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The Great Old Ones/Al Azif/Les Acteurs de l'Ombre Productions/2012 CD Review

vendredi 11 avril 2014 à 23:40

 The  Great  Old  ones  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  a  Lovecraft  inspired  form  of  atmospheric,  ambient/black  metal  and  this  is  a  review of  their  2012  album  "Al  Azif"  which  was  released  by  Les  Acteurs  de  l'Ombre  Productions.

  A  very  slow,  dark,  melancholic,  melodic  and  atmospheric  sound  starts  off  the  album  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  the  music  goes  into  a  more  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  along  with  blast  beats  and  grim  screams  as  mixing  in  the  slower  and  atmospheric  sections  of  the  beginning  as  well  as  adding  in  more  melody  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  bring  a  post  black  metal  feeling  to  the  recording  along  with  some  progressive  elements  on  some  of  the  later  tracks.

  When  the  clean  parts  are  utilized  they  bring  a  very  progressive  feeling  to  the  recording  and  in  some  of  the  slower  sections  you  can  hear  a  slight  shoegaze  feeling  but  done  in  a  more  heavy  and  dark  manner  and  the  bass  lines  also  add  in  more  post  rock  elements  and  on  one  of  the  tracks  you  can  hear  a  slight  death  metal  influence  in  the  guitar  riffing  and  the  ambient  sections  add  a  more  occult  feeling  to  the  recording  and  the acoustic  guitars  on  the  last  track  have  a  very  medieval  sounding  feeling  to t hem  before  the  band  goes into  a  more  fast  and  raw  direction.

  The  great  old  Ones  have  a  very  interesting  sound  and  while  you  can  hear  a lot  of  the  more  modern  post  black  metal  sound  in  the  band,  they  also  take  a  more  dark,  grim  and  occult  approach  to  this  genre  and  stay  away  from  the  more  mainstream  sounds  of  the  genre,  along  with  lyrics  that  are  based  on  the  writings  Of  Lovecraft,  Necronomicon  as  well  as  mentioning  the  more  obscure  R'lyeh  grimoire  and  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  heavy,  powerful  and  raw  feeling  to  it  along  with  a  couple  of  long  and  epic  in  length  songs.

  In  my  opinion  The  great  Old  Ones  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  Lovecraft  inspired  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Visions  Of  R'lyeh"  and  "my  Love  For  the  Stars  (Cthulhu  Fhtagn)".  8/5  out  of  10.  



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Paramnesia/Self Titled/Les Acteurs de l'Ombre Productions/2014 CD Review

vendredi 11 avril 2014 à 22:02

  Paramnesia  are  a  band  from  France  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2014  album  which  will  be  released  by  Les Acteurs de l'Ombre Productions.

  A  dark  ambient/drone  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  parts  and  after  a couple  of  minutes  the  music  goes  into  a  black  metal  direction  combining  the  fast  and  raw  parts  with  the  more  slow  and  atmospheric  side  of  the  genre  along  with  some  high  pitched  depressive  screams  and  the  band  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  brutal  blast  beats  in  the  faster  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  songs  follow  the  concept  of  the  last  2  releases  with  the  song  titles  beng  IV  and  5  on  the  album.  

  When  clean  guitars  are  added  on  the  album  they  enhance  the  melancholic  side  of  the  music  and  make  the  heavier  parts  sound  even  more  suicidal  an d the  band  also  takes  Cascadian  black  metal  elements  strips  all  of  the  post  traces  of  the  genre  and  make  it  sound  even  more  dark  and  grim  and  the  second  track  is  a  bit  more  progressive  than  the  first  one  while  also  remaining  true  to  a  raw  and  atmospheric  black  metal  sound..

  Paramnesia  continuing  their  atmospheric  black  metal  sound  of  previous  releases  while  also  remaining  raw  and  heavy  along  with  a  very  dark  and  heavy  sounding  production  and  lyrics  that  cover  darkness  as  well  as  following  the  concept  of  previous  recordings  and  both  tracks  are  a  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Paramnesia  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "V".  8/5  out  of  10.  

