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Black Crucifixion/Triginta/Seance Records/2021 CD Review

jeudi 28 octobre 2021 à 04:58

 


  Black  Crucifixion  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  occult  mixture  of  black  and  goth  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Triginta"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Seance  Records.


  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking and  blast  beats.  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  Whispered  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  when  they  are  utilized.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  synths  also  adding  in  some  gothic  touches  when  they  utilized.


  On  one  of  the  tracks  the  vocals  also  add  in  more  growls  and first  wave  elements  along  with  some  melodic  singing  also  being  used  at  times  as  well  as  the  music  also being  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era  but  modern  at  the  same  time  and  most  of  the  tracks  where  also  recorded  live.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Mythology  and  Philosophy  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Black  Crucifixion  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  occult  black  and  goth  metal,  you  should  check  out t his  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Night  birds  Fall  Upon  You"  "Bitten  By  The  Long  Frosts  Of  Life"  "Wrath  Without  Hate"  and  "Black  Crucifixion".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/10/black-crucifixiontrigintaseance.html


Gorguina Interview

jeudi 28 octobre 2021 à 04:08

 

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

Gorguina is a Black Metal project which thrives towards darkness and dissonance through soundscapes of catharsis and fury. Taking elements of modern and classic Black Metal, Gorguina delivers these misanthropic concepts with a broader use of mid-paced passages to portray better the dread displayed.

 

2.  Recently you have released an album, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording?

As aforementioned, the music style intended to be displayed is Black Metal, although we try and escape from the average and repetitive sound displayed by new bands that sort of mixes all the aggressive aspects of the most well-known acts into an almost always identical amalgamation. To achieve this point of divergence, we didn’t want to blight the sonic obscurity with Progressive or Avant-Garde elements, so the composition depends on simplicity while also allowing some space for more complex ideas without an abusive use of these. Therefore, to give this album some personality, we implemented some elements of Blackened Doom Metal while never falling entirely into this subgenre, as we’ve also done with Atmospheric Black Metal or certain other subgenres. Finally, we have wanted to create some further distinction with the vocal performance straying from the average Black Metal shrieks (though for example on Dominus Lucifugus there is a part sung in the purest Unholy Black Metal vein), with Hellenic Black Metal in the likes of early Rotting Christ being the most present in mind while recording.

 

3.  A lot of your lyrics cover mythological, occult and demonology themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?

As a form of divergence of the norm and as a way to try and quench the thirst for knowledge on a metaphysical level, the dark arts and especially demonology may be considered as a shady side of philosophy which deserves the same amount of studies as other sciences. Besides, it also serves as a good way to make a tribute to the early Black Metal bands’ influence on our sound.

As for mythological themes, we personally have a very deep interest in folklore and its mystical way to explain life’s unknowns. The mythology that has been most broadly worshipped on this release is the Greek one, given its transcendence in concepts such as hubris and its unquestionable deep-rooting in most European literature that may have also influenced our lyrics. You may look no further than the album’s intro as to see our fascination for Greek mythology: Summoning Of The Muses is in fact our sonic adaptation of the Orphic hymn to the Muses, for all good tales may start with their invocation (take for instance the works of Hesiod, Homer or Virgil, which have been some important lyrical influences for us).

 

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

We find it interesting to lyrically deal with the human psyche on a metaphysical level, especially when it concerns its decay. From a pessimistic and misanthropic point of view, half of our album deals with sin and temptation’s ease at corrupting the simplest of men. While these topics at first may seem very Christian, they vastly stray from the depraved cult’s teachings. Instead, we view these ideals as bodiless incarnations which may enter in one’s mind to destroy anything good in it when one allows it too. This allowance may come in the form of lowly distractions, irrationality, dogmatism or sheer ignorance. Despite any possible attempt at elevation, there will always be a vast proportion of mankind which cultivates these evils, which constantly shriek depravity in their subconscious and as so are eternally incarnate in mortality. This dusk of reason is surely fathomless by those affected and its treatment may prove itself a Sisyphean task, but some day their veil of condescension which shrouds all beauty shall be pierced by those above to free mankind from itself and take it to a higher plane of reason. Nonetheless, this day may quite possibly take aeons to come, so for now we may just sing about it and hope for its coming.

