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Bloodspell/Cloaked In Burning Night/Caligari Records/2019 Cassette Review

mercredi 6 mars 2019 à 05:58

  Bloodspell  are  a  band  from t he  United  States  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review of  their  2019  album  "Cloaked  In  Burning  Night"  which  was  released  on  cassette  by  Caligari  Records.

  Epic  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats,  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  depressive  black  metal  screams  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  music  also  shows  a  heavy  influence  of  mid  90's  era  French  black  metal.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.

 As  the  album  progresses  synths  also  make  a  brief  return  on  a  later  track,  the  last  song  is  long  and  epic  in  length  and  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  onto  the  recording. The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  violent  and  misanthropic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Bloodspell  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  cassette.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Blind  Them  As  One"  and  "Prostrate  In  Mute  Agony".  8  out  of  10. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/03/bloodspellcloaked-in-burning.html


Mephorash/Shem Ha Mephorash/Shadow Records/2019 CD Review

mercredi 6 mars 2019 à 05:17

  Sweden's  Mephorash  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  them  taking  their occult  style  of  black  metal  into  a  different  direction  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Shem  Ha  Mephorash"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Shadow  Records.

  Rain  and  thunder  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  choirs  and  ritualistic  sounding  synths  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard.

  Ritualistic  sounds  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  as  well  as  some  songs  also  adding  in  more  of  an  experimental  and  avant  garde  touch.  As  the  album  progresses  a  ritualistic  chants  and  female  vocals  can  also  be  heard  on  some  of  the  tracks  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  good  amount  of  melody.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  an  esoteric  journey  through  the  concepts  and  ideas  behind  the  Shem  Ha  Mephorash  system,  the  72-fold  explicit  names  of  god.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Mephorash  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  occult  black  metal, you  should  check  out  this  album. RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "King  Of  Kings,  Lord  Of  Lords"  "Sanguinem"  and  "Sham  ha  Mephorash".  8/5  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/03/mephorashshem-ha-mephorashshadow.html


Tempers Creature/Sturm 1918/Wolfmond Productions/2018 CD Review

mercredi 6 mars 2019 à 04:07

  Germany's  Tempers  Creature  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  that  continues  the  depressive  style  of  pagan  black  metal  from  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Sturm  1918"  which  was  released  by  Wolfmond  Productions.

  Acoustic  guitars  start  off  the  album  and  also  bring  in  elements  of  neo-folk  into  the  songs  when  they  are  utilized.  War  shots  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  World  War  II  music  samples  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style. 

  Vocals a re  mostly  grim  yet  depressive  black  metal  screams  while  deep  death  metal  growls  can  also  be  heard  at  times.  Some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in a   great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  acoustic  guitars  also  making  a  return  on  some  of  the  later  tracks.  Synths  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  some  songs  also  adding  in   clean  vocals.

  When  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  raw  yet  melodic  style  while  spoken  word  and  WWI  music  samples  also  make  a  return  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  stringed  instruments  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  are  a  concept  album  based  upon  World  War  I.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Tempers  Creature  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  folk  influenced  depressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Noch  wehet  stolz  die  Fahne"  "Niedergang"  and  "Ich  hatt,  einen  Kameraden".  8  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/03/tempers-creaturesturm-1918wolfmond.html


At Dusk/Condemned/Pacific Threnodies/2019 CD Review

mardi 5 mars 2019 à 06:22

  California's  solo  project  At  Dusk  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  depressive  black  metal  style  of  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Condemned"  which  will  be  released  on  March  29th  by  Pacific  Threnodies.

  Field  recordings  start  off  the  album  along  with  a  brief  use  of  whispers  and spoken  word  parts  as  well  as  some  percussion  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction.  All  of  the  tracks are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  depressive  black  metal  screams  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  At  times  the  music  gets  very  atmospheric  sounding  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies.

