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Defod/Cernig Hynafol/F.H.E.D/2021 EP Review

dimanche 23 mai 2021 à 00:41

 


  Defod  are  a  solo  project  from  Wales  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2021  ep  "Cernig  Hynafol"  which  was  released  by  F.H.E.D.


  A  very  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  ep  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also h ave  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  tremolo  picking  also  giving  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  when  it  is  utilized.


  Vocals  are  mostly  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  A  couple  of  the  tracks  are  also  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  music  also  having  its  atmospheric  moments  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.


  Some  of  the  riffing  and  vocals  also  shows  an  influence  of  death  metal  along  with  a  couple  of  the  tracks  also  being  instrumentals  and  a  couple  of  songs  also  introduces  acoustic  guitars  and  clean  playing  onto  the  recording.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  landscapes  and  ancient  monuments  of  North  Wales.


  In  my  opinion  Defod  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Olwyn"  and  "Llwbyr  Hynafol".  8  out  of  10.


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Lykhaeon/Opprobrium/Repose Records/2021 Full Length Review

samedi 22 mai 2021 à 05:26

 


  Lykhaeon  are  a  band  from  Switzerland  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Opprobrium"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Repose  Records.


  Dark  soundscapes  and  synths  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  elements  of  doom  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs.  Whispers  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  the  vocals  also  being  a  mixture  of  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  bestial  death  metal  growls.


  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  The  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  dark  sounding  melodies  also  being  added  into  the  guitar  riffing.


  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  music  also  having  its  atmospheric  moments  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  getting  very  dissonant  sounding  at  times,  folk  instruments  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  finally  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  style.  Shouts  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  small  amount  of  clean  vocals  and  acoustic  guitars  are  also  brought  into  the  music.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  a  classic  tale  from  Greek  Mythology.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Lykhaeon  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "A  Stain  Upon  Celestial  Rule"  and  "The  Whorish  Arrogance  Of  Immortals".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/05/lykhaeonopprobriumrepose-records2021.html


Aura/Satan Is My Master/Art Inferna/2021 EP Review

samedi 22 mai 2021 à 03:40

 


  Aura  are  a  duo  with  members  from  Italy  and  Poland  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  satanic  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  ep  "Satan  Is  My  Master"  which  was  released  by  Art  Inferna.


  A  very  powerful  bass  guitar  sound  and  grim black  metal  screams  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  yet  lo-fi  direction.  All  of  the  drum  beats  are  programmed  while  the  fast year  sections  of  the  songs  also  ad  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  music  also  adds  in  a  decent  amount  of  90's  second  wave  influences.  The  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  one  of  the  tracks  also  introducing  keyboards  onto  the  recording.


  Aura  plays  a  style  of  satanic  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  old  school  sounding.  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  lo-fi  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism  and  Darkness  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Aura  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  satanic  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  pout  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Satan  Is  My  Master"  and  "The  Big  King  And  Lord".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/05/aurasatan-is-my-masterart-inferna2021.html


Nobody/Eternal Infernal/Inverse Records/2021 Full Length Review

samedi 22 mai 2021 à 03:08

 


  Finland's  solo  project  Nobody  has  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  for  an  acoustic  mixture  form  of  folk  rock  with  some  touches  of  black  meta;  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2021  album  "Eternal  Infernal"  which  was  released  by  Inverse  Records.   


  Acoustic  guitar  playing  which  also  uses  a  good  mixture  of  finger  picking  and  full  chords  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  percussion  and  drum  beats  a  few  seconds  later.  Clean  vocals  are  also  utilized  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  folk  music  elements.


  Touches  of  world  music  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  some  of  the  more  grim  side  of  black  metal  can  also b e  heard  in  some  of  the  vocals.  Folk  instruments  are  also  added  on  some  of  the  tracks  along  with  one  song  also  introducing  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  album  as  well  as  some  mid  60's  to  early  70's  rock  influences  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.  


  On  this  recording  Nobody  focuses  less  on  a  black  metal  influenced  style  and  goes  into  more  of  an  acoustic  folk  rock  direction.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Folklore  and  Historical  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Nobody  and  while  it  is  no  longer  heavily  rooted  in  black  metal,  I  can  see  this  album  appealing  to  fans  of  acoustic  folk  rock.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Children  of  Pompeii"  "Bathory"  "Owl  Demon"  and  "Sexhex".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/05/nobodyeternal-infernalinverse.html


Baron Interview

vendredi 21 mai 2021 à 05:59

 

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

1. Baron is a one man self serving black metal project, a hostile emotional cathartic vent exhausted from environmental and psychological stimuli, a special hobby I have that a very few of the people within my circle know of. It's riff and atmosphere driven, altering between monotony and melody driven black metal or groovy and spiteful punkish/thrashy riffage in between each release. It will always sound raw, harsh and miserable.


2.Recently you have released your first full length, musically how does it differ from your 3 previous demos?

2. Yes it is different, it's groovier and riffier, it had less melodic passages and the vocals are buried underneath whatever filthy riff I came up. There's a "pattern" I'm doing with every release. The ones with the good old  black and white cover arts will be a lot more monotonous and melody driven while the colored ones will have to be groovier and riffier or even experimental at some point.


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

3. So far I've delved topics based on the media I've consumed, Philosophical Books that I've read and awful personal experiences that I had for the past 25 years of my existence. It's like viewing diving into a sea of Nihilism with a set of cynical diving gear.


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

4. It's taken from one of my favorite enemies from Doom : Baron of Hell.

It also represents a false sense of middle-tier royalty; the modern middle class of which I'm part of, I work a corporate job after all. 

It doesn't have much meaning to me but it has a solid purpose: to fuck with the people and the search algorithm on their search engines when they try to find it. "Baron" is such a general term and it's simple.


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

5. It's a photo of 3 Moro Rebels that were hanged during the Filipino-American War(Moro Rebellion) . Figuratively, It's The slow and painful suffocation of the human mind, body and spirit through endless meaningless consumption, desensitization, decline of morality, slow death of conservation, meaningless exhausting work, and idolatry of weak substance-less beings. 


6.With this project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?

6. I record and write everything by myself during my spare time after work, it keeps me busy, I'm open to work with other musicians as long as we're releasing splits. "Baron" started as a one man project and it will end that way.


7.So far very little is known about the solo project, are you planning on expanding your presence in the future or do you prefer to keep a low profile?

7. I doubt that this project is going to expand, I'd rather keep a low profile and just share it to other low profile outlets as well. Black Metal is a really rad musical niche. 


8.Currently you ar eunsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

8. I don't mind getting signed as long as the label genuinely supports this kind of music. I did receive interest for futile resistance, that's why it had tapes for it.


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


9. I'm barely known so I have no Idea. 


10.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future?

10. Same place, different time. 


11.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?

11. Id say Craft, Mgla,Clandestine Blaze, Furia, Kriegsmaschine, Leviathan, Kommodus, Deathspell Omega, Deiphago and Morkhgrat are my main foundations for Black Metal, Non metal acts include Up Dharma Down, CM RV, Limbs, Mad Season, Joy Division and Bad Religion. 


Been listening to Erraunt and Dragged Into Sunlight for sometime and they're a fucking blast to listen to. 


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

12. Digital copies of my work will always be free on Bandcamp as long as it doesn't reach the monthly free download quota, I'm doing this solely for myself and the music. 

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/05/baron-interview.html