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Keys Of Orthanc/A Battle In The Dark Lands Of The Eye/Naturmacht Productions/2019 CD Review

samedi 3 août 2019 à 10:45

  Keys Of  Orthanc  are  a  duo  from  Quebec,  Canada  that  has  had  music reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  Tolkien  inspired  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "A  Battle  In  The  Dark  Lands  Of  The  Eye"  which  will  be  released  on  August  31st  by  Naturmacht  Productions.


  Dark  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  nature  sounds  and  synths  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music.  Folk  instruments  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  music  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams.

  Growls  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  The  riffs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  clean  vocals  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  acoustic  guitars  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  added  onto  the  recording,  the  album  also  closes  with  an  isntrumental.

  On  this  recording  Keys  Of  Orthanc  remain  true  to  the  Tolkien  inspired  black  emtal  style  that  was  established  on  the  previous  release.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  abased  upon  the  writings  of  J.R.R.R  Tolkien.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Keys  Of  Orthanc  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  Tolkien  inspired  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "At  The  Gate"  and  "Lord'sBane".  8 out  of  10.

https://youtu.be/rMaJTMBUTKY


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/08/keys-of-orthanca-battle-in-dark-lands.html


Finsterforst Interview

vendredi 2 août 2019 à 08:57

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?

Simon: Much time passed until we finally finished mixing the album. After that we had to organize the video recording of the title track „Zerfall“. Besides this and a few promotional matters, we simply went on with our usual day lives. Family, working and whatnot.

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



Simon: I think it is on the same path as „Mach dich frei“. But it simply could gain much more experience throughout the last few years – composing and production process made a big step forward. The song arrangements are way clearer now, no matter there are some progressive aspects or however you wanna call it. Within the music there is more variety now since we also use a wider source of sounds and instrumental elements – complex synth and orchestral arrangements, experimenting with effects and different guitars, trying new stuff with any kind of vocals. I'd say that „Zerfall“ tops our previous releases by far.

3.This is also your first full length since 2015, can you tell us a little bit more about what was going on during this time frame?

Olli: A lot of stuff happened on the personal side, marriages, a baby, job changes and so on. As a band we had some changes in regards to our second live guitar. Everything else is just the typical Finsterforst chaos, so nothing out of the ordinary happened to keep us from doing the album. It just takes time to make an album that sounds like Finsterforst without simply repeating what we´ve done in the past.

4.You refer to your music as being 'black forest metal', can you tell us a little bit more about this term?

Olli: Well, we don´t view ourselves as pagan, folk or even black metal, but you need some kind of brand so people can wrap their minds around what you do. Black forest metal does just that for us. The band derives from the black forest region, it is our source of inspiration and a lot of the lyrics are about nature while also using a lot of phrases you could find on black metal albums, so we thought that this would describe our music in the best possible way.

5.One of the tracks shows an influence lyrically from the works of Nietzsche, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in his work and what are some of the other philosophers that have had an influence on your world view?



Olli: Most people so far thought of the bible, funny you realized the Nietzsche influence. Nietzsche is a big and very misunderstood philosopher who is way too often linked to national socialism because he phrased the word "Übermensch". But he did that way before anyone heard of Hitler and his following and meant nothing like this herd mentality that leads to fascism. His little poem "Ecce Homo" describes the potential brilliancy of the human species as well as our self-destruction tendencies and to this date it seems like one can only exist with the other. So the title felt fitting for a song that is just about that, humans following a seemingly greater idea and in the end they destroy themselves and the world as we know it. In terms of other philosophers I don´t really know. Maybe Rawls would fit in that category, but I´m more into sociology, reading the likes of Goffman or Bourdieu, so my biggest topic is social justice. It just so happens that we make music that doesn´t fit that style of lyrics.

6.What are some of the other lyrical topics and subjects you have explored over the years with your music?



Olli: I can´t really speak for Weltenkraft and ...zum Tode hin, since I wasn´t part of the band On Rastlos we tried to capture the thoughts of somebody who has to leave behind everything and get his act together in a new country or region In hindsight we kind of captured the whole migration topic three years before it really hit Germany. Mach Dich Frei was like being pissed and writing about it. It was about hate, personal freedom, not giving in to false authorities and so on. In the end there was the song Finsterforst which was more of a fantasy thing writing about the mighty forest in which everybody would die upon entering uninvited. After that we made the #YØLØ EP which was just about drinking and having fun with it With Zerfall we´re back on a more serious note, describing different layers of society and our planet as a whole falling apart because of us.


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



Simon: Again we worked together with Pär Oloffson who has done also some previous artworks for us. We explained him a bit about the album title and what we as a band would imagine. He came with this dark, sad, but also romantic and beautiful idea with this deceased couple that holds hand forever. We simply liked this idea and went with it. I think it is the best artwork we have had so far.

