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Ondskapt/Grimoire Ordo Devus/Osmose Productions/2020 Full Length Review

dimanche 22 novembre 2020 à 03:57

 


  Ondskapt  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  an  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Grimoire  Ordo  Devus"  which  will  be  released  on  November  27th  by  Osmose  Productions.


  A  very  dark  and  ritualistic  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  chants  and  percussion's  before  going  into  a  more  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction.  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.


  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  music  also  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  classic  Swedish  style.  


  The  ritualistic  elements  that  where  introduced  on  the  intro  also  make  a  return  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style.  Clean  singing  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  on  a  couple  of  the  songs  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  Some  of  the  later  tracks  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  as  well  as some  choir  vocals and  operatic  keyboards  being  added  on  the  closing  song. The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Left  Hand  Path,  Black  Magick,  Demonology,  Evilness,  Dreams,  Nightmares  and  Death  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Ondskapt  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  melodic  occult  black metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Semita  Sinistram"  "Animam  Maalum  Daemonium"  "Paragon  Belial" and  "Excision".  8/5  out  of  10.


 https://osmoseproductions.bandcamp.com/album/grimoire-ordo-devus


https://youtu.be/OP-6VfIInWQ

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/11/ondskaptgrimoire-ordo-devusosmose.html


Sorcier Des Glacies/Un Monde de Glace et de Sang/Obscure Abhorrence Productions/2020 CD Review

dimanche 22 novembre 2020 à 01:52

 


  Sorcier  Des  Glacies  are  a  band  from  Quebec,  Canada  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Un  Nonde  de  Glace  et  de  Sang"  which  was  released  by  Obscure  Abhorrence  Productions.


  Melodic  guitar  leads  and  solos  start  off  the  album  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams.


  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  sounding  while  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Spoken  word  parts  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  recording  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.


  The  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences  along  with  some  tracks  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  classical  guitars  and  clean  playing,  as the  album  progresses  the  band  also  brings  in  a  cover  version  of  Necromantia's  "The  Warlock"  as  well  as  a  later  song  also  adding  in  some  melodic  chants  and  piano's  can  also  be  heard  on  the  closing  track  which  is  also  an  instrumental.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  French  and  English  and  cover  hatred  against  humanity,  in  a  post  apocalyptic  world  where  nature  has  regained  its  nature  over  Man.


  In  my  opinion  Sorcier  Des  Glacies  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  atmospheric  black  metal band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Crossing  the  Haunted  Forest"  "Night-Dark  Winds  Of  Evil"  and  "(Return  To The)  Primitive  Grandeur".  8  out  of  10.


https://sorcierdesglacesofficial.bandcamp.com/

https://www.facebook.com/sorcierdesglaces  


    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/11/sorcier-des-glaciesun-monde-de-glace-et.html


Hadopelagyal/Thorybos/Conjuring Subterranean Vortex/Amor Fati Productions/2020 Split CD Review

dimanche 22 novembre 2020 à 00:18

 


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Germany's  Hadopelagyal  and  Thorybos  called  "Conjuring  Subterranean  Vortex"  which  will  be released  in  December  by  Amor  Fatu  Productions  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Hadopelagyal  a  band  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  aggressive  form  of  black  metal

  Their  side  of  the split  starts  out  with  some  classical  music  style  keyboards  before  going  into  more  of  a  darker  and  heavier  musical  direction.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  when  the  music  speeds  up a  great  amount  of blast  beats  can  be  heard.


  When  tremolo  picking  is utilized  it  also  gives  the songs more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  90's  influences.  Throughout  their side  of  the recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as one  of  their  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  also  brings  in  some  elements  of war  metal  and  a  small  amount  of  melody.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the lyrics  cover  dark  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Hadopelagyal  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  aggressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should check out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Perspice  Obscurum,  Ubi  Ima  Reges,  Lucem  Contemnes,  Ad  Amentiam  Convertes".


  Next  up is  Thorybos  a  band  that  plays  a  bestial  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal.


  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  dark  soundscapes  and  synths  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking,  blast  beats  and  war  metal  elements  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the music  more  of  a r aw  feeling  and  the  vocals  also  add  in  some  bestial  growls.  


  Dark  sounding  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  some  spoken  word  samples  also  being  utilized  briefly.  The  music  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  having  the  synths  also  make  a  return  in  certain  sections  of t heir  side  of  the  recording.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and r aw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  mystical  aspects  of  ancient  cultures.


  In  my  opinion  Thorybos  are  a  very  great sounding  bestial  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Temple  Prostitution".  


  On  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  war,  bestial,  raw  black  and  death  emtal.  8  out  of  10.


www.hadopelagyal.bandcamp.com

www.thorybos666.bandcamp.com             

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/11/hadopelagyalthorybosconjuring.html


WinterMoonShade Interview

samedi 21 novembre 2020 à 23:17

 


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


We grew up in the litoral west coast in Portugal. Surrounded by mountains, trees and nearby 

the ocean. Our desire is to drift into sound landscapes that reflect nature tranquility and human 

interactions towards it.  Also some reflections from nightmares and emotional fields.


