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Unshriven Aghast/Beacons Of Revolt/Stygian Black Hand/2020 Demo Review

samedi 6 février 2021 à 03:56

 


  Unshriven  Aghast  are  a  band  from  The  United  States  that  plays  a  melodic  form  of  satanic  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  demo  "Beacons  of  Revolt"  which  was  released  by  Stygian  Black  Hand.


  A  very  fast  and  raw  so8und  starts  off  the  demo  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  a  couple  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  classic  Finnish  and  Swedish  influences.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  good  amount  of  melody.  All  of  the  songs  also  avoid  the  use  of  any  guitar  solos  and  leads  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  all  of  the  tracks  stick  to  a  heavier  direction.


  Unshriven  Aghast  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  melodic  and  traditional  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism  and  Darkness  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Unshriven  Aghast  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  satanic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "A  Long  Lost  Curse  In  Deafened  Air".  8  out  of  10.


 https://stygianblackhand.bandcamp.com/album/beacons-of-revolt


  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/02/unshriven-aghastbeacons-of.html


Perennial Isolation Interview

samedi 6 février 2021 à 02:33

 

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

Greetings, OccultBlackMetalZine! Well, right now very busy with all the promotion of the album. A lot of work to do, but very happy with the feedback that the release of the new album and the release of the first single are having. Unfortunately, we have also been affected by the pandemic like so many bands; in our case, we have not been able to rehearse together on a regular basis for months since in Barcelona we are confined to the municipality and, of course, the scheduled shows have been canceled or postponed. This has not discouraged us, quite the opposite, we can work individually and we have many projects now in mind. This situation has triggered our creativity and we will go to death with this new album!

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

Practically in every possible way. It is a new evolution in the band but also without having looked for it. Our goals for 'Portraits' were limited to two aspects: more aggressiveness and more atmosphere. Under these parameters we have let ourselves go, we have wanted to experiment and make music with what came out of us. It is indeed true that we have not wanted to lose the path marked by 'Epiphanies of the Orphaned Light' nor the essence with the change of line-up since 2015. So it is really a generalized change compared to the first albums of the band.

This is also your first album to be released in 5 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?

I can assure you that we have not stopped or had time to rest. Sometimes, when you're asked why so much time between one album and another, it is because they think there has been some relaxation and it is not like that at all! Since the release of 'Epiphanies of the Orphaned Light' we have had an unstoppable live activity. Countless concerts, tours around Europe,... In the summer of 2018 we decided to end the live season and start locking ourselves in the studio for a new album. We don't literally set a deadline to leave the compositions finished. In fact, we had to postpone the second part of the recording for three more months, because many things didn't quite sound like the 4 of us wanted. If we do not consider that it is perfect and that it transmits what we are looking for, we cannot stop because something incomplete would come out.

What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music and also how would you describe your progress as songwriters over the years? 


Regarding the lyrics in 'Portraits', we wanted to pay tribute to the entire autumn season, its elements and its fragrance. The album is a true tribute to Autumn in the most poetic and emotional way possible. 'Portraits' is, without a doubt, a collection of all the natural landscapes that our retinas have seen throughout these 8 years as a band. Almost all of them with Autumn as a witness. It is the season that inspires us the most, and our albums, broadly speaking, have been recorded at this time. But we have also wanted to deal with other subjects such as bitterness, grief or suffering; topics that of course we have been dealing with since the beginning. And regarding our way of writing ... wow, we've changed so much in recent years ... I remember at the end of 2012 and the beginning of 2013 that everything was done in the rehearsal room and everything was written by hand; but V. (drummer) and I have always opted for technology as a resource to work with and since 2015 with the new line-up, everything was perfected and became more comfortable: pre-productions, individual time, more experimentation…. I remember that in 'Epiphanies…' I spent a lot of time elaborating and creating in solitude and rather exposing it in the rehearsal room. But for this album, due to circumstances of incompatibility of schedules, it has been worked on practically individually. I remember walking very little in the private studio that we have and it was just to finish clarifying details. I have really enjoyed this way of working and composing.

What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Perennial Isolation’?

Perennial Isolation means no less than eternal solitude in every way: you, nature and nothing else. Something totally introspective. Feeling lonely and alive (perhaps) at the same time. I spent a long time in solitude where I just wanted to worry about myself, take care of myself and not have contact with anyone. This inspired me to create this project and head it towards atmospheric Black Metal, my favorite genre within Metal.