  Elements  of  doom  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  along  with  some  tragic  sounding  keyboards  also being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  they  are  also  very  heavily  influenced  by  classical  music. The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  based  upon  existentialism,  death,  despair,  excommunication  and  the  lingering  affects  it  has  on  a  person  as  well  as  showing  some  inspiration  from  Korihor,  the  Antichrist  from  the  Book  Of  Mormon  and  his  tragic  story.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  At  Dusk  which  shows  him  taking  his  depressive  black  metal  style  to  another  level  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Condemned"  and  "Martyred".  8/5  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/03/at-duskcondemnedpacific-threnodies2019.html


LeMarchand Interview

mardi 5 mars 2019 à 04:02
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Sabbat: Le Marchand is a Raw Black Metal with War and Folk mixed styles. My songs is to elitist ears, because i try to escape from mainstream much as i can.

2.So far all of the releases have sounded different from each other, how would you describe your musical progress over the years?
Sabbat: In begin i was based in pure wrath noise sound style, but after to recruit new members to band i saw that i was need to explore more about music to explore more the skills of the new members. It was open a door of some opportunities to escape from mainstream. So i felt that was need to explore new kinds of music and did some study to get deep on it. When i was 18 years old i was trumpetist in a college fanfare and these new fields, that i am still exploring, brought in high my musical experience in my past, so i am developing my black arts in this way, trying to bring in my songs the dark side of good music that i like.

3. A lot of your lyrics deal with Satanism, Occultism and Paganism, how would you describe your views on those topics?
Sabbat: In begin i was focused in classic guitar and the first recorded songs was not have any kind of lyrics. After to past bad experiences in life i decided to put in my songs, principally in lyrics, my macabre experience of life. So, as my band's name says, i was inspired in Hellraiser in my lyrics in first demos, but have other parts of my identity that was not being explored, so i was start to explore it in my other songs, as my occultist experience since my 12 years old, because i was a book seller for more of 10 years and i had read  alot about it (principally Lemegedon and Secret Doctrine) and my nationalist part was bring to me the folk history of my ancestors, what all my paganism is about the old gods from Rain Forest. What more gave to me the paganism feeling and understanding was to live inside Rain Forest also. My house is inside it.

4.You also have lyrics dealing with São Paulo Nationalism, can you tell us a little bit more about it?
Sabbat: São Paulo is the most richest state from Brazil. Who born here is called Paulista. My ancestors was Bandeirantes, paulistas that lived here before São Paulo's and Brazil's creation. The first town of Brazil is near my home, called São Vicente. São Paulo tried to separate from Brazil five times and this history of war got my attention really hard and deep. I can say i don't feel myself brazillian, but only paulista, because culture, food, language and behaviour are pretty much different from rest of Brazil. After 1932, the most biggest civil war in Brazil, the federalists tried to destroy São Paulo's culture to paulistas not try to separate anymore. Now, in 2019, only exist few people that spread words about São Paulo's values and traditions, so to use Le Marchand to talk about it was a tool to keep alive the Bandeirante's paganism flame. In past you was not allowed to enter at Rain Forest if you was not curse, the priest of the local church, seven times or you would become a mula-sem-cabeça by Jurupari evil god. São Paulo early history is totally anti-christian history and i got totally surprised when i was know it and really fascinated. Bandeirantes also was hunt many priests and christian's to slave them together with indigenous. I can say it was some kind of true Inner Circle, from Norway, in São Paulo's past history, because when Napoleon was conquering Europe, portuguese and spanish Bandeirantes's leaders was persecuted by jews and christians of them families cause them was escaping the war instead to fight the french.

5.What are some of the other lyrical topics and subjects you have explored over the years with your music?
Sabbat: Yes! Nice question. I explored about astronomy, astrophysics, antisemitism (christians, muslims and jews), historic wars, chronology of Iberia's kingdom (a homage to my ancestors in my family bloodline) and about a daily life of a black metaller inside this cancer society that we live. I was talk about universe cause of your destructive force to exterminate worlds and dimensions and it is reality.

