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Kaoskult/Secret Serpent/Odium Records/2014 CD Review

jeudi 20 février 2014 à 03:41

  Kaoskult  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  plays  a  very  fast  and  aggressive  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Secret  Serpent"  which  was  released  by  Odium  Records.

  The  album  starts  out  with  a  mid  paced  and  raw  black  metal  sound  along  with  grim  vocals  and  screams  that  also  use  some  deeper  parts  before  going  into  a  more  fast  and  melodic  direction  as  well  as  bringing  in  a  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  After  the  first  song  the  music  starts  going  for  a  more  fast  old  school  black  metal  direction  along  with  blast  beats  while  still  heavy  its  slow  moments  along  with  some  ritualistic  spoken  word  parts  and  a  dark  atmosphere  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  every  song  sounds  different  from  each  other  while  you  can  still  tell  that  it  is  the  same  band  as well  as  always  sticking  to  a  black  metal  direction  and  on  a  couple  of  the  songs  you  can  hear  a  small  amount  of  psychedelic  sounds  in  the  background.

  When  the  album  moves  on  you  can  hear  some  clean  vocals  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  band  start  getting  more  dark  and  evil  sounding  as  time  goes  on  by  and  brings  out  some  of  the  best  occult  black  metal  sounds  since  the  early  90's  and  on  the  last  song  you  can  also  hear  a  small  amount  of  synths  being  added  into  the  recording.

  With  this  album  Kaoskult  take  an  old  school  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  add  in  some  newer  elements  to  create  an  album  that  is  very,  dark,  heavy  and  raw  as  well  as  proving  you  can  also experiment  with  the  music  and  still  have  a  true  black  metal sound  from  beginning  to  end.

  Song  lyrics  cover  Chaos  Magick  and  Occultism,  while  the  production  has  a  very,  dark,  raw  and  heavy  sound  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  as  well  as  some  of  the  songs  being  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  Kaoskult  are  a  very  great  sounding  heavy  and  aggressive  occult  black  metal b and  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Invocation-Manifest"  "The  Virus  Of  Discord"  and  "Words  of  Power".  8/5  out  of  10.  

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Raus!/Perunwit/Under the Sign Of the Black Sun/2014 Split CD Review

jeudi 20 février 2014 à 02:43

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Poland  and  England's  Raus!  and  Poland's  Perunwit  called  "Under  The  Sun  Of  the  Black  Sun"  which  was  released  in  2014  by  Odium  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Raus!  a  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of  industrial  black  metal  and  martial  dark  ambient.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  off  with  an  intro  that  is  in  the  more  industrial  noise  direction  along  with  epic  sounding  synths  which  also  bring  a  neo-folk  feeling  to  the  recording  and  after  the  into  the  music  goes  into  a  more  fast  black  metal  direction  as  well  as  mixing  in  industrial  music  which  also  leads  up  to  grim  black  metal  vocals  along  with  spoken  word  samples.

  After  the  intro  and  first  song  spoken  word  samples  are  used  more  frequently  and  the  music  starts  adding  in  more  martial  elements  as  well  as  mixing  them  with  industrial  and  black  metal  and  on  one  of  the  songs  they  bring  in  deeper  vocals  which  gives  the  music  a  death  metal  feeling  along  with  a  small  amount  of  melodic  chanting

  Raus!  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  diversity  with  their  music  and  aon  the  songs  they  bring  to  the  split  you  can  hear  everything  from  black  metal,  industrial,  martial,  dark  ambient  and  neo  folk  which  gives  this  band  a  very  original  sound  to  them  and  they  can  go  from  being  very  heavy  to  dark  and  epic  sounding.  

  Song lyrics  are  written  in  Polish  and  cover  war,  hatred,  mysticism,  perversion  and  misanthropy,  while  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  heavy  and  epic  sound  to  it.

  In  my  opinion  Raus!  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  industrial  black  metal  and  martial  dark  ambient  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  styles,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Raus"  and  "Genocidum  Atrox".

  Next  up  is  Perunwit  a  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of  neo  folk  and  dark  ambient.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  with  an  intro  that  begins  with  nature  sounds  before  adding  in  tribal  drums  and  a  medieval  folk  music  sound  and  after  the  intro  classical  music  sounds  are  added  into  their  side  of  the  split  before  going  into  a  more  dark  and  pagan  medieval  sound  while  also  having  a  shamanistic  feeling  to  it  as  well  as  having  some  melodic  chanting.  

  When  the  other  songs  are  brought  in  the  music  starts  taking  on  a  more  ritualistic  feeling  and  has  the  sound  of  the  ancient  pagan  gods  being  invoked  as  well  as  bringing  in  more  folk  instruments  and  bringing  out  the  feeling  of  the  dark  ages  and  on  the last  song  their  is  a  small  amount  of  classical  music  style  synths.

