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Anaal Nathrakh/Total Fucking Necro/Metal Blade Records/2021 Compilation Album Re-Issue Review

dimanche 30 mai 2021 à 02:14

 


  This  is  a  review  of  a  compilation  album  from  United  Kingdom's  Anaal  Nathrakh  which  was  originally  released  in 2000  and  consists  of  their  self  titled  and  "Total  Fucking  Necro"  demos  which  where  originally  released  in 1999  and  2000  and  shows  their  early  raw  black  metal  style and  the  compilation  will  be  re-issued  in  June  by  Metal  Blade  Records.


  Spoken  word  and  move  samples  which  also  appear  on  later  tracks  start  off  the  compilation  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Dark  sounding  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  chaotic  style.


  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  The  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  tracks  also  adding  in  some  distorted  amp  noises  and  industrial  elements  as  well  as  also  adding  in  some  cover's  of  mayhem's  "Carnage"  and  "De  Mysterious  Dom  Sathanas".    


  On  this  compilation  Anaal  Nathrtakh  played  more  of  a  raw  and  aggressive  style  of  black  metal  and  avoided  the  grindcore  elements  that  where  more  dominate  on  later  releases.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Armageddon,  Misanthropy  and  Nihilism  themes.  


  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  collection  from  Anaal  Nathrakh  and  if  you  are  a f an  of  fast,  aggressive  and  raw  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Anaal  Nathrakh"  "The  Supreme  Necrotic  Audnance"  "L.E.T.H.A.L  Diabolic"  and  "Necrogeddon".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/05/anaal-nathrakhtotal-fucking-necrometal.html


Luminous Veil/Vespers For The Loom And Lain/BMC Productions/2021 Full Length Review

samedi 29 mai 2021 à 06:10

 


  Luminous  Veil  are  a  duo  from  the  United  States  that  plays  a  very  experimental  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Vespers  For  The  Loom  And  Lain"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  BMC  Productions.


  A  very  militant  and  keyboard  orientated  intro  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Atmospheric  elements  are  also  mixed  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  and  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  lot  of  melody.


  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Spoken  word  parts  and  clear  vocals  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  all  of  the  drum  beats  also  being  programmed  and  the  music  also  has  its  experimental  and  symphonic  moments.


  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  music  also  capturing  the  atmosphere  of  the  mid  90's  keyboard  orientated  black  metal  bands  at  times  but  mixed  in  with  the  more  modern  era  as  well  as  some  clean  playing  also  being  utilized  briefly  as  the  album  progresses.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Luminous  Veil  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  and  experimental  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical g enre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Balms  On  The  Wellspring  Scar"  and  "The  Wicker  Pall".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/05/luminous-veilvespers-for-loom-and.html


Cataphract/Coercion And Clairvoyance/Sordid Curse Productions/2021 Cassette Review

samedi 29 mai 2021 à 04:59

 


  Cataphract  are  a  band  from  Kansas  that  plays  a v ery  raw  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Coercion  And  Clairvoyance"  which  will b e  released  on  cassette  in  June  by  Sordid  Curse  Productions.


  Atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  All  of  the  instruments  also h ave  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.


  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  the  songs  also  stick  mostly  to  a  faster  musical  direction  and  only  slowing  down  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.  Distorted  sounding  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  the music  also  mixing  in  some  old  school  influences  with  more  modern  dissonant  structures  as  well  as  some  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  towards  the  end.


  Cataphract  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  the  raw  and  old  school  sound  of  the  black  metal  genre  and  mixes  it  in  with  the  more  modern,  atmospheric  and  dissonant  era  to  create  something  very  different.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Alchemy,  Clairvoyance,  Hypnotism,  Paranormal  and  themes  of  being  chased  or  followed.  


  In  my  opinion  Catapracht  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical g enre,  you  should  check  out  this  cassette.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Odd  And  Ferocious  Alchemy"  "Lanterns  Of  Hypnosis"  and  "Vortex  Dreamt  Eternal".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/05/cataphractcoercion-and.html


Atrium Interview

samedi 29 mai 2021 à 03:03

 

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

Atrium is an atmospheric Black Metal band that moves in the old school from 90’s style with a very epic experience per se. I created the project in 2019 because I wanted to make a very epic sound with very introspective and meditative topics that walk beyond typical lyrics in Black Metal. The project is also inspired by dungeon synth and dark ambient music, with deeper and more dramatic soundscapes, I think Atrium is the consequence of my self-processing of my own thoughts, feelings and the sounds I’m interested in. 

2.You have a new album coming out in June, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording? 

I always liked bands they transmit a lot of emotions during their songs and music and always looked for make mine in that way, trying to give the listener emotions like: coldness, sadness and desolation for name some. When you listen Atrium’s music you find there a lot of this feelings and others more diluted into the music, and complemented by the lyrics. I started to look some deep and very epic sounds for make the background of the keyboards thus ensuring an emotive experience with a record very charged with old school Black Metal sounding.

 3.A lot of your lyrics cover dreams and cosmic trips, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic? 

