PROJET AUTOBLOG


OccultBlackMetalZine

Site original : OccultBlackMetalZine
⇐ retour index

Apokefale/A Transcendent Vision/Ksenza Records/2021 EP Review

mercredi 15 décembre 2021 à 04:07

 


  Apokefale  are  a  band  from  Russia  that  plays  a  very  dark  and  aggressive  form  of  black  emtal  with  some  experimental,  avant  garde  and  death  metal  elements  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  ep  "A  Transcendent  Vision"  which  was  released  by  Ksenza  Records.


  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  emtal  screams  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  all  of  the  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  music  also  adds  in  a  great  amount  of  death  metal  elements.  When  keyboards  can  also  be  heard  briefly and  some  of the  technical  riffing  also  give  the  songs  more  of  an  experimental  and  avant  garde  feeling.


  Angry  shouts  and  growls  can  also  be  heard  at  times  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  some spoken  word  samples  and  acoustic  guitars  also  being  utilized  briefly  on  one  of  the  tracks  and  a  later  song  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  vocals.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  spirituality  and  ethereal  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Apokefale  are  a  very  great  sounding  experimental  black  emtal  band  with  some  elements  of  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "I  Vision:  Ode  To  The  Fire"  and  "Iv.  Vision  Creators  of  the  Ancient  Throne".  8  out  of  10.


https://ksenza.bandcamp.com/album/a-transcendent-vision

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/12/apokefalea-transcendent-visionksenza.html


Signs Of The Dying Summer Interview

mardi 14 décembre 2021 à 05:18

 

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

The story of Sotds has started about year and a half ago. I Had an idea of presenting more nostalgic, atmospheric music some years ago, but there was not enough time to focus on it. Lockdown caused by Covid pushed me to organize these ideas and first songs were prepared. All those melodic riffs which didn't fit in Martwa Aura or Annihilation Vortex music came together in a consistent formula. I asked Uhu and A. Sarg to join me and here we are. 


2.In November you have your first album coming out, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording?

SotDS music is a mixture of atmospheric and morbid, depressive moods. It's sort of a tribute to early Katatonia recordings with black metal background. 


3.All of the band members also play in other bands, what is it that you bring into the music of 'Signs Of The Dying Summer', that you are not able to do with your other groups?

Specific atmosphere of SotDS music is something different from music of Martwa Aura, Annihilation Vortex or Sarg. All those bands have roots in extreme music, but each group focus on various moods. Martwa Aura is more sinister, Annihilation Vortex is a mixture of crust, black and death metal, Sarg focus on harsh, ninimalistic vision of black metal. 


4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored so far with the music?

Lyrics touch such existencial themes as evanescence, vanity of life and dark side of human nature.


5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Signs Of The Dying Summer'?

The name of the band stands for specific mood, it is a mixture of nostalgic and gloomy atmosphere connected to some sort of painful and even traumatic memories. SotDS is a symbolic credo, a phrase that presents the generał mood we want to achieve in our recordings. 


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

Album cover and all other drawings were prepared by Polish artist, Edward Kreft. Trees from the cover represent stages of life which interpenetrate themselves. Childhood, adulthood and old age, all coming Towards the inevitable end. 


7.Has the been had any opportunities to do live shows or open to the idea?

At the moment we don't take such an option into account. 


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

Reactions are positive. I saw some reviews of 'Oto jest Pustka' and it is really motivating feedback. 


9.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?

I play the guitar in Martwa Aura and Annihilation Vortex. We finished Polish tour with Mgła few weeks ago and now we are working on Split with Yfel1710. With AV we are preparing second full length album. A. Sarg is involved in Sarg band. 'Demon' LP will be released soon. He recently joined Uhu's band called Gone. It is a mix of black nad death metal. They will finish works with new material soon. Uhu has another band Inside Her. They play synthwave with metal groove background. So as You Can see, we are quite busy fellas. 


10.Where do you see the banf heading into musically during the future?

We do not have any demands or expectations about the future, time will tell if Sotds gets significant reception. 


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?