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

The cover of 'Portraits' is full of details. We wanted it to speak for itself. In the first place, it represents an isolated home, in nothingness, in the middle of winter nature. An absolute tribute to our name. In fact, this cover reminds us a lot of a landscape in the Aragonese valleys that we have visited many times when we have gone to the north of the Iberian Peninsula to play. On the other hand, it should be noted that it is a canvas, painted by the Canadian artist, Mark Thompson. And we really wanted that, a canvas, something organic, nothing artificial, from internal memories to the brush that embodies it. That has a meaning with respect to the title of the album, ‘Portraits’, and it is what I mentioned earlier, to record through music and the image of the memories of desolate landscapes that we have seen for 8 years. Landscapes with their own elements, as if they had a life of their own and were personified, such as portraits.

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 have had very good shows with great sound and with a large audience, sometimes even much more than expected. I remember, for example, the whole Spanish tour with Harakiri For The Sky, or some specific shows on the Apricity European Tour with Drawn Into Descent and Atra Vetosus, like in Paris, Brno, Oberhausen or Slovakia. We have memories of great events like the Catalonia Extreme Winter a few years ago or the first time we traveled to Portugal with Nocturnal Depression. On stage, we are as we are, without artifice. We show ourselves naturally and try to offer a dynamic, energetic show, with a lot of enveloping atmosphere and with songs with large doses of anger, aggressiveness and devotion to Mother Earth.

The new album is going to be released on 'Non Serviam Records' how would you compare working with this label to your previous labels 'Negra Nit Distro' and ‘Darkwoods'?

There is no comparison. I'm not going to detract from the work of Negra Nit or Darkwoods because they worked phenomenally with us and they are labels that work very well with bands that are just starting out or with local / national bands. Now, there comes a point in your career where you no longer satisfied with just anything. If you want to expand you have to take risks and we went for working and taking our music further. The folks at Non Serviam Records are amazing. Their way of working is super professional and they are taking the band to areas that would be very difficult to reach without their support. We are delighted with this alliance.

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


We are delighted with the reactions to the first single. The reviews and comments are very positive. We are still at a very early stage of promotion, but we are amazed at how the genre has reacted to our new material. We are very grateful for your support!

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?

We are musicians and we cannot stand still (laughs). V. is in Atrexial and is promoting his new album, ‘Gargantuan’; while I. is writing stuff for his solo project. As far as I am concerned, I am working on the vocal lines for the next Cauldron album and recently recorded the bass lines for the Black Metal band, Erzsébet.

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

We are a band that like to play down to earth. That is, we prefer the plans in the short term, thinking about the now and that everything develops normally and sticking to reality. Our current priority is to defend and promote our album. We will try to take it where we can, especially when the pandemic allows it, we hope to be playing wherever possible. But, musically, I think we are now at an interesting point. We like what we do, we like how we sound and we like our view on the genre. So I suppose we will follow the same line established with ‘Portraits’.

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?

Well, look, there really hasn't been much music that has influenced or inspired me except for Sinmara's EP 'Within the Weaves of Infinity' or Oubliette's 'The Passage' album. These, for example, marked me a lot when directing all the textures and lines, both lyrical and vocal. And far from it, right now I am not listening to a lot of new music, but rather investigating the past of extreme genres, recovering classics, heard or not. But if I have to mention something current, ‘The Heretics’ by Rotting Christ has enchanted me, as well as the last Trident album, ‘North’ or ´Vökudraumsins fangi’ by Auðn.

 

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


Thank you very much for your time and interest in our new job. We hope to be presenting it live soon! For the moment, cheer up with this pandemic situation and stay safe and strong. Support bands and local bands, and keep the flame alive!

perennialisolation.bandcamp.com
www.perennialisolation.com
www.facebook.com/perennialofficial

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/02/perennial-isolation-interview.html


Outward Interview

vendredi 5 février 2021 à 05:38

 

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


 


Outward is based in Prague, the Czech republic, the band consists of drummer, bass guitarist, guitarist and a lead singer. We make music that is a blend of black metal, post metal, doom metal and some other subgenres with emphasis on rough rock & roll kind of sound.


 


2.Towards the end of 2020 you had released an ep, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording?


 


The EP is a summary of our first year of playing together and a visit to a realm of many different emotions.