2.You have your first full length coming out in December, can you tell us a little bit more

   about the musical style you went for on the recording?


It was a journey from one song to the next. We roam as the tides of inspirations push us through.

Starting with some brief ideas everything aligned with our personal feedback into it.

A few months later when Black Spark Records took us in that was when we discovered that people

label us as the Melodic Black Metal genre. 


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

   the music? 


Nature and human behaviour. Emotions, thoughts and feelings are the most content in the lyrics

we wrote so far. Mythical creatures and legends that fire up the imaginary covered in deep fog

and distortion. Perceptions from the past in comparison with nowadays lifestyle. These are

some paths we walked through.


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


"WinterMoonShade" is a name inspired by a feeling that we get when we are 

camping near a waterfall in the surroundings of our home town.

The place is covered by trees that slightly let the moonlight in and the shadows

turn that into a magical place. So the name came up just like that.


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

   cover? 


The cover is a raw idea of staring across the woods in a mystical environment that lights up

the imagination as we can see into the branches with a slightly haze wrapping the landscape.

It was one of the first steps towards the making of the album and we decided to keep it as

simple as that.  


6.Once the pandemic is over with are there any plans for live shows or tours? 


All of this situation crossed our path as everyone else's. For now the idea of touring is in a

sleepy mode. We are looking forward to hearing about the people's reaction to the release of 

our debut album in the first place. Secondly the focus is on writing more music and improving

our skills and personalities as musicians. When all these black clouds are gone we guess that

something will come up naturally. 


7.The new album is coming out on 'Black Spark Records', can you tell us a little bit more

   about this label? 


We reach Robert and Tim at Black Spark Records  when we first finished a 6 track demo and

they get back to us with positive feedback about our music. With open arms they invite us 

to join their family in the label and gladly we signed with this young and growing team.


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

   that have heard it so far? 


Mostly the reactions are in a positive tuning and our expectations as our name and music spreads 

is to get more fans of Black Metal genre to enjoy and share it all over.



9.Do any of the band members currently participate in or have been a part of other 

   bands or musical projects?  


Yes. Fenrir our bass player, also has two other bands. Falcata de Fogo (Dark Folk lusitano) and

O Cerco also in Black Metal genre.


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


The uncertain paths of music can lead us anywhere the inspiration comes. Our brand new 

songs besides the debut album are growing in a most consistent and deeper alliance with

our present identity that is evolving into a much darker nature connection.   


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?  


 Mostly we dig into Black and Death Metal genres and bands across the years. Names like

Cradle of Filth, (our countrymen) MoonSpell, Immortal, Dissection, Dimmu Borgir and so on...

come easily to refer to our main influences. We still listening to these bands and many more in

the Black/Death Metal genres but also a lot of Folk and Fusion Music bands like Wardruna, 

Heilung or (our countrymen) Urze de Lume.


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


Yes we would like to message all the readers with some positive words of respect for the

music and musicians. Share bands work to aid diffusion. Buy the albums so they can be able 

to keep making more music. When the world wide situation is solved go to the shows and 

support live music. And most of all respect each other and Mother Nature. Stay Metal! 


https://www.facebook.com/wintermoonshade

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/11/wintermoonshade-interview.html


Witcher/Nema gyasz/Filosofem Records/2020 EP Re-Issue Review

samedi 21 novembre 2020 à 04:46

 




  Witcher  are  a  band  from  Hungary  that  has  had  a  couple  of  albums  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  atmospheric  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2012  ep  "Nema  gyasz"  which  was  re-issued  in  2020  by  Filosefem  Records  and  also  contains  a  bonus  track  that  was  not  available  on  the  original  version.  

A  keyboard  orientated  intro  starts  off  the  ep  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction  while  also  retaining  the  atmospheric  elements.  Most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  The  keyboards  also  give  the  songs  more  of  an  epic  atmosphere  when  they  are  utilized  while  the  music  also  has  its  depressive  moments.  All  of  the  music  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction  along  with  the  music  also  showing  some  influences  of  the  mid  90's  keyboard  orientated  black  metal  bands  as  well  as  one  of  the  tracks  also  being  an  instrumental.

  On  this  ep  Witcher  played  mostly  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  style  of  keyboard  orientated  atmospheric  black  metal.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Hungarian  and  cover  depression,  darkness  and  paganism  themes.  

  In  my  opinion  this  was  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Witcher  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  and  depressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Egyedul"  and  "Keresztuton".  8 out  of  10.

WitcheR Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/witcherband

Filosofem Records Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/filosofemrecords

WitcheR Bandcamp: https://witcherband.bandcamp.com/

Latest WitcheR album on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bvupbf9gG-A&ab_channel=BlackMetalPromotion

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/11/witchernema-gyaskfilosofem-records2020.html