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Beast Of Damnation/Dawn OfThe Beast/Black Sunset/MDD/2019 CD Review

vendredi 15 novembre 2019 à 08:46

  Beast  Of  Damnation  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  very  satanic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Dawn  Of  The  Beast"  which  will  be  released  in  December  as  a  joint  effort  between  Black  Sunset  and  MDD.

  Acoustic  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  some  growls  also  being  utilized  at  times.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  in  add  some  blast  beats.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  as  well  as  the  music  also  adding  in  a  good  mixture  of  80's  and  influences.

  Elements  of  death  and  thrash  metal  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  recording  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  As  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  some   acoustic  guitars  also  returning  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  and  they  close  the  album  with  a  cover  of  The  Eagles's  "Hotel  California"  which  also  adds  in  some  rough  yet  melodic  vocals. The  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Anti  Christianity  and  War  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Beast  Of  Damnation  are  a  very  great  sounding  satanic  black  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Fuck  For  Satan"  "Battle  Rage"  "Satan  Rises"  and  "Crucifucked".  8  out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/11/beast-of-damnationdawn-ofthe-beastblack.html


Within Nostalgia/Conjuring A New Reality/2019 Full Length Review

jeudi 14 novembre 2019 à 10:34

  Within  Nostalgia  are  a  band  from  North  Bay,  Canada  that  plays  a  mixture  of black  metal,  blackgaze  and  post  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2019  album  "Conjuring  A  New  Reality".

  Melodic  riffing  starts  off  the  album  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  emtal  screams.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Acoustic  guitars  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  recording  as  well  as  all  of t he  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Clean  female  vocals  are  also  utilized  on  some  of  the  tracks  as  well  as  the  music  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  post  rock  and  shoegaze  elements which  also  get  more  dominant  on  the  songs  as  the  album  progresses.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being   as elf  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  beauty  of  nature  and  dark  emotion  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Within  Nostalgia  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  emtal,  blackgaze  and  post  rock  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Heart  In  The  Eye  of  The  Skull"  and  "Death  Lifes'  Lover".  8  out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/11/within-nostalgiaconjuring-new.html


Portae Obscuritas Interview

jeudi 14 novembre 2019 à 09:26

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


A: It was a misty midwinter moon in the year 2007 when Portae Obscuritas was formed by Erebus and C.G. In the beginning, the sound embodied many of the characteristics fundamental to traditional black metal; however, this has changed over the years.  After a couple of lineup changes and two demos Ad Vesperum 2009 & Non Serviam 2012 (recorded 2010), the band has stabilized their equilibrium in the constellation Iskald, Erebus & C.G in 2011. With Scheol on strings & Neshamah as a session / live guitarist, we closed the circle.






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


A: Our 2nd full length album will be released on Oct 31st through Lamech Records and is called ‘Lvx Atra Aeterna’, which means “the eternal black light“.


Our demos are more heavily rooted in traditional black metal and our debut record ‘Sapientia Occulta’ builds the bridge between our old and new creations. On Sapientia Occulta we tried out some new things; we included some more occult and spiritual sounds and combined it with our black metal creations. Thus, it was a natural progress for the creation of Lvx Atra Aeterna.




3.The band has been around since 2007 but so far has only released 2 demo's and full lengths, can you tell us a little bit more about the gaps in between recordings?


A: As mentioned before, we underwent several lineup changes in the past. Consequently, it was a little bit difficult to create new songs by times. In addition, for creating songs we need inspiration. We need the right mood as well as the right atmosphere.






4. A lot of your lyrics cover occult themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts and also how has your approach to Occultism and the Left Hand Path have evolved over the years?


A: That`s right. Especially the lyrics on Sapienta Occulta & Lvx Atra Aeterna approach these topics. Iskald is mainly responsible for the lyrics. It’s kind of a natural progress; you dig deeper and deeper and you have to evolve your spirit to merge with the dark elements in the cosmos.






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


A: No others than the aforementioned.




6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name ‘Portae Obscuritas'?


