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Pagansarv/Kaarnakarva/Warhorn Records/2021 FUll Length Review

mardi 1 juin 2021 à 02:32

 


  Pagansarv  are  a  duo  from  Estonia  that  plays  a  pagan  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Kaarnakarva"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Warhorn  Records.


  Rain  and  thunder  sounds  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a v ery  powerful  sound  to  them.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  Clear  pagan  vocals  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  album  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  the  music  also  adding  in a   great  amount  of  90's  influences  but  also  keeping  ti  very  modern  at  the  same  time  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  on  the  outro.


  Pagansarv  plays  a  style  of  pagan  black  metal  that  is  very  fast,  aggressive  and  melodic  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Estonian  and  cover  Paganism  and  Melancholy  themes.    


  In  my  opinion  Pagansarv  are  a  very  great  sounding  pagan  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Surnute  Marrs"  "Ussimurki"  and  "Kaarnakarva".  8  out  of  10.


https://warhorn.bandcamp.com/album/kaarnakarva

https://www.facebook.com/pagansarvofficial

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/05/pagansarvkaarnakarvawarhorn-records2021.html


Dodskold/Ödesriket/Pesttanz Klangschmiede/2021 Full Length Review

mardi 1 juin 2021 à 00:29

 


  Dodskold  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  very  grim  and  cold  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Ödesriket"  which  was  released  by  Pesttanz  Klangschmiede.


  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  and  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  Scandinavian  style.


  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  When  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.


Melodic  vocals  are  also  added  on  a  couple  of  songs  along  with  one  track  also  introducing  acoustic  guitars  onto  the  album  as  well  as  the  music  also  having  its  melancholic  moments,  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  keyboards  and  throat  singing  can  also  be  heard  on  the  closing  track.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Swedish  and  cover  darkness,  death  and  melancholy  themes.    


  In  my  opinion  Dodskold  are  a  very  great  sounding  grim  and  cold  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sista  Ridten"  " Ty  Döden  är  Lifvets  Lön"  and  "Ödeskväde  till Riddersmark".  8  out  of  10.


Bandcamp: https://dodskold.bandcamp.com/releases
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dodskold
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/5LjKh4fSQkHZwv106ArboL

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dodskold   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/05/dodskoldodesriketpesttanz.html


Eisenkult/...von Himmel, hoch herab/Purity Through Fire/2021 CD Review

lundi 31 mai 2021 à 22:01

 


  Eisenkult  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw,  melodic,  atmospheric  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "...von  Himmel,  hoch  herab"  which  will b e  released  in  June  by  Purity  Through  Fire.


  Dark  sounding  syn5ths  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Most  of  the  music  is  also  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  era.


  Vocals  are mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  clear  singing  can  also be  heard  briefly.  The  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  a  couple  of  tracks  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  plating  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  the  synths  also  returning  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  and  also  giving  the  music  more  of  an  atmospheric  and  medieval  feeling,  growls  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.  The  production  sounds  very  dark and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  darkness,  death  and  folklore  themes.   


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Eisenkult  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric,  melodic,  old  school  and  raw  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ein  Leib,  ein  Feuer"  "Brutal  und  furchtlos  Stumpf"  and  "Von  Himmel,  hoch  herab".  8  out  of  10.


www.facebook.com/Eisenkult


https://youtu.be/Eruy02prVX8


  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/05/eisenkultvon-himmel-hoch-herabpurity.html


Klang Schreit Nichts Interview

lundi 31 mai 2021 à 20:00

 

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


This is TMK of Germany´s KLANG SCHREIT NICHTS speaking. Me and my weird sister MRK created KSN in the year 2008 and now, after 12 years we decided it was time again to create new immoral music. We are both artists and I am also a writer, so we incorporate everything into KSN to create the biggest mindfuck possible. In Metal there should not be any limits - this is what we take by the word.


2.A few months back you had released an album, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording?


For „REDUZIERTER ALLGEMEINZUSTAND“ it was our goal to release the most furious, vicious and massive Black/Deathmetal record possible. No holds barred, ranging from Blackmetal, to Noise and Drone, Industrial, ultra massive Doom… you name it. From Immolation to Einstürzende Neubauten, from Beherit to Arcturus, David Bowie to Mayhem, Nina Hagen to Celtic Frost. Especially Celtic Frost: we both have Avantgarde in our blood so we added vocals inspired by Berlin`s Golden 1920`s to the mix. Sex, drugs, seances, no taboos and a whole lot of bohemian weirdness. Exploring the outer regions of Blackmetal was our credo.


3.All of the music was recorded around 2007 and 2008 but you waited until 2021 to release the album, can you tell us a little bit more about the long wait?


