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Jennifer Christensen/Twilight Fauna/Red River Records/2015 Split EP Review

lundi 13 juillet 2015 à 05:42

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  ep  between Oregon's  Jennifer  Christensen  and  Tennessee's  Twilight  Fauna  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  Red  River  Family  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Jennifer  Christensen  a  solo  artist  best  known  for  her  work  in  the  black  metal  band  Mollehoj  and  goes  for  more  of  a  neo-classical  direction  with  her  solo  project.

  Her  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  dark  sounding  cello's  which  also  gives  the  song  more  of  a  haunting  classical  music  feeling  and  the  track  also  brings  in  other  stringed  instruments  and  the  song  is  all  instrumental  and  is  6  minutes  in  length  along  with  the  track  staying  away  from  any  style  of  black  metal  sounds  and  the production  sound s very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  track  from  Jennifer  Christensen  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  neo-classical,  you  should  check  out  her  side  of  the  split.
Next  up  is  Twilight  Fauna  a  solo  project  from  Tennessee  that  has  been  featured  plenty  of  times  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  on  other  releases  while  he  goes  into  more  of  an  experimental  direction  with  this  song.

 His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  avant  garde  sounds  and  drones  and  a  few seconds  later  black8  metal  guitar  riffs  are  added  into  the  music  and  you  can  also  hear  some  vocals  in  the  background  at  times  and  after  a  few  minutes  clean  playing  in  added  into  the  song  briefly  which  is  also  7  minutes  in  length  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  used  they  bring  in  more  of  a  modern  and  atmospheric  black  metal  style,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  song  themes  cover  darkness  and  nature.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  track  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental  music  and  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  his  song.

  In  conclusion  I  fell  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  experimental,  neo-classical  and  atmospheric  black  metal.  8  out  of  10.     

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Vonulfsreich/Spell Of Thunder/2015 EP Review

dimanche 12 juillet 2015 à 02:36

  Vonulfsreich  are  a  band  from Finland  that  plays  a  very  raw  and old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled 2015  ep  "Spell  Of  Thunder".

A  very  dark  and  slow  guitar riff  starts   off  the  ep  before  speeding  up  and  going  into  more  of  an old  school  black  metal  direction  along  with  some grim  screams  and  the music  go  for  more  of  a  90's   second  wave  style  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  faster  sections  using  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  solos  and  leads a re  utilized  they  also  remain  true  to  an  old  school  style  of  black  metal  and  the  songs  seem  to  be  influenced  by  both  the  Nordic  and  Finnish  scenes  of  the  early  90's  along with  a  brief  instrumental  and  the  last  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  thrash  elements  and  death  metal  growls.

  Vonulfsreich  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  and  all  of  the  songs  sound  like  they  could  of  easily  been  recorded  and  released  during t hat  time  frame,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Mysticism,  Misanthropy  and  Nature  themes.

  In  my opinion  Vonulfsreich  are  a  very  great  sounding old  school  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Barbaric  Bloodlust"  and  "Kaikka  Paha".  8  out  of  10.


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Goat Torment/Sermons To Death/Armor Fati Productions/2015 CD Review

samedi 11 juillet 2015 à 23:58

  Goat  Torment  are  a  band  from  Belgium  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  bestial  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Sermons  To  Death"  which  will  be  released  on  July  24th  by  Armor  Fati  Productions.

  A  very  dark  and  ritualistic  sounding  synth  starts  off  the  album  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  very  fast  war  metal  direction  along  with  a  great  amount  of  brutal  blast  beats  and  a  few  seconds  later  bestial  black  metal  screams  start  to  kick  in  and  they  also  use  a  great  mixture  of  high  pitched  and  deep  screams. 

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  a  lot  of  the  riffs  bring  in  a  90's  style  of  black  metal  and  some  of t he  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  slower  sections  adding  in  elements  of  doom  metal  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  more  of  a  dark  and  melodic  musical  direction while  they  also  bring in  the  speed  of  war  metal  at  times.

  Some  of  the  riffing  brings  in  melodies  at times  and  there  are  also  a  couple  of  tracks  that  are  long  and  epic  in  length  and  they  also  bring  in  another  ritualistic  intro  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  musical  direction  and  there  are  also  some  parts  present  on  the  recording  that  brings  in  a touch  of  the  more  dark  and  evil  side  of  death  metal  and  the  last  track  also  mixes  in  the ritualistic  sounds  with  the  heavier  parts.