6.You also have RAC written in your description on facebook, does national socialism also play a role in your music?
Sabbat: I am Salazarist and Franchist, cause of my portuguese and spanish blood on my veins. I follow the third via, but i don't express it explicit on my songs, because it is a personal aspect of my identity and in LeMarchand i focus to express a lot about the darkness and historical wars of my ancestors. I don't express politics and racialism on my songs in an explicit way, but make sure that i ultra support it. Le Marchand band need to be a box that listeners open the puzzle to invocate many aspects of hell and demons and i express it, one of the aspects, talking about war, metaphysical transcendence with old wisdom and with specific demons of my pagan culture from Rain Forest. Do not matter from which country the listener to be hearing Le Marchand's songs, the logic keep the same if the listener to assimilate my lyrics with them ancestral culture, them will see that have your own hell and demons witnessed by your ancestors. Le Marchand is more than national socialism or anything from modern world, is a key that listener use to access your own root culture and history. I want my listeners accessing it, the true pre-historical history and culture in your veins.


7.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'LeMarchand'?
Sabbat: I am a big fan of Hellraiser's world. Le Merchand is the under name of a french family of satanists in Hellraiser's history. I just changed a letter to make some allusion about it. Le Marchand i express like being a box, a key, that listeners (if to solve the puzzles) can access your personal hell, to feel your dark side connected with the abyss of chaos and death. I really love cenobites and wish some day to become a cenobite soldier or engineer also from Leviathan's maze.

8.Originally the band started out as a solo project what was the decision behind adding other members into the band?
Sabbat: Yeah! I was start solo and when i found good friends, after many years, them offered to join the band to do some tests. I was no comfortable about it, after many talks we could reach a deal and we started to produce. But one of the past members had no responsibility about schedules jobs of the band and was invited to leave, also when Holokhaosto was join drums he said to remove him also. The person that i don't want tell the name was have really a lack of responsibility to take band in a serious way. Today i am not accepting any new kind of members because i got frustrated with the lack to take it serious. The drummer that recorded Falanges Paulistas album was a friend that offered his skills only to record and by this he was not a member of the band, just a guest session. Holokhaozto is a true black arts warrior that i respect pretty much and he was open my eyes to get in an extreme new fields to compose music.


9.The band started in 2005 but waited until 2011 to release any music, can you tell us a little bit more about the earlier years?
Sabbat: All right! It started as classical guitar music, because i do not was have money to buy equipment's, i only had an acoustic guitar. Years past and i committed 2 murders, killed 2 homeless, and 1 physical aggression to a woman, my ex wife, in 2010. I spent 1 year in prison and got released by good behaviour in 2011. In this time my father was very rich and i took money from him to really record a demo full of rage and vengeance. Same in freedom, i was in conditional liberty, with authorities with eyes in all my steps in my res-socialization till 2018. The laws in Brazil is a pure joke, criminals lives pretty well here and past few time in prison. From 1997 till 2011, i was addicted on drugs really hard and was a monster in streets. So after jail i got really angry about criminals and drugs, i hate to seems like other scum people in this shit society in South America, so i stopped totally to commit crimes and drugs use. Changed totally my behaviour, do 8 years that i nevermore was drink and got addicted in drugs, living clean and sober till now. Changed all my friends (majority was socialist addicted drug users) and places. Now i became a real man that honors my ancestors history and i am trying to restore my dignity. In 2016 i was need to get back to jail, but half time (only during night) till 2018 to finish my sentence's years. Too i was ordered to do community services and the judge said to me to work in weekends, for 2 years, in a natural historic river park inside Rain Forest called Poço das Antas, where i did some videos and took some pictures. Exactly in 2016 my father lost his empire, lost all his money and i was need to finish my sentence, so Le Marchand's rehearsal got stuck, but now in 2019 is pretty possible to Le Marchand get back to record a new album in studio and release the debut. While i was in jail from 2016 to 2018, half time, i was keep to produce some songs to explore new kinds of sound.

