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Stoic Dissenstion/Autocthon/Rain Without End Records/2014 CD Review

dimanche 20 avril 2014 à 06:04

  Stoic  Dissenstion  are  a  band  from  Colorado  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Autocthon"  which  will  be  released  by  Rain  Without  End  Records.

  Dark  ambient  drones  start  off  the  recording  before  adding  in  a  more  slow,  heavy,  melodic  and  dark  sound  along  with  powerful  bass  lines  and  grim  black  metal  vocals  an d the  guitar  leads  add  a  depressive  and  post  black  metal  feeling  to  the  recording  which  is  also  added  into  the  cleaner  sections  of  the  recording,  as  time  goes  on  by  the  doom  metal  element s really  start  to  kick  in.

  When  the  vocals  start  utilizing  death  growls  the  music  starts  evoking  a  more  funeral  doom  metal  atmosphere  and  the  spoken  word  parts  bring  in  a  ritualistic  feeling  to  the  songs,  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  synths,  tribal  style  drumming,  ambient,  and  psychedelic  elements  are  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  small  amounts  of  melodic  chanting  and  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic   in  length,  and  as  the  album  progresses  you  can  also  hear  some  of  the  more  progressive  and  avant  garde  side  of  black  metal  being  utilized  in  the  music  an d the  guitar  leads  also  start  getting  a  bit  more  diverse  in   sound.

   On  all  6  of  the  tracks  the  band  brings  in  a  different  sound  showing  that  they  are  not  afraid  to  experimental  while  also  being  very  heavy  and  dark  all  at  the  same  time  and  on  one  of  the  tracks  acoustic  guitars  are  brought  in  and  the  music  gets  more  progressive  and  psychedelic  in  sound   along  with  a  small  amount  of  clean  singing  male  and  female  vocals   as  well  as  mixing  the  heavy  and  acoustic  parts  together.

  After  awhile  the  band  goes  into  a  more  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  high  pitched  screams  and  blast  beats  while  also  keeping  around  the  slow  doomier  sections  of  the  recording  and  some  of  the  slower  sections  also  bring  in  a  depressive  black  metal  sound  at  times  but  with  a  more  grim  approach  on  the  vocals  and  on  the  last  song  flutes  are  added  into  the  music  and  the  track  takes  on  a  very  heavy  blackened  doom  metal  approach.

  Stoic  Dissention  show  a  great  amount  of  diversity  and  growth  with  their  new  album  taking  their  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal  and  adding  in  more  psychedelic,  post  and  experimental  elements  which  all  make  the  recording  sound  very  professional,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  powerful  and  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  ancient  past  of  mankind  and  exploring  the  mystical  nuances  of  ritual.  

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Stoic  Dissention  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  both  black  and  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Wolcnum"  and  "The  Eldritch  And  The  Atavistic".  8/5  out  of  10.     

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Daemonheim/Tidian/Naturmacht Productions/2014 CD Review

dimanche 20 avril 2014 à 04:46

  Daemonheim  are  a  duo  from  Germany  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  pagan  black  metal  with  elements  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Tidian"  which  will  be  released  by  Naturmacht  Productions.

  A  thunder  and  rainstorm  along  with  owl  sounds  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  clean,  melodic  and  ambient  direction  along  with  melodic  guitar  leads  which  leads  up  to  more  fast  black  metal  parts  being  mixed  in  along  with  blast  beats,  growls  and  screams  and  the  band  also  mixes  in  some  slow  and  mid  paced  sections  and  you  can  also  hear  traces  of  doom  metal  in some  of  the  slower  parts  of  the  recording.

  Both  the  clean  and  acoustic  sections  that  are  present  on  this  recording  bring  a  progressive  feeling  to  the  recording  along  with  the  guitar  leads  utilizing  a  great  amount  of  talent  and  skill,  while  some  of  the  really  heavy  sections  show  a  great  amount  of  death  metal  influences  and   most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  a s the  album  progresses  more  raw  black  metal  elements  are  added  into  the  faster  sections  of  the  recording.

  When  the  synths  are  brought  in  they  enhance  the  atmosphere  of  the  recording  as  well  as  bringing  in  elements  of  ambient  music  while  the  main  focus  is  on  the  heavy  and  melodic  sounding  guitars  and  the  songs  are  very  diverse  and  all  sound  very  different  from  each  other  while  the  band  never  strays  too  far  away  from  its  regular  sound  and  some  of  the  acoustic  sections  also  start  adding  in  traces  of  classical  and  folk  music  and  towards  the  end  the  blast  beats  get  more  brutal  and  you  can  also  hear  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  at  times  along  with  a  melodic  death  metal  sound  that  is  closer  to  the  Swedish  side  of  the  genre.

