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UTU/Omnipotentis/Depressive Illusions/2017 Cassette Compilation Review

samedi 16 février 2019 à 21:18

  UTU  are  a  band  from  Brazil  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  cassette  compilation  "Omnipotentis"  which  was  released  by  Depressive  Illusions.

  A  very  classical  and  war  orientated  sound  starts  off  the  compilation  before  going  into a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style,  Throughout  the  compilation  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  music  also  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  style  as  well  as  some  spoken  word  samples  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  as  the  cassette  progresses  the  riffs  also  start  incorporating  more  melody.

  UTU  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  old  school  in  the  90's  tradition,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Misanthropy,  Anti  Christianity  and  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  UTU  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  misanthropic  and  old  school  black  metal band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Pater  Misanthropy"  and  "Possession  For  The  Utu's  Sigil".  8  out  of  10.

      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/02/utuomnipotentisdepressive-illusions2017.html


Ultio Interview

samedi 16 février 2019 à 04:45
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
Ultio is an Italian one man band born in the late 2017. I released my first songs as a demo in 2018, then the remastered edition that will be released in March 2019. For now I consider it a side project, a “place” in which I can vomit negativity and violence in total freedom.

2.So far you have released one ep, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?
I wrote and recorded this EP in few weeks, it has been a sort of “one song a day”. It's an experiment from a certain point of view: I wanted to be more natural and instinctive possible trying to capture the moment, without rational thoughts about style, production or anything else but playing black metal.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored so far with the music?
The lyrics follow the same approach. They speak about instinct, violence, pain… there is not a real concept, but I focused my attention on the human's bestial side. That’s why the title is “Fera” (“Beast”, in Latin).

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Ultio'?
Ultio means revenge in Latin. I think it’s perfect for this project: no mercy, no rationality, violence… and in my opinion the word sounds good and is consistent with this concept: concise, hard, sharp.

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the ep cover?
As I said the EP is titled “Fera”: the artwork simply represent the mouth of a beast in a woodcut fashion. I think those primitive strokes fit very well with the concept, music and production. 

6.On the metal archives the project is listed as being from an unknown area, is that intentional for the time being?
I think it’s due to the fragmentary promotion of this EP. When I released it as a demo I just uploaded the songs on bandcamp with basic information, without caring about promotion or anything else. Only few months later I decided to remaster the EP to give it a better form and an appropriate promotion. No mystery, I'm from Genoa, Italy. 

7.On the ep you also recorded all the instruments by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?
I think that the solo project formula helps to focus energies in a better way preserving spontaneity.

8.The EP is also going to be released through 'Brucia Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
Brucia Records could be intended as a sort of collective. Some friends and me are involved in every aspect: the bands, design, production, promotion. For now is a container of the members' projects, in future I don’t know. We want just release our vision of black metal and similar music for attitude and aesthetic. Some releases are scheduled for this year, so follow us on bandcamp for updates. 

9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
It's early to say, we just started promotion, but the first responses are pretty good.

10.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
Hard to say for now. I think the EP is a good format for Ultio because in a short time I can express only what is necessary without filler songs or useless repetitions. I don't exclude anything, but I don't care much about "formats", i think it's not a real problem in the current music world.

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?
I think about some Swedish bands like Setherial, Funeral Mist. Maybe some Norwegian as 1349, Carpathian Forest or Gorgoroth for some atmospheres, but it’s difficult to say only few bands. About my current listening I could mention the recent works by Vessel of Iniquity, Elixir of Distress, Svederna, The Order of Apollyon, Precaria to name a few.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Just thank you so much for this space on your great zine. Follow me on Bandcamp for updates: https://bruciarecords.bandcamp.com. Hail

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/02/ultio-interview.html


Nidmorker/Hinc Tuo Confisi Aegritudo Ac Dolorem/Fila Sophiae/2018 EP Review

samedi 16 février 2019 à 04:31

  Nidmorker  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  very  tortured  form  of  black  metal  along  with  some  elements  of  dark  ambient  and  death  industrial  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  ep  "Hinc  Tuo  Confisi  Aegritudo  Ac  Dolerem"  which  was  released  by  fila  Sophiae.

  A  very  dark  and  ritualistic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  demonic  voices  also  being  used  briefly  while  the  sounds  of  humans  being  tortured  can  also  be  heard. Elements  of  noise  of  death  industrial  are  also  added  into  the  music  at  times  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts.

  Dark  sounding  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  heavier  riffing  while  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  and  towards  the  end  of  the  first  track  whispered  spoken  words  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  you  can  also  hear  an  influence  of  Xasthur  in  some  parts  of  the  music.

  A  touch  of  dark  ambient  can  also  be  heard  in  the  music  while  it  is  covered  with  more of  a  black  metal  style  and  when  the  music  finally  speeds  up  briefly  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  depression  and  Satanism  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Nidmorker  are  a  very  great  sounding  tortured  and  demented  black  metal  band  with  some  touches  of  dark  ambient  and  death  industrial  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Advent  Tristii"  and  "Anaktoria".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/02/nidmorkerhinc-tuo-confisi-aegritudo-ac.html


Trespasser/Чому не вийшло? (why didn't it work?)/Heavenly Vault Records/2019 Vinyl Review

samedi 16 février 2019 à 02:59

  Tresspasser  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  Nordic  influenced  form  of  apocalyptic  and  anarchist  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Чому не вийшло? (why didn't it work?)"  which  was  released  on  vinyl  by  Heavenly  Vault  Records.

