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Half Visible Presence/Three-Faced Scapular Of Death/Duplicate Records/2020 EP Review

samedi 28 novembre 2020 à 03:09

 


   Half  Visible  Presence  are  a  solo  project  from  the  Netherlands  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  death  and  funeral  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2020  ep  "Three-Faced  Scapular  Of  Death"  which  was  released  by  Duplicate  Records.


  Water  sounds  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  a  few  seconds  later before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction. Most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  vocals  are  also  very  heavily  influenced  by  death  metal  and  all  of  the musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  Dark  sounding  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  elements  of  funeral  doom  metal.  Black  metal  screams  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  recording  along  with  the  stringed  instruments  also  giving  the  music  more  of  an  atmospheric  feeling  when  they  are  utilized.


   All  of  the  songs  also  sticks  to  a  slower  direction  along  with  some  clean  playing,  chants  and  clear  vocals  also  being  used  briefly  as  well  as  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  when  they  are  utilized..  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  death  themes. 


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Half  Visible  presence  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  black,  funeral  doom  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Liberation".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/11/half-visible-presencethree-faced.html


Intolerant/Primal Future/Time To Kill Records/2020 Full Length Review

jeudi 26 novembre 2020 à 23:27

 


  Intolerant  are  a  duo  from  Italy  that  plays  a  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  with  a  musical  style  that  they  describe  as  being  'chaos  metal'  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Primal  Future"  which  will  be  released  on  November  27th  by  Time  To  Kill  Records.


  A  very  fast,  raw  and  brutal  war  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  bats  and  tremolo  picking.  Harsh  noises  can  also  be  heard  in  the  background  while  the  vocals  are  a  mixture  of  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  bestial  growls  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  chaotic  style.


  A  lot  of  the  music  also  shows  a  great  amount  of  influences  from  the  90's  and  early  200's  era  while  some  of the  tracks  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  all  of  the  riffing  done  mostly  on  power  chords  with  only  a  brief  use  of  melody.    


  Intolerant  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  war,  black,  death  metal  and  harsh  noise  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  War,  Apocalyptic,  Death,  Destruction,  Violence,  Hatred  and  Misanthropy  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Intolerant  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  war,  black,  death  metal  and  harsh  noise  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  duo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Bastard  Humans"  "Post-Atomic  Satanic  Whores"  "Eternal  Radioactive  Darkness"  and  "Intolerance".  8  out  of  10.


https://www.facebook.com/intolerantband/

https://intolerant.bandcamp.com/releases   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/11/intolerantprimal-futuretime-to-kill.html


Nihilum/Sunless Death/2020 EP Review

jeudi 26 novembre 2020 à 22:33

 


  Nihilum  are  a  duo  from  Fayetteville,  North  Carolina  that  plays  a  very  aggressive  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2020  ep  "Sunless  Death"  which  will  be  released  in  December.


  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.


  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilize  it  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  all  of  the  music  also  sticking  to  a  heavier  direction.


  Nihilum  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  aggressive  and  melodic  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  horror  and  supernatural  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Nihilum  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Sunless  Death".  8  out  of  10.


https://nihilum.bandcamp.com/releases  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/11/nihilumsunless-death2020-ep-review.html


Transilvania/Of Sleep And Death/Invictus Productions/2021 CD Review

jeudi 26 novembre 2020 à 21:52

 


  Transilvania  are  a  band  from  Austria  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  old  school  mixture  of  black  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "Of  Sleep  And  Death"  which  will  be  released in  2020  by  Invictus  Productions.


  Horror  movie  style  synths  start  off  the  album    which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs. When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams.


  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.  The  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  80's  and  90's influences  and  throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.


  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.  as  well  as  some  of  the  riffing  also  bringing  in  elements  of  thrash  metal.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Vampirism,  Occultism  and  Horror  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Transilvania  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw,  old  school  and  melodic  black  and  thrash  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Opus  Morbi"  "Lycanthropic  Chant"  and  "Underneath  Dying  stars".  8  out  of  10.


www.facebook.com/transilvaniaaustria 


https://youtu.be/tm47Lngzv5U      


    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/11/transilvaniaof-sleep-and-deathinvictus.html


Fugit Interview

jeudi 26 novembre 2020 à 02:53

 


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


I formed Fugit back in 2014 and it is basically an overthinking machine. Existence can be really overwhelming if you stop and think about it, to the point that even the little things would pierce a hole through my brain. I found out that putting these feelings into something, like music, really helped me get some form of relief.

That's why I think the phrase: "Formed in 2014 as a way to cope with the human condition" really captures the essence of what Fugit is.


2.Recently you have released a new album, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?


With "maze on skin", I wanted to go directly to the point, hence the heavier sound. Melody is still a very important part of my music that I will never abandon, but I felt like it was missing some raw energy. I think that with every release I get closer and closer to what the sound of Fugit should be. Slowly evolving, until it's death.


3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with the newer music and also how would you describe your progress as songwriters over the years?


The lyrical topics are pretty much the same from the beginning of the project: overthinking stuff, science, and personal experiences. The only difference is that most of my lyrics from the first two albums were written in my native language, Italian. A choice that I completely abandoned in the third album, which consists of lyrics only in English.



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


It comes from the Latin phrase "Tempus Fugit", which can be translated to "time flies", implicating the irremediable end that all of us will have to face one day. A concept that I have been quite obsessed with since I was a child.


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


That's a picture of me smiling. But it's censored in a way that makes it weird. That kind of censure is usually used for criminals and convicts, and faking a smile, pretending to be okay, and even doing the part of the "funny friend" while everything inside of you rots, feels like a crime.


6.With this project you record everything by yourself but have experience working with a full band?


Yes, I had more than one band in the past. But I found out that working alone for me is probably the best, at least for now.


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


I had offers, but I always refused, I'm not sure why. Probably because deep down I always want to try and do everything by myself, like a stubborn idiot. Maybe in the future things will change, we shall see.


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


I'd say pretty good so far, since the very first album most of the positivity I receive comes from Russian fans.


9.What is going on with 'Ishyara' these days?


Nothing going on actually. All three of us have taken different paths in life and we live quite far from each other. Working with them was quite fun and inspiring, but I don't think there will be a second chapter to that story.


10.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future?


I will always be composing for Fugit, and I already have some ideas and material that didn't make it on "maze on skin". So a new fourth album will most definitely out in the next couple of years.


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 listen to a lot of different musical genres, metal would probably not even be the first one, and therefore I have a ton of band and musicians that influenced me throughout the years, it would be impossible for me to cite them all.

The bands that inspired me in starting Fugit probably were: Lifelover, Alcest, and Sopor Aeternus (probably one of my favorite artists).


Nowadays, looking at some of the new releases of this past year, I'm listening to a lot of Holy Fawn, "Doom hologram" from Scarypoolparty, and "Gryningsvisor" from Ofdrykkja.


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


Yes, I would just like to thank you for having me here and thank all the people that supported me so far.

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