A: Our creation is a dark and occult soundtrack. Enchanting tones to summon a murky atmosphere. The listener can enter the dark gates into the great wide vastness, open their spirits and ablaze the black flames.




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


A: The Artwork was done by Åskväder/109Art. A highly talented woman and a great individual person.




The artwork reflects the lyrical theme of Lvx Atra Aeterna and it`s a prequel to our next record. The content is the resurrection of the great chaos, evoked by the seven priests into the golden temple.


Chaos returns as the eternal black light and it summons all cosmic strengths until all worlds are laid down in ashes.






8.From what I have seen from photos of live shows it also looks like a ritual being performed onstage, can you tell us a little bit more about your stage performance?


A: The whole set is a ceremony.


We are the dark priests who pay homage to the great cosmic, blood is the offering and we are the bearers of the somber flame. Our music is the soundtrack when chaos returns.




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


A: Not yet. We`re concentrating on the release and the promotion of our upcoming record. Maybe there will be some special events but not at the moment.




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


A: We don`t know exactly how the reactions are. Either they like us or they don`t.


However, overall we receive positive feedback and support.






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


A: Just simple, we keep on where we left off.




12.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?


A: Our music is not directly influenced by other bands or specific musical styles, that’s not where we receive our inspirations from. The creations from Portae Obscuritas are rather inspired by the great wide cosmos and the dark spirits in our souls.



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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/11/portae-obscuritas-interview.html


Nova/Veniamo Dal Cielo/ATMF/2019 CD Review

jeudi 14 novembre 2019 à 08:49

  Nova  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  an  epic  form  of  pagan  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Veniamo  Dal  Cielo"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  ATMF.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling.  Vocals  are  mostly  blackened  style  growls  as  well  as  all  of t he  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  them.

  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  small  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies.  Grim  screams  can  also  be  hear d in  some  parts  of  the  songs  as  well  as  the  acoustic  guitars  also  giving  the  songs  more  of  an  epic  and  pagan  orientated  atmosphere  when  they  are  utilized.

  As  the  album  progresses  spoken  word  parts  and  whispers  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  the  guitar  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  when  they  are  finally  added  into  the  music  as  well  as  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  90's  influences  but  also  keeping  it  modern  at  the  same  time,  one  of  the  tracks  is  also  a  ritualistic  instrumental  that  also  introduces  folk  instruments  onto  the  recording.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Italian  and  covet  paganism,  war,  death,  esotericism  and  elitism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Nova  are  a  very  great  sounding  epic  pagan  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out t his  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Durezza  e  Ascetismo"  "FegataCovadonga"  and  "Dio  Del  Ghiaccio  e  Del  Lampo".  8  out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/11/novaveniamo-dal-cieloatmf2019-cd-review.html


Dikasterion Interview

mercredi 13 novembre 2019 à 21:17
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?


The band is born in 2017 in Liège. It was an old sleeping project of PzKpfw, Cinis and I originally called "Grimweld". Our vision back then was to play an old school black-thrash inspired by the Australian scene. The first rehearsal took place on 6th january in the cellar of an old bar. After few minutes of improvisation, some strong forces have lead us to a complete different style, more dark but still rock'n'roll-vibed. Few weeks after, Hanghedief joined us. First as session member for the recording but we quickly offered him to join the band.

Each of us have different taste in matter of music but we have the exact same vision about what Metal should be and about the rock'n'roll plague poisoning our veins. Our mission is to bring back the Old Spirit with our devotion and passion for this lifestyle.


2.So far you have released a demo and an ep, musically how do they both differ from each other?


Both have been recorded in our rehearsal room in Brussels. They differ by the style and let's say the technical evolution. The demo is more raw and catchy but the riffs of the EP are a bit more elaborated. We want to keep it simple, no technical bullshit or show-off solos. Straight to the point and in your face.


3.Your music does bring in a great amount of 90's era Finnish influences, what is it that has drawn you to this style?


Even if we love this scene, we didn't decide it. It arrived naturally after few minutes of rehearsal. I think what brought us there is our attachment to the 80's-90's scene music & valors.


