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In Divenire/Servi della Carne/Schizzonero Record/2020 Full Length Review

mardi 3 mars 2020 à 09:09

  In  Divenire  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  traditional  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Servi  della  Carne"  which  was  released  by  Schizzonero  Record.

  A  very  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  get  very  diverse  sounding  at  times.  Some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  yet  old  school  style.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  good  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  semi  melodic  vocals  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Italian  and  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  In  Divenire  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  melodic  and  traditional  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ferro  Nerro"  "Notti  d'  Estate"  and  "Somnium  Fatum".  8  out  of  10.

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Aspidium Interview

lundi 2 mars 2020 à 20:08

1. For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Kurt: “Aspidium arose out of a solo project beginning of 2017. I already played bass guitar for many years in several bands, but in none of them, I was able to realize my personal ideas of music. Hence, at the beginning of 2017, I started to put my emotions into songs and to fulfil my own musical visions. The foundation of Aspidium had been set with the recordings of the debut album Manifestum. At the beginning planed as mere solo project, Aspidium evolved to a German/Italian band project with the entry of Benni Leiter from South Tyrol on the guitar.
In the course of 2019, I created new song material for the second studio album as a solo project, too. With the entry of Susi Hartmann playing bass guitar and Thomas Altmann on the guitar last autumn and with our new addition at the beginning of 2020, Emil Herrmann on the drums, the former solo project has been developed into a powerful line-up.”

2. You have a new album coming out in April, musically how does it differ from your previous release?
Kurt: “After the first album was more Death Metal with influences from Black Metal, the upcoming album is mere straightforward postmodern Black Metal with influences from Death Metal. However, this “development” was not planed at all, but more or less the natural outcome of our vision of music without any kind of blinders.“

3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored so far with the music?
Kurt: “Our lyrics are mainly based on socially critical issues that put their finger on the weak spots of our time. The songs on our new album deal with current topics: the brutalization of society, destruction of the environment, intolerance and the egoism of individuals. Mankind is at the crossroads between high culture and decline, it's almost midnight and Harmagedon is imminent if we don't fundamentally rethink our way of life.”

4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Aspidium'?
Kurt: “Aspidium is the botanical name of a native fern, which grows in the deep shadow of the forest and reaches to a considerable size. It is fascinating that those ferns need no colourful blossoms nor fruits to survive and reproduce. To my mind, it suits me very well, and my music.”

5. Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?
Kurt: “For the artwork I could win Dani Hofer from South Tyrol again. I have known and appreciated his work for a long time and his art is completely on my wavelength. The artwork is strongly inspired by the biblical apocalypse, the Armageddon, the world conflagration. It symbolizes the decline of our civilization, the end of mankind and is therefore deliberately kept in black and white. In my opinion it reflects the gloomy mood and the atmosphere of the songs quite well.”

6. Originally the band started out as a solo project, what was the decision behind expanding into a duo?
Kurt: “As I started to create my songs for the debut album, I met my long-standing friend and guitarist Benni Leiter in South Tyrol, drinking a beer and talking about our musical plans in the near future. I asked him if he would be interested to record the guitars for the song material and support me live on stage. He agreed and that was probably the birth of Aspidium as a band project. Due to Benni’s variety of musical and family responsibilities, he was not able to continue supporting Aspidium for a further recording. However, my intention has always been to turn the solo project into a powerful band with a fixed line-up because this way we are able to go into a reliable planning for live performances. The simple reason why Aspidium has meanwhile evolved from a project to a physical band.”



7. Currently the band is unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
Kurt: “Without a label it is much harder for a band to get gigs. You have to manage everything by yourself and spend a lot of time into making your dream come true. On the other hand, when no label is breathing down your neck, you probably enjoy more artistic and musical freedom. Nobody is telling you what to do and you can take all decisions independently and completely without consideration of dependencies. But if the right label is knocking on the door and the conditions are suitable, I could well imagine signing a contract. We will see what the future will have to offer.”

8. On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black and death metal?
Since the foundation in 2017, Aspidium has recorded two full-length albums. The debut album called Manifestum was released 2018 and despite the fact that our music does not fit in a preconceived box of genre stereotypes, our debut was generally well received by public and media. For example, we are very pleased that the many magazines and webzines reviewed Manifestum positively in all review categories. Additionally the press and media show a great interest in our upcoming second studio album Harmagedon and we are very grateful for the support Aspidium and our music receive by the public.”

