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Grima/Devotion To Lord/Naturnacht Records/2015 CD Review

jeudi 19 novembre 2015 à 00:48

 Grima  are  a  band  from  Russia  that  plays  an  atmospheric  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  2015  album  "Devotion  To  Lord"  which  will  be  rleeased  on  November  28th  by  Natuurmacht  Productions.

  A  very  dark  and  distorted  yet melodic  guitar  lead  starts  off  the  album  and  after  the  intro  the  music  starts  adding  in  more  of  a  fast  and  raw  black  metal  sound  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  slower  sections  keep  the  melody  and  also  add  in  atmospheric  sounds  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  solos  and  leads  add  in  a  melodic  style  of  post  black  metal  and  at  times  rough  yet  melodic  vocals  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  some  of  the  songs.

  The  screams  also  get  more  high  pitched  at  times  in  some  parts  of  the  songs  while  the  clean  parts  give  the  music  more  of  a  progressive  edge  and  the  heavy  guitar  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  as  the  album progresses  more  traditional  clean  singing  and  deep  growls  can  be  heard  along  with  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars  and  they  music  also  adds  in  a  touch  of  Cascadian  elements  and  some  songs  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  synths.

  Grima  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  modern,  melodic  and  atmospheric  sounding  while  also  having  a  progressive  edge  at  times,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Grima  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  and  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Open  The  Gates  Will  Return  the  Only  Cold"  "Devotion  TO  Lord"  and  "Blood  On  the  Snow".  8  out  of  10.

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Hatevomit/Necrovomit/Symbol Of Domination Productions/Underground Resistance Records/2015 EP Review

mercredi 18 novembre 2015 à 23:44

  Hatevomit  are  an  international  band  with  members  from  Turkey,  Mexico  and Cyprus  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  bestial  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  ep  "Necrovomit"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Symbol  Of  Domination  Productions  and  Underground  Resistance  Records.

  A  very  fast, raw  and  brutal  war  metal  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  after  a  few  seconds  grim  black  metal  screams  make  their  presence  known  on  the  recording  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  being  utilized  at  times.

  Most  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  bestial  black/death  metal  direction  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  add  a  more  chaotic  war  metal  style  to  the  bands  musical  sound  and  the  whole  ep  remains  true  to  a  very  filthy,  raw  and  brutal  sound  from  beginning to  ending  of  the  recording  with  no  soft  parts  or  clean  playing  ever  being  utilized.

  Hatevomit  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  mixes  them  together  in  a  very  raw,  bestial  and  brutal  style  making  a  very  dark  and  blasphemous  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  yet  heavy  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  cover  Anti  Religion,  Hate  and  Destruction  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Hatevomit  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  bestial  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Howling  Rapture  Of  Mighty  Death"  and  "Inhuman  Lust".  8  out  of  10.

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Azerine Interview

mercredi 18 novembre 2015 à 23:06
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
1. Azerine is a one-man black metal project based out of Tucson Arizona. Lyrical themes focus mostly on anti cosmic spirituality and occult esoterica. All songs are composed performed and recorded completely by myself, and until recently all the music has been released independently.

2.So far you have released 2 ep's, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings and also how do they do from each other?
2. When I released Throne ov Perdition, I intended it to be a demo and to this day still considered to demo. The quality of the recording was harsh and very DIY with very little glamour or finesse. The music on Throne ov Perdition was much more simpler than what was on ORTHODOXY. Thorn ov Perdition was written during a period of great experimentation with not much in mind as far as a direction. ORTHODOXY on the other hand was written with a very intent goal in mind and I feel that because of that I was able to put more of myself into both the songwriting and the quality of the recording.

3.Your lyrics cover a lot of Occult and Left hand Path topics, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the black arts?
3. My fascination with dark magic stems from a very early age when I was visited by dark spirits who guided me in the way that I am today. The music of Azarine reflects the way I see the world and is meant to pay hommage to the spirits who guided me.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Azerine'?
4. The word Azerine came to me during deep meditation. Of course I believe it was given to me by those forces which Azerine is so deeply connected to. The composition of the word stems from multiple esoteric sources but of course the true meaning is not something the mundane world could possibly understand, nor is it something I feel that should be revealed.

5.On the recordings you record everything by yourself but have a line up for live performances, are you open to working with other musicians on the recordings?
5. I play in multiple musical projects that most of the time share the same members so in a sense I already do collaborate with other musicians. That being said Azarine is something so deeply connected to me it would be impossible to continue my work and include others without it being corrupted.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
6. Live Azerine performances are hard to describe, simply because no two performances are ever the same. The only consistancy is me. That being said, I generally prefer the traditional black metal atmosphere and live brutality, that is something you can always expect.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
7. I try to perform with Azerine atleast once a month or every other month. Currently I have a show in February with Abigail Williams confirmed, and possibly two others in December and January. As far as touring goes, all I can say is there are plans in the works but nothing is completely set in stone.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
8. I try not to focus on the opinions of others when it comes to Azerine, but most opinions that have been expressed to me have been positive.