  Goat  Torment  takes  a  musical  style  that  takes   a  raw  and  satanic  form  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  in  with  elements  of  bestial  and  war  metal  to  create  a  very  heavy  and  evil  sounding recording,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Devil  Worship  Blasphemous  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Goat  Torment  are  a  very  great  sounding  bestial  black  metal band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Bones  Aligned"  "Within  The  Realm  Of  Darkness"  and  "Of  Fire  And  Brimstone"  8/5  out  of  10.

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Y Interview

samedi 11 juillet 2015 à 21:53

ZINE: For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

Y: Y is a project aiming at the exploration of the dark side of man through music. However, I'm not merely interested in a reference to the dark aspect but also in the search of ways to overcome it.


ZINE: In June you had released an album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

Y: Musically, I would place my self within the boundaries of dark ambient and black metal. However, since these two genres have been extensively exploited by musicians with whose aesthetics and ideology I disagree, i would prefer to characterize my music as ''black ritual''.


ZINE: The album is a concept recording based on Aggrippa's De Occulta Philosophia, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in his works and also what are some of the other occultists that you look up to?

Y: There are certainly references to Aggrippa's significant work,  ''De Occulta Philosophia'' but not only to that. Yet, this particular title proved extremely useful since it so accurately describes the main themes of the current  album as well as those of future albums. In this respect, I am seriously considering giving  all Y albums which will follow the same title. I am aware that this might prove confusing and I am also aware of the fact that other bands have also used the particular tittle in the past. Nevertheless, I believe this is positive. Dealing with something not easily accessible and perhaps difficult to be perceived or comprehended by the majority is not daunting; on the contrary, it is rather fair and anticipated. Regarding others who have influenced my work and whose works I admire, it would be fair to say that they are numerous and I wouldn't wish to overlook any of them so I would rather not start referring to them. What I would like to do though is recommend a book to those who are just starting their quest for truth. The book is entitled “An Adventure Among the Rosicrucians: A student of Occultism” by Franz Hartmann.


ZINE: I know that the project name 'Y' is also known as the number of Pythagoras, can you tell us a little but about your interest in this mystic?

Y: Ι am greatly interested in Philosophy and Pythagoras is one of the most significant , ancient greek philosophers who, in his turn, affected other very important philosophers, such as Plato and Aristotle. Pythagoras used Y as a symbol in order to explain that stage in man's life when he/she is forced to face a crossroads. What lies ahead are two paths. That of virtue which is beset with obstacles but leads to glory and that of passivity which is easy but leads to failure.


ZINE: With this musical project, you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to remain solo?

Y: Up to now, I have only collaborated with the one woman band from Greece APOTOME as Y. We have written a song  together,which will probably appear in one of her future releases. I am open to possible collaborations thus, even though Y is actually a personal journey for the time being.


ZINE: Currently you are unsigned,are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

Y: Some underground companies have expressed an interest in Y, yet an actual release is not my priority at the moment.


ZINE: On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal and other forms of occult music?

Y: Many people embraced Y as if they had been expecting it for ages. Naturally, it can't be to everyone's liking. It is , after all, a ''difficult'' work, far from what the majority are accustomed to listen to.


ZINE: Are you also involved with any other musical projects these days?

Y: The only project i had been working on  from 1999 to  2012 which is called This Is Past, ended music-wise but I continue working as an artist with the same name. I am currently a member of a music collective named AAZZAAZZORG ( ) and I participate in all its music projects.


ZINE: Where do you see yourself heading into musically during the future?

Y: I intend to record an album exploring melancholy in depth in the near future.


ZINE: 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?

 Y: I listen to various, different kinds of music but I do not allow everything affect my work as far as it concerns Y since what I do is very specific. I've been listening to lo-fi black metal recently and I usually select bands which belonged to “Les Légions Noires” ( Black Legions ) or new bands that evoke a similar atmosphere.


ZINE: What are some of your non musical interests?
Y: I do love art in general and I am particularly keen on painting. I actually occupy myself with drawing a lot.


ZINE: Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Y: I would like to thank you for giving me the opportunity to talk about Y. I hope you continue to support new bands in the future, giving them the opportunity to present what they do as well.

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Unearthly Interview

samedi 11 juillet 2015 à 21:42

1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?
Eregion: We’re changing the line up, replacing the (now former) lead guitar player. We haven’t announced anything yet but on the right time everything will be revealed. Also we’re preparing for our first US tour, and we’re very excited about that, it will be a blast!