8.Out of all of the shows or tours the band has played over the years, which one stands out the most?



Olli: The obvious thing would be to say Wacken Open Air or the biggest tour so far with Equilibrium, Heidevolk and Nothgard. But the gig I actually enjoyed the most was the #YØLØ release gig. That was just a fun thing with a lot of friends and very loyal fans who actually got the EP and didn´t whine and complain that Finsterforst sold out.

9.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?



Olli: There are some festivals planned for the rest of summer and autumn and a little tour with Skyforger, Enisum and Helsott in late October/early November. We are also in conversations about a really cool tour later in November which we can´t talk about right now. So watch out, we´ll definitely hit the road and maybe we´ll just be around the corner sooner than you think.

10.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black, pagan and folk metal?



Olli: I really can´t dissect between genre fans. But in general I feel pretty confident about the niche that Finsterforst have carved out for themselves over the years. We might have lost some fans with #YØLØ, but they should be back with us once they listen to Zerfall. I don´t think our music is meant to be mainstream, so I got no expectations to rise to a much bigger level. At the same time it would be awesome to take another mini step or two, so we might play on some main stages on bigger festivals and actually make enough money so we won´t have to bring our private money to make ends meet with the band. Other than that we´re good.

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?



Olli: Up to Simon as he is the composer, but I´d like to just grow in an organic way. But you better believe it, if we ever feel like doing an EP that has nothing to do with normal Finsterforst we will do just that.

Simon: Haha, yes! If we would feel stupid again one day, then why not to have fun for ourselves and produce again some madness. But seriously, we will see what the future might bring. Right now I could only guess that we stay on that same road as we are right now with „Zerfall“ - simply big, wide, deep, dark, heavy, aggressive, sad and beautiful. 

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?



Simon: That's not really easy to answer today since I do not listen to much metal music anymore. But I was simply marked by certain atmospheric metal bands that have this feeling for wide music that needs its time to simply evolve and grow before you can entirely understand its whole picture. Nowadays, I'm listening to electronic music, haha. But still also to some metal, don't worry. 

13.What are some of your non musical interests?



Olli: I actually like my normal job and I also have a family, so there isn´t too much time to spare with other stuff. So aside from Finsterforst I´m just a normal guy. I like to hang out with friends, have a beer, talk shit and relax.

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



Olli: You mean something like this: Listen to Zerfall and we´ll meet you on the road? No, we won´t do that cheesy stuff, sorry.



Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/08/finsterforst-interview.html


Reign In Blood Interview

jeudi 1 août 2019 à 20:42
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of te new album?

After the recording and the final mix was done, we searched a label which will release our new album. At the beginning of December 2018 we found in Iron Bonehead Productions the perfect partner for us. The first half of the year 2019 wasn't really spectacular. Deus and Me visited some concerts from time to time. Also we meet us with good old friends to drink some beers and hailz the glory days of metal. At the end of april we finished the layouts for CD and Vinyl. Since the middle of june we rehearsal together again to create new stuff for a next album.

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

Well, I think we used a little bit of other styles for  Missa Pro Defunctis. We filled the drums with elements of doom, death and thrash metal. I created also new voice structures, the voices are more lower like of the old recordings. I think that gives the sound more power. There is  a better structure inside the songs, they can more breath.

3.This is also your first release in 10 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?

Now, if I look back in this time there is not so much what we had done. After we published "Diabolical Katharsis" it was more and more a problem to rehearsal together. Our drummer and bassist at this time lived more than 100 km from my home. And by work, family and other things we couldn't find the right time to rehearsal together. We made a decision and splitted us.
Deus and Me lay down the band on ice for an indefinite time. But the impulse to create music again never died. And so at the end of 2016
we started with a lot of rehearsal. In a short time it was clear we will make a new album. Through the following year we created new songs. In October 2018 we entered the Old Spirit Studio to record the new album “Missa Pro Defunctis”. As a guest singer created D. Wolfram (Orlog, Darkness Shall Rise Productions) a vocal part on the track “Wolfhour”. At the end of November we could transfer everything to Patrick W. Engel from Tempel Of Disharmony. He made the final mix and the mastering.
And now we stand here, ten years later, ten years older to celebrate a mass of death.

4.Some of your lyrics deal with Satanism and Occultism, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?

If I was a young metal head I was totally possessed by this themes. I read books from Crowley, LaVey, Cavendish, Arkon, Lovecraft and I celebrated this art so much as possible. It was also a pleasure to shock the people in my hometown. Nowadays I need occult forms which I can see and feel. There is only one essence for me in the universe, the Death.

5.What are some of the other lyrical topics and subjects you have explored over the years with your music?

The important theme is now and for the future "All father Death" I created around the new album a mess for him and deceased. A concept album where he is really 95% present. Some years ago I've lost an important person in my life. Now, the new album was a good way to handle all my impressions and feelings. Every song is a journey for me, through the land of the reaper. It carries me from impulse to impulse, unbelievable this feeling.


