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Vathos/Underwater/Loud Rage Music/2020 CD Review

mercredi 4 mars 2020 à 08:12

  Vathos  are  a  band  from  Romania  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  post  black  metal  with  some  elements  of  melodic  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Underwater"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Loud  Rage  Music.

  A  very  dark,  heavy,  melodic  and  atmospheric  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  which  also  get  very  deep  at  times.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  post  metal  elements.

  Clean  playing  and  whispers  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  while  some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Melodic  vocals  are  also  added  on  some  of  the  songs  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Elements  of  melodic  death  metal  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  album  as  well  as  some  touches  of  shoegaze  also  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  guitar  leads  and  most  of  the  music  also  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Vathos  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  atmospheric  post  black  metal  and  melodic  death  metal and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Suicide"  "Hold  My  breath"  and  "Flower  of  Death". 8  out  of  10.

Curse of Apathy (official video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_iyjIeVNN38

Ruins of Corrosion (official track): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78S_NeVe18c

          

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/03/vathosunderwaterloud-rage-music2020-cd.html


Oblivion Gate/Wisdom Of The Grave/ATMF/2020 Full Length Review

mardi 3 mars 2020 à 21:17

  Oblivion  Gate  is  a  solo  project  from  Finland  that  plays  a  mixture  of  depressive  black,  funeral  doom  metal  and  darkwave  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2020  album  "Wisdom  Of  The  Grave"  which  will  be released  in  April  by  ATMF.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodic  yet  depressive  guitar  solos  and  leads  while  elements  of  funeral  doom  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs.  Vocals  are  done  mostly  in  a  clean  darkwave  and  goth  metal  style  and  most  of  the tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Melodies  can  also  be heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  some  elements  of  black  metal  at times.  Atmospheric  elements  can  also  be heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  along  with  the  music  also  having  its  avant  garde  moments,  all  of  the  music  also  sticks  to  a  slower  direction  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  the  closing  track.

  Oblivion  Gate  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  depressive  black  metal  without  the  aggressive  vocal  approach  and  mixes  it  with  darkwave,  avant  garde  and  funeral  doom  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  occultism,  drugs,  dark  and  depressive  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Oblivion  Gate  is  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  avant  garde,  depressive  black,  funeral  doom  metal  and  darkwave  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Morphine  Dream"  and  "Lesser  Key Of  Solomon".  8 out  of  10.

http://atmfsssdtp.bandcamp.com/album/wisdom-of-the-grave

    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/03/oblivion-gatewisdom-of-graveatmf2020.html


Necromorbid/Satanarchrist Assaulter/Caligari Records/2020 Cassette Review

mardi 3 mars 2020 à 10:26

  Necromorbid  are  a  band  from  Italy that  has had music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  bestial  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review of  their  2020  album  "Satanarchrist  Assaulter"  which  will  be  released  on  March  31st  by  Caligari  Records.

  A  very  militant  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  while  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  synths  and  war  sounds before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  war  metal  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  chaotic  style.

  Vocals  bring  in  a  mixture  of  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  bestial  growls  while  the  music  also  gets  very  brutal  sounding  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording.  The  music  also  adds  in  a  decent  mixture  of  old  school  and  modern  influences  along  with  the  riffs  all  being  done  on  power  chords  and  avoiding  the use  of  any  melody.

  As  the  album  progresses  a  small  amount  of  slow  and  mid  tempo  sections  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  all  of the musical instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  album  closes  with  another  war  and  synth  orientated  outro.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics cover  Satanism,  Luciferian,  Qliphoth,  Left  Hand  Path  and  War  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Necromorbid  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  war,  bestial  black  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  cassette.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Victorious  Reign  Of  The  Chaoshammer"  "Triumphant  Luciferian  Splendour"  and  "Ascension  Of  Qliphotic  Sorcery".  8/5  out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/03/necromorbidsatanarchrist.html


In Divenire/Servi della Carne/Schizzonero Record/2020 Full Length Review

mardi 3 mars 2020 à 09:09

  In  Divenire  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  traditional  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Servi  della  Carne"  which  was  released  by  Schizzonero  Record.

  A  very  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  get  very  diverse  sounding  at  times.  Some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  yet  old  school  style.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  good  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  semi  melodic  vocals  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Italian  and  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  In  Divenire  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  melodic  and  traditional  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ferro  Nerro"  "Notti  d'  Estate"  and  "Somnium  Fatum".  8  out  of  10.

https://www.facebook.com/indivenire.band/
https://www.instagram.com/in_divenire_band/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM-xlIJ057Ge--ioZ1pgodg
https://open.spotify.com/artist/15d5PBNM1G0aDi2HGB6SJK
https://music.apple.com/us/artist/in-divenire/1495333374
https://play.google.com/store/music/artist?id=Aplqfrl3wn6yi5rtdvqxbszmjbe

 


   

    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/03/in-divenireservi-della-carneschizzonero.html


Aspidium Interview

lundi 2 mars 2020 à 20:08

1. For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Kurt: “Aspidium arose out of a solo project beginning of 2017. I already played bass guitar for many years in several bands, but in none of them, I was able to realize my personal ideas of music. Hence, at the beginning of 2017, I started to put my emotions into songs and to fulfil my own musical visions. The foundation of Aspidium had been set with the recordings of the debut album Manifestum. At the beginning planed as mere solo project, Aspidium evolved to a German/Italian band project with the entry of Benni Leiter from South Tyrol on the guitar.
In the course of 2019, I created new song material for the second studio album as a solo project, too. With the entry of Susi Hartmann playing bass guitar and Thomas Altmann on the guitar last autumn and with our new addition at the beginning of 2020, Emil Herrmann on the drums, the former solo project has been developed into a powerful line-up.”

