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Shrike/Sieben/2014 EP Review

mardi 18 mars 2014 à 19:49

   Shrike  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  with  a  very  traditional  form  of  black  metal  with  some  death  metal  elements  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  ep  "Sieben".

  The  ep  starts  out  with  atmospheric  sound s before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  along  with  some  blast  beats  before  adding  in  black  metal  screams  along  with  some  old  school  elements  and  after  awhile  you  can  also  hear  influences  from  death  and  thrash  metal.

  When  the  ep  goes into  other  songs  more  mid  paced  sections  and  a  small  amount  of  melody  is  added  into  the  music  along  with  the  music  focusing  more  on  raw  black  metal  this  time  around  and  at  times  they  also  get  brutal  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  as  time  goes on  by  the  music  gets  more  atmospheric  in  certain  parts  of  the  recording  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  clean  singing  being  utilized  on  one  track.

  Wit h this  ep  Shrike  go  for  more  of  an  old  school  black  metal  sound  this  time  around  while  also  bringing  in  a  good  mixture  of  speed,  atmosphere,  melody  and  death  and  thrash  metal  influences  which  all  help  them  create  a  sound  of  their  own.

  Song  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  annoyance  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  raw  and  heavy  sound  while  you  can  still h ear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  along  with  some  of  the  songs  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Shrike  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  fast,  old  school,  melodic  and  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Kreise"  and  "Grimassen".  8  out  of  10. 

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The Infernal Sea/Old Corpse Road/Three Swords Records/2014 7 Inch Review

mardi 18 mars 2014 à 00:49

  This  is  a  review  of  a  7  inch  between  United  Kingdom's  the  Infernal  Sea  and  Old  Corpse  Road  which  was  released  by  three  Swords  Records  in  the  year  of  2014  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  The  Infernal  Sea  a  band  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  with  elements  of  death  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  off  with  evil sound  effects  and  a  few  seconds  alter  melodic  chanting  is  added  into  the  music  before  adding  more  grim  elements  to  the  vocals  before  going  into  a  heavier  blackened  death  metal  direction  along  with  black  metal  screams  and  blast  beats  which  also  leads  up  to  some  atmospheric  sounding  synths  and  after  awhile  the  band  brings  in  a  mixture  of  melody,  mid  paced  and  fast  sections  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  growls

  Song  lyrics  cover  satanism  occult  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  powerful  and  heavy  sound  to  it  along  with  the  song  being  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  decent  sounding  song  from  the  Infernal  Sea  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  black/death  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.

  Next  up  is  Old  Corpse  Road  a  band  that  plays  black  metal  with  elements  of  folk  music.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  off  with  grim  black  metal  screams  before  going  into  a  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  as  well  as  some  melody,  folk  instruments  and  also  slowing  down  and  adding  in  death  metal  growls  and  clean  singing  while  also  keeping  around  the  fast  parts  and  blast  beats  and  after  awhile  clean sections  and  atmospheric  sounds  are  added  into  the  song  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  and  acoustic  guitars  before  closing  with  a  more  fast  and  heavy  yet  atmospheric  direction.

  Song  lyrics  cover  Anglo  Saxon  Paganism  and  Folklore,  while  the  production  has  a  very  strong,  powerful  and  heavy  sound  to  it.

  In  my  opinion  Old  Corpse  Road  are  a  very  great  sounding  black  metal  band  with  traces  of  folk  music  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  7  inch  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric,  folk,  black  and  death  metal,  you  should  add  this  split  to  your  collection.  8/5  out  10.


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Invertia Interview

lundi 17 mars 2014 à 19:36

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?
We are rehearsing with Kurt from Submerged/Ohm Resistence who is playing bass with us for our debut live performance at St. Vitus Bar in Brooklyn on May 31.

2.You have a new album coming out in April, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical direction of the new recording and also how does it differ from the album you had released a year ago?
The new album is a little more sophisticated than our debut and definitely darker and more dynamic. It's an evolvement from the first album because we didn't really know where we were heading or what was going to happen, and with our first album we solidified our sound & now the new album we got crazier & nastier with this beast.

3.Can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the new release?
Its so hard to talk about, that's why we write the songs. Overall, we call shenanigans when we see it. If there's bullshit going on we make it shine so people can see it so that they can react to it.

4.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you planning on expanding the line yo in the future or do you chose to remain a duo?
Well we mentioned Kurt performing live with us & we do plan to work with him in the future on new songs as well as others if they come along and are a good match.

