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Omegavortex/Black Abomination Spawn/Invictus Productions/2020 CD Review

lundi 5 octobre 2020 à 04:18


  Omegavortex  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Black  Abomination  Spawn" which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Invictus  Productions.

  A  very  distorted  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  heavy  and  fast  musical  direction  which  also  introduces  blast  beats  onto  the  recording.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  death  metal  elements.

  A  lot  of  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era  while  also  capturing  a  more  modern  day  aggression.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  old  school  yet  chaotic  style  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  some  of  the  riffing  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  at  times  and  the  whole  album  also  sticks  to  a  heavier  direction  and  a  later  track  is  also  an  instrumental.

  On  this  recording  Omegavortex  remain  true  to  the  blackened  death  metal  style  that  they  had  established  on  their  previous  release.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Cosmic  Horror,  Death  and  Darkness  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Omegavortex  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  and  death  metal, you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Cosmic  War  Maelstrom"  "Soul  Harvest"  and "B.A.S".  8  out  of  10.

http://soundcloud.com/invictusproductions/omegavortex-cosmic-horror-maelstrom/s-K4Jq84IKfsd 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/09/omegavortexblack-abomination.html


Viharukous Interview

lundi 5 octobre 2020 à 03:18

 


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

Viharukous is a raw black metal band formed in summer 2018 inspired by a really misanthropic hangover


2.So far you have released 3 demo's, musically how do they all differ from each other?

The first demo is 95% improvised and it's just pure hate. The second demo is more based on the traditional norwegian black metal.

The latest demo is the darkest one and the most personal for me.


3.Some of your lyrics cover satanic and anti Christianity themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?

Darkness and especially the dark side of man has always fascinated me and so these kind of themes comes naturally when I write lyrics

and try to express myself.


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

Our main lyrical themes are misanthropy and anti-life.


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

My friend Ydintuho Deathgiver came up with it. It fits us because it has hate in it and we hate everyone.


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

It's an evil version of the "Guardian Angel" painting. I was originally going to use "Ihana enkeli" by Kalervo Palsa but instead

I decided to make my own version and I'm really happy with the outcome. I think it fits really well with the music of the demo.


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?

Actually the line up might expand into a three or four piece when we start to work on the next release.


8.On the new demo you also done a Ramones cover, what was the decision behind doing your own version of one of their songs?

We both are Ramones fans and Havana Affair is one of the best Ramones songs and it's also fun to play.


9.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

We haven't been actively looking for a label but we are open to labels to release our music. So far there hasn't been much interest

from the labels other than Black Metal Spirit. They pressed "Sota elämää vastaan" on cassette.


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

The first two demos didn't receive much attention but this latest one has been received quite well. Friends of black metal

seem to like it.


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

I feel like we are going to do an EP next. I think that full length demands that we get a label but I definitely want to see a Viharukous

LP some day! And I think that we could easily do enough material for a LP if we wanted.

I started to work on the new material when we finished the latest demo and I can say it will be lyrically more personal and musically

songs will be a little more complex and I would like to experience more with synth stuff. Can't say nothing for sure but this is

how I feel right now.


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?

Two bands that have influenced our music the most are Burzum and Satanic Warmaster. In general the 90's classic black metal and 2000's finnish

stuff are the best black metal music for me. Also the melancholy of Finnish schlager music (Tapio Rautavaara, Olavi Virta, Juha Vainio etc.)

has influenced  me a lot in my life in general and in my music. And of course I must mention thrash metal as we started with thrash metal before

Viharukous and there are still some thrash in Viharukous songs. Sodom and Slayer.


Lately I've been listening to Ramones, W.A.S.P., Megadeth, Lady Gaga, Type O Negative, Terveet kädet, t.A.T.u., Misþyrming and Charli XCX

to name a few. I recommend spotify user to check out "Viharukous Megapartymix".


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

Worship Gambina and fuck off!


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/10/viharukous-interview.html


Orcrypt/Balrog & Roll/Death To Music Productions/2020 CD Review

dimanche 4 octobre 2020 à 05:14
Orcrypt are  a  band from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a fantasy orientated form of   black metal   and  this is a review of  their  2020 album "Balrog  &  Roll" which will  be released on  Halloween   by  Death  To   Music  Productions.

 A synth  orientated intro  starts  off  the album  while also capturing  the  atmosphere  of   a fantasy  movie  soundtrack  before going into more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  musical direction.  Vocals are mostly  grim yet high pitched sounding black metal screams while the faster sections of the songs also add in a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats which also gives the music more of a raw feeling.

  When  guitar  solos and leads also being done in a very melodic yet chaotic style. while  the  songs  also  add  in  a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along  the riffs also bring in a decent amount of melody. The music also mixes in some  elements of classic rock and traditional metal into the mid tempo sections of the songs.

  A  couple  of  the  tracks  a brief use of spoken word parts  along  with the vocals also bring in more of a deeper approach  on  some  of  the  tracks  as well  as   all of the musical instruments also have a very powerful sound to them.  The production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover Dungeon And Dragons themes.

 In my opinion Orcrypt are a very great sounding fantasy influenced black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The Beholder" "Flight Of The Dracolich" "Dice And Damnation" and "Greenskins Of Greyhawk". 8 out of 10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/10/orcryptbalrog-rolldeath-to-music_3.html


Lycopolis/Of Two Lands/2020 Split EP Review

dimanche 4 octobre 2020 à 03:11

 


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  ep  between  Egypt's  Lycopolis  and  Of  Two  Lands  which  was  self  released  in  2020  and  we  will  start  off  the review  with  Lycopolis  whoa  returns  with  their  raw  form  of  black  metal.


  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  90's  influences.


  Throughout  their  side  of  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  a  small  amount  of  melody  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  on  the  second  track.  The  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Lycopolis  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Eater  Of  Eternity".


  Next  up  is  Of  Two  Lands  a  band  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal.


  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  dark  soundscapes  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  riffing  a  few  seconds  later.  Their  only  song  is  also  over  the  9  minute  limit  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  track also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  Vocals  are mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  all  of  the musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  song  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  The  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  lo-fi  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Of  Two  Lands  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.


  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  raw  black  metal.  8  out  of  10.


https://lycopolis.bandcamp.com/album/lycopolis-of-two-lands-split          


  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/10/lycopolisof-two-lands2020-split-ep.html


Isolert/Worlds In Ruins/Nihilistische KlangKunst/2020 CD Review

dimanche 4 octobre 2020 à 02:38

  Greece's  Isolert  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  raw  and  misanthropic  style  of  black  metal  from  their  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Worlds  In  Ruins"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Nihilistische  KlangKunst.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  music  also  captures  the  raw  aggression  of  the  old  school  era  but  keeping  it  modern  at  the  same  time.  Angry  sounding  shouts  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Some  of  the  tracks  also  introduces  clean  playing  onto  the  recording along  with   a  couple  of  the  songs  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  female  vocals  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  misanthropy,  death,  metaphysical  and  death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Isolert  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw,  melodic  and  misanthropic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Fire,  Ash,  Blood"  "Extinction"  and  "World  in  Ruins".  8  out  of  10.

www.facebook.com/isolert
www.isolert.bandcamp.com


https://youtu.be/Osw-16o2zgI

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/09/isolertworlds-in-ruinsnihilistische.html