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Alien Deviant Circus/Ananta Abhava/Necrocosm/2015 CD Review

samedi 24 janvier 2015 à 03:15

  Alien  Deviant  Circus  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  industrial  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Ananta  Abhava"  which  was  released  by  Necrocosm.

  Ritualistic  industrial  sounds  and  occult  style  chanting  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  whispered  vocals  and  after  a  few  minutes  electric  guitars  are  added  into  the  music  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  there  is  also  a  great  amount  of  grim  black  metal  screams  used  on  a  regular  basis  throughout  the  recording.

  All  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  at  times  the  music  can  be  very  melodic  but  done  more  in  a  dark  and  grim  way  along  with  a  small  amount  of  guitar  leads  and  at  times  Gregorian  chants  and  operatic  female  vocals  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  after  awhile  the  music  speeds  up  in  some  parts  and  brings  in  a  very  raw  style  of  black  metal  along  with  the  screams  getting  more  high  pitched.

  While  the  drum  beats  are  all  programmed  they  still  can  get  brutal  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  recording  and  at  times  there  are  also  rituals  and  invocations  of  the  ancient  deities  being  done  to  music  while  some  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  political  samples  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  bringing  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  one  of  the  tracks  also  shows  the  vocals  using  more  of  a  deeper  style  of  screams.

  Alien  Deviant  Circus  plays  a  modern  style  of  occult  black  metal  which  they  mix  in  with  industrial  and  ritualistic  music  to  create  an  album  that  is  very  original  and  epic  as  well  as  expanding  the  black  metal  genre  into  a  new  direction,  the  production  sounds very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Philosophy,  Metaphysical  and  esoteric  themes  with  a  touch  of  eastern  Tantra  and  Mysticism.

  In  my  opinion  Alien  Deviant  Circus  are  a  very  great  sounding  occult,  industrial  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ap  (Nada)"  and  "Aham  Tattva  (Kriya)".  8/5  out  of  10.   

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Kerker Interview

samedi 24 janvier 2015 à 01:24
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?

Arges: At the moment, we are working on new material for a 3-track-MCD. We occasionally meet in order to jam a bit, to arrange the new tracks and to find ways to improve the sound for our next recording. And Neideck is currently recording songs for a new Trauer release.

2.Recently you have released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

Neideck: The sound is much better, denser and more forceful than before. The songs are shorter and mostly there’s a common structure of verse and chorus, which we’ve used rarely on the last two records. We’ve wanted the songs to be more direct and straight.

3.The album was recorded in 2012 and you waited until 2015 to release the album, can you tell us a little bit more about the delay?

Arges: Neideck’s Trauer album A man with a load of mischief was recorded several years ago. Due to problems with another label, Nihilistische Klangkunst offered him to release it. So it was decided to release the Trauer album before Kerker.

4.Between 2007 and 2012 there was no new music released or recorded, what was the cause of the gap?

Neideck: Sometimes it is hard to find any time for making music beside work. Another problem was my move six years ago. In the past Arges and me lived in the same village and it was very easy to jam and to make music. Nowadays we’re split to 200 miles, so we can not spend the same amounts of time like before. A lot of other things happened and so sometimes we talked about doing another Kerker Cd, but we didn’t. Actually there’s no good reason to explain it. Maybe it just wasn’t important enough. Whatever, Kerker is back.

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

Neideck: The whole album is meant as a “memento mori”, by using the ferryman as a leading figure. I like albums with a concept running like a golden thread through all of the songs. So we tried to create a coherent construct.

6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Kerker'?

Arges: Well, it was the best term to describe our music and our sound. In 2006 when we recorded our first rehearsals, we had a horrible sound. But nevertheless these recordings had a certain oppressive and gloomy atmosphere which brought us to the name.

7.Has the band ever done any live shows or is this strictly a studio project?

Neideck: I wouldn’t designate Kerker as being just a studio project to constrain our options in the future, but at the moment I don’t think that we’ll appear live.

8.The new album was released on Nihilistche KlangKurst, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Neideck: It is a very reliable label. A man, a word. All what I want.

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

Neideck: They love us. Based on the four praiseful e mails we’ve got in the last seven years.

10.What is going on with some of the other musical projects or bands these days that some of the band members are a part off?

Neideck: At the moment I’m recording the next Trauer album.

Arges: I only concentrate on new Kerker material.

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

Neideck: We’ll do black metal. Hopefully we’re getting faster. And maybe we’ll sell more than 1000 copies.

12.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?

Neideck: In fact I don’t listen to music very often since I’ve started doing it by my own. But to name a very cool band: Mgla.

Arges: I personally listen to a wide range of genres but I’m definitely not up-to-date regarding new releases, especially in black metal. There is simply too much out there. But everything you listen to is an influence, in a way. Either you like it, you get inspired and try to make something similar but better or you do not like it but learn from it.

