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Spectral Corruption/Requiem/Signal Rex/2022 Full Length Review

samedi 3 décembre 2022 à 02:16

 


  Spectral  Corruption  are  a  band  from  Slovakia  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2022  album  "Requiem"  which  will  be  released  on  December  21st  by  Signal  Rex.


  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  which  also  introduces  melodic  guitar  solos  and  leads  into  the  music.  Melodies  are  also  added  into  a  lot  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.


  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  tracks  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Acoust8ic  guitars  are  also  added  on  some  of  the  tracks  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts as  well  as  the  recording  also  adding  in  a  lot  of  old  school  touches  but  keeping  it  modern  at  the  same  time  and  the  album  closes  with  a  Lamp  Of   Murmuur  cover.


  Spectral  Corruption  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  melodic  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  despair  and  misery  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Spectral  Corruption  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Atrocious  Insurrection"  and  "Congregating  Hate  into  Enrage".  8  out  of  10.


  http://spectralcorruption.bandcamp.com/album/requiem    


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/12/spectral-corruptionrequiemsignal.html


Vidmershiy Shmat/Obrij/Neformat Family/2022 Split EP Review

vendredi 2 décembre 2022 à 05:03

 


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  ep  between  Ukraine's  Vidmershly  Shmat  and  Obrij  which  was  released  by  Neformat  Family  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Vidmershiy  Shmat  a  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  and  sludge  metal.


  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  folk  instruments  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  some  death  metal  growls  also  being utilized  at  times  and  the  slower  sections  of  the  song  also  bring  in  elements  of  sludge  metal,  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  and  all  of t he  musical  instruments  also have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  depression,  grief,  hopelessness  and  death  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Vidmershly  Shmat  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  and  sludge  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of t hose  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out t his  band.


  Next  up  is  Obrij  a  band  that  plays  death  metal.


  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  dark  yet  heavy  riffing  while  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  at  times.  Vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  whole  track  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  and  the  lyrics  cover  witchcraft  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Obrij  are  a  very  great  sounding  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of t his  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.


  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  black,  sludge  and  death  metal.  8  out  of  10.


  https://vidmershiyshmat.bandcamp.com/

https://www.facebook.com/vidmershiy.shmat
https://www.instagram.com/vidmershiy.shmat/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFgvmCHv8lTKK0YlTx4ozyg

https://obrij.bandcamp.com/releases
https://www.facebook.com/obriymetaluzh
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjQvt6W9SSXlbMknsrLxOwA
https://www.instagram.com/obrij_metal/


  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/12/vidmershiy-shmatobrijneformat.html


Sarpa/Mauta Tala/2023 EP Review

vendredi 2 décembre 2022 à 04:11

 


  Sarpa  are  a  solo  project  from  Austin,  Texas  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  with  elements  of  industrial  and  progressive  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  ep  "Mauta  Tala"  which  will  be  released  in  2023.


  Storm  sounds  and  field  recordings  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style.  Vocals  are  a  mixture  of  black  metal  screams  and  death  metal  growls  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  recording  more  of  a raw  feeling.


  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  ep  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  progressive  sounding  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well a s  some  elements  of  thrash  metal  being  added  into  the  guitar  riffing  at  times.


  Keyboards  and  industrial  style  beats  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  acoustic  guitars,  percussion,  chants  and  spoken  word  parts  also  being  utilized  briefly.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  American  Southwest  Desert.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Sarpa  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  progressive  black  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "It  Looms".  8 out  of  10.


  https://sarpa6.bandcamp.com/album/mauta-tala

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/12/sarpamauta-tala2023-ep-review.html


Hoofmark/Blood Red Lullabies/Raging Planet Records/2022 Full Length Review

vendredi 2 décembre 2022 à 03:22

 


  Hoofmark  are  a  band  from  Portugal  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  moves  away  from  the  black  metal  style  of  previous  releases  and  goes  for  a  mixture  of  avant  garde  metal,  rock  and  blues  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2022  album  "Blood  Red  Lullabies"  which  was  released  by  Raging  Planet  Records.


  A  very  hard  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style.  Clear  vocals  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  along  with  some  songs  also  adding  in  a  good  amount  of  folk  instruments  and  the  music  also  gets  very  experimental  and  avant  garde  sounding  at  times.


  Elements  of  blues  and  progressive  rock  are  also  utilized  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  pianos  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  album  and  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats, some  of  the  slower  riffing  also  adds  in  touches  of  doom  metal.


  When  tremolo  picking  is  added  into  the  faster  riffing  they  also  give  the  music  more  of  a raw  feeling  along  with  some  songs  also  add  in  some  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams.  Melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  as  well  as  each  track  also  bringing  in  a  very  different  sound  to  them,  acoustic  guitars  and  percussion  can  also  be heard  briefly  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Folklore  and  Evil  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  decent  sounding  recording f rom  Hoofmark  and  while  some  black  metal  fans  might  not  like  the  new  direction,  I c an  see  this  album  appealing  to  fans  of  avant  garde  metal.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "So  Indifferent  Blues"  "Azuis  &  Vermelhidao"  and  "All  About  Our  Family  (Ella  Esta  Muerta)".  7/5  out  of  10.


  https://www.facebook.com/hoofmarkofficial

https://www.instagram.com/hoofmark_official

https://hoofmark.bandcamp.com/music          

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/12/hoofmarkblood-red-lullabiesraging.html


Hrad Interview

vendredi 2 décembre 2022 à 02:18

 

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new full length?




Septev: The album was composed and recorded during one year. It was finished, I think, in June 2022. We took our time to contact some labels and we knew that summer is not the right to time to release a black metal album. So we just waited for the right moment. 




2.In December you have your first full length coming out, musically how does it differ from your previous ep?