9. Are any of the band members currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?
Kurt: “In the past I was involved in different projects, but if you try to handle the complete songwriting, arrangement, management and self-marketing of a project like Aspidium besides your job, sooner or later you will have to concentrate your forces with a heavy heart. But our drummer Emil participates besides Aspidium in different projects beyond metal music.“

10. Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Kurt: “Well, at the moment we are fully focused on the release of our second studio album Harmagedon in April 2020. Therefore, it is not the time and space to think about further recordings or musical projects currently. But nevertheless, Black Metal will always remain an essential part of Aspidium and of course I have more rhythms and melodies for new creative song material in the pipeline.“
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?
Kurt: “Aspidium is unconventional and does not like to be put into a box. From my point of view rules, stereotypes and preconceived opinions are there to be broken in order to be able to develop oneself further and to create something new authentically. But of course there are artists and bands like Dimmu Borgir, Gaahls Wyrd or Hypocrisy whose music appeals to you personally and therefore influences your own creativity to a certain extent. My favorite music that I listen to nowadays is the complete range that Death and Black Metal offers.”

12. Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Kurt: “There are so many things happening in the world right now that might be scary. Do not let it get you down, stay courageous and stand up for what is important to you in life. Thanks for your support and who knows, maybe we will meet live on stage one day. Raise your horns!”



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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/03/aspidium-interview.html


Hellhole/Whores In The Guise Of Saints/Nailed Nazarene Industries/2020 Full Length Review

lundi 2 mars 2020 à 08:37

  Australia's  Hellhole  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  atmospheric  and  depressive  style  of  post  black  metal  from  his  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2020  album  "Whores  In  The  Guise  Of  Saints"  which  will  be  released  in  April by  Nailed  Nazarene  Industries.

  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  atmospheric    sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  depressive  black  metal  screams.  Synths  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  recording  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  while  some  of  the  songs  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Elements  of  post  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the recording  while  the  music  is  also  a  lot  more  darker  than  previous  releases.  One  song  also  introduces  clean  playing  onto  the  album  along  with  the  guitar  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  when  they  are  utilized,  stringed  instruments  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  the  music  sticks  to  mostly  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them. 

  On  this  recording  Hellhole  takes  his  atmospheric  and  depressive  style  of  post  black  metal  into  an  even  more  darker  direction.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the lyrics  cover  anti  religion  and  blasphemy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Hellhole  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  and  depressive  post  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Religion  Of  Lies"  "God  Does  Not  Hear  You"  and  "Rotting  World  [Inside  me]".  8  out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/03/hellholewhores-in-guise-of-saintsnailed.html


Dynfari/Myrkurs er þörf/Code666/2020 Full Length Review

lundi 2 mars 2020 à 07:25

  Iceland's  Dynfari  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  atmospheric  style  of  post  black  metal  from  their  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Myrkurs  er  þörf"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Code666.

  Dark  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  brings  elements  of  post  rock  onto  the  recording  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  Some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  vocals  also  bring  in  a  very  melodic  yet  aggressive  vocal  approach.  At  times  the  music  gets  very  aggressive  sounding  while  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  black  metal  elements  into  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  Acoustic  guitars  also  make  a  return  on  some  of  the  later  tracks.

  Clean  playing  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as  one  of  the  tracks  being  an  instrumental  and  some  songs  also  show  an  influence  of  shoegaze.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  Icelandic  and  English  and  cover  philosophy,  life,  death,  sorrow,  loss  and  hope  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Dynfari  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  post  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Langar  nætur  (í  botnlausum  spíralstiga)"  and  "Of  Suicide  Redemption".  8  out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/03/dynfarimyrkurs-er-orfcode6662020-full.html


Titaan/ITIMA/ATMF/2020 CD Review

lundi 2 mars 2020 à 06:03

  Titaan  is  a  solo  project  from  an  unknown  area  that  plays  an  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2020  album  "ITIMA"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  ATMF.

  Ritualistic  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  while  voices  can  also  be  heard  in  the  background  briefly.  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  only  track  presented  on  the  album  is  over  45  minutes  in  length.  Avant  garde  elements  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  the  recording  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow, mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  sounding  along  with  some  synths  also  being  added  in  some  parts  of  the  recording.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  spoken  word  parts  also  enhancing  the  ritualistic  atmosphere  of  the  recording  when  they  are  utilized.

  Clean  vocals  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  recording  as  well  as  the  music  also  having  its  experimental  moments.  Acoustic  guitars,  percussion's  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  shamanistic  atmosphere,  stringed  instruments and  classical  music  elements  can  also  be  heard  briefly. The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  occultism,  magick,  cosmology,  cosmogony  and  ancient  Mesopotamic  beliefs.

  In  my  opinion  Titaan  is  a  very  great  sounding  occult  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a fan  of  this  musical genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  8/5  out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/03/titaanitimaatmf2020-cd-review.html