  With  this  recording  Perunwit  stay  away  from  the  folk  metal  sound  of  the  later  releases  and  returns  back  to  the  more  dark  neo  folk  sound  of  their  earlier  recordings  and  all  of  the  songs  they  bring  to  the  split  are  very  ritualistic  sounding  as  well  as  being  some  of  their  best  material  since  the  first  album.

  Song  lyrics  are  mostly  absent  from  their  side  of  the  recording  with  the  music  being  all  instrumental,  while  the  song  themes  cover  Slavic  Paganism,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  dark  and  haunting  sound  to  it.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Perunwit  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  dark  ritualistic  neo-folk  music,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Berserkir"  ang  "Sunwheel".

  In  conclusion I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  metal,  industrial,  neo  folk  and  dark  ambient,  you  should  check  out  this  split.  8/5  out  of  10.

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Akrotheism/Behold The Son Of Plagues/Odium Records/2014 CD Review

jeudi 20 février 2014 à 01:20

  Akrotheism  are  a  band  from  Greece  that  plays  a  very  fast,  aggressive  and  satanic/occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Behold  The  Son  Of  Plagues"  which  was  released  by  Odium  Records.

  The  album  starts  out  with  a  slow  and  dark  sound  along  with  melodic  chanting  and  atmospheric sounds  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  for  a  more  fast  and  raw  old  school  black  metal  sound  along  with  blast  beats  and  high  pitched  screams  as  well  as  adding  melody  to  the  guitar  riffing  and  some  deeper  vocals  and  after  awhile  thrash  influences  are  added  into  the  music  along  with  a  mixture  of  slow  and  fast  parts.

  When  the  album  goes  into  other  songs  the  band  start  adding  a  more  dark  and  occult  sound  to  their  music  while  still  keeping  around  a  great  amount  of  fast  and  aggressive  parts  and  on  a  couple  of  the  songs  they  bring  in  more  ritualistic  sounds  along  with  Gregorian  chants  and  as  time  goes  on  by  the  vocals  get  a  bit  more  grimmer  and  the  guitars  start  utilizing  a  great  amount  of  skill  as  well  as  having  a  more  modern  take  on  occult  black  metal.

  As  the  album  progresses  samples  are  brought  in  briefly  along  with  some  more  old  school  black  metal  elements  and  the  album  also  gets  more  diverse  while  also  remaining  heavy  and  remaining  true  to  black  metal  and  they  will  be  from  fast  songs to  more  slower  ones  which  really  bring  out  the  occult  atmosphere  in  the  music and  when t he  album  get s close  to  the  end  there  is  a  brief  use  of  evil  sounding  female  vocals  being  mixed  in  with  all  of  the  chaos   and  they  are  also  added  on  the  last  song  which  is  a  Ved  Buens  Ende  cover

  With  this  album  Akrotheism  show  they  really  understand  the  occult  and  satanic  genres of  black  metal  form  the  90's  to  present  day  and  this  album  has  almost  everything  you  would  want  in  an  album  like  this  with  some  fast  brutal  parts,  raw  aggression,  evil  melodies  and  ritualistic  sounds,  they  manage  to  bring  it  all  in  while  also  being  pure  black  metal  from  beginning  to  end.  

   Song  lyrics  cover  Orthodox  Satanism,  Nihilism,  Esotericism,  and  Human  Decadence,  while  the  production  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy  and  dark  sound  along  with  the  bass  guitars  being  mixed  down  low  in  the  mix  as  well  as  some  of  the  songs  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  Akrotheism  are  a  very  great  sounding dark  and  aggressive  satanic/occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Antimatter  As  I"  "Subhumans  Anabaptism"  "Salt  Of  Grace"  and  "Send  us  To  The  Swines".  9  out  of  10.  

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Emanation Interview

mercredi 19 février 2014 à 23:31
1. Can you introduce this project, to people that are new to hearing you music?

Hello again.

Emanation born as extremely logical move, to develop a new approach to some aspects of an old obsession, the Spiritism. The first evidence of existence was in April 2011 with the recording of 'One Soul, One Body, One Spirit'. A few weeks later 'Immanent' was taped. That recordings were the early research for the recording process of the very reason to creating Emanation, the album 'The emanation of begotten chaos from God', recorded between some isolated places in northern Spain and Les carrières de Paris, France.

Later in May 2012, 'Metenpsychosis' EP was registered together with some untitled demo tracks, based in old potential ideas and lyrics. That demo, was re-recorded in January 2013 entitled 'Under Magnetic Sleep'.

2.How would you describe the musical sound of your releases so far in your own description and also how does each recording differ from each other?