  Daemonheim  bring  an  original  sound  to  the  recording  and  showing  they  can  be  as  fast,  raw  and  brutal  as  most  bands  while  also  having  a  great  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  having  a  lot  of  progressive  and  folk  music  elements  in  the  softer  and  cleaner  sections  of  their  music,  the  production  has  a  very  raw,  heavy  and  powerful  sound  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  nature,  old  Pagan  sagas  and  local  history.

  In  my  opinion  Daemonheim  are  a  very  great  sounding  German  black  metal  band  with  pagan  and  death  metal  elements  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Nastrand"  and  "Tidian".  8/5  out  of  10.


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Telchine/Beast Messiah/2014 Full Length Review

dimanche 20 avril 2014 à 03:27

  Telchine  are  a  band  the  United  States  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  with  a  musical  style  I  would  describe  as  being  a  raw  and  depressive  form  of  pagan  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  album  "Beast  Messiah".

  A  very  fast,  raw  and  old  school  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  on  the  following  tracks  more  slow  and  mid  paced  parts  are  mixed  onto  the  album  with  the  faster  elements  and  it  brings  an  atmospheric  feeling  to  the  recording.

  Most  of  the  songs  are  very  short  and   the  vocals  that  are  utilized  on  the  recording  are mostly  mixed  down  low  in  the  background  to  give  the  music  a  grim  feeling  while  the  drums  and  guitars  are  the  main  focus  of  the  recording  and  you  can  also  hear  some  melody  being  added  into  some  of  the  tracks  along  with  a  mixture  of  both  slow  and  fast  songs  with  the  slower  being  in  the  depressive  direction  and  on  the  later  tracks  more  epic  pagan  elements  are  added  into  the  music  and  some  of  the  faster  songs  have  an  almost  war  metal  feeling  to  them  at  times.

  Telchine  show  a  good  amount  of  diversity  with  this  recording  with  the  way  they  bring  in  some  very  fast  and  raw  old  school  black  metal  tracks  along  with  slower  songs  that  show  the  depressive  side  of  the  band  and  in  both  the  fast  and  slow  songs  the  pagan  metal  elements  really  dominate,  the production  is  very  raw  and  old  school  in  the  true  black  metal  tradition  while  the  song  themes  cover  Paganism  and  War.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Telchine  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  depressive  pagan  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Punisher"  "Sacrifice"  "Regress"  and  "Future".  8  out  of  10.


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Paimonia Interview

dimanche 20 avril 2014 à 02:23
1. For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Of course. Created in 2011 by myself, Paimonia is an extreme metal act coming from Serbia (Europe). Since then, we have 2 releases, EP, full-length & a 3-way split is on its way.

2. So far you have released an ep, full length and a split, can you tell us a little bit more about your music sound on all 3 of the recordings and also how do they differ from each other?

Like I said in the previous question, 2 releases are done so far. “Modern Way Of Distraction” EP (Silent Scream Records/Bleichmond Tonschmiede) is the first material we ever made, which is crafted back in 2011. Back then, we had Swedish Black Metal bands such as Dissection, The Moaning & Vinterland as our main influences, so the sound was pretty melodic. In the end of 2013, debut full-length album entitled “Disease Named Humanity” (Humanity's Plague Productions/Exalted Woe Records) is recorded & released. In comparison with the previous material, this one is totally different & more advanced. Sound is more dissonant & disharmonic, more acoustic elements are used, such as acoustic guitars & violins etc. As for the upcoming 3-way split, we put 2 tracks from the full-length album & a Sargeist cover song, specially recorded for this release. Logically, the goal is to create a different sound for each upcoming release, not to have the same one all the time.        

3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

Misanthropy, nihilism & everyday stuff we are surrounded by.

4. I know that the band is name after Paimon, one of the kings of Hell, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in Occultism?

Exactly. Well, the band name was given by the ex. band member. He's interesed in occultism & that kind of stuff, also he did the lyrics by that time. After we parted ways, I've completely changed the band concept  & lyrical themes, but kept the band name, because I really like it & there is no other band out there with the same name. You know how difficult is to find something original for a band name nowadays. As for me personally, I'm not interested in occultism or that kind of stuff.

5. Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you planning on expanding the line up in the future, or do you chose to remain a duo?

Maybe there will be some live performances in the future, we have some plans for that as well, so we will have a session live bass & guitar player for that purposes. Currently, there is no need for someone else besides N.P.V. & me, because the fact is, I do all the music, lyrics & arrangements, he does all the drum work, recording & production stuff, that's it.

6. The full length came out on Humanity's Plague Productions, how did you get in contact with this label and also how would you describe the support they have given you so far?