Yes, as you said Atrium’s lyrics walks a lot at the oneiric fields because I’m very much interested in the deepness of this topic, as well as astral trips and that kind of stuff. I have a real interest on it and have a lot of read about this during my life, also practiced some meditations and other exercises I will not delve on it. I always try to go far and far and get the most knowledge I can, Atrium songs on “ancient spells” is a strange trip, a cold look in the mirror. 

4.You also cover hyperborea and forgotten kingdoms, how long have you been interested in this topic?

 I have been interested in gnosis very long time ago, and I also believe in things like reincarnation, and some other kind of gnostic stuff. I made some reads to interesting authors like Luis Felipe Moyano and Miguel serrano and still try to discern and create my own vision about hyperborean is. By the way the forgotten kingdom of the “iron king” as I named it, this came after to have a sequence of three dreams in what I could see and feel a very dreamy medieval kingdom in what honour, justice and things like that was most important thing, these dreams make very emotional feelings on me so I decided to recreate the story with the music of Atrium because it seems very complementary. 

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

When I was younger I was out with some of my friends to get together and drink some beers, listen some music, talk about things we were interested for and things like that, we were a very little number of metal heads living in a small country and we frequented very often the atrium of an old church for a very long time for make our talk reunions. I was inspired by my mind old days’ “mystic” images with all friends, black dresses, spikes and things like that, my mind perhaps wanted to go back in time or something like that, I will never really know, but Atrium was the name selected for lead to my music to the right direction: very classic Black Metal stuff.

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

The artwork represents itself the meaning of the “lone wolf¨” I wanted to use that concept because this is a very personal album and also I was in charge of every aspect of the record, from the recording of every instrument to the artwork. I think it was very appropriate for give the record a more solid meaning and image. 

7.With this project you record everything by yourself but also have experience working with other musicians, how would you compare the two? 

Yes, I have been involved in another bands since a good number of years (Iblish, Solemne mortis, Infernal for name some) I also created Mantus back in 2007 as my first one-man project. After several recordings I decided to become it a full member band and we have been playing together over 4 years, I would say that the full band experience is a gate to get new knowledge from the people you play with, and also have the live experience what is something I really enjoy. The one-man project for me is a more introspective experience to create the most atmospheric soundscapes and go deeper into myself, I think both are complementary for me due I have the need to always keep writing songs and like to make it in different ways too. 

8.You also have experience playing death metal in other bands and projects, which genre do you prefer?

 I had play in a Thrash Metal and a Death Metal band, I’m also a big fan of Swedish early 90’s death metal, but my really favorite genre of Metal is Black Metal of course. 

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

I really believe the best music is the music made by the art itself. First I create my music to satisfy myself, I look into music till I have what I want for my songs, the feeling comes and then I know I have a song. I think this album have been well received by majority of those who have heard it from bandcamp, I also have received messages from some people saying they love it, even one named it like a piece of art, also this Signal Rex write me to sign the band, I’m very honored and satisfied with the response Ancient spells have, because I never expect to show the project beyond some friends.

 10.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of? 

At this moment we are promoting the latest Mantus album called “Enter the dungeon” (2021) which contains 10 dark and dense tracks, and we are rehearsing for future live shows too, the drummer in Mantus and I we are making the new version of his former band Mashit in which I’m playing drums and he guitars/vocals we have a new album that will be released at Oct 31th from a local label. 

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

I always see myself making music till I can’t do it anymore, I have been involved on it since 96’ when I started to play instruments. I really hope all the things walks good and can get more distribution and can show my music to more people every time, to share my shadows, thoughts and feelings with all of them.

 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? 

I prefer classic Black Metal style than most of those masked bands from today, I like bands as Xasthur, Burzum, Blut Aus Nord, Gehenna, old Dodheimsgard, Celestia, Moevot, Inferno, Emperor, old Dimmu and things like that, I also listen a lot of other genres as dark ambient/dungeon synth music, including some goth/post punk stuff. 

13.Does Occultism play any role in your music? A lot. 

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts? Thank you very much for this interview, I’m honored for come to more interested listeners who enjoy the atmospheric trip I offer, hope to see you soon again


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


Sieta/Novgorod/Earth And Sky Productions/2021 CD Review

samedi 29 mai 2021 à 02:50

 


  Sieta  are  a  band  from  Russia  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  pagan  and  folk  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Novgorod"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Earth  And  Sky  Productions.


  Nature  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  folk  instruments  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  the  vocals  ar e mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams.


  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  clean  pagan  vocals  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music.  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  blast  beats  are  also  added  into  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs.


  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  keyboards  also  adding  in  more  of  a  symphonic  and  epic  style  when  they  are  utilized.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  some  songs  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  Old  Russian  and  Old  Church  Slavonic  and  it  is  based  upon  the  conflicts  between  Christians  and  Pagans  in  the  ancient  city  of  Novgorod.


  In  my  opinion  Sieta  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  pagan  and  folk  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Novgorod"  "Darkness"  and  "Battle".  8  out  of  10.


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Bandcamp: sieta.bandcamp.com
Facebook: facebook.com/sietaband
Youtube: youtube.com/c/skyglowProductions
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Instagram: instagram.com/skyglow_prod/
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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/05/sietanovgorodearth-and-sky.html