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Soul Butcher/Goat Cunt/2020 Demo Review

vendredi 15 mai 2020 à 10:23

  Soul  Butcher  are  a  solo  project  from  Serbia  that  plays  a  mixture  of  raw  black  metal  and  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2020  demo  "Goat  Cunt".

  A  very  heavy,  old  school  and  punk  influenced  sound  starts  off  the  demo  along  with  some  high  pitched  black  emtal  screams  a  few  seconds  later.  A  lot  of  the  music  also  brings  in  elements  of  the  second  wave  90's  era  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Touches  of  d  beat  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  also  remain  true  to  a  classic  style.  Throughput  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  short  in  length  and  when  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  are  added  into  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  they  also  give  the  demo  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Soul  Butcher  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  a  very  raw  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  punk  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  misanthropy,  hatred  and  desolation  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Soul  Butcher  is  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  raw  black  metal  and  punk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of t hose  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Winds  Of  Old" and  "Goat  Cunt".  8  out  of  10.

https://soulbutcher.bandcamp.com/album/goat-cunt-demo

          

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/05/soul-butchergoat-cunt2020-demo-review.html


Wulfaz Interview

vendredi 15 mai 2020 à 09:26

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Wulfaz is a duo consisting of Malthe on guitar and Simon on drums. Both share vocal duties but Simon does the main part of the vocals. We are both from the southern part of Denmark and we have known each other for many years. The behind Wulfaz is concept is raw, D-beat, but still melodic, black metal with a historic touch of the Viking Age.

2.So far you have released 2 ep's, musically how do they both differ from each other?
The first EP, ‘Eriks kumbl’ clearly focused on simplicity of the raw punk-ness you can get, when two people are having a good time in a rehearsal room. Everything is a bit simpler and you could even argue, that it has a playful vibe to it, whereas ‘Sotes runer’, our second EP, definitely sounds as a band that has matured. The songwriting is slightly more complex and thought-through, but the raw energy is still at center-stage. ‘Sotes runer’ is a concept EP about the Viking Age rune carver, Sote, who travelled around Denmark and wrote runic inscriptions for a powerful woman called Ragnhild. We have put more energy, time, sweat, and tears into this new project.

3.A lot of your lyrics cover Norse Paganism and Vikings and you also refer to your music as being 'runic' black metal, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in ancient Nordic Religion?
Simon in an historian of religion by education and has a PhD degree in the pre-Christian Nordic religion of the Viking Age. From the beginning, Wulfaz has been a creative outlet for this interest and knowledge of the ritual and religion of this time. The Viking Age has been a part of the inspiration for many black metal bands before us and we try to come with a new take on this by focusing on the runic inscriptions as windows into the lives of the Viking Age people.

4.I know that the band’s name is a proto Nordic word for wolf, how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?
The name links up with the interest we have for the Nordic past and is taken from a group of Swedish rune stones. The wolf as such is often seen as both an aggressive and a melancholy creature and this description also fits the creature of Wulfaz pretty well.

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the ep cover?
The artwork is a picture of the Viking Age rune stone and ship setting from Glavendrup, Denmark. The runic inscription honours the memory of the pagan priest Alle Sølve and both monuments are raised by his wife Ragnhild and their sons. The Nordic god Þórr is invoked to hallow the runes, which has given the name to the first song of the EP, ‘Vie disse runer’. The runes are written by the rune carver Sote, whose story we tell on the EP.

6.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding your line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?
We have no plans for expanding with more members. For us, this is the easiest and most convenient way to play music as a hobby. We also think the less is more strategy gives us different possibilities and constraints in the way we write songs as well as play them live. And all above that we work as a sort of hive-mind in the song writing process, our lyrical themes and musical style and that all flows really well in this constellation. With that in mind we also enjoy inviting having artists on stage together with us! We almost always have guest appearances on stage during the second EP’s title song ‘Sotes runer’ when we play it live.

7.What are some of the best shows and tours that the band has played or have been a part of so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
It has been a great and rewarding process for us so far. 2019 was filled with amazing shows at amazing venues together with even more amazing bands. Every place and every gig have their own story and picking one of them as a favorite would be extremely difficult. But when that’s said there’s is no doubt that our show at Studenterhuset in Copenhagen was one of a kind. It was the last show on our mini tour with Horned Almighty and Genfærd, who had both just released new records, and the crowd was really into it! On top of that, we finally had the opportunity to play together with our friend, Ole Luk, who did the guest vocals on the song ‘Sotes runer’.

During the many live shows we played during 2019, we gained lots of valuable live experience which made us adjust our stage performance along the way. We have now found our footing on stage and our stage decorations as well as our stage presence focuses on intensity and energy! We feel that this works really well and can focus on giving the full Wulfaz-experience at every show!