6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Reign In Blood'?

The name reflects the dark side of mankind. All the dark desires which live inside the human. Desires like, destroy, war, sadism, masochism, drugs, killing, lust, sin, pain. All the things which create a hell on earth. So many blood flows through the history of mankind, it was always a bloody reign. The name is like a mirror which reflects the life.


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

The creature of the cover presents all father death, but in a other form without boneface and scyth. He celebrates the "Missa Pro Defunctis" and  in his right hand he hold the cup of life. Knowing about all things from the beginning till the end. The symbol of the mask presents old wisdom's. And the magic white eye reflects the eternal connection between life and death. His view shines to all of us, no matter if you are strong, weak, rich or poor always he looks to us. But if he flushes  the cup of life he turns his view from you then its time to die. He is the guardian about life and death. You can see him everyday by social media, war, catastrophe or in the nature. In my eyes he is the one and only God in the universe. He is so real not like the other gods which you can never see.

8.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?

We played only a handful of concerts in the time from 2007-2009. In my opinion the best time on stage was the little tour 2008 with Blodsrit from Sweden. We celebrated our shows in the past like an ritual, with fire, fog and dark energies.

9.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?

There are no concerts planned in the 9 next time. Now, it's very difficult for us to play shows or tours. We work in full time job and  we have a lot of other important liabilities.

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

Mhh, I don't know!!! I think RIB is not so popular around the world and there is a little fan base. We could make a great experience with a label in Japan. Shota from Hidden Marly Productions Re-released our album "Diabolical Katharsis" 2018 in a new edition with a bonus track.


11.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?

All bands or project from the past are splitted up or lay down on ice. Nowadays is Reign In Blood the only Band from Deus and Me.


12.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

I found a lot of new ways through the new album to create songs. This sound let my heart and soul burn and this is what I want. I think in the future we will create songs also in this style but with even more depth.

13.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?

My Metal roots lay back in the middle of the eighties. Many Bands from this time influenced me, King Diamond, Bathory, Metallica, Slayer, old Accept, old Sepultura, Morbid Angel, Morgoth, Type O Negative, Ozzy Osbourne and a lot of bands from the first wave of black metal Beherit, Satyricon, Dissection, Mayhem, Tormentor.
Nowadays I listen the old stuff too, but I found also a lot of bands from the last years which I also like. Secrets of the Moon, Ascension, Inquisition, Lunar Aurora, Watain, Uada, great bands, great sound.


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

An eternal mystery is the life but the death remains a secret.
Thanks for the interview and the support in the USA. Keep the flame of metal spirit alive, hail and cheers!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/08/reign-in-blood-interview.html


Asagraum/Dawn Of Infinite Fire/Edged Circle Productions/2019 CD Review

jeudi 1 août 2019 à 20:01

  Asagraum  are  a  band  from  the  Netherlands  that  plays  an  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Dawn  of  Infinite  Fire"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Edged  Circle  Productions.

  Ritualistic  soundscapes  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.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  sounding  black  emtal  screams.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  decent  amount  of  90's  influences.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  as  well  as  some  of  the  riffing  also  adding  in  melody  at  times  and  on  the  closing  track  clean  vocals  are  added  into  the  music.

  Asagraum  plays  a  style  of   occult  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  melodic  and  traditional  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  Dutch  and  English  cover  Satanism  and  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Asagraum  are  a  very  great  sounding  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "They  Crawl  From  The  Broken  Circle"  "Dawn  Of  Infinite  Fire"  and  "Hate  Of  Satan's  Hammer".  8  out  of  10.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ndgRJGG55s

    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/08/asagraumdawn-of-infinite-fireedged.html


Korhadt/VTTCK/2019 EP Review

jeudi 1 août 2019 à 08:58

   Korhadt  are  a  solo  project  from  Hungary  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  doom  and  stoner  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2019  ep  "VTTCK".

  A  drone  orientated  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  tortured  voices  in  the  background  before  adding  some  bass  guitars  onto  the  recording.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  emtal  screams  while  the  drum  beats  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  tribal  feeling  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Elements  of  stoner  and  doom  metal  van  also  be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  melody.  Clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  on  one  of  the  tracks  as  well as  all  of  the  tracks  sounding  very  different  from  each  other  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  slower  direction  and  as  the  ep  progresses  drones  also  make  a  return  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording,  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  towards  the  end  of  the  ep.

  Korhadt  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black,  doom  and  stoner  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  dark, r aw  and  lo-fi  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  loss  and  regret  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Korhadt  is  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  doom  and  stoner  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Xzatan"  and  "Gey  Is  the  Color  Of  Regret".  8  out  of  10.

https://korhadt.bandcamp.com/album/vttck

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/07/korhadtvttck2019-ep-review.html