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Darkspace/Darkspace III I/Avantgarde Music/2014 CD Review

mercredi 15 octobre 2014 à 07:49

  Darkspace  are  a  band  from  Switzerland  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  and  ambient  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Darkspace  III  I"  which  will  be  released  on  October  20th  by  Avantgarde  Music.

  A  very  dark,  atmospheric  and  ambient  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  avant  garde  elements  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  the  music  starts  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  musical  direction  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  as  well  as  retaining  the  atmospheric  elements  and  you  can  also  hear  a  touch  of  industrial  in  their  musical  style  with  the  programmed  beats  along  with  some  electonica  elements  later  on  during  the  recording  and  at  times  some  of  the  heavier  material also  brings  in  elements  of  thrash  metal.

  All  3  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  to  speed  up  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  also  brings  in  high  pitched  and  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  to  alternate  between  slow,  mid  paced  and  heavy  parts  while  also  keeping  everything  in  a  very  atmospheric  and  ambient  orientated  musical  direction  and  at  times  the  vocals  get  very  deep  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

 As  the  album  progresses  you  can  hear  a  good  amount  of  the  mid  90's  era  atmospheric  and  ambient  black  metal  sound  in  the  music  with  the  repetitive  parts  that  go  on  for  a  few  minutes  which  also  makes  the  music  sound  more  ritualistic  along  with  some  drones  being  added  into  the  music  at  times  and  the  atmospheric  parts  also  bring  in  a  science  fiction  and  cosmic  feeling  at  times  and  on  the  instrumental  track  the  band  also  shows  how  talented  and  skilled  they  can  be  as  musicians  and  on  the  last  track  spoken  word  samples  are  added  into  the  music  at  times  while  the  black  metal  riffing  stars  to  bring  in  more  of  a  raw  and  dark  atmosphere  to  the  recording.

  Darkspace  creates  a  very  original  style  of  music  on  this  recording  taking  a  very  melodic  and  atmospheric  style  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  in  with  a  great  amount  of  experimental  and  dark  ambient  along  with  a  touch  of  space,  electronica  and  industrial  elements  as  well  as  a  touch  of  death  metal  to  create  a  musical  style  they  can  call  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  epic,  raw  and  heavy  sounding  while  the  lyrics  cover  Space,  Darkness,  and  Cosmic  Mysticism  themes.

  In  my  opinion Darkspace  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric,  ambient  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Dark  4  20".  8  out  of  10.        

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Zaklon/Nikoli/Embassy Row Music/Possession Productions/2014 CD Review

mercredi 15 octobre 2014 à 06:29

  Zaklon  are  a  1  man  band  from  Belarus  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  atmospheric  and  pagan  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2014  album  "Nikoli"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Embassy  Row  Music  and  Possession  Productions.

  A  very  dark  ambient  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  nature  sounds  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  programmed  beats  are  added  onto  the  recording  which  also  leads  up  to  a  more  slow  and  heavy  sound  to  start  kicking  in  and mixing  in  with  the  atmospheric  sounding  synths  which  also  introduce  spoken  word  parts  to  the  recording  and  all  of  the  songs  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  After  awhile  clean  playing  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  once  the  music  is  in  a  heavier  direction  grim  black  metal  screams  are  added  into  the  music  and  the  album  also  starts  to  alternative  between  both  the  clean  and  heavy  parts  and  both  the  riffs  and  guitar  leads  also  incorporate  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  at  times  the  music  starts  bringing  in  elements  of  raw  black  metal  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  fast  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.

  As  the  album  progresses  the  heavier  sections  of  the  recording  start  using  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  which  also  bring  a  90's  black  metal  influence  onto  the  recording  while  the  album  also  retains  its  very  melodic  and  atmospheric  sound  and  you  can  also  hear  a  little  bit  of  post  black  metal  elements  in  the  music  at  times  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Zaklon  remains  true  to  his  atmospheric  pagan/black  metal  sound  of  previous  recordings  and  with  the  true  recording  he  adds  in  more  ambience  and  acoustic  guitars  to  create  a  very  dark,  melancholic  and  melodic  sounding  album,  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  sound  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  dead  Belorussian  language  and  cover  the  native  of  Belarus  and  its  mystery  of  death.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Zaklon  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  pagan  and  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Atrutu"  and  "Ahni".  8  out  of  10.  

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NekKralai Interview

mardi 14 octobre 2014 à 14:10
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
The band 'NekKralai' (yup, it's not 'NekKralia' :) ) consists of 3 people
Simonas (Guitar)
Gytis (Bass/Vocals)
Simonas (Drums)
At the moment we are all living in Kaunas, Lithuania, but all came from smaller towns. And the band itself began its life in Seredzius village, where Simonas (guitar) and Gytis lived at the time. In short - we want to play music that makes you feel like you just woke up with a hangover in a cold winter's night, and just want to take the axe and put it through your neighbour's head, because he owes you money and his dog won't stop barking... Something like that.