8.The new ep was released on TONEwood, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
Jakob Bonde, is the man behind TONEwood Music. He contacted us shortly after the release of our first EP and since then he has been providing us and all of our fans with his amazing tape-releases of our music. He is extremely talented and equally as sweet and understanding. Also, he is releasing music from our close friends from the grindcore outfit Fordærv with whom we have played several concerts with and planning on playing plenty more in the future. Check TONEwood out, you will not regret it. 


9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal and d beat?
We have mainly received positive reactions for our music in Wulfaz – there are of course some who don’t like the combination and that is perfectly fine and understandable. But people generally appreciate it and are fascinated by our being a duo without a bass but with a screaming drummer!

10.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We are working on a full-length record and this would be the natural next step for Wulfaz as a band. We are of course constantly evolving both as individual musicians and as a band, but the corner stones for us are still the energy from raw punk and the Nordic tonality and melancholy of black metal. The concept behind Wulfaz is still based on runic inscriptions and the Viking Age but in all likelihood the strict concept behind ‘Sotes runer’ or sticking pretty close to the actual words on the rune stones will probably not be part of the future full-length.

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?
We have both played metal for a long time and have been influenced by many different bands. Malthe also has a background as a jazz guitarist, which we try to use when writing riffs.  We have found much inspiration in old school black metal bands like Bathory, Darkthrone, and Enslaved, and Taake, as well as more modern black metal bands like Wiegedood, Winterfylleth, Misþyrming and Der Weg Einer Freiheit. We like to describe our music as Hoest and Fenriz playing d-beat punk!
These past weeks has seen some pretty awesome releases and especially the new Winterfyllth-album, the debut by Bezwering well as the second record by Ole Luk’s black metal project Afsky called ‘Ofte drømmer jeg mig død’ are spinning on repeat.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Support the underground and fuck fascism!

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Wulfaz on Bandcamp

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/05/wulfaz-interview.html


Vonulfsreich/Hyperborean Hills/Fallen Temple/2020 CD Re-Issue Review

jeudi 14 mai 2020 à 21:22

  Vonulfsreich  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Hyperborean  Hills"  which  was  re-issued  in  2020  by  Fallen  Temple.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams.  Most  of  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  era  along  with  some  touches  of  the  first  wave  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  adding  in  some  dark  sounding  melodies.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  also  adds  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  one  track  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  as  the  album  progresses  melodic  and  chaotic sounding  guitar  leads  can  also  be  heard  on  a  couple  of  tracks  and  the  album  closes  with  an  instrumental  which  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of a vant  garde  sounds.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Finnish  and  cover  Occultism,  Nature  Mysticism  and  Nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Vonulfsreich  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  old  school  black  emtal,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ruumiskirja"  "Surumarssi"  and  "Jarvi".  8  out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/05/vonulfsreichhyperborean-hillsfallen.html


Vermisst/Zmierzch stalowej clemmosci/Fallen Temple/2020 EP Review

jeudi 14 mai 2020 à 10:57

  Vermisst  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  plays  a  very  old  school  and  keyboard  orientated  from  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  ep  "Zmierzch  stalowej  clemmosci"  which  will  be  released  by  Fallen  Temple.

  A  very  dark  sounding  keyboards  intro  starts  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking.  Keyboards  are  also  mixed  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams.

  Most  of  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style,  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  one  track  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  ep  closes  with  n  instrumental.

  Vermisst  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  keyboard  orientated  and  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  tradition.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Polish  and  cover  primeval  darkness,  cold  abyss  of  death  and  moon  spectres.

  In  my  opinion  Vermisst  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  and  keyboard  orientated  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Czas  chtonicznej  zemsty"  and  "W  pozagrobowej przestrzeni".  8/5  out  of  10.

Fallen Temple @ Bandcamp

 
  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/05/vermisstzmierzch-stalowej.html


Veneration/Thy Infernal/Fallen Temple/2020 EP Review

jeudi 14 mai 2020 à 09:11
  

  Veneration  are  a  band  from  Indonesia  that  plays  an  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  ep  "Thy  Infernal"   which  was  released  by  Fallen  Temple.

Ritualistic  spoken  word  parts  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into   a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  music being  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Dark  sounding  melodies  can  also   be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing,  solos  and  leads  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  the  closing  track  as  well  the  songs  as  adding  in  some  first  wave  touches.

  Veneration  plays  a  style  of  occult  black  metal  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  tradition.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  and  Luciferian  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Veneration  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Infernal  Khazz"  and  "Infernal  Reich".  8  out  of  10.

https://fallentemple.bandcamp.com/album/thy-infernal

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/05/venerationthy-infernalfallen-temple2020.html