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Melkor/Irrlicht/2014 CD Review

samedi 29 novembre 2014 à 06:40

  This  is  a  review  of  another  album  from  Melkor  which  continues  the  atmospheric  black  metal  sound  of  his  previous  recordings  with  the  album  being  self  released  in  2014  and  called  "Irrlicht".

  A  very  dark  and  melodic  sound  starts off  the  album  before  adding  in  more  of  a  heavier  and  atmospheric  direction  which  also  keeps  the  melody  and  after  a  minute  grim  screams  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  added  into  the  music  they  bring  in  more  of  a  modern  atmospheric  black  metal  sound.

  A  good  amount  of  acoustic  guitars  can  be  heard  throughout  the  recording  and a good portion of the tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and a  good  portion  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  folk  influences  and  some  of  the  tracks  bring  in  more  of  a  doom  and  post  black  metal  feeling  and  most  of  the  music  sticks  to  more  of  a  slow  to  mid  paced  direction  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  gets  more  epic.

  Melkor  continuing  the  atmospheric  black  metal  sound  of  previous  recordings  while  also  adding  in  a  post  metal  feeling  and  a  doom  metal  element  while  the  music  remains   true  to  his  style  while  also  expanding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  nature,  solitude  and  grief.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Melkor  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Spiegalwand"  "Pangaea"  and  "The  Great  Defender".  8  out   of  10.  

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Melkor/Ferne/2009 CD Review

samedi 29 novembre 2014 à 04:49

  Melkor  are  a  1  man  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2009  album  "Ferne".

  A  very  dark  and  epic  atmospheric  synth  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  raw  and  melodic  riffing  and  leads  a  few  seconds  later  which  leads  up  to  more  of  a  black  metal direction  along  with  some  grim  screams  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  good  balance  between  synths  and  heavy  parts  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  to  bring  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  In  the  faster  sections  of  the  recording  blast  beats  can be  heard  at  times  and  there  are  also  acoustic  guitars  being  added  into  the  music  at  times  and  there  are  also  a  few  tracks  that  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  songs  have  more  of  a  90's  European  atmospheric  black  metal  approach  which  also  brings  in  more  of  a  nature  orientated  feeling  and  at  times  you  can progressive  elements  in  the  clean  parts  and  there  is  also  a  brief  instrumental  before  the  music  makes  a  return  back  to  a  heavy  and  atmospheric  sound.

  Melkor  creates  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  raw,  atmospheric,  progressive  and  melodic  sounding  as  well  as  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences  to  create  some  very  interesting,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  along  with  a  couple  tracks  having  English  titles  and  cover  nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Melkor  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Winter"  "Ferne"  "Narben"  and  "The  Sun  Denies  All  Sleep".  8  out  of  10.


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Order Of Thelema Interview

samedi 29 novembre 2014 à 01:32
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

We are an atmospheric black doom metal band from the US (Cincinnati, Ohio, area). We formed in the winter of 2013. It started off with Adam, Jason, and Gary playing around with some ideas and jamming together. I was the third one to join the band; I joined in late February 2014. Matt, was the last of us to join; he came in in late summer 2014.

Gary – Guitar/Vocals (ex-Thorns of the Carrion)
Adam – Guitar/Vocals (ex- Thorns of the Carrion)
Amie – Keyboard/Vocals
Jason – Percussion
Matt – Bass/Acoustic Guitar

2.Recently you have released a demo, how would you describe the musical sound that us presented on the recording?

The best way to describe our sound is: atmospheric, dark, and droning. We try to meld the atmosphere and melodies of doom metal with the raw aggression of black metal. Other than that, we leave it up to the listener to decide.

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

Our lyrics are heavily based on the occult, the left hand path, and metaphysical subject matter. We also delve into the dark side of human emotion; sorrow, despair, and the disdain for the world around us. Every song has a meaning and many are derived from personal experiences.

4.I know that the name 'Order Of Thelema' is related to Crowley, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the occult and Aliester Crowley?

Adam and Jason were reading quite a few books on the occult at the time that Order of Thelema was conceived. The content had a huge impact on the writing process and the inspiration just flowed from it. It made sense for us to run with it and continue to draw from the material. For Adam, Crowley has always been a major interest going back into his early teens. Crowley is kind of like the name everyone knows and at least for Adam, was his introduction into the occult. It started with Crowley and LaVey and went on from there. We are always on a quest for further knowledge related to the occult. Adam has quite the library of books and is always reading and finding new inspiration. The band is not focused strictly around Thelema; for instance, Adam is currently reading Peter Carroll’s “Liber Kaos” and he just finished Terence McKenna’s “Lectures on Alchemy.” McKenna, although not totally occult related, is also a huge influence on us as well. Pychonautics and altered states of minds are extremely interesting fields.

