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Neanderthalensis/Rain Over Scorched Earth/2018 Full Length Review

jeudi 24 janvier 2019 à 05:00

  Neanderthalensis  are  a  solo  project  from  Germany  that  plays  a  cascadian  style  of  atmospheric  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2018  album  "Rain  Over  Scorched  Earth".

  Nature  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  distorted  yet  melodic  guitar  leads  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  bass  guitar  has  a  very  powerful  sound  to  it. All  3  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  drums  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs.

  A  great  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  they  also  give  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  At  times  the  music  gets  very  atmospheric  along  with  a  great  amount  of  cascadian  influences.

  Spoken  words  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  a  couple  of  tracks  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  All  3  of  the  tracks  sound  very  different  from  each  other  which  also  gives  the  recording  a  great  amount  of  diversity.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  political,  esoteric  and  philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Neandertalensis  are  a  very  great  sounding  cascadian  style  atmospheric  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Pity  Is  The  Worse  Thing  You  Can  Give  Someone".  8  out  of  10.

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/01/neanderthalensisrain-over-scorched.html


Genuflexion/Apoteosis Fallida/Handful Of Hate/2018 CD Review

mercredi 23 janvier 2019 à 05:48

  Genuflexion  are  a  band  from  Argentina  that  plays  a  very  spiritual  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Apoteosis  Fallida" which  was  released  by  Handful  Of  Hate.

  Distorted  amp  noises  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  When  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  are  utilized  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  it  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  melodic  yet  ritualistic  chants  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  a  good  amount  of  mid  90's  to  early  2000's  influences.

  When  spoken  word  parts  are  utilized  they  enhance  the  occult  atmosphere  that  is  presented  on  the  music.  Keyboards  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  gets  more  diverse  as  well  as  one  track  also  introducing  clean  vocals  into  the  music.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Spanish  and  cover  dark  spirituality  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Genuflexion  are  a  very  great  sounding  spiritual  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Apoteosis  Fallida"  "Deidades  del  difunto"  and  "Adictos  a  la  ilusion  de  ser".  8  out  of  10.

 

    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/01/genuflexionapoteosis-fallidahandful-of.html


Sinmara/Hvisl Stjarnanna/Van Records/2019 CD Review

mercredi 23 janvier 2019 à 02:57

  Sinmara  are  a  band  from  Iceland  that  plays  a  very  chaotic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  'Hvisl  Stjarmanna"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Van  Records.

  Atmospheric  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  dark  and  heavier  direction  while  the  riffs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  melody.  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  style  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling. Vocals  are  mostly  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  some  dissonant  structures  at  times.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Most  of  the  music  also  brings  in  more  of  a  modern  style  of  black  metal  while  also  being  very  heavily  influenced  by  the  classic  Scandinavian  style.  Clean  playing  and  synths  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  the  main  focus  being  more  on  a  heavier  direction.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Icelandic  and  English  and  cover  myths  relating  to  sirens,  ghosts  and  malevolent  spirits  beckoning  from  beyond.

  In  my  opinion  Sinmara  are  a  very  chaotic  and  melodic  sounding  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Mephitic  Haze"  and  "Hvisl  Stjarmanna".  8  out  of  10.   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/01/sinmarahvisl-stjarnannavan-records2019.html


Lifeless Gaze Interview

mardi 22 janvier 2019 à 05:25
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
1. Lifeless Gaze is emanation of pain and depression. For me it's some kind of emotional exorcism.

2.So far you have released 2 albums, musically how do they both differ from each other?
2. Both albums are gateways for emotions - yet the first record turned out more by itself naturally, in some way it was improvised. Me and M met together booked studio, came with some random ideas and started recording - after 2 days we had full album finished, it was very natural recording session. Half of second album was already prepared and rehearsed - we played 'We Are Born to Suffer' and 'Never-Ending Void' live. Due to that situation we already knew what to expect and where we were going with 'The Unbearable Darkness of Being'.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored so far with the music?
3. Despair, suffering, depression, misery, emanation of pain in cage called flesh, no future, solitude, agony, torment, emptiness, suicide, death.


4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Lifeless Gaze'?
4. I wanted to find a name that would say everything about this project and give listener a feeling of what to expect.


5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?
5. Front cover art - it's photo of one of us after a specific situation I will not talk about - but after taking this picture there came the idea to use it as cover for the second album. All the rest of the artwork is taken in a place close to one of us - the whole mood of this room was perfect for this album. All pictures were taken by AZ, who also prepared all sketches for our debut album.

6.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding your line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?
6. We will remain duo, there's no need for more members. Lifeless Gaze is two-headed creature based on our two selves and our past and inner demons. Additional people would only weaken it. During live rituals M plays all guitars, I do percussion, vocals and all ambient stuff - it works perfectly

7. On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of dark ambient and depressive black metal?
7. We had some various good comments and messages from people around the world and also some negative feedback from people who don't understand that less is more.

8,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?
8. Currently I'm finishing new double album with Whalesong, it will be entitled 'Radiance of a Thousand Suns'. Except that I'm working on new Lugola (my dark ambient/noise project) and Grave of Love (my neofolk band) albums. M is preparing to release his first full length album under Darkdrone moniker - it's guitar based drone/ambient thing. We're also both preparing to record together third album with Useless - depressive black metal act.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
9. I think on third record we will go more into dark ambient and improvisational music. I have idea to record the album using various instruments and record it totally live.

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?

10. M is huge black metal maniac and he is also very influenced by bands like Tribes of Neurot. I am huge maniac of psychedelic rock, krautrock, various metal styles, industrial, noise, no wave, minimal, ambient, jazz and many many more.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
11. Definitely Cinema, especially old exploitation, giallo and good old hammer horrors - but you can already know it if you have seen our videos for Lifeless Gaze compositions. Except that books, philosophy, psychology, travelling, monoliths, sound.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
12. There is no future.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/01/lifeless-gaze-interview.html


Blurr Thrower/Les avatars du vide/Les Acteurs de I'Ombre Productions/2019 EP Review

mardi 22 janvier 2019 à 02:54

  Blurr  Thrower  are  a  solo  project  from  France  that  plays  a  cascadian  influenced  from  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2019  ep  "Les  avatars  du  vide"  which  was  released  by  Les  Acteurs  de  I'Ombre  Productions.

  Atmospheric  sounding  drones  start  off  the  ep  along  with  both  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Clean  guitars  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Vocals  are  mostly  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  When  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  as  well  as  the  music  also  getting  very  atmospheric  at  times  and  adding  in  some  cascadian  influences.

  Elements  of  blackgaze  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  while  the  music  also  gets  very  melancholic  at  times.  All  of  the  riffing  is  done  on  power  chords  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  an  aggressive  edge  over  most  atmospheric  bands.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  French  and  cover  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Blurr  Thrower  are  a  very  great  sounding  cascadian  influenced  atmospheric  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Silence".  8  out  of  10.    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/01/blurr-throwerles-avatars-du-videles.html