2.Your current album was released in 2014, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
Eregion: There is one “cliché” saying about becoming more “mature” on each album released, but it still very precise. I think we’re trying to be more our own without following any specific direction, and have less outside influences and more and more our own kind/way to do Metal, and I can guarantee that we’re getting better at this.

3.In the early years the band played more of a pure style of black metal but know are in more of a blackened death metal direction, what was the decision behind the name change?
Eregion: Natural evolution. For us, as a ‘long road’ band, sometimes you feel tired to do the exact same things and want to explore different ways to perform your art. It’s not that simple but that’s the way it goes.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the current music?
Eregion: Mostly against christianity and other religions, but like I told you sometimes we want to explore different themes. So we have lyrics with a political approach, death by different perspectives, afterlife, history, war and etc… I personally don't like to write about one thing only.

5.On the last album you had a song about Eshu an Orisha from Quimbanda,  can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?
Eregion: I grew up on a family which is influenced in a way by Umbanda/Quimbanda, especially an aunt, so for me always it has always been a very interesting topic. For some christians this kind of religion is straight up bonded with the Devil. I like this controversy. Also I spent a lot of time researching and reading to write something at least on the same level as this magnetic Orisha. This song in particular was the very first one which I started to compose, riffs and etc, and the last one to get finished.
Another interest thing is, before I recorded it I took this song to a Quimbanda religious center and they gave me the “approval”.

6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Unearthly'?
Eregion: There are a lot of different stories behind this. M. Mictian (bassist and founder) played in a band called Anopheles. His name, “Marcelo”, literally means “from Mars”, “out of planet”, so he gathered everything and came up with “Unearthly”

7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Eregion: Very difficult to say, I personally love the huge crowds, playing on festivals is amazing, but sometimes it’s fucking awesome to play for a few people that love and enjoy your music. You can look them in the eyes and feel the energy. About our show it’s pure power, high voltage, and we always try to perform our best, of course. But for us it’s even more important to interact with the audience, headbang, share the intensity of a brutal tune. 

8.Can you tell us a little bit more about the North American tour that you have coming up?
Eregion: We don’t have a regular set list for all the concerts. We want to try a different approach, play songs from the current album, play some old stuff, and let’s see what happens.

9.As a bonus track you did a Sepultura cover, what was the decision behind doing a your own version of one of their songs?
Eregion: Actually I gathered on this recording session a bunch of different people to record vocals on, guys from a lot of local bands here in Rio de Janeiro, guys from Polish bands, Russian bands, a former member of Sarcófago, guys from other cities here in Brazil too, even my little brother screams on the chorus! We filmed everything, but we weren’t authorized by our Brazilian label to publish it. We have an amazing experience recorded unpublished yet. We tried with Andreas but he just doesn’t give a shit. Also Max/Gloria didn’t reply us. We have common friends who also helped to talk with them to get the authorization, but they just don’t care. That’s why we don’t want to publish it anymore, at least not now. Maybe in the future.

10.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and death metal?
Eregion: It’s very interesting, we have fans from places like India, United Arab Emirates, Indonesia, and every day we meet and know more people that like our music, and we want more. Reaching the US is our main goal now.

11.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?
Eregion: I work with a lot of bands and musicians, producing, recording and sometimes acting as a sound engineer. Our drummer plays on tons of different bands, some covers, some independent bands, but always metal. Mictian plans to make a side project, but not at this moment.

12.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Eregion: We want to keep our focus on extreme metal, but without predilection. We want to put more influence from our background, brazilian stuff, and of course reach more and more people around the globe with our art.

13.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?
Eregion: Each one in the band has a lot of different influences, me and Mictan are more metal/rock n roll people. Braulio and the former lead guitar are more “musical free style”, having more influences of jazz, regional music, besides heavy metal. Nowadays I mix on my playlist brutal death metal acts like Krisiun, Sinister, Origin, Misery Index, some old school stuff like Deep Purple, Thin Lizzy, ZZ Top, Wasp, CCR, and the classical thrash like Exodus, Overkill, Kreator, Destruction.

14.How would you describe your views on Occultism?
Eregion: Pursuit of knowledge. Us, as human beings, of course, don’t have an answer for everything on life and after death. I think we always try to learn more, and for sure this is not for anyone. Some people choose to stay ignorant and keep on following the shepherd.

15.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Eregion: Just to say thank you, for you who did this interview and for our loyal fans that always support us, and for the people who didn't know our work and now have the opportunity to know more about it. Cheers /,,/

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