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

We haven’t played out live yet; as a group we decided that we were going to take things slow and really focus on writing quality songs before playing out. Listening back to early versions of the songs on our demo, there is a very noticeable difference, the songs changed considerably and for the better. We didn’t want to go out and play songs that we weren’t completely happy with, that wouldn’t have been fair to the fans. We are planning on starting our live rituals within the next few months.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

Definitely! We have been offered spots in a couple metal festivals as well as quite a few shows around the country. Locally, here in Cincinnati, we have a very good metal scene with shows happening pretty frequently.

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

We really haven’t put fourth the effort into finding a label just yet, but going forward we hope to work with a label for sure. We will probably hold off on contacting labels until we release the full length album though.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and doom metal?

It has been surprisingly great; better than we had expected so early on. The support has been amazing. We have been getting a lot of positive feedback through the underground worldwide and from different reviews.

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

We plan on having the new album available early into the New Year. Going forward, we plan to continue writing and producing new material. We definitely see ourselves touring in the future as well. We’ve always talked about vinyl; I would really like to see a 7” or maybe a full length vinyl release. We already have a lot of ideas for future releases, but right now our main focus is finishing the full length.

10.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 all bring different musical influences to the table, but we try to keep them as influences only and not let too much of it spill over into our own music. Each member has such a wide taste in music; each of us is constantly discovering new bands and our musical libraries are always expanding. It’s hard to say what each member is listening to at any given point of time. Adam is into mostly black and doom metal and is currently listening to a lot of French Canadian bands such as, Sorcier des Glaces and Monarque. Gary is also really into doom and black metal; he’s currently been listening to My Dying Bride, Behemoth, and Twilight (US). Jason is a little more varied in his musical taste; he’s into atmospheric black metal such as, Drudkh and Agalloch, but he’s also into a lot of psychedelic rock and stoner doom. Matt and I are more varied with our musical tastes as well. For me, personally, if it’s atmospheric and dark then chances are that I’m listening to it.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

The occult, the left hand path, and the expansion of the mind. We are all explorers and always looking for things to expand our current knowledge. Ultimately, that knowledge will inspire us and come back around to the music.

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

Thank you tremendously for the review and interview; we truly appreciate it. For anyone who might be interested, our demo is still available as a free download over at so go download it. Also, be on the lookout for our full length to be released within the next couple of months. Horns up! Stay true and stay underground! 93!

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Sedna Interview

samedi 29 novembre 2014 à 00:30
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Sedna is a three pieces black metal project born in 2009 in Cesena, Italy.
The sound is a mix of post black metal, sludge and doom metal with some ambient and drone parts that give at the results much more sense of perdition and immersion.
From furious blast-beats, passing through cadenced heavy parts, reaching soft and expanded clean parts, the band try to carry emotions and feelings to create music organic and alive.
We have released our first demo “O” in 2011 and our debut album in october 2014 via Drown Within Record (Ita) and Unquiet records (Pol).
From 2009 to now we’ve played a lot of gigs in Italy (with bands like Taake, Celeste, Forgotten Tomb and many more), this year we’ ve done our first euro tour in Austria and Czech Republic.

2.In October you released a full length, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the demo you had released in 2011?

Our first release is very different from “Sedna” because we’ve changed our lineup. In 2011 we was four (with Eric at guitars), in 2013 he left so Nil is passed to play guitar and sing.
Changing the guitar player everything is turned from a blackned/swedish sound to a more modern direction with post black metal influences. The result is ”Sedna”, a mix of black metal/sludge/post and doom metal with some drone/ambient parts useful to increase the atmosphere and make everything more organic.

3.Can you tell us a little bit more about your song lyrics, I noticed most of the tracks on the album started out with the word "Sons', is there a certain type of concept the band went for on the new album?

Two years ago we was in a critical situation. Without a guitarist, without idea, without a certain future. We see ”Sedna” like a rebirth and a new point of zero. We see it like a gift from a divinity that say to us “Believe”. So, the concept of the album is about us like sons of a divinity (Sedna, in the inuit culture, is like a woman version of Poseidon) and at the same time like sons of a planet (Sedna is an extrasolar planet too). “Sons of the ocean” talk about our rebirth from a new mother, ”Sons of isolation” talk about our necessary loneliness to create our new form, ”Sons of the ancients” is like the end of the evolution, the take of conscience to be something strong. To be something alive.
We are started writing new stuff, but is too early to understand what the sound is meaning in this moment.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Sedna'?
Ahah it’ s a cool story. In a normal evening five years ago, Mattia and Elyza were watching a documentary on Discovery Channel. It was talking about extrasolar planets, especially on Sedna. The history of the planet was immediately  charming for various reason, but especially for one: the orbit. Sedna have a very strange orbit that move the planet after and before Pluto, so it’s an anomaly. Something that should not exist. Alone but at the same time alive. In the second time, been interesting the surface of the planet. It’s red, but very cold. That was our representation of our sound: warm and enveloper, but at the same time cold and remote.