I got in contact with R.A.F, the man behind Humanity's Plague Productions, in September 2012, during the promotion of the first material we released. He really liked it, also it reminded him on the old No Fashion Records releases & he offered to release the full-length. I'm pretty satisfied with this release, it's done on a really professional level, he also promoted the release heavily on the internet, so I hope we will cooperate in the future as well.  

7. Recently you where part of a split with Mrznja and Zloslut, what are your thoughts on the other bands that participated on the album?

Amazing people & great musicians, we are all good friends for a few years now, that's the most important thing for me personally. Besides, Hunter (Zloslut) was our session live guitar player in 2012, Mrznja was a live bass player in Zloslut & also did the complete design for our full-length. The idea for the split just came some one day, we got in touch with Martin (Atramentum Productions), planned everything & that's it, we are now waiting for the release.

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

Mostly people liked our music, we try to promote the current material as much as possible, doing interviews, receiving good marks & thoughts in reviews etc.

9. Can you tell us a little bit more about the other musical projects that both of the band members are involved with?

Why not. I'm a part of Avantgarde/Atmospheric Doom Metal project called Elsewhere Shine, we released a debut EP entitled “The Wired” through Depressive Illusions Records last year. At the moment, we are working on a full-length album. N.P.V. has his own project/band called Svarun, which has a demo, 2 EP's, full-length & a split with Russian band called Midgaard. The second full-length album entitled “Завештање I: Земља" (The Legacy Vol. I: The Land) will be released soon, so watch out for that.  

10. Where do you see the band progressing into musically during the future?

At the moment, I'm working on some new material & all I can say is it's going to be slower, more obscure & dissonant than any previous material we did.

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?

In the beginning, like I said, we've been influenced by classic Swedish Black Metal bands, but at the moment, believe it or not, I don't have any “metal” influences at all, I just write what I think it's the best for me personally. Currently, I'm listening to some non-metal stuff, like Hurts, Estas Tonne & Vlado Georgijev.

12. What are some of your non musical interests?

Besides music, we study & work as well. I study economics, N.P.V. is studying music, graphic engineering & design.

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

“Keep Calm & Let The World Burn.”

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Zeugen der Leere/Seelenwanderer/2014 Full Length Review

dimanche 20 avril 2014 à 01:28

  Zeugen  der  leere  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  dark/black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  album  "Seelenwanderer".

  A  very  dark,  atmospheric  and  ambient  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  the  music  getting  more  heavy  and  going  into  a  slow  atmospheric  black  metal  direction  along  with  grim  vocals  and  screams  and  after  the intro  classical  guitars  are  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  some  violins  and  the  music  starts  to  find  its  sound  with  a  slow  and  melodic  approach  to  atmospheric  black  metal.

  The  drum  programming  on  the  album  adds  a  militant  feeling  to  the  music  and  you  can  also  hear  a  small  amount  of  melodic  vocals  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording,  when  the  music  speeds  up,  the  album  takes  a  rawer  direction  and  the  screams  become  more  high  pitched  but  the  album  mostly  focuses  on  slow  and  mid  paced  parts  with  the  music  only  getting  fast  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  When  we  get  more  into  the  album  the  music  starts  getting  a  little bit  more  experimental  adding  guitar  slides  and  acoustic  guitars  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  also  remaining  true  to  a  dark  and  atmospheric  black  metal  sound  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  vocals  also  start  adding  in  deeper  parts  along  with  the  screams  and  they  also  bring  a  death  metal  feeling  to  the  recording,  halfway  through  the  recording  the  band  brings  in  a  cover  of  Erkryss's  ''Forsaken  Astronaut"  and  it  is  also  the  only  track  on  the  album  that  has  an  English  title.

  Spoken  word  parts  and  traces  of  electronic  music  start  making  there  way  onto  some  of  the  later  tracks  along  with  programmed  blast  beats  and  you  can  also  hear  some  modern  metal  influences  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  and  every  song  has  a  very  different  sound  to  them  while  you  can  still  tell  that  it  is  the  same  band.

  Zeugen der Leere  bring  in  a  very  interesting  sound  with  their  music  focusing  on  a  more  slow  and  mid  paced  melodic  black  metal  direction  while  also  having  its  fast  moments,  the  synths  and  violins  enhance  the  epic  and  symphonic  qualities  of  the  music  while  the  band  also  brings  in  a  raw  and  experimental  approach  at  times,  the  production  brings  a  very  powerful  and  epic  sound  to  the  recording  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Zeugen der Leere  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  dark/black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Der  Seelenwanderer"  "Forsaken  Astronaut"  "Untergang"  and  "Canis  majoris".  8/5  out  of  10.   

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