We wanted to make a recording that will represent us in the best possible way in a DIY setting, which we hope we succeeded in. 


 


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


Life, Death & what´s Beyond.


 


4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Outward'?


 


We wanted a name that will represent our approach to music, which is basically being open to many subgenres and not being locked within any mantinels so we leave any kind of borders behind us, thus people are free to choose to label us with any kind of subgenre they want. The listener is always an outward observer of what we do, so "Outward” is an ideal name for a band that thinks outside of the borders of genres and subgenres.


 


 


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


 


The wonderful artwork was done by an amazing American graphic artist RF Pangborn from Tampa, US, and was originally painted without any knowledge about us. 


We found the artwork on his FB page and asked him if we could use it, to which he agreed. I think it describes the mood of the EP, mostly the last track "Voices" which is about hearing unpleasant voices in your head and being absolutely broken under their influence. It is incredible how much the artwork actually fits our music!


 


6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?


 


There were some really over the top shows where we´ve had amazing reactions from the crowd. We love to play really loud, so the audience feel the music shaking in their bones. Playing live is an amazing thing that can be very transcendental an unforgettable and that´s what we love about it. Our concerts are where our rock & roll side really gets to show itself: Loud, Rough & Real!


 


7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?


 


Yes, we are currently looking for a label.


 


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


 


We haven´t been really exposed worldwide yet, but we´d surely like to be!


 


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


 


We´d like to record our first full length this year as most of the album is already written now and we just have to practice the songs and once we become really tight, we´re definitely going to book a studio and get into recording! We want our first full length to be a bit more professional when it comes to production.


Musically, we want to further explore different subgenres and moods, as we did with our EP, and bring the whole thing to the next level.   


 


10.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?


 


Definitely Killing Joke, Yob, black metal in general and kind of everything we listen to. I think that what makes us quite different to other bands is that every one of us is from


different musical backgrounds so every member adds something unique to the songs.


 


11.What are some of your non musical interests?


We drink a lot. 


 


 


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


Thank you for interviewing us! Given the current worldwide situation, it is not an easy time to be a live band, but we´re not letting that, or anything else to stop us from further exploring the ugly depths of a human soul and write music about it.


 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/02/outward-interview.html


Fire Magic/Burning Gold/Stygian Black Hand/2020 Demo Review

vendredi 5 février 2021 à 05:29

 


  Fire  Magic  are  a  duo  form  the  United  States  that  plays  a  scalding  and  triumphant  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  demo  "Burning  Gold"  which  was  released  by  Stygian  Black  Hand.


  Dark  sounding  synths  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast b eats.  Most  of  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  era  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  yet  old  school  style.  Acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  each  track  also  sounding  different  from  each  other  and  a  small  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.,  synth  also  make  a  return  on  the  closing  song.


  Fire  Magic  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  old  school  sounding  as  well  as  adding  in  some  influences  of  the  Eastern  Bloc  bands.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  battle  lore  and  fire  mysticism  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Fire  Magic  are  a  very  great  sounding  scalding  and  triumphant  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Burning  Gold".  8  out  of  10. 


https://stygianblackhand.bandcamp.com/album/burning-gold       

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/02/fire-magicburning-goldstygian-black.html


Umbral Twilight/Bleeding Alchemic Talisman/Stygian Black Hand/2021 EP Review

vendredi 5 février 2021 à 05:02

 


  Umbral  Twilight  are  a  duo  from  the  United  States  that  plays  a  satanic,  heathen  and  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  ep  "Bleeding  Alchemic  Talisman"  which  was  released  by  Stygian  Black  Hand.


  Ritualistic  sounding  synths  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also , uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast b eats.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  also  adds  in  a  decent  amount  of  90's  influences  and  the  riffs  also  add  in  some  melodies.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  also  synth  oriented  instrumentals  along  with  the  closing  song  also  adding  in  some  raw  yet  melodic  guitar  leads  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound to them.


  Umbral  Twilight  plays  a  style  of  satanic  occult  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  lo-fi  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism,  Alchemy,  Heathenism  and  Darkness  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Umbral  Twilight  are  a  very  great  sounding  satanic,  heathen  and  occult  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Bleeding  Alchemic  Talisman"  and  "Bloodmoon  Offerings".  8  out  of  10.


https://stygianblackhand.bandcamp.com/album/bleeding-alchemic-talisman      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/02/umbral-twilightbleeding-alchemic.html