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Legions Of War/Forced To The Ground/Inferno Records/2013 CD Review

dimanche 29 décembre 2013 à 03:34

  Legions  Of  War  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  war  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2013  album  "Forced  to  The  Ground"  which  was  released  by  Inferno  Records.

  The  album  starts  off  with  an  intro  that  has  the  sounds  of  war  stomping  along  with  some  synths  as  well  as  some  heavy  and  melodic  guitar  riffing  and  drums  before  going  into  a  fast  melodic  black  metal  assault  along  with  high  pitched  screams  and  a  few  seconds  later  guitar  solos  are  added  into  the  music  in  certain  parts  as  well  as  being  diverse  along  with  a  mixture  of  slow  and  fast  parts   and  then  the  thrash  influences  start  to  kick  in  and  really  start  to  take  over  on  the  next  song.

  When  the  music  is  in  black/thrash  mode  it  really  starts  to  kick  in  gear  and  it  never  goes  away  from  the  black  metal  and  the  mixture  of  black  and  thrash  metal  are  a  very  great  strong  point  on  the recording  and  the  music  starts  also  incorporating  classic  metal  elements,  and  as  the  album  progresses  it  starts  also  going  into  a  melodic  black  metal  direction  to  create  a  true  and  diverse  metal  record.

  Once  we  get  into  the  fourth  song  classical  guitars  are  added  in  as  an  intro  before  going  into  a  melodic  and  old  school  metal  direction  as  well  as  adding  in  powerful  sounding  bass  guitars  and  once  the  black  metal  parts  kick  in  the  music  starts  reminding  me  of  what  Dissection  would  of  sounded  like  if  they  where  more  thrash  influenced.

  The  album  really  starts  getting  more  diverse  as  time  goes  on  by  one  minute  the  music  will  be  an  all  out  thrash  assault  and  then  it  stops  with  some  depressing  sounding  keyboards,  acoustic  guitars  and  melodic  guitar  leads  before  making  a  return  to  being  heavy  again  and  I  can  hear  some  King  Diamond  and  Mercyful  Fate  influences  being  used  in  the  guitar  riffing  and  the  screams  also  bring  back  memories  of  Bewitched  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  psychedelic  sounding  keyboards.

  One  of  the  main  strengths  this  band  has  is  that  every  song  sounds  different  from  each  other  and  it  only  sticks  to  true  elements  which  is  actually  a  great  thing  and  I  can  see  this  album  making  this  band  very  well  known  in  the  metal  genre.

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

  In  my  opinion  Legions  Of  War  are  a  very  great  sounding mixture  of  war,  melodic  black  metal  and  thrash  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Forced  To  The  Ground"  "At  the  Eastern  Shores"  and  "In  The  Warfield  Storms".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

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Adventum Diaboli/Rise Of The Pagans/2013 Full Length Review

samedi 28 décembre 2013 à 06:24

  Adventum  Diaboli  are  a  band  from  Greece  that h as  been featured  before  in  this  zine  with  a  musical  style  that  mixes  old  school  occult  black  metal  with  depressive  black  metal  along  with  a  touch  of  paganism  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2013  album  "Rise  Of  the  Pagans".

  Dark  sounding  synths  mark  the  beginning  of  the  album  and  a  minute  later tribal  sounding  drums  start  coming  into  the  music  and  a  minute  later  melodic  black  metal  guitar  riffs  and  grim  screams  make  their  way  into  the  music  and  mix  in  with  the  drums  and  synths,  then  the  music  goes  for  more  of  a  depressive  and  old  school  black  metal  direction.

    As  the  album  progresses  death  metal  growls  are  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  music  and  the  album  starts  incorporating  more  atmospheric  elements  as  well  as  some  spoken  word  parts  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  going  for  more  of  an  early  90's  black  metal  direction  that  sticks  more  to  a  mid  paced  direction  while  also  having  a  very  dark  and  raw  sound  to  it  and  the  drums  at  times  while  speed  up  to  add  more  of  a  primal  feeling  to  the  recording.  