  Melodic  guitar  leads  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  black  metal s creams  a  few  seconds  later.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  some  elements  of  crust  and  d beat.

  Swedish  style  melodies  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  A  great  amount  of  90's  influences  can  also  be  heard  in  the  bands  musical  style  but  also  keeping  it  in  a  very  modern  direction.

  At  times  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  also  captures  the  sounds  of  war  and  Armageddon  showing  somewhat  of  a  Marduk  influence.  World  War  era  Choirs  and  music  can  also  be heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  folk  instruments,  classical  guitars  and  war  samples,  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  struggle  of  anarchist  workers  in  the  Ukraine  lead  by  the  infamous  Nester  Makhno  between  the  two  world  wars.

  In  my  opinion  Tresspasser  are  a  very  great  sounding  apocalyptic  and  anarchist  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hunted  Like  Wolves"  "Death  To  Fight  Death"  and  "Miscreant  Dawn".  8  out  of  10.  "       

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/02/trespasser-why-didnt-it-workheavenly.html


Vorga Interview

vendredi 15 février 2019 à 05:30
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Atlas - Sure, we're a modern black metal band based in Karlsruhe, Germany. Our music focuses mostly on nihilism and looking at the world through that lens. I created the band while living in Scotland and brought the music and ideas with me when I moved to Germany. Luckily I managed to find a great group of musicians here to make the band what it is today.

Пешо has a bunch of various acts he used to and still plays with such as Vrani Volosa, Act of Grotesque, Bloodlines, Damage Extreme & Prokyon.

Jervas previously played drums for Aaskereia, Corporal Punishment & Grabfinsternis.

Volker has played guitar in Azrael's Seed and Geäst.


2.You also have your first ep coming out later in February, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?

Atlas - I wanted to find a balance between the chaos and aggression of black metal and simpler, sadder melodies. I also wanted to create something that would translate well to a live environment.

I also wanted it to have a very modern production style. I know it can be quite divisive in the BM community but personally, I think the power and aggression of a modern production really help gives some extra weight to this style of black metal.


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

Atlas - Servility and corruption of power are two topics that seem to keep coming up. The feeling of frustration and hopelessness in trying to change things, and the idea of purpose.


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

Atlas - It is the name of a starship in Alfred Bester's 'Stars my destination'. In the book it plays a role as the protagonist's reason for living, he saves his own life only to get revenge on this ship he thinks abandoned him. I liked the idea of what the ship represents - misguided purpose and the strength that can be wielded in ignorance.


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

Atlas - The artwork of the band is trying to convey feelings of human insignificance. We're trying to recreate that feeling of mixed wonder and horror looking into the night sky and feeling small.


6.The band members come from the United Kingdom, Germany and Bulgaria, what kind of impact does this have on the bands musical style?

Atlas - Next to none really. I am the songwriter for the band and create the music & lyrics nearly fully-formed before handing it over to the rest of the guys. This doesn't leave a lot of room for interpretation and helps keep the vision consistent.

In terms of our backgrounds and what they bring, we certainly come from different walks of life and musical tastes and I think it definitely helps add something to our sound.

Пешо - I don´t think it makes really a difference when it comes to music that doesn´t include folklore.

7.Are the band members open to doing any live shows if the opportunity ever came?

Atlas - Definitely! We're in the middle of organizing our first release concert here in Karlsruhe but I hope we can get on the road and do some touring when the time is right. We're very keen to get out there and play as much as possible.

8.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

Atlas - We're certainly interested but it's not anything we're actively pursuing right now. We're happy self-releasing and self-promoting until it becomes too much to handle by ourselves and we need to enlist the help of others.


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

Fantastic right now! We've been positively overwhelmed by the initial response our EP has received and we're already looking forward to the next release.


10.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

Atlas - At the moment we're planning a second EP release for later this year. All that material has been written. I'm currently writing a full length I would hope we can release in 2020. Stylistically it's similar to what you hear now, but perhaps with a slightly more sci-fi/cosmic angle to it.


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?

Atlas - I'm not sure if you can hear it in the music but bands that have influenced me are Dodheimsgard, , Arcturus, Khonsu, Gorgoroth. Right now I'm listening to Skeletonwitch's Devouring Radiant Light.

Пешо -  From Beatles to Grindcore, but generally extreme music. I was more into technical/progressive death metal about 10 years ago, but lately, I listen to more black metal and I´m always searching for underground music. There are really good bands I find all the time.

Jervas - Maiden, Paradise Lost, Dissection, Samael etc.


12.What are some of your non musical interests?

Пешо - I use almost all of my free time, making music and working on musical projects. Aside from that, I love riding my bike or going out into Nature, without any people, structures or facilities around.

Atlas - Both me and Jervas enjoy brewing in our spare time. Apple wine, cider, and beer mostly.

Volker - Riding Motorbikes


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

Thanks for taking the time! Check out our EP at vorga.bandcamp.com and see you at a concert soon!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/02/vorga-interview.html