 

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

Gorguina is an old Catalan word that comes from the Basque name Sorginak, which is a broad term that references some Basque mythological creatures as well as witches. In its adapted Catalan form it only means witch, though one may also consider it a term to reference female inhabitants of a gorg or stream pool, which are prominent figures of Catalan mythology and are also known as dones d’aigua, possible adaptations of classic naiads. Although the current Catalan word for witch is bruixa, gorguina is still present in the nation’s landscape. For instance, we have Vallgorguina (whose dolmen appears in our CD’s artwork) and the Gorg de la Gorguina. Besides its occult, historic and folkloric connotations, the name was also chosen as a way to express our Catalan nationalism, for we have a deep respect for our land’s history, culture, identity and oddly demonic heritage. This latter point is reflected in landmarks such as La Pobla de Mafumet (Baphomet’s town), El Pont del Diable (the devil’s bridge), the common surname Bofarull (who is in fact a demon of the wind), El Turó de l’Infern (Hell’s hill) or La Cova de les Encantades (the cave of the possessed women); as well as in folkloric traditions like the correfocs, where participants play percussions and do acrobacies with fire while dressed as demons.

 

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

Following our admiration of Darkthrone’s most pure Black Metal trilogy and Black Sabbath’s debut, we thought it would be a great tribute to make a similar cover. Besides this, there is also a deeper meaning behind it: in a look between scorn and sorrow, Hekate Chthonia poses as a divine observer who may feel nothing positive concerning man’s state of blight. To enhance the feeling of divinity, the picture is done in the most perfect of places (broad and deathless nature) and is clad in a dark aura that dims all concrete comprehension of the image to depict the fathomlessness of that which lies above.

 


7.  Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding the line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?

We would be open to expanding the band and allowing the incorporation of new members in the near future, perhaps especially a drummer to allow a greater focus on the guitar compositions, though at the moment we wouldn’t want the band to be more than a trio, and the hypothetical new member should be strictly aligned with our lyrical and musical directions.

 

8.  The new album is coming out on 'Negra Nit', how did you get in contact with this label?

Negra Nit is a label that heavily supports the Catalan underground, and after a personal contact after dozens of CDs purchased from them, it was decided that our full-length fitted well with the rest of the label’s catalogue.

 

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

While the response has been broader on a national level with numerous webzines announcing it, the album has also been listened to and reviewed on an international level with a fairly good reaction from the listeners. At the moment, the response has been very positive. In fact, even more positive than what was expected.

 

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

It is hard to say with certainty how our style may sound like in the future, for we often feel as if our music chooses how it must sound itself with us as musicians merely acting as mediators between them and our plane, somewhat in the likes of Plato’s Theory of Forms, and while we strive to eliminate the maximum amount of imperfections during their transition, several difficulties are posed, and we are currently far from our objective. While our main idea is to perfect the sound appreciated on our debut as to “smooth” any roughness that may have surged with it, we don’t really want to stray from the style we have cultivated. Although perhaps we have planned composing more aggressive and straightforward tracks as well as immersive pieces that take the mystique teased at from this release to a whole new level, nothing can confidently be conjectured for now.

 

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?

Both members of Gorguina have notably different musical tastes. While Varg The Mighty enjoys from Uriah Heep to Asphyx, from Mötley Crüe to all kinds of Black Metal, from Scriabin to Exciter and from King Diamond to The Sisters of Mercy, Hekate Chthonia has a more closed spectrum and solely enjoys Death Rock, Dungeon Synth and the rawest of Black Metal.

Thus, Varg’s influences bring the experimental and free side to the music while Hekate’s focuses our artistic results into something real and coherent, both aspects always thriving towards a dark final product.

 

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

Not really, I reckon all has been explained well enough for now…

Thanks a lot for this interview, keep the flames of Hades forever burning!


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/10/gorguina-interview.html


Thy Worshiper/Bajki o Staruchu/Pagan Records/2021 CD Review

jeudi 28 octobre 2021 à 04:02

 


  Poland's  Thy  Worshiper  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  for  a  mixture  of  ethno-folk  and  pagan  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  2021  album  "Bajki  o  Staruchu"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Pagan  Records.


  A  very  dark  yet  ritualistic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  before  going  into a  heavier  direction.  Vocals  are  mostly  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams  which  also  have  their  grim and  high  pitched  moments  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  Some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  percussion  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  shamanistic  atmosphere  when t hey  are  utilized.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  songs  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing.


  Female  vocals  can  also be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Elements  of  folk  and  ethic  music  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  album  as  well  as  some  songs  also  adding  in  death  metal  growls  and  whispers.  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  finally  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the lyrics  are  a  concept  album  based  upon  fairy  tales  about  the  old  man  who  is  the  main  character  in  the  story.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Thy  Worshiper  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  pagan  black  and  folk  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLJUDE  " Aniołkowi  nie  wierz "  " O  kwiatku  na  grobie"  and  " Mgła".  8 out  of  10.