9.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that you are a part of?
9. I play guitar in a blackened doom metal band called Chronovorus and we plan on going into the studio next month to begin recording our E.P. I also may be involved soon in a war metal band that has formed in my area, as well as many other local extreme metal projects. I also put alot of my musical focus on my studies as a classical guitarist and classical composer.

10.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
10. I was really hoping I would have something ready by the end of this year, but that would be impossible at this point. You can definitely expect a full length by the end of next year if not sooner. As for my future as a musician, I am currently studying classical music and plan on being a professional composer for film and video games. I intend to be a full time musician and dedicating my entire being to my art.

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?
11. When I first started writing the music of Throne ov Perdition I was listening to a lot of Watain, Mayhem, and Darkthrone. These days I find a lot of inspiration in bands like Ofermod, Ondskapt, Dissection, among others. Aside from that I listen to a lot of bands that keep to a more "old school" style of black and death and thrash metal. I also listen to a lot of classical such as Chopin, Wagner, Vivaldi, Goatcraft (necro classical), Terrega, John Williams, Julian Bream, etc.

12.Before we wrap up this interview,do you have any final words or thoughts?
12. Hail the 11

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Chains Ov Beleth Interview

mercredi 18 novembre 2015 à 22:32

1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the musical project these days?
Ave! Right now we're still working on promoting “Christeos Chaos” as much as possible (both the label and I). The German label Dark Ritual will soon release a demo compilation with a couple of extra, unreleased tracks, called “Black Illumination”, and I am always working on new songs for future releases.

2.In May you had 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?
Yes, a few months back we released my second full album called “Christeos Chaos”, which presents an evolution of the music recorded in my first album “Katabasis”. You can find the same elements that were present there, just more refined and with more variations. There is a bigger variety of tempos, the structure of the songs is generally less simplistic (even though there are a couple of songs that do follow a more traditional structure), and overall I would say there has been an improvement both in the execution and quality of the material. The sound is better too, and I experimented with some clean voices in a couple of songs, which is probably the biggest change. There is also the fact that I included a song in Spanish, something I've never done before.

3.The musical project has been around since 2005 but so far has only released 2 demo's and 2 full length's, can you tell us a little bit more about the gaps in between releases?
The main reason why there has been so big gaps between releases is that I play in several other bands (or used to, less so nowadays), and I like to focus on one thing at a time, so if I am working on a specific band's album, I can't be really working very seriously on other releases. I think that is probably the best for the band though, because otherwise the music could become stale; you have bands that release an album every year and there is little change between them, it's basically the same album, stretched through several years... It's great to have a formula and follow it constantly, but by recording stuff for several different bands I space their releases, and in my opinion that keeps the music in all of them fresher, more authentic. I of course don't mean change for the sake of change, I love bands which are true to their sound, like Iron Maiden for example, but I think an evolution is necessary, if not unavoidable. This is something I didn't understand nor accept years ago, but with time and age I have come to appreciate; take for example Satyricon, some would say that they have betrayed their roots and that they are not even a black metal band anymore, that they have sold out, but in truth they have sticked to their style, simply altering and evolving the formula. Imagine if they had never evolved from Dark Medieval Times (amazing album, by the way), we would have never gotten Nemesis Divina or Rebel Extravaganza. I think it's important to stay true to one's essence and message, and evolve as necessary, without artificial boundaries created by what the general public expects from a specific musical genre.

4.Your lyrics go in depth into Occultism and Black Magick, what are some of the aspects that you explored lyrically on the new album that you where not able to do with previous releases?
I would say that the core concept behind CoB is the Left Hand Path, with its wide arrange of subjects. Most of the songs in “Christeos Chaos” are chants in praise of darkness and the forces that dwell within it, with a few exceptions. Lyrically speaking, this is quite an eclectic album, since I also added some older, unused lyrics and mixed them with newer concepts and chants. In a way, this is a continuation of the previous album since I touch many subjects that I treated there, just from a new perspective. Some lyrics are based on ancient traditions and prayers, other like the song “Christeos Chaos” are based on modern grimoires, in this case Nicholai Saunder’s Arbor de Magistro. So with this album I explored themes both old and new for CoB.