2. You have a new album coming out in April, musically how does it differ from your previous release?
Kurt: “After the first album was more Death Metal with influences from Black Metal, the upcoming album is mere straightforward postmodern Black Metal with influences from Death Metal. However, this “development” was not planed at all, but more or less the natural outcome of our vision of music without any kind of blinders.“

3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored so far with the music?
Kurt: “Our lyrics are mainly based on socially critical issues that put their finger on the weak spots of our time. The songs on our new album deal with current topics: the brutalization of society, destruction of the environment, intolerance and the egoism of individuals. Mankind is at the crossroads between high culture and decline, it's almost midnight and Harmagedon is imminent if we don't fundamentally rethink our way of life.”

4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Aspidium'?
Kurt: “Aspidium is the botanical name of a native fern, which grows in the deep shadow of the forest and reaches to a considerable size. It is fascinating that those ferns need no colourful blossoms nor fruits to survive and reproduce. To my mind, it suits me very well, and my music.”

5. Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?
Kurt: “For the artwork I could win Dani Hofer from South Tyrol again. I have known and appreciated his work for a long time and his art is completely on my wavelength. The artwork is strongly inspired by the biblical apocalypse, the Armageddon, the world conflagration. It symbolizes the decline of our civilization, the end of mankind and is therefore deliberately kept in black and white. In my opinion it reflects the gloomy mood and the atmosphere of the songs quite well.”

6. Originally the band started out as a solo project, what was the decision behind expanding into a duo?
Kurt: “As I started to create my songs for the debut album, I met my long-standing friend and guitarist Benni Leiter in South Tyrol, drinking a beer and talking about our musical plans in the near future. I asked him if he would be interested to record the guitars for the song material and support me live on stage. He agreed and that was probably the birth of Aspidium as a band project. Due to Benni’s variety of musical and family responsibilities, he was not able to continue supporting Aspidium for a further recording. However, my intention has always been to turn the solo project into a powerful band with a fixed line-up because this way we are able to go into a reliable planning for live performances. The simple reason why Aspidium has meanwhile evolved from a project to a physical band.”



7. Currently the band is unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
Kurt: “Without a label it is much harder for a band to get gigs. You have to manage everything by yourself and spend a lot of time into making your dream come true. On the other hand, when no label is breathing down your neck, you probably enjoy more artistic and musical freedom. Nobody is telling you what to do and you can take all decisions independently and completely without consideration of dependencies. But if the right label is knocking on the door and the conditions are suitable, I could well imagine signing a contract. We will see what the future will have to offer.”

8. On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black and death metal?
Since the foundation in 2017, Aspidium has recorded two full-length albums. The debut album called Manifestum was released 2018 and despite the fact that our music does not fit in a preconceived box of genre stereotypes, our debut was generally well received by public and media. For example, we are very pleased that the many magazines and webzines reviewed Manifestum positively in all review categories. Additionally the press and media show a great interest in our upcoming second studio album Harmagedon and we are very grateful for the support Aspidium and our music receive by the public.”

9. Are any of the band members currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?
Kurt: “In the past I was involved in different projects, but if you try to handle the complete songwriting, arrangement, management and self-marketing of a project like Aspidium besides your job, sooner or later you will have to concentrate your forces with a heavy heart. But our drummer Emil participates besides Aspidium in different projects beyond metal music.“

10. Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Kurt: “Well, at the moment we are fully focused on the release of our second studio album Harmagedon in April 2020. Therefore, it is not the time and space to think about further recordings or musical projects currently. But nevertheless, Black Metal will always remain an essential part of Aspidium and of course I have more rhythms and melodies for new creative song material in the pipeline.“
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?
Kurt: “Aspidium is unconventional and does not like to be put into a box. From my point of view rules, stereotypes and preconceived opinions are there to be broken in order to be able to develop oneself further and to create something new authentically. But of course there are artists and bands like Dimmu Borgir, Gaahls Wyrd or Hypocrisy whose music appeals to you personally and therefore influences your own creativity to a certain extent. My favorite music that I listen to nowadays is the complete range that Death and Black Metal offers.”

12. Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Kurt: “There are so many things happening in the world right now that might be scary. Do not let it get you down, stay courageous and stand up for what is important to you in life. Thanks for your support and who knows, maybe we will meet live on stage one day. Raise your horns!”



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