Website: https://www.thyworshiper.com/ 

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Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thyworshiper/ 

          


  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/10/thy-worshiperbajki-o-staruchupagan.html


Aran Interview

jeudi 28 octobre 2021 à 02:10

 

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


Aran is a Finnish one man project band that plays atmospheric black metal. Project started out somewhere in 2018 in Oulu, Finland. Lyrics are in Finnish and music combines ambient synthesizer textures with black metal guitar riffs. Music is melancholic and raw at the same time. Field recordings from nature are also big part of the sound.



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


Since the first demo was more about learning stuff and how to produce an album, i think it sounds musically different than work from that on. Track lengths were short, lyrics were crap and so on. I didn’t know how to do vocals so i got myself drunk and hit record. Definitely not my greatest work but decided to release it anyway. Still it kind of helped me to find the whole concept for the band.


With ”Veden Varjoista” everything really clicked together. To this day it was the most easiest and fastest album to write, it kind of wrote it self. I think it created the real basis for the Aran sound. Musically i think it’s more or less straightforward and raw sounding album.


”Pimeyttä Vasten” on the other hand is a darker and bit more complex album. Most of the writing and recording were done at dark days of autumn which set the tone for work. Analog synthesizer sounds are also more prominent on this album.



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


Most of the lyrical topics combines something like mental issues and struggle with nature themes. Even suicide is one of the topics. But for a different one: On first album, track ”Viimeinen Vaeltaja” tells a story about this old wooden battleship heading to its final battle while knowing to lose it. Still my personal favourite track.



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


”Aran” doesn’t particularly mean anything. I wanted to come up with something short and simple. I played with some different names and words and that was it.


Only thing where it could be related to, would be this old Nintendo game ”Super Metroid” which i loved when i was young. Protagonist’s name was ”Samus Aran”. Very black metal haha.



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


Photography is taken from the local park Hupisaarten kaupunginpuisto near Oulu city centre, close to where i live. Since album is mostly autumn themed, i wanted artwork to mirror that. So this one day i decided to grab my old ass camera and get a walking trip to that park. I think that artwork suits pretty well for the album themes.



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


I am quite introverted person, so i really prefer to work alone. It’s kind of a relief. I started the band to be a sort of therapy project for me anyway.

That said, i’ve been thinking about working with a drummer to replace the drum machine i use. But that probably won’t happen any time soon.



7.The new album was released on 'Naturmacht Productions'. are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?


Signing to Naturmacht was one of the best things for the band. I very much enjoy working with the label. There’s no pressure and the bands have complete artistic freedom. Also the owner is very nice and cool guy.



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


Surprisingly positive must say. I never really requested any feedback for my music, just wanted focus on writing and releasing stuff. I have gotten some very kind messages and comments which is always heart warming for me. 

Of course there are these people who say Burzum is best and Aran is a boring imitation. But that’s how things go.



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


Keep on writing new music for Aran, try some new ideas and see where it flows. At the moment this project gives me all the creative canvas i need. 

Also i have had some ideas about a side project with acoustic guitars, synthesizers and maybe some other singer. Will see if that ever happens.



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?


Biggest influences for the band when i started was early Wolves In The Throne Room and Drudkh’s work. I was really blown away when i discovered the whole ”atmospheric” black metal thing. Also movie soundtracks are big influence for me. John Carpenter’s work for example.


At lately i’ve been trying to find some new bands and albums to listen. Something to mention: ”Urchig” EP from Disparaitre, ”Atropos” from Vouna and the latest find ”The Shadow” from Ieschure. All great stuff. And not to forget the new Wolves In The Throne Room album ”Primordial Arcana” which has also been on repeat.



11.What are some of your non musical interests?


Movies definitely. Photography also, which have been my second hobby for years.

I’m also very into DIY so i’ve built some simple studio stuff for me. And nature of course is very important for me.



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


Thank you for your interest and the interview!

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/10/aran-interview.html


Siren's Bay/Heed The Call/2021 EP Review

mercredi 27 octobre 2021 à 05:25

 


  Siren's  Bay  are  a  solo  project  from  Italy  that  plays  an  instrumental  mixture  of  black  metal  and  shoegaze  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2021  ep  "Heed  the  Call"  which  will  be  released  on  Halloween.


  Nature  orientated  soundscapes  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  keyboards  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  tracks  at  times.  All  of  the  songs  are  also  instrumentals  while  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard.  


  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  post  metal  style  along  with  some  clean  playing  and  elements  of  shoegaze  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording,  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  closing  track  is  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.


  Siren's  Bay  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  post  black  metal  and  blackgaze  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own  as  well  as  keeping  everything  instrumental  while  the  production  also  sounds  very  dark.


  In  my  opinion  Siren's  Bay  is  a  very  great  sounding  instrumental  mixture  of  post  black  metal  and  shoegaze  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Burial  At  Sea"  and  "Into  the  Blue  Abyss".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/10/sirens-bayheed-call2021-ep-review.html