5.I know that the band name is related to the Goetic demon Beleth, what was it that inspired you to name your project with this deity being a part of it?
I wouldn't call Beleth a deity, but back when I started composing music for what would become Chains ov Beleth I was working very closely with him, and I felt in a way chained to him… So it was a natural option, I suppose. Sometimes we become obssessed with the entities we work with for a longer period of time.

6.With this musical project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo on this project?
Not really, I honestly like having full control in CoB. I have another band, Eald, which also started as a solo project but right now has another two members, and that is enough for me. CoB is a very personal project, and I don't want to spoil that. There are of course advantages to playing with other people, mostly the opportunity of playing live, but since that is not one of my goals, it doesn't bother me at all.

7.For awhile you where living in Norway, what was the decision to move back to Spain?
Norway is a wonderful country to live at or simply for visiting, and I still have great friends there, but for personal reasons I decided that it was time to change. I actually didn't go back to Spain, I went to Serbia. Since then I've been back at Spain, Germany and again Serbia.

8.You also run 'Fall Of Man Press', what are some of the authors that you have worked with and what can we expect in the future?
I guess the most known author for black metal fans would be Shamataae from Arckanum, who used to write under the name of Vexior. We have recently released the first book of the man behind the black metal band Sanguinary Misanthropia, entitled Diabolic Gnosticism, and we will soon release a new book focused on the ancient art of Brazilian necromancy and ancestor worship called Quimbanda which has the title of The Black Book of Quimbanda. Those are just some of the books we have released that would probably appeal to the sensibility of a black metal fan, but we have released a few more. Anybody interested can check to learn more about it.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your newer music by fans of black metal?
I personally haven't gotten any feedback from fans, but the label tells me that people buying my CD seem to like it, which is great. There have been a few reviews here and there, but we are still promoting the album so I believe not that many have had the chance to listen to my music yet.

10.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that you are a part of?
The only bands I am really active with right now are Chains ov Beleth and Eald; even though I am still in theory a member of Alverg (we have just had our first album re-released on Vinyl, by the way), that band is a bit frozen for now, since it's difficult for us to rehearse together, and Lóge has shifted his focus from music to other activities as of late. With Eald we have just welcomed a new band member who will be dealing with the vocals, and we are now recording a new demo, but we will talk about it in detail when the time comes.

11.Where do you see yourself heading towards as a musician in the future?
It is hard to tell, to be honest; I don't think I will ever stop playing black metal, but I do see myself experimenting more and mixing genres; I believe that is the only way for a band to progress and evolve and become something else, something more personal.

12.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
The bands that influence me the most when I think of composing for CoB are several; when it comes to black metal I have to mention Deathspell Omega and Funeral Mist, but also Satyricon's Rebel Extravaganza and even Ved Buens Ende; out of black metal I would say Virus, The Cure, Sisters of Mercy, King Dude... Nowadays I listen basically to the same stuff I always did; classical black metal bands, with some modern ones here and there, like Ascension or the amazing Kozeljnik, lots of classic gothic rock and post-punk, a bit of electronic music, and even some blues here and there.

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

Thank you for giving me the chance to talk about my art. And to any true follower of the Left Hand Path: Keep the Black Flame alive!

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Goatthroat/Rites Of Blasphemy/Symbol Of Domination Productions/Tribulacion Productions/2015 CD Review

mercredi 18 novembre 2015 à 10:31

  Goatthroat  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  bestial  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Rites  Of  Blasphemy"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Symbol  Of  Domination  Productions  and  Tribulacion  Productions.

  A  very  dark  horror  movie  sound  track  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  demonic  growls  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  the  intro  the  music  gets  a  lot  more  heavy  along  with  some  black  metal  screams  and  a  great  amount  of  death  metal  elements  which  also  includes  a  great  amount  of  morbid  sounding  melodies.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  it  brings  in  more  of  a  raw  style  of  black  and  war  metal  along  with  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and fast  parts  and  the  bass  guitars  also  mix  in  a  very  heavy  and  evil  sound  at  times  while  some  of the  slower  riffs  add  in  a  touch  of  early  90's  doom/death  metal  and  a  later  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  melodic  guitar  leads.

  Goatthroat  plays  a  style  of  black/death  metal  that  is  very  raw,  bestial and  blasphemous  sounding  and  manages  to  make  every  minute  and  second  of  the  recording  sound  very  hateful  and  evil,  the  production  sound s very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Blasphemous  and  Satanism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Goatthroat  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  bestial  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Drowned  in  The  Black  Vomit  Of  the  Goat  Throat"  "Rites  Of  Blasphemy"  "Sodo0my  And  Ecstasy" and  "The  Final  mass".  8  out  of  10.

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