10.Has the band had any opportunities to do any live shows yet?
Sabbat: It is a thing that i think serious. Should Le Marchand to do live shows? Here in Brazil, principally in São Paulo, true black metallers are against live shows. We think that we will be playing to posers, because the public is not compose 100% of true people. But in other side, i have some wish to do a live show, principally now that Le Marchand have a real warrior in drums. So to find a way to not betray my values, only can be a secret live show to really few people that i know them. I do not know if a international tour can be possible, as i was a criminal here, so many countries will not give to me any visa to travel. But yes, live shows is possible, since it is secret and to few people. Had some opportunities in past to do a secret live shows, but as i was still paying for my sentence, i was not totally free to do it. Now that i am with 100% of my freedom back, its possible to do live shows and it will happen, i just need to rehearsal for some months before to do it and since Holokhaozto agree to do it also.

11.So far the band has worked with 'Trize Listras Rex', and 'Damnatio Memoriae Records', can you tell us a little bit more about these labels?
Sabbat: Treze Listras Rex was founded by Adalberto Bezerra, a true warrior of the underground scene, only to release Falanges Paulistas split album, since Le Marchand and Furor Volturno was not getting good offers from labels that we got in contact. After to release this sucessfull album, Treze Listras released other stuff and raised a name in worldwide underground scene. We was want to release Falanges Paulistas in K7 version also, so Damnatio Memoriae Records was offer to release it by his black art hands and with his own money, because the owner saw the good stuff that Falanges Paulistas is. The owner is Frater Malignant, a true black metaller, from Manaus, in Amazonia state of Brazil. His label already had a name in the underground scene when he was offer to us release it in K7. Both labels are the only serious labels that Le Marchand manage to work for a long time.

12.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
Sabbat: I got surprised with reaction. To me i was producing shit, but some people saw a real value on it and i really thanks to who got join on it. I can say Le Marchand was well received in U.S.A., Japan, France, England, Germany, Colombia and Argentina. Some minority don't like some stuff that Le Marchand did and i thanks them also for the bad reviews, it helps myself to improve and them spread the band's name also. I can say i got really an impressive good reaction and thousand people was want enter in contact with me in my personal profile in social medias and i was receive some letters by mail also, but many do not know that Le Marchand have official profile in social medias. Maybe people was more curious about myself that by the band. I don't know.

13.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Sabbat: Heavy and aggressive tunes on guitar and bass, with a lot of noise, some erudite classical music on synth and of course a 90's extreme rhythms on drums by Holokhaozto. Le Marchand will keep producing raw black metal while keep producing melodic stuff, but always trying to keep the essence of evil metal in song compositions. In debut i want to mix some acoustic guitars from São Paulo's folk culture and after debut i want release some splits without synth and melodic stuff. Darkness, negativism and hell always will be present in all productions that Le Marchand to do. Sometimes i will talk about São Paulo's war histories in lyrics, but majority will be occultism and hell. Le Marchand is always trying to get far from mainstream.

14.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?
Sabbat: Darkthrone, Isengard, Sarcofago, Morte Negra, Herege, Kazyklu Bey, Rotting Christ, Grand Belial's Key, Barbatos, Sabbat, Countess, Death Altar, Necrocifer and many others are great influences in my compositions. I can say that me and Holokhaozto listens actually Absurd, Goatmoon, Moonblood, Patris, Wolfnacht, Sledge Hammer, M8l8th and many others. If the band have members of third via, we will appreciate pretty much. I listen also a lot of erudite music and folk traditional songs from São Paulo and other countries. Military march's also. Everyday listening a mix of metal and traditional songs.

15.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Sabbat: To readers of this amazing zine, support your local underground scene, buy original stuff from band's labels and all other stuffs. To who that knows Le Marchand's songs, thank you for your support and to who that do not like, thank you to spread Le Marchand's name. Thank you Loki to share a space in your black arts zine to myself answer this interview. Some questions was hard to answer and others funny. You are doing a good job and readers go buy this zine! That our old evil Gods kill all our enemies! Hail Evil 666!!!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/03/lemarchand-interview.html