in Revelations 17:5, “As mystery, Babylon the Great, Mother of Prostitutes and Abominations of Earth.” (This can be found written in Greek running down both sides of the track listing on the physical copy). The other from the 1927 German silent film ‘Metropolis.’ In both sources, Christians have depicted a female as the deceiver of mankind, leading the blind and ignorant astray. I decided to use this title as I see this concept everywhere in Americanised western culture, in the media, celebrities and trends pushing forth their agendas, to which I despise immensely. Relating to this I also tie in my own practice and worship.

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the ep cover?
The artist goes under the vice of Alemsahim, based in Moscow, a profoundly talented artist who also did the Whore of Babylon logo. The design depicts a female face with ‘W’ embedded into it if you look closely enough; around it features spurs of sigils. The representation of the selected sigils is an intentional mockery of the Kabbalah. The Na’amah sigil at the very top symbolizes feminine divinity, something very prominent to my own worship and practice, as well as a prominent source of musical influence.

6.With this project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?
For the time being no, I prefer to work by myself, as I am yet to meet another individual who composes in a similar fashion as to how I compose. If I ever meet someone like that then I would be very much open to making this project collaborative. Though In the recent past I have contributed to two split releases, Thuringwethil from USA and Cultor Noctis from Belgium, both of which have allowed this project to explore new territory in a very individualistic and personal manor, for that reason I will continue to involve myself in split collaborations, but other then that, Whore of Babylon will remain a singular entity.

7.The ep was released on 'Akashic Envoy Records', how did you get in contact with this label?
I initially heard of Clayton via his work with Indymetal and social media, when I found out about the conception of Akashic Envoy Records, I was very quick to introduce myself to this highly talented man via Instagram, the only place I can be found: https://www.instagram.com/arkngthunch.nchuleftingth/

8.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal and ritualistic dark ambient?
Its been very interesting receiving feedback, some have enjoyed it quite a lot, whilst others have not. Interestingly enough I have been messaged on multiple occasions of abnormal dreams occurring after listening, most notably the artist Alemsahim who did both the logo and album art, he told me recently he listened to it before going to bed and had a dream of monolithic waves crashing to shore, to then be awoken by his bedroom door opening by itself. Regardless of weather these stories are true its very entertaining and constructive for me to receive as much feedback as possible. So I welcome all to tell me what they experienced when listening to Chapter I.

9.Are you also involved with any other bands or musical projects?
Currently I am also involved in a Bestial Black / Doom project entitled ‘Dionysian Rites’, everything will be written and performed by me except vocals (most likely), this is currently yet to make its debut, which can be expected towards the end of the year.

10.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
That’s a hard question to answer, for the time being until I am fortunate enough to meet more individuals as devoted as I am, preferably located in my homeland, Whore of Babylon will remain singular. So, I will continue to progress musically and spiritually with my practices, complete the three chapters I have envisioned and go from there. 

11.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?
My main source for musical inspiration is art, literature and my relationship to private practices, musically however, projects like Impetuous Ritual, Grave Upheaval, Convulsing, Striborg, Portal and Aethyrvorous, all of which are from my homeland. As for what I am currently listening to, anything that comes from my country I will listen to extensively, I would go as far as saying Australia is by far the king of this style of music.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you kindly for having me and thank you for your support, I’ve very much enjoyed answering your questions. The physical artefact of Chapter I: Devotion, Adoration, Invocation will be available for purchase early April to my knowledge; both on a standard cassette edition, as well as a special edition (strictly limited to 10 copies) which will include wormwood, witch hazel, brimstone, teeth and a number of other herbs and powders, so stay tuned… Thrall awaits...

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/03/whore-of-babylon-interview.html