Is not easy to do it without fall in stereotypes with the aim of to be clear for you and the reader. Think that "sound" is only one of the tree pillars of Emanation. Think in a crooked form of mid-tempo music with an eye focused in the past, and the another in the future, who has something worthy to offer to those who are truly seeking.

Maybe quite a few things have changed for the listener, maybe not; but to ask that is missing the point. The most important thing is what has not changed. Music, words and visual are the same; the origin of these manifestations is the same. Are the pillars. The origin. An evolution of one of these aspects necessarily implies an evolution of the other aspects so you can translate it like a perpetual inmobilism or like aconstant evolution. I despise this first category, that goes without saying.

3.The music has a good mixture of experimental and black metal elements,  out of both sides that you bring out with your music, what side are you the most satisfied with doing?

I am not into the idea of divided my music in "sides". All form part of the same reality that flows from the inner concept.

What is experimental? What is an experimental band/music? If your lyric written process, your music composition, your record procedure, your production mechanism, your visual manifestations and your instruments are in constant process of revision, and your band in thus continually overthrown by new discoveries based upon repeated experiences, and the whole structure is rebuild to conform to the altered conceptions... Yes, you are experimental. In other cases you are getting the answer without knowing why, like a schoolboy working a problem whose answer is given in the back of the book.

You probably wouldn't call it Black Metal; only if you fall into a trap of attributing genres according to modern musical formulas, which since the beginning has not been my game, but I know it is necessary sometimes and in a certain context you would be right using the word: "elements". The only point where Emanation is synched with the usual preconceptions about Black Metal is my modus operandi; an isolated cabin in the woods, a man, his vision, his drum set, his raw guitar... but Emanation is not strictly music itself; like I said, it is a indissoluble trinity: sound-words-art. It is technique, research, philosophy, theology, science, religion... all of which made Black Metal go pale in total mediocrity. So yes, some aspects of Black Metal are present in the sound, but be clear about Satan do not guide my steps.

4.Vocals are only used in some parts of the music while the music for the most part takes over, are there any plans on expanding the vocals on future releases?

Before writing the music, a structure of the lyrical concept has to appear clearly. The other elements are subordinated. This shows how important the lyrics are. Not all is like appear. Vocals have a wide presence in the music; are very Symbolic. Sometimes as spoken clear parts, sometimes more subtle, subliminal or like an electronic voice phenomenon back in the mix. Even when you cannot perceive some details, your brain do. I use a wide range of frequencies to obtain the correct feeling, the correct effect, hiding some elements deliberately. The creative peak of this concept is showed in 'TEOBCFG' album. Remember that the light that illuminates us is the same that blinds us too.

5.The song themes cover Spiritism and Science, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these particular subjects?

The vast majority of the sources comes from traditional Spiritism but it is true that I have not a single reference.
The modern Spiritism, is strongly supported by scientific utterances; undermine the religious belief and the superstitions. In a world that refuse anything beyond the Material world, Spiritism support the existence of substances or beings not cognizable by the sensory organs under normal conditions. This mixture between Science and Religion, between facts and faith, is the point where Emanation born. However, I am focused in a more experimental and metaphysical Spiritism fields beyond the dogma of the pioneers. Note that I use the term Spiritism and not Spiritualism. Spiritualism is, at its best, a religion; at its worst a racket.

I use sometimes Science  like a synonym of Knowledge. Man's progression, here or hereafter, must be founded on knowledge. Only by it can man subjugates his external environment. So it is also with things spiritual. Only through a knowledge of spiritual laws can man mold his spiritual environment and enjoy, while yet on earth, spiritual powers. The ignorant incurs moral maladies that follow them beyond the tomb. The acquisition of knowledge, like everything else, depends much upon a proper beginning and the student needs to take care that he sets sail from the right port and in right direction. No better starting point can be found for such purpose as the fundamental assertion, I am.

Take care of a tendency among the material scientist to overlook the fact that the physical senses are but instruments by which reality may be determined. To assert that the physical senses and reason are the only means by which the universe may be apprehended and knowledge gained, is thoroughly unscientific; for any such assertion is an assumption not verified by experience. When it takes this attitude, material science is as dogmatic as the religious it ridicules; for it assumes a superiority and infallibility that its own history refutes. 

I am not justified in coming to conclusion that Spiritism and the related phenomena, now called occult, are to be relied upon without full proof; and I am not justified in accepting loose explanations of them; or any explanations that have not been tested thoroughly by experiments. The accuracy and value of information received through any channel, physical or psychical, equally requires experimental determination.

Yet since I am agree that all knowledge must be based upon experience, and since repeated experiences, as we have just seen, tend to correct false impressions derived from too-limited experience, it is clear that any avenue by which man can arrive at that wider and more accurate cognition is legitimate, and that the only test of its usefulness lies in the verity. 