4. A lot of your song titles show a historical content on both recordings, can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored with your music so far?


First of all, we didn't want to be part of this occultish wave of bands flooding for few years now. We are not a "ritualistic" band. We play for the pleasure of music and the passion we have for it.


Most of us studied history. We're all attached to our culture and folklore in general. Our songs tell stories about different topics like sorcerer legends or historical events from our area.


On the demo, each song (except Warmetal cover) is related to a biblical sentence. Matthew is about the way our behaviour and passion can bring a powerful darkness amongst us.  Exodus is about a old Flemish legend. Revelation is a warning for the fools who would stand against our world.


The EP lyrics are a bit different. Stavelot tells the story of Jean Delvaux, beheaded for witchery and Rome relates the Synodus Horrenda.


5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Dikasterion'?


A lot of people think it's related to ancient Greece. But it doesn't at all. The dikasteries refer to the departments of the Roman Curia. It represents the law courts, councils and congregations that give the Pope his absolute power over catholic Church.


6.On the demo you had also done a cover of Barathrum's "War Metal", what was the decision behind doing your own version of this song?


This cover is a reflection of our vision about our music : straight to the point, simple, rolling again and again like a war machine.


7.I have noticed there is very little information about the band online except for the metal archives, spirit of metal and bandcamp pages, do you prefer to keep a low profile?


It hurts to say that, but Metal is not underground anymore. We are infiltrated by rats and listening to Metal became something funny and cool. We will never be a real underground band but staying away as much as possible from social media is a way for us to get closer to what underground was.

There is no passion anymore, no devotion, no behaviour,... I keep myself away from social medias and I wanted the same for the band. No facebook, no website, etc. The bandcamp is the only "page" we decided to keep. All other stuffs have been uploaded by labels or fans.


8.Both the ep and demo covers look different but almost identical at the same time, can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork?


Cinis draw them both. The main inspiration is medieval painting and drawing. The demo cover represents the fight inside all of us between light and darkness. The EP one is a mix inspired by the two songs. We wanted something different than a classic black and white bodybuilded goat.


9.Has the band done any live shows or is this strictly a studio project?


We played few shows yet. Mostly in Belgium. The idea behind the band, as said, is to bring back the old spirit and  show our enemies we are still standing. This wouldn't be possible without playing live.


10.So far the band has worked with 'New Era Productions' and 'Armor Fati Productions', do you feel these labels have been very helpful when it comes to getting your music out there heard?


First of all we want to thanks them as much as they deserve it. They did a great job and and they will forever be part of our road. The demo is co-released by Darkness Attack. A long time war brother.

We could have released the demo and EP by our own. Recording and mixing didn't cost much. But these three labels are close friends and as they wanted to release our stuffs, we said yes straight. It was a real pleasure to work with them. We would gladly do it again.


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


Mostly positive. We got really great reviews for the demo and the 7". Of course everybody doesn't like what we do but we don't give a fuck. There is always some cunts writing bad reviews just because they are angry to not be able to create anything themselve. As long as we keep enjoying playing our songs, that's the only thing which matter for us. Haters gonna hate. Fuck them.

The thing is we don't have pretentious ambitions. We don't try to revolutionize Metal or be the band of the year. We play music for the pleasure of playing music. This is it.



12.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?


The next release is gonna be another Ep, four songs. We're not in a rush for an album. We'll see when we'll feel it.

The only thing I can promise you is that we'll stay simple and catchy. As much as possible. We're not technical musicians and this is not what Dikasterion is about anyway. Straight to the point, intense, honest, no compromise : this is what we are.



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 main influence is the Australian black-thrash scene. Especially Deströyer 666. It reflects my vision of metal and my philosophy but it doesn't influence our music that much. 


14.Does Satanism or Occultism play any role in your music?


We have different opinions among the band about those topics so it's not what leads us. Our music is based on our vision of the world and our passions.


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


Thanks for your interest and questions. Metal is a live style, not a trend. Keep the flame burning, keep standing and live it with passion and intensity or get the fuck out of our way.


See you in hell !


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/11/dikasterion-interview.html