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

We live the show experience in some different ways, so there are many nights that we like to remember. One of this was in october in Linz, during our euro tour with our friends Abaton. A very great place, with huge sound, a lot of people full of energy. Incredible. Next was when we been in Rome every time, in 2011 (with Taake, when we was four) and in october 2014 (with Forgotten Tomb and our new formation). Great city where do a gig because there was everything a lot of people interested to us the first and the second time too, in the next days we have received many positive feedback from new fans and it’s amazing for an underground band like us.
The last but the more particular was in september 2012 at “Urlo nero Fest” in Ferrara. It was very intense for us because the last gig with our old guitarist Eric. So, play with this kind of awareness gave to us a mix of melancholy and rage never proved before. We played a track with our friend Marco from Abaton too, so had two guitars (the first and last time for now ahah) gave much more expression to a show full of emotions.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?

In this moment no, because we have chosen to write new stuff. For the new album we have already done an euro tour in october (Austria, Czech Republic, Italy) with our friends Abaton and others single shows in our country (in Rome with Forgotten Tomb and in Bologna with Dragged into Sunlight for example).  Anyway we are confirmed ad the Santa Maria Summer fest in Portugal for next June.

7.The new album was released on Drown Within Records, how did you get in contact with this label and also how would you describe the support they have given you so far?
Drown Within Records is a DIY label based in Italy and managed by Cristian from the italian post/death metal band Dementia Senex. Cristian is our good friend from many years, he supports and helps us from the beginning, so knowing how he works we have chosen to trust in his label. His support is great because is based on friendship and support, so he is doing a great works giving us a good visibility in many countries.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal, sludge, and doom?

The feedback was great. We was a little scared because our sound is in the middle of many genres, is an hybrid of many sounds…not black metal, not sludge, not doom, but Sedna, so not easy to catalogue in an exact contest. At least we are proud of our works because we have received a lot of good reviews from many countries and from very different kind of site/webzine. It’s mean that’s our sound is good, no?

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

We don’t know. In this moment our thought is to create new songs. We don’t have a long vision about our future, we only think to play and spread our emotions. More black metal? More sludge or post metal? Only the future can know the answers. Off course we dream to become a point of reference for people like Altar of Plagues or Amenra for us.

10.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 try to listen many kind of music as we can, from dark-ambient to Death metal. Everyone of us comes from different school of music (Elyza has a base of old school black metal and industrial music like Immortal or Rammstein, Mattia bands like Dark Funeral or Gojira, Alex some drone/ambient music for example), but growing together we have uncovered some bands commons to our preferences: Altar of Plagues (over all and everyone), Isis, Amenra, Deathspell Omega, Neurosis, Omega Massif, Ulcerate, Lento.. and many more out of metal (Borhen & Der Club of Gore, SunnO))), and Pink Floyd for example )

11.Does Occultism play any role in your music?


12.What are some of your non musical interests?

Astronomy, science, film, history and everything that can be interesting in every way. We like to have party, but at the same time we trip through woods to take pictures and do excursions on mountain.

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

Keep supporting the underground music, go to the concerts and help the bands to spread the music..!"

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Cold Crypt/Utter Contempt For Life/Senseless Life Records/2014 CD Review

jeudi 27 novembre 2014 à 06:25

  Cold  Crypt  are  a  1  man  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  ambient  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2014  album  "Utter  Contempt  For  Life"  which  was  released  by  Senseless  Life  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  atmospheric  ambient  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  sounds  of  a  newborn  child  and  after  a  minute  spoken  word  samples  which  are  also  used  regularly  throughout  the  recording  are  added  into  the  music  before  the  album  starts  getting  a  lot  more  heavier  and  brings  in  a  raw  black  metal  sound  that  also  uses  grim  suicidal  screams  and  blast  beats.

  There  is  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  present  throughout  the  recording  and  the  ambient  sounds  are  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  black  metal  parts  and  a  good  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  some  of  the  tracks  bring  in  some  industrial  style  noises  and  mix  in  with  some  of  the  rawest  black  metal  that  there  is  in  existence.

  When  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  add  a  good  amount  of  talent  and  skill  to  the  tracks  they  are  utilized  on  and  a  good  amount  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  depressive  sounding  melodies  at  times  and  as  the  album  progresses  more  power  electronic  and  underground  electronic  elements  are  brought  onto  the  recording  which  also  leads  to  the  album  getting  more  avant  garde  and  experimental  while  the  music  also  keeps  it's  black  metal  roots  and  brings  in  even  more  demonic  growls.

  Cold  Crypt  keeps  the  atmospheric  and  depressive  ambient  black  metal  sound  while  also  being  more  experimental  this  time  around,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  th e lyrics  cover  hate,  madness,  suicide  and  murder.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Cold  Crypt  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  the  depressive,  ambient  and  experimental  black  metal  genres,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Born  To  Abhor"  "Purest  Negative  Thoughts"  "Ugly  Passion"  and  "Farewell  TO  Innocence".  8  out  of  10.      

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