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

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Womit Angel/Maggotmouth/Inverse Records/2015 EP Review

vendredi 23 janvier 2015 à 10:19

  Womit  Angel  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  raw  mixture  of  satanic  black  metal,  thrash  and  hardcore  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  ep  "Magotmouth"  which  will  be  released  in  February  by  Inverse  Records.

  A  very  fast,  raw  and  old  school  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  high   pitched  screams  and  a  few  seconds  elements  of  crust  punk  are  added  into  the  bands  musical  style  along  with  a  small  amount  of  deep  growls  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  You  can  hear  a  great  amount  of  thrash  metal  elements  in  the  musical  sound  on  the  recording  along  with  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  every  song  sticks  to  a  very  raw  style  of  punk  influenced  and  while  the  music  has  melody  at  times  there  is  never  a  soft  or  weak  moment  present  anywhere  on  the  recording  and  one  of  the  tracks  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  guitar  leads.

  Womit  Angel  creates  another  raw  black/thrash  metal  recording  along  with  keeping  the  punk  elements  and  a  touch  of  melody  from  their  older  material  to  create  some  true  old  school  extreme  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  satanic,  gore  and  violent  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Womit  Angel  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  punk  influenced  black/thrash  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.   RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Children  Of  Moon".  8  out  of  10.


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Lamentations Of The Ashen/Libertine Cyst/Fragile Branch/Sylvan Screams Analog/2015 Full Length Review

vendredi 23 janvier 2015 à 09:52

  Lamentations  Of  The  Ashen  are  a  1  man  band  originally  from  New  Mexico  but  now  resides  in  Ohio  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  with  some  elements  of  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2015  album  "Libertine  Cyst"  which  will  be  released  in  March  as  a  joint  effort  between  Fragile  Branch  and  Sylvan  Screams  Analog.

  A  very  dark,  depressive  and  distorted  sound  starts  off  the  album  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  adding  in  melodic  post  black  metal  style  guitar  leads  while  the  guitar  rhythms  bring  in  elements  of  doom  and  sludge  metal  which  they  also  mix  in  with  high  pitched  screams  that  also  takes  the  music  into  more  of  a  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  that  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.

  All  4  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  some  of  the  sections  also  bring  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  when  synths  are  utilized  they  bring  in  more  of  an  atmospheric  and  ambient  feeling  to  the  recording.

  Throughout  the  recording  the  music  mixes  in  doom  with  black  metal  and  each  track  has  a  different  sound  while  you  can  still  easily  tell  that  it  is  the  same  artist  on  all  of  them  along  with  the  second  track  bringing  in  elements  of  funeral  and  90's  doom/death  and  some  of t he  songs  also  bring  in  a  good  mixture  of  both  clean  and  heavy  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  drones  and  acoustic  guitars  are  added  onto  the  album  along  with  a  few  seconds  of  clear  vocals  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  progressive  feeling.  

  Lamentations  Of  The  Ashen  creates  4  epic  tracks  that  bring  in  a  very  diverse  yet  atmospheric  black  metal  album  that  is  mixes  in  a  decent  amount  of  doom  metal  elements  along  with  a  good  dose  of  melody  and  a  touch  of  progressive  traces  to  create  a  very  original  sounding  album,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Sorrow,  Depression  and  Hatred.

  In  my  opinion  Lamentations  Of  the  Ashen  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "A  Profane  Illvmination"  and  "Dissentient  Cyclic  Echelons".  8  out  of  10.

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The Unchaining/Ithlien/2015 Full Length Review

vendredi 23 janvier 2015 à 05:12

  The  Unchaining,  Italy's  one  man  band  has  returned  with  a  new  album  that  continues  to  expand  on  the  atmospheric black  metal  sound  that  he  has  established  and  previous  recordings  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2015  album  "Ithlien".

  A  very  dark  ambient  synth  sound  starts  off  the  album  and  after  the  intro  the  music  starts  going  for  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  grim  sounding  screams  while  also  keeping  the  atmospheric  elements  that  where  also  present  on  the  intro  and  a  good  portion  of  the  tracks  are  also  long  and  epic  in  length  and  also  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction.

  At  times  the  synths  bring  in  a  medieval  feeling  along  with  some  parts  that  would  fit  on  a  fantasy  movie  soundtrack  which  is  also  mixed  in  with  the  more  raw  style  of  black  metal  and  in  some  parts  of  the  songs  you  can  also  hear  traces  of  doom  metal  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  added  onto  the  recording  they  add  more  of  a  melodic  feeling  to  the  recording  on  the  tracks  that  they  are  utilized  along  with  some  of  the  riffs  also  incorporating  a  small  amount  of  melody  on  while  one  of  the  later  tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  and  clean  singing.

  Just  like  with  the  past  few  recordings  The  Unchaining  creates  another  atmospheric  black  metal  album  that  is  very  raw  and  epic  sounding  as  well  as  remaining  true  to  the  some  musical  direction  that  has  been  present  on  the  last  few  albums,  the  production  sound s very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  the  Unchaining  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Eyes  of  The  Forest"  and  "Dawn".  8  out  of  10.


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