  Once  we  get  more  into  the  album  acoustic  guitars  that  utilize  a  great  amount  of  finger  picking  as  well  as  being  used  on  a  couple  of  songs  are  added  into  the  recording  and  enhance  the  darkness  this  album  possesses  and  then  goes  into  some  hateful  black  metal  sounds  as  well  as  mixing  in  guitar  leads  and  they  album  starts  adding  in  a  ritualistic  quality  and  towards  the  end  synths  make  a  return  to  one  song  and  bring  back  in  the  depressive  and  atmospheric  elements  as  well  as  bringing  in  shamanistic  elements  to  the  last  song.

  Once  of  the  main  strengths  this  album  has  is  that  every  song  stands  out  and  they  all  have  a  different  sound  while  remaining  true  to  old  school  black  metal  and  this  album  displays  this  band  has  a  great  knowledge  of  old  school  black  metal.

  Song  lyrics  cover  Paganism,  Greek  Mythology  and  Occultism  as  well  as  having  one  song  being  written  in  Greek,  while  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  old  school  sound  to  it  with  the  bass  guitars  being  mixed  down  low  in  the  mix  as  well  as  some  of  the  songs  being  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Adventum  Diaboli  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  depressive  and  old  school  black  metal,  you should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Transylvanian  Wind"  Medieval  Pagan  Rites"  and  "Eis  Arews  Dokska".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

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L'Hiver en Deuil/Ter Aarde/Consouling Agency/2013 CD Review

vendredi 27 décembre 2013 à 04:01

  L'Hiver en Deuil  are  a  band  from  Belgium  that  plays  melancholic  form  of  black  metal  and this  is  a  review  of  their  2013  album  "Ter  Aarde"  which  was  released  by  Consouling  Agency.

  The  album  starts  off  with  some  dark  sounding  distortion  that  comes  out  of  the  guitar  playing  and  once  the  music  goes  into  the  prelude  drums  are  added  in  and  then  the  music  shape  shifts  into  clean  guitars  and  bass  before  heading  into  a  slower  black  metal  sound  and  adding  in  spoken  word  parts  which  also  start  mixing  in  black  metal  screams  and  death  metal  growls.

  As  the  album  moves  on  acoustic  guitars  are  mixed  in  with  the  heavier  parts, , and  as  the  album  moves  on  post  rock  elements  are  added  in  and  they  enhance  the  atmospheric  black  metal  elements  this  recording  possesses  and  poetic  elements  are  added  to  the  spoken  word  parts  and  the  music  also  starts  getting  more  melodic  after  awhile  as  well  as  mixing  in  whispers.

  One  of  the  main  strengths  on  this  album  are  the  depressive  black  metal  elements  that  are  mixed  in  with  the  deeper  vocals  and  the  screams  also  start  adding  more  of  a  melancholic  feeling  and  while  they  say  there  are  post  hardcore  elements  on  this  recording,  I  cant  hear  them  and  to  me  that  is  a  great  thing  and  another  great  highlight  are  the  fast  riffs  and  blast  beats  that  are  utilized  later  on  during  the  recording  which  gives  the  music  more  life.

  Song  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  English,  Dutch  and  French  and  cover  dark  and  melancholic  themes,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  heavy  and  dark  sound  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  as  well  as  some  of  the  songs  being very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  L'Hiver en Deuil  are  a  very  great  sounding  melancholic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Gesel"  and  "Gekluisterd".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

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Esotis Interview

vendredi 27 décembre 2013 à 00:35
1.Can you give us an introduction to the musical project?
I guess and hope that listening to my first album could say enough about this project.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is present on your recordings?
Waves of distorted guitars layered with synth. Atmospheric and “spatial”.

3.Your lyrics cover cosmos and space themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interests in these topics?
I don’t really have lyrics : there are only screams. I use my voice as an instrument, another layer of sound to express feelings… Watching a sky full of stars on a clear night has always been an intense and personal experiment for me. In fact, I can’t really express myself with words about cosmos and space... That’s why I’m trying to do it through music. It is a mix of a deep loneliness feeling but, at the same time, being very confident.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Esotis'?
ESOTIS means Eternal Silence Of These Infinite Spaces. It comes from the famous words of Blaise Pascal : “The eternal silence of these infinite spaces frightens me ”… But with one difference : it doesn’t frighten me, it makes me confident.