Septev: Our first ep was kind of a demo. We knew what we wanted to do but we had to experiment a bit. And it was the first time we worked the three of us together (adding Zigfrid our lyricist).


For the album I changed my vision of composition, and I wanted to express myself through longer tracks with more space for the dungeon synth part. I wanted to compose like an epic sword and sorcery story. 


I also took care this time of the mixing and mastering to achieve the vision I had of our sound. 


Now, our singer Erroiak plays the guitars, and our bassist Rohkrao plays acoustic and clean guitars on some tracks too. I tried to compose with lot of different instruments (like traditional medieval instruments for example) and synths. 


Our music is more richer now than on our previous EP. 




3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the new release and also how would you describe your progress as songwriteres from the previous release?




Septev: the lyrics writing process was made by Zigfrid. This time, he wrote the lyrics after the music, so he had the inspiration of it. I was telling the main idea I had in my head, and he wrote really nice and dense text. 


As I told you before, the album is like a story. It takes place in a fantasy place, where people are fighting over power between castle, village, dragon, and beautiful endless landscape pierced by mountains. 


Zigfrid did an amazing work. The texts are sometimes poetic sometimes raw and intense. 


For the musical part, I really wanted to tell a story from beginning to end through different phase of feelings. I managed to have an evolution within each track to brings the listener in an epic journey. 


That was totally different in the previous EP where the tracks had no connexion between them. 




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




Septev: Hrad is the Czech (and Slovak) word for « Castle ».  Czech Republic is a country that I really like. The language is difficult to learn but I like how it sounds and especially this word.


For the name of the band, I wanted something meaningful of the image that reflect our music. I found out that Hrad was the right name.




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




Septev: the artwork was made by the talented German artist Johnny Doe. He works with on digital artwork and brings that special lightning that makes it unique. To be honest, it was a premade artwork, but when I saw it, I was convince that this was the perfect artwork that illustrate our music. The power of the dragon burning down the castle and the mountain reflect with perfection the story that is told in our album.


(This artist also play in the doom/black metal band Praise the Plague)




6.Has the band done any live shows or open to the idea?




Septev:  We won’t perform any live shows. We are only a studio band. We live to far from each other, so it would be complicated for us to do rehearsals. And we have fulfilled life that won’t give us the time to go on the road. 




7.On the new album you are working with WereGnome Records, Huard Productions and Acid Vicious on the physical copies, can you tell us a little bit more about these labels?




Septev: For our first EP, we have already worked with Weregnome and Acid vicious. 


Weregnome is an American label that produces mainly tapes. They have a very large range of kind of productions and love to produce some weird stuff in the dungeon synth and black metal scene. One of the owner also have a dungeon synth project. They will release our album on tape on the 30 December. 


Acid vicious and Huard productions teamed up to release the album on digipack on the 02 December. 


Acid Vicious is at the beginning an old fanzine and has a long history in the underground French scene. The owner produce now a lot of stuff that he likes and brings very good albums on digipack and tape. 


Huard productions is a newcomer on the French scene, but has already make the point with very good dungeon synth productions on tape and some black metal on digipack. The owner has also a one man band. 


We really have good relationship with these 3 labels and we are glad that they believe in our music. 




8.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal and dungeon synth?




Septev: I am not sure, but I think that our music has a bigger audience anywhere else than in France. Our country is well known for its black metal scene, but we are taking a step aside with our way to see the black metal. I sold some digipack of our EP on the bandcamp of the band, and it was mainly abroad. 


The texts are in English may be that helps too. But I believe that people from America or Eastern Europe are more open to our mix of genres. 




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




Septev: we are already slowly thinking to the next album. I want to continue the path open by this album. Bringing epic music and maybe going to a mix with the old school sound of the ep and the modern sound of the current album. 


But for the moment we are all in making process with other projects and we are waiting for the release of the album to see its reception. 




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




Erroiak: The new Suicidal Madness album, in which I was invited to play some piano parts, will be released in December on Wolfspell Records.


There is also the new Kaldt Helvete EP, where I am bassist and pianist, which will be released in December on Daedra Art.


I am currently recording the vocals for the next Léthifère album, and I also have to write and record the vocals for the next Oppressive Light album, which is already composed and recorded.


I am also currently composing and recording the 2nd album of Enterré Vivant, with my buddy Sakrifiss, who lives in Japan.


But what excites me the most is the forthcoming release of my 1st solo album, under the name Erroiak, on a label that will be announced soon.


And also, the 1st album of Udazken, my new Dungeon Synth project, will be released soon by Huard Productions.




Septev: I take the opportunity of this question to have a little word on the band of our bass player. 


He is playing guitar in a sludge band from Paris: Negative Concept. They have just released their first album (Unwelcome) which is really good! 


I can also say that I will release a mini dungeon synth album with my project Eklemata on the label Weregnome Records. The tape will be out on January. 




11.What are some of the bands or musical styles the band members are currently listening to nowadays?




Septev: I have to say that I listen to various stuff and not only black metal. 


I really like bands like Can Bardd or Belore, that are in the same category of music like us. At the moment I have great expectation on the next album of …And Oceans, a symphonic black metal band I listen since a very longtime. I am also a huge fan of bands like Kvelertak or Turbonegro that I keep on listen to really often. 




Erroiak: I listen to Black Metal every day, mainly from the French, Finnish and Ukrainian scenes, which are my favorites, and I often discover very good new things there.


But sometimes I still listen to my old classics: Iron Maiden, old-Metallica, Pantera, old-Sepultura, Motörhead, but also Queen or even the Beatles.




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




Septev: thanks for this interview and for giving us a chance to defend our new album. Thanks for your work for promoting little bands like us! 


To conclude, I can only suggest to people who read this interview to go on our bandcamp to discover our music! 


Necromant


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/12/hrad-interview.html