5.The other have of the album was all re-mixes and you had some well known members of the industrial scene participating on these tracks, how did you get in contact with these musicians an where you satisfied with the final result?
Godflesh was a major influence on us so it's great that we got Justin to remix The Sidewinding & he really did a fantastic job remixing it by giving us a dark ambient take on our music, but more than that, we are fans first & they all influenced us, and we our fans of Invertia too so we aren't going to write something that we don't like ourselves & that's why it's cool to listen to somebody else's take on it.

6.The new album is coming out on Ohm Resistance,  how did you get in contact with this label and also how would you describe the support they have given you so far?
3 of the artists who did our remixes are in Blood Of Heroes which is on Ohm Resistence, and working with Ohm Resistence, everything that they have said they would do, they have done so they are a straight up record label.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal and industrial? 
It's probably going to be someone looking for something outside of either of those scenes that would would really love what we do, but we seem to be getting more and more fans on our social media sites and tickets for the upcoming live show are selling very well.

8.Are the band members involved with any other musical projects these days?
Dave has a side project called TranZi3nT and Tim is R3TRD and both of these are more experimental in nature & it keeps Invertia sounding fresh and evolving.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Fusing other elements into the music other than what we are already doing and exploring the edges of the genres that we are currently in.

10.What are some bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Influences include Mayhem, Devo, Skinny Puppy, Kraftwork, Godflesh, Scorn, Ministry etc. Currently listening to Les Claypool's Duo De Twang & SIMM
11.How would you describe your views on Satanism and occultism?

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
Dave's really into old school horror movies and The New York Yankees, and Tim's trying to do a Youtube series called "Cooking With Invertia"

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Have a nice day and drive safe. Don't text and drive.

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Malauriu/Presagi Di Morte/Melqart Productions/2014 EP Review

dimanche 16 mars 2014 à 23:14

  Malauriu  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  2014  ep  "Presagi  Di  Morte"  which  was  released  by  Melqart  productions.

  The  ep  starts  out  with  nature  sounds  and  a  dark  yet  heavy  sound  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes into  a  fast  and  raw  old  school  black  metal  direction  along  with  grim  vocals  and  blast  beats  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  they also  bring  in  a  mixture  of  slow, mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  

  As  the  ep  progresses  melody  and  atmospheric  keyboards  are  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  the  main  focus  is  on  the  fast  and  raw  black  metal  elements  that  dominate  the  recording  and  the  ep  closes  with  an  avant  garde  sounding  instrumental..

  Malaurai  are  another  band  that  sticks  to  the  fast  and  old  school  ways  of  raw  black  metal  and  while  it  does  not  have  much  in  the  way  of  originality,  it  is  still  very  well  executed  black  metal  and  played  in  the  true  tradition  as  well  as  ignoring  modern  trends.

  Song  lyrics  are  written  in  their  native  tongue  and  cover  death  and  human  misery,  while  the  production  has  a  very  raw  and  old  school  sound  to  it  while  you  can  still  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording.

  In  my  opinion  Malauriu  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  old  school  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Oltre  la  Soglia'  and  "Figlio  della  Croce".  8  out  of  10.

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Vorbkt/Cellar/2013 EP Review

samedi 15 mars 2014 à 20:47

  Vorbkt  are  a  project from  Croatia  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2013  ep  "Cellar".

  The  ep  starts  out  with  spoken  word  samples  and  screams  before  adding  in  a  distorted,  melodic  and  depressive  sound  along  with  some  powerful  sounding  bass  guitars  and  after  the  intro the  music  starts  out  with  a  slower  direction  before  adding  in  guitar leads  and  raw black  metal  elements  as  well  as  going  into  a  faster  direction  along  with  blast  beats  and  high  pitched  depressive  screams.

  When  the  ep  goes  into  other  songs  the  music  becomes  a  mixture  of  raw,  old  school  black  metal  and  dsbm  in  the  more  European  tradition  and  the  music  is  mostly  in  a  faster  direction  while  there  are  also  slow,  depressive  and  suicidal  moments  being  utilized  at  times  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  deep  and  demonic  sounding  vocals.

  With  this  ep  Vorbkt  show  off  2  sides  of  their  musical  sound  with  their  music  being  in  a  fast  and  raw  old  school  black  metal  sound  of  the  early  90's  while  their  slower  material  goes  for  more  of  the  depressive  black  metal  sound  of  the  early  pioneers  of  that  particular  sub  genre  and  it  result s in  a  very  great  sounding  recording  that  is  true  to  black  metal  from  beginning  to  end.

  Song  lyrics  cover  death,  dying  and  torture  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  old  school  sound  while  you  can  still  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording.

  In  my  opinion  Vorbkt  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  raw  black  metal  and  dsbm  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Filling  their  Graves"  and  "Frozen  Remnants  Of  My  Lifeless  Body".  8  out  of  10.

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