5.Currently this project is all solo, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work by yourself?
Who knows what could happen… but right now, I prefer to keep it solo.

6.The album came out on Katabaz Records, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Katabaz Records is a great netlabel made by (and for) a bunch of friends. You should check other artists on it : a lot of different styles but always with mood, atmosphere and feelings (

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of atmospheric black metal?
Well, worldwide is a big word… But I’m pretty surprise : in one week I got some pretty nice compliments and some people shows me good support on facebook and youtube. I’m happy with it right now but it is just a start : ESOTIS is born very recently so I still have a lot to do.

8.Are you involved with any other musical projects besides 'Esotis'?
Yes but I prefer to keep all of them separate so if you’re ok I wont speak about them.

9.What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?
I’ll still continue my way in this style with waves of guitars and deep synth… but I’ll try to add, here and there, some little new sounds.

10.What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Well, the mix of guitars and synth is inspired by bands like Lustre or Basarabian Hills. However, to be honest, even if I like their music I’m not listening a lot to these bands. In a different style I prefer Summoning which is definitely one of my favorite band when it comes to mix guitars with synth. A part of that, I’m listening to a lot of different music : dark ambient, dungeon synth and movie soundtracks are, at the moment, among my favorites.

11.Does occultism play any role in your music?
No, sorry. I don’t believe in god, occultism, spirits, etc…  I’m only “Trve” to one thing : myself. And it is not easy every days…

12.Outside of music what are some of your interests?
Art in general : movies, books… I like to draw. I’ve done the artwork of my album myself. I like to travel as well.

13.Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
Thanks for your interview and review. Keep on supporting ESOTIS on bandcamp, facebook, youtube or whatever : it is so nice to see people liking a project which is important to me !

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Ak'chamel The Giver Of Illness/Thrower Of Sickness/Halloween Quest Records/2013 Cassette Review

jeudi 26 décembre 2013 à 06:41

  Ak'chamel  The  Giver  Of  Illness  are  a  band  from  Texas  that  on  this  recording  plays  a  mixture  of  lo-fi  black  metal  mixed  with  psychedelia  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2013  cassette  "Thrower  Of  Sickness"  which  was  released  by  Halloween  Quest  Records.

  The  cassette  begins  with  some  raw,  lo-fi  black  metal  guitar  riffing  and  then  starts  adding  in  grim  screams  and  starts  getting  more  upbeat  as  time  goes  on  by  as  well  as  speeding  up  and  adding  in  blast  beats  along  with  a  dark atmosphere,  when  it  goes  into  the  next  song  it  goes  more  avant  garde,  experimental  and  psychedelic  as  well  as  adding  in  demonic  voices  and  am  radio  voices.

  Later  on  the  album  returns  back  to  being  raw  black  metal  while  also  keeping  around  the  avant  garde  and  experimental  elements  which  in  return  creates  a  very  original  sound  while  adding  in  more  touches  of  psychedelia  and  as  time  goes  on  by  Gregorian  chants  are  added  onto  th e  cassette.

  "Once  we  get  to  the  last  song  the  mid  60's  and  early  70's  occult  rock  sound  starts  to  dominate  and  brings  in  organs  and  it  takes  the  cassette  into  a  more  evil  direction  while  also  having  in  elements  of  harsh  noise  and  as  the song  progresses  demonic  chanting  is  adding  in  calling  upon  the  dark  forces  of  Chtulu  as  well  as  bringing  back  some  black  metal  elements  and  the  cassette  closes  in  a  more  psychedelic  direction  as  well  as  mixing  in  radio  sounds  and  choirs.

  Song  lyrics  cover  Lovecraft  and Occult  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  lo-fi,  raw  and  primitive  sound  along  with  a  couple  of  the  songs  being  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  recording  from  Ak'chamel  The  Giver  Of  Illness  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  lo-fi  black  metal  mixed  in  with  experimental  and  psychedelic,  you  should  give  this cassette  a  chance.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Devourer of  Stars"  and  "The  Old  Ones".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.


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