2.Recently you have released a new ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

We wanted our sound in the recording to be 'straight in your face' and aggressive, and have that depressing undertone which comes from black metal. That's why we recorded in the studio of a well known Lithuanian occult black metal band 'Nahash', with the help of their leader. We wanted that the listeners would feel the angst and anger that we feel while creating and playing our music and I think that the final result carries  this out quite accurately.

3.The band has been around since 2009 but waited until this year to release any music, can you tell us a little bit more about the first 5 years?

The first couple of years we basically were learning to play. Because Gytis has only picked up bass 10 days before the band was founded. Also we didn't have a drummer so Simonas (guitar) was on drums and at that time our friend Lukas was on guitar. Then it took us a lot of time to start writing songs, which even then seemed stupid and bad, and to get the idea of what we actually wanted to play. When the idea was clear we didn't have a good drummer. (Lukas left, Simonas went back to guitar). The guy playing drums then wanted to play slower songs and didn't have the same idea, so we parted ways. Finally in late 2013 we found Simonas, who is a good drummer and with him we finally were able to try and create songs the way we imagine them.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

When you live in a small town, especially of a post-soviet country, while growing up you see and hear a lot of messed up stuff. Peoples' lives are hard, so they drink. When they are drunk they are angry, beat their spouses, can't get a job, don't have money, so they drink some more, and some cheaper stuff. Since they drink more, their lives become even harder... and it all ends up in a stupid, degrading circle, which somehow becomes funny in its absurdity.
Basically this is the atmosphere which we want to create with our songs. So lyrically the songs do not carry a strong message, like 'do this' or 'don't do that'. Our lyrics are created in the manner of a babbling alcoholic's way of speaking, because they always have what to say on any topic, they always think that they know what's right and wrong, but in most cases nothing they say makes sense. And we fnd it interesting because when it might look funny from the side, they usually live very depressing lives and their anger and fear about the future's uncertainty can be felt very clearly.
So if someone wants to translate our lyrics - go ahead, we can even help you. But the point is not to get their meaning but feel the atmosphere that they were made to create.

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

As I said, in the beginning we didn't know anything about what we wanted to do with our music or the band in general. I should probably lie about a deep existentialistic meaning, but I won't. The name is as non-sensical as the lyrics and it was created in a daily beer drinking session even before the band started playing together. It is a mixture of words 'Nekastruoti Kralikai' which would translate to English as 'Not castrated rabbits' or something like that. We liked the idea that it is a word that we made up, and if somebody would search this name on the internet they wouldn't find anything else, so we didn't change our name later. Plus it sounds kind of cool, like it would have something to do with necrophilia.

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

We have not yet had many concerts, so each concert had something interesting and new for us. From what I now remember most was our first concert with our new drummer which was in Kaunas with such great black metal bands like Luctus(LT) and Kult (IT). Also we had a fun concert in Panevezys. There we played second and when the first band was playing there was practically no movement from the people. When we got on stage people started moshing even while we were doing sound check, so that was fun. Also something different was when we played in Lithuanian bikers' gathering in Sweden. Not that it was a great concert, but it still was our first concert abroad.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
In the very near future we have a couple gigs in Lithuania (10.17 Kaunas; 10.26 Vilnius) and one concert in Latvia (10.25 Riga).
We are trying to organize a little tour end of this year or beginning next year, but nothing is yet set in stone.

8.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
Nothing yet. We are looking for a label and are open for proposals.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal and punk?
On a worldwide level I think you are the first one to write something about our release. Besides that there was one guy from Turkey who said that he really liked our stuff and asked to send him a few copies so he could distribute them in Turkey, so we got that thing going.
Locally we had received some encouragements as well as some good, constructive criticism. But nothing major.

10.Are any of the band members involved with any other musical projects these days?
Our guitarist is a local concert promoter, if someone wants to get a gig in Kaunas or in Lithuania in General, they can contact us. But no other bands.
The bassist/vocalist has some side projects, but nothing released and nothing really worth mentioning. He is the main creator of music in NekKralai, so with very little spare time this is quite enough for him.
The drummer is the most active member as he is a member of 4 bands (some rehearse more, some less) in different metal sub-genres (our black/punk, industrial metal, power metal, death metal) and also he sometimes helps other bands which hire him. He has his own facebook page with all the information if anyone is interested

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

I guess it would take at least a year or more to get the material for a full length album, so not yet planned. But we are working on new material and people coming to our shows can already hear several new songs which we created after the recording of this 'Kliudžiau'.
The new material is a bit faster and a bit more 'evil', aggressive. We like it and hope to continue in this direction.