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Eos Interview

jeudi 10 avril 2014 à 07:46
1.For those that have never heard of you before can you tell us a little bit about the band? G. : We are just two guys who’ve played music together for a long time. We eventually concretised our ideas and formed Eos. V. Eventually joined the band last year as our new bass player.
2.Recently you have released a demo, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical sound that is presented on the recording? K. : Through many rehearsals, we’ve built songs with what sounded good to us. We wanted to do black metal but as we were building the songs, un-black metal ideas like dronish soudscape, more mid-tempo/clean part, and so on, came to our mind and we though it sounded good to mix it altogether.
3.Can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music? G. : There wasn’t any specific topics or subjects in our lyrics for L’avalé. We’ve focused more on the musical content. We are currently working on it for the next release. K. : As he says, we were more focusing on the music though we’re working on something more specific for our our next release. Something more in the way of « Avalé »’s lyrics, which to me describe a strange way of thinking where our most meanful feeling even our casual act. The beauty and the ugly can be reduce to nothing and become useless.
4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Eos'? K. : Actually, it’s the title of an Ulver’s song on their album « Shadows of the Sun » which is related to the goddess of the dawn in the greek mythology, but in our case, it’s related to the Ulver song.
5.Has the band done any live shows yet or have any plans on doing shows in the future? G. :We are planing to do our first live rituals by the beginning of 2015. For now, we are rehearsing the songs on L’avalé.
6.A year back the band was a part of the 'Svn Okklt' compilation, what are your thoughts on the other bands that have participated on the compilation? G. : I really liked the compilation and discovered some great projects, such as Axis of Light, Death Fortress and Tardigraada. Each tracks were excellent. K. : Same here.
7.The demo was released on Fallen Empire Records, how did you get in contact with this label? G. : They’ve contacted me about the SVN OKKLT compilation. They wanted a Wendess’ track, but we didn’t had any track to contribute. I then suggested Eos since we were already in the process to record some demo tracks, which led to the Katharsis track on the compilation. Mike is a great guy to work with and we hope it will be a long partnership.
8. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been so far to your music by fans of black metal? K. :We’ve received many positive criticism and few negative comments and that’s fine. We didn’t expect that so much people were waiting for our release, considering we only had one song released yet.
9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future? K. :We are not heading anywhere specific. We want it to keep it Black Metal, but we don’t want to put ourselves any boundaries. It will surely be darker and heavier. The future will tell us, we don’t want to look too far ahead.
10.What are some bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays? G. :Black metal, progressive music. Nowadays, I listen a lot to Swans, Deathspell Omega and The Ruins of Beverast. K. :Black metal, old prog, shoegaze, folk, drone, doom, noisy things, Sonic Youth.
11.What are some of your non musical interests? K. : Food, beer, dark movies, old obscure video games.
12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts? G. : We appreciate the interest toward our project. We have a Facebook page if anyone wants to follow us.
G. - Guitares K. - Batterie. Voix V. - Basse

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Cloak Of Altering/Plague Beasts/Crucial Blast 2014 CD Review

jeudi 10 avril 2014 à 05:07

  Cloak  Of  Altering  are  a  1  man  band  from  the  Netherlands  that  plays  a  mixture  of  atmospheric  occult  black  metal,  noise  and  industrial  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2014  album  "Plague  Beasts"  which  will  be  released  by  Crucial  Blast.

  Gabber  style  sounds  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  fast  and  raw  industrial  black  metal  direction  along  with some  grim  screams  and  the  music  also  alternates  between  slow  and  fast  parts  to  give  the  industrial  sound s more  power  and  you  can  also  hear  spoken  word  parts  in  the  background  along  with  some  deep  demonic  growls  being  utilized  at  times.

  Elements  of  harsh  noise  are  added  into  the  music  at  times  while  never  losing  its  black  metal  focus,  and  the  album  well  also  mix  some  raw  black  metal  elements  with  the  more  symphonic  side  of  the  genre  while  also  bring  in  video  game  music  sounds  which  also  make  the  album  a  lot  more  avant  garde  and  experimental  and  as  time  goes  on  by  elements  of  prog  rock  and  classical  are  added  onto  the   recording  along  with  a  variety  of  many  different  styles  of  vocals  while  remaining  true  to  more  more  necro  industrial  black  metal  direction  throughout  the  tracks  on  the  recording.

  Cloak  Of  Altering  have  a  very  original  sound  on  these  songs  taking  the  occult,  raw  and  symphonic  forms  of  black  metal  and  mixing  them  with  necro  industrial,  experimental  and  noise  to  create  an  interesting  recording  along  with  a  very  powerful  sounding  production  and  lyrics  that  cover  Satanism,  Chaos  Magick,  Occultism  and  Left  hand  Path  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Cloak  Of  Altering  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  metal,  industrial,  experimental,  noise  and  industrial  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should c heck  out t his  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Plague  beasts"  "Chaos  Magician  Of  the  Abyss"  and  "Into  Celestial  hell". 8  out  of  10.

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Tomorrowillbeworse/Down The Road Of Nothing/Avantgarde Music/Bylec Tum/2014 CD Review

lundi 7 avril 2014 à 05:52

  Tomorrowillbeworse  are  a  band  from  the  united  kingdom  that  plays  and  experimental  and  post  form  of  depressive  black  metal  with  elements  of  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Down  The  World  of  Nothing"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Avantgarde  Music  and  Bylec  Tum.

  A  very  dark  ambient  drone  sound  starts  off  the  album  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  heavy  and  melodic  direction  along  with  grim  black  metal  screams  and  they  also  bring  in  a  mixture  of  both  clean  and  heavy  sections  which  also  adds  a  post  metal  feeling  to  the  recording  along  with  the  melodies  having  a  heavy  doom  metal  influence  to  them.

  In  the  faster  parts  of  the  material  you  can  hear  some  raw  black  metal  elements  being  utilized  and  they  are  only  used  briefly  with  the  focus  being  on  the  slower  material  which  also  utilizes  some powerful  sounding  bass  lines and  spoken  words  are  also  used  in  a  few  of  the  tracks  and  as  the  album  progresses  melodic  guitar  leads  become  a  part  of  the  music  along  with  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars  being  utilized  in  some  of  the  songs.

  Tomorrowillbeworse  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  emotion  and  sorrow  with  their  music  which  is  very  dark  and  melodic  as  well  as  being  experimental  along  with  a  dark  sounding  production  and  lyrics  that  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  Latin  and  English  and  cover  self  destruction  and  hatred.

  In  my  opinion  Tomorrowillbeworse  are  a  very  great  sounding  experimental,  post  depressive  black  metal  band  with  elements  of  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Distressing  Rage"  "If  you  Listen,  You  Can  Hear  Them  Chewing"  and  "Down  the  Road  of  Nothing".  8  out  of  10.      

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