We had a small pressing in 2009 which we completely sold out back then. We had some good reviews and two underground labels were knocking at our door. But for us „REDUZIERTER ALLGEMEINZUSTAND“ was a statement which we thought we had archived. I had some new tracks written, but we both had other projects running, I was also busy as a photographer and so we left KSN as a one-time statement. But last year I started writing again for Voices From The Darkside Magazine and I thought that KSN still has relevance today! Not much has changed in the last ten years in the metal music scene. A lot of old bands doing the same music as they did in the past and younger bands copying them. There are exceptions of course but still exceptions they are. So I dug out some unreleased KSN tracks, wrote new stuff and we created a new EP within a month. But before we release the new EP I wanted „REDUZIERTER ALLGEMEINZUSTAND“ remixed and remastered and finally be available again.


4.All of the music also avoids the use of any harsh vocals, are you going to include them on future releases?


No. There is a lot music of that type with harsh vocals. But there is almost none with vocals like KSN. 


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


There is a lot of twisted poetry in there, weird stories which cover philosophy and  psychology. The track „Klang Schreit Nichts“ for example plays with thought if humanities self-awareness – the awareness that we are and that we want – is a stumbling block in our evolution or not. And many know that that is true but there is an undying attempt to cover it up. You see, I love to study human behavior, which makes me a convinced misanthropist with a slight hint at positivism. Very black positivism that is.


6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Klang Schreit Nichts’?


Sound Screams Nothing, that is how you translate it. I wanted a shifting name, one where you understand the words but combined you only get an idea what it could mean. Its meaning is close to you but still seems to remain out of reach. The only thing you can be sure of is that it is nasty, haha.


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


Sometimes I paint and draw. I wanted a painted cover not a computer generated one. We named the music of KSN „Massive Berlin Theatre“ back then, so we needed a dark theatrical motive. Bloody of course.


8.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding the line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?


There is no real need. If we find a label that wants to book us on some shows I would hire some session musicians. In the future I will ask other people to contribute to certain songs but besides that we can do everything ourselves.


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


Admiration and confusing. Most agreed that the music is rich and good but not everybody is too fond of the vocals nor that they are sung in German.  Russians seem to like us.


10.You have a new album coming out in June, what can we expect musically once it is released?


Oh, the new record will be called „ERBAULICHE ANDACHT“. It will sound better, because I have become more experienced as a producer and mixer. We want the next record to be a logical follow up, so there is enough fast, massive and furious stuff going on. There are again three lengthy songs which will satisfy all your needs.


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?


You know that it is impossible to answer. I am always influenced by music, mostly by the atmosphere it creates. I believe in waves outsides genres, that overcome boundaries and connect almost un-connectable sounds. So it is possible that I listen to VON or BEHERIT while writing and melodic part, because its vibration reminds me of those bands. Concerning metal I am an old school guy, old-ENTOMBED, old-MAYHEM, CELTIC FROST, ARCTURUS, KREATOR, IMMOLATION, VON, SAMAEL, VED BUENS ENDE, XASTHUR, LEVIATHAN, PARADISE LOST, LUNAR AURORA, PROFANATICA. Nowadays I listen to almost everything which inspires me: VELVET UNDERGROUND, ANNA CALVI, LURKER OF CHALICE, BOHREN & DER CLUB OF GORE, THOM YORK, BEETHOVEN and DEAD CAN DANCE. The last records I bought was ABIGOR`s TOTSCHLÄGER. And before that „The Suspiria Soundtrack“ by THOM YORK and „The Infamous“ by MOBB DEEP. Everything goes! Except Reggae and Ska of course.


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


Thank you for your interest in KLANG SCHREIT NICHTS! And think of us when it comes to June/July: „ERBAULICHE ANDACHT“ which will be out then. All the best to you. TMK

Website: https://linktr.ee/KlangSchreitNichts
Bandcamp: https://klangschreitnichts.bandcamp.com/releases
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KlangSchreitNichts
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/klang_schreit_nichts/

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/05/klang-schreit-nichts-interview.html


Anaal Nathrakh/The Codex Necro/Metal Blade Records/2021 CD Re-Issue Review

dimanche 30 mai 2021 à 03:17

 


  This  is  a  review  of  another  recording  from  United  Kingdom's  Anaal  Nathrakh  which  shows  their  early  mixture  of  black  metal,  grindcore  and  industrial  and  the  album  was  originally  released  in  2001  and  called  "The  Codex  Necro"  and  the  re-issue  will  be  released  by  Metal  blade  Records  in  June  of  2021.


  Industrial  elements  start  off  the  album  and  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  at  times.  All  of  the  drum  beats  are  programmed  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  tracks  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  recording  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  some  of  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  the  brutality  of  grindcore.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  chaotic  yet  melodic  style  along  with  the  vocals  also  getting  very  deep  and  demonic  sounding  at  times.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  good  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  some  touches  of  death  metal,  a  couple  of  the  tracks  also  introduces  clean  vocals  and  movie  samples  onto  the  recording.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Armageddon,  Misanthropy,  Nihilism,  Philosophy  and  Anti  Authoritarian  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  was  a  very  great  sounding  recording  from  Anaal  Nathrakh  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Supreme  Necrotic  Audnance"  "Pandemonic  Hyperblast"  "Inciped  Flock"  and  "The  Codex  necro".  8/5  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/05/anaal-nathrakhthe-codex-necrometal.html