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?

That's a hard question. In the beginning the big influences were Motorhead, Darkthrone, Burzum, Ramones, The Exploited... and other big names. Now those influences remain but we get more and more new experiences and see new bands which do something that grabs the ear and eye, which we want to incorporate in our sound to make it fuller and more aggressive. Like crust bands Tragedy and Wolfbrigade, or even local Lithuanian bands like Luctus or Argharus, the list could go on and on... We don't think about what influences us, we just try to think something up and if it sounds like us to us we try to use it in a song.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?

We all have our daily jobs which doesn't leave too much free time on our hands besides playing.
The drummer has a lot of bands so no time for other activities.
The bassist/vocalist sometimes creates short films and does some editing. So in our upcoming shows we will try to use visualizations which he created.
Also each summer the band members are organizing a small open air festival, called 'Daubos Griaucmas' . you can read about it here

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
'Burn rubber, not your soul' - Biker boyz, 2003, a.k.a. the stupidest quote in any movie ever.
No, but seriously, thank you for the interest and for spreading our music to the world. And a big thank you for all people who are listening to our music. We will ask Satan to bring you a bottle of Lithuanian moonshine.

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Sahhr/Self Titled/Domestic Genocide/2014 Ep Review

mardi 14 octobre 2014 à 07:56

  Sahhr  are  a  band  from  Los  Angeles,  California  that  play  black  metal  with  elements  of  death  metal  and  metalcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2014  ep  which  will  be  released  on  Halloween  by  Domestic  Genocide.

  Clean  playing  starts  of  the  ep  and  a  few  seconds  later  the  music  starts  going  for  a  more  dark,  heavy  and  melodic  musical  direction  along  with  some  epic  sounding  synths  and  after  awhile  back  up  shouts  are  added  into  the  music  before  going  into  more  of  a  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  high  pitched  screams.

  Metalcore  style  guitar  riffs  and  vocals  mix  in  with  the  black  metal  parts  a  great  deal  throughout  the  recording  and  some  of  the  riffing  and  leads  also  bring  in a  Swedish  melodic  death  metal  feeling  at  times  as  well  as  the  band  mixing  in  growls  at  times  and  after  awhile  metalcore  breakdowns  and  technical  guitar  leads  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Sahhr  takes  a  very  dark  style  of  black  metal  and  mixes  in  a  great  album  of  death  metal  and  metalcore  influences  along  with  a  great  amount  of  melody  to  add  something  new  to  the  black  metal  genre  and  while  i  am  not  a  fan  of  the  idea  of  metalcore  being  mixed  in  with  in  with  black  metal,  I  still  feel  the  band  are  very  good  at  what  they  do  and  would  be  an  even  better  band  if  they  dropped  that  influence,  the  production  sound s very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Sahhr  are  a  very  decent  sounding  mixture  of  black  metal,  death  metal  and  metalcore  and  if  you   are  a  fan  of  those  musical genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Altar  of  Maggots".  7/5  out  of  10.  


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NekKralai/Kliudziau/2014 EP Review

mardi 14 octobre 2014 à 05:51

   NekKralai  are  a  band  from  Lithuania  that  plays  a  mixture  of  raw  black  metal  and  punk  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  ep  "Kliudziau".

  Spoken  word  samples  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  clean  playing  and  after  the  intro  a  very  heavy  punk  rock  starts  to  kick  in  along  with  the  heaviness  of  metal  and  a  few  seconds  later  grim  black  metal  screams  are  added  into  the  music  and  the  music  sticks  to  mostly  a  slow  to  mid  paced  musical  direction.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  to  add  more  raw  black  metal  elements  along  with  some  elements  of  80's  thrash  into  their  blackened  punk  sound  and  there  are  no  guitar  solos  or  leads  present  anywhere  on  this  recording  until  the  ep  gets  closer  to  the  end  where  they  are  utilized  for  a  few  seconds  and  on  the  last  track  there  is  a  brief  use  of  clean  singing  vocals.

  NekKralai  takes  a  very  raw  and  old  school  style  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  the  energy  of  punk  rock  along  with  a  touch  of  thrash  to  create  their  own  musical  style  which  is  very  retro  and  ignores  all  of  the  modern  trends,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  their  native  tongue  and  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.  

  In  my  opinion  NekKralai  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  raw  black  metal  and  punk  rock  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ugnim"  and  "W.A.R".  8  out  of  10.  

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