6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Emanation'?

Emanation word cover a wide range of scientific, metaphysical and philosophical interpretations. A vulgar simplification can beeverything that flows from the Origin. Please, do not read further, first think a while about the implications of these concept. Is the basis of all.

7.With this musical project you work all solo, are you planning on working with other musicians in the future or do you chose to remain solo?

I work all solo, yes. But impulses come from various sources. Every part of Emanation being constantly evolving thanks to many persons who, although they are not into the project as active members, possess a peculiar power which is very helpful and congenial. In the last release 'Under Magnetic Sleep' for example, main vocals was recorded by one of this persons, under his sitter pseudonym The Throat that Sleeps. 

8.Both of the recent recordings came out on Black Mass Records, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Is an extinction danger underground label located in UK. The boss, Alex Tedín is a devotee, focused in music, ideology and attitude. Dedicated and reliable. One of the few ones.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal and more experimental genres?

Emanation is in a shape that is not necessarily "consumer-friendly", however the feedback is fantastic from individuals and 'zines. If this is for the wrong reasons is another debate.

10.Are you involved with any other musical projects besides Emanation?

Yes. I am involved in several personal projects since mid 90's, working for another bands, artist, movie directors and theatrical companies too.

11.What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?

Is hard to talk about future. All the original work for which Emanation was begotten, is done. However, I am working in new texts right now under the filecode: 'Wake'. This can be the beginning of a new album or maybe not. I do not know. A lot of meditation will be required to shape this words into something that will allow me to start the purely musical writing process, recording research and production. In addition, realistically, there are not many interesting and reliable labels out there, so this cannot have a certain viability. Time will say.

12.What are some bands or musical genres that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

I have a wide range of influences like you can suppose. Since the first and second Heavy Metal wave to the early Noise and all in between including classic music and electronics. However, the bigger inspiring influence in some aspects of my sound is Burzum. ('Inspiring' is the keyword here).

Nowadays there are not many interesting bands that worth the time and money. 99% of the recordings I bought this years are only clones of the greater ones. Conformist bands without anything special. Playing for another form of entertainment stuff. Lack of ideology; lack of attitude; lack of aptitude... Boring stuff far away from the Art I am looking for. There are a very few doing the things right, only a dozen individuals worldwide, realistically.

13.Outside of music what are some of your interests?

I am biologist so I read a lot of scientific papers, major focused in animal behavior, marine oil spills, evolution, genetics, anthropology and quantum physics. In addition I focus my attention in the early works in Spiritism research, from the believers to the skeptics. I have a little collection of original old books.

In other hand, I see a lot of movies and independent shots. The better one watched of this year was the Bela Tarr last opus, 'A Torinói ló'. A masterpiece of total art.

I am not only interesting in develop the mind of course. I ride fast my superbike; I sail our coast because I am skipper of sail sailing;  I am studying Wing Tjun and ground sections of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu daily; ...

14.Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?

All has been spoken. I spent a nice time replying your questions. 


CG Santos.

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Sammath/Godless Arrogance/Hammerheart Productions/2014 CD Review

mercredi 19 février 2014 à 08:13

  Sammath  are  a  band  from  the  Netherlands  that  was  actually  the  first  band  to  ever  be  interviewed  by  this  zine  that  plays  a  very  fast,  heavy  and  aggressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Godless  Arrogance"  which  was  released  by  Hammerheart  Productions.

  The  album  starts  out  with  a  very  fast,  heavy  and  raw  black  metal  sound  along  with  high  pitched  screams  and  brutal  blast  beats  and  at  times the y slow  down  for  a  few  seconds  but  for  the  most  part  stick  to  fast  and  brutal  sound  and  after  awhile  guitar  solos  and  leads  become  a  part  of  the  recording.

  When  the  album  goes  into  the  other  songs  they  continue  their  fast  and  brutal  assault  while  also  adding  melody  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as  bringing  in  a  small  amount  of  death  metal  growls  and  influences  at  times  and  as  time  goes  on  by  the  bass  guitars  start  getting  a  lot  more  powerful  in  sound.

  With  this  album  Sammath  bring  out  a  very  fast  and  brutal  black  metal  sound  similar  to  mid  90's  Marduk  when  they  where  playing  really  fast  but  also  having  a  different  sound  to  them  and  this  recording  returns  a  lot  of  brutality,  speed  and  aggression  which  is  rarely  heard  these  days  in  this  genre.

  Song  lyrics  cover  Violence,  War  and  Anti  Religion  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  strong,  powerful  and  heavy  sound  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Sammath  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  heavy,  fast  and  aggressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Shot  in  The  Mass"  "Thrive  in  Arrogance"  and  "Nineteen  Corpses  hang  In  The  Mist".  8/5  out  of  10.      

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