We listen to various genres of music, which are inspiring for us. When it comes to Sotds, we wanted to express our inspiration in bands such us Katatonia, Tiamat, Forgotten Tomb and Shining. Morbid and  atmospheric mood of their works is the main factor for us to present similar emotions through music. 


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

Thanks for the interview. Greetings

Bandcamp
Facebook

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/12/signs-of-dying-summer-interview.html


Lucifixion/Feral Mass/Sentient Ruin Laboratories/2021 Demo Review

mardi 14 décembre 2021 à 05:08

 


  Lucifixion  are  a  duo  from  the  United  States  that  plats  a  very  raw  from  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  demo  "Feral  Mass"  which  was  released  by  Sentient  Ruin  Laboratories


  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  demo  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  only  track  on  this  recording  is  over  9  minutes  in  length  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.


  The  song  also  shows  some  influences  of  both  the  90's  and  early  200's  era  of  the  genre  while  the  music  also  captures  a  very  lo-fi  atmosphere  at  times.  Growls  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  track  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  song  also  slowing  down  briefly  and  the  whole  demo  also  sticks  to  a  heavier  direction.


  Lucifixion  plays  a  style  of  black  emtal  that  is  very  raw  and  lo-fi  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  death  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Lucifixion  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of t his  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  8  out  of  10.

 BANDCAMP RELEASE    


   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/12/lucifixionferal-masssentient-ruin.html


Karmanjaka/Gates Of Muspel/Grind To Death Records/2022 CD Review

mardi 14 décembre 2021 à 04:27

 


  Karmanjaka  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  very  aggressive  and  melodic  form  of  pagan  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "Gates  of  Muspel"  which  will  be  released  in  2022  by  Grind  To  Death  Records.


  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  vocals  add  in a  mixture  of high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  aggressive  shouts  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  yet  epic  style.


  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  sounding  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  the  album  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  pagan  metal  elements  and  the  songs  also  add  in  a  lot  of  90's  influences.


  Some  of  the  riffing  also  adds  in  more  progressive  touches  on  some  of  the  tracks  along  with  one  track  also  introducing  acoustic  guitars  and  keyboards  onto  the  album.  War  style  viking  horns  and  tribal  percussion  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  some  of  the  songs  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  clean  vocals  are  also  introduced  later  on  during  the  recording  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  folk  instruments.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Norse  mythology  and  The  Prose  Edda.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Karmanjaka  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  aggressive  and  melodic  pagan  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Gates  of  Muspel"  "Sorcerer  King"  and  "Fenrir".  8  out  of  10.


https://www.facebook.com/Karmanjaka-855892574540437

https://grindtodeathrecords.bandcamp.com/album/gates-of-muspel 

Toilet ov Hell Premiere | YouTube |  


  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/12/karmanjakagates-of-muspelgrind-to-death.html


Ad Infinitum/Hypnagogic Conveyence/2021 Full Length Review

mardi 14 décembre 2021 à 03:10

 


  Kentucky's  solo  project  Ad  Infinitum  has  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  for  more  of  an  atmospheric  form  of  ambient  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2021  album  "Hypnagogic  Conveyence".


  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Some  of  the  tracks  are  also  long  and  epic  in  length  while  atmospheric  sounding  synths  can  also  be  heard  in  the  background  at  times  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.


  The  songs  also  add  in  a  good  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  Most  of  the  songs  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction  as  well  as  speeding  up  on  a  couple  of  tracks  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody,  elements  of  ambient  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  album  and  there  are  also  a  couple  of  instrumentals.


  On  this  recording  Ad  Infinitum  goes  for  more  of  a  mid  tempo,  cosmic,  ambient  and  atmospheric  style  of  black  metal.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  cosmos,  dreams  and  darkness  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Ad  Infinitum  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  cosmic,  atmospheric  and  ambient  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Transmedium  Crest"  and  "Vacuum  Decay".  8  out  of  10.


https://adinfinitum.bandcamp.com/album/hypnagogic-conveyance       

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/12/ad-infinitumhypnagogic-conveyence2021.html