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Hate Gods/Filosofia Depressiva/2022 Full Length Review

dimanche 2 janvier 2022 à 01:32

 


  Hate  Gods  are  a  solo  project  from  Brazil  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  very  raw,  depressive  and  suicidal  form  of  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2022  album  "Filofofia  Depressiva".


  Atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  while  also  bringing  in  elements  of  ambient  which  also  mix  in  with  some  of  the  heavier  songs  of  the  tracks  at  times  along  with  some  of  the  songs  also  being  instrumentals.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  depressive  sounding  black  metal  screams.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them,  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  some  tracks  also  show  an  influence  of  post  black  metal  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.


  On  this  recording  hate  Gods  takes  the  raw,  depressive,  suicidal  and  post  styles  of  black  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  very  diverse  sounding  recording.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Portuguese  and  cover  melancholic,  depressive  and  suicidal  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from   Hate  Gods  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of r aw,  depressive,  suicidal  and  post  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ascenso  Repulsvo"  "O  Dias  da  Minha  morte"  and  "Fardo  sob  Vinganca".  8 out  of  10.



 YouTube: https://youtube.com/channel/UCCdh7DE0CRpjTrv-RYbIvlQ

   Bandcamp:
 https://hategods.bandcamp.com/album/filosofia-depressiva

   Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/13JymeQBrRSvTFjqfBnRbc

   Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/profile.php?id=107963391653067&ref=content_filter

   Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hategodsoficial/

 Twitter:
 https://twitter.com/HateGods1

 Encyclopaedia Metallum (The Metal Archives):
 https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Hate_Gods/3540495512.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/01/hate-godsfilosofia-depressiva2022-full.html


Velka Interview

dimanche 2 janvier 2022 à 00:24

 

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album? 

Hello, greetings from the rainy Basque Country. First of all, thank you for the interview and apologies for the delay in answering it, it has been impossible for us to do it before. The band was formed in January 2020 just before the pandemic, without much expectation, but as with the lockdown we had more time to compose and we saw that the project was flowing, we decided to continue with it in a more serious way, and so on until today. The pandemic has delayed us for a few months, since initially we thought that by the end of spring we would have the album finished, but in the end it came out at the beginning of December. It has cost a lot of work and time, but finally the album "Purgatori Ignis Iucidium" is in our hands. Since the release we have been quite busy with the remaining promotion, the album sales (both on CD and digital, via bandcamp), sharing reviews, preparing interviews and so on. 

2.Recently you have released your first full length, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording? 

Prior to this debut album we had basically done a demo song with a very homemade and rough production and mixing, and then a promo song, this time with a better production. Since then, our style has evolved to something not so crude or so completely oldschool, we have added layers to our music, working a lot in the compositions and adding many details from various sub-styles of black metal and metal in general, so that listening to the album is not monotonous and the album seems better each time you listen to it. There’s quite a lot going on if you take the time to listen carefully. We think we have achieved a more mature sound, with plenty of details, surprises and influences, but without losing the violence and speed of our beginnings. We must also highlight the work of Oscar (ART Dystopia Studio) with the mixing and mastering of the album, which has been crucial for the definitive sound of Velka's album. 

3.The lyrics on the album are a concept album, what are some of the inspirations you have for your songwriting? 

As you have said, our lyrics revolve around a concept, as they follow the narration of a murky and decadent personal story of descent into the depths of the psyche. Our main lyrical themes talk about guilt, purgation, loneliness, consternation, despondency, the limits of sanity, the consequences of the loss of faith, hope and humanity… The inspiration comes mainly from life, the lyrics are really quite autobiographical in a sense. Some of the inspiration also comes from a couple of horror movies, a videogame saga and some literature, but generally speaking it’s just life.

 4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Velka'? 

The name of the group refers to Velka, the goddess of sin in the universe of the videogame saga Dark Souls. We chose this name because we are followers of this saga, as well as for the deity herself, taking the values that she represents as an influence for some of our lyrics: Sin, punishment, absolution… 

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

 The artwork for the album cover is done by Silvpheric (Rather Dark Art), an artist we found on instagram. When we came across its work we loved it immediately and soon selected one of its pieces of artwork, explained the necessary changes we wanted and had our album cover’s artwork done in no time. We believe that it perfectly symbolizes the concept of the album and that it fits very well with the title itself. We are very happy with this front cover and will probably work with Silvpheric again. Highly recommended artist, for sure. 

6.I have read that the band prefers to keep a low profile with no shows and also keeping the band members names anonymous, what kind of impact does this have on the musical style that you play?

 Yes, this was decided when the band was formed, even before uploading the demo of "The Imposed Punishment", wanting to get people to pay attention only to the music and the concept of the band. The lyrics and our way of communicating follow the same ethereal band concept, in which individual members don't matter. It is true that this also affects to a certain extent when it comes to being able to publicize and promote the album, but for us it is more important that we are all one, that everything we do is only Velka. 

7.Do the band members have any experience playing in other bands or musical projects before forming this band? 

Yes, we are and have been part of bands and projects of similar styles, but we can say that this is our first black metal project of a certain repercussion. Anyway, Velka has now become very important to us. 

8.The album was released through both “Base Record Production” and “Necromance Records”, how would you describe the support that they have given you so far? 

We are very grateful for the trust Base Record Production has had with Velka by quickly signing us up to the label and offering us the deal. Gaspar (BRP) has been very important for the release of the album. As for the promo, we are practically taking care of everything, with our means and investing a lot of time and well, we are not doing so badly. Although we see that many blogs, websites, etc. ignore us, we also see how good the reviews and the feedback from the general public are being, which motivates us a lot. Soon we will prepare a limited run of t-shirts and we are also in search for a label that releases our debut on vinyl, although we know that it is complicated due to the length of the album. Step by Step. 

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

 Taking into account that we are a totally underground and anonymous band, the feedback has been very good until now: People have bought us CDs from many parts of the world (UK, Germany, USA, Canada, Japan, Italy, The Netherlands, Israel…), we are getting some public support, the reviews have been excellent for now, etc. We hope that this trend continues and that we can reach more and more people soon. 

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

That's a good question, really in the last songs that we wrote for the album (and in the added details and last minute arrangements for the previous songs) we added more variety of rhythms and ideas, like a logical evolution of Velka's music. We suppose that we will explore more branches of the genre but without losing our speed and fierceness altogether, although until we start to bring out new songs and see where the music leads us at that moment we will not know anything for sure. What is clear is that Velka will continue to be Velka, although probably with more nuances and a greater sound variety. 

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? 

At the beginning, our main influence for Velka was the scandinavian black metal of the mid-late 90s, but we have added a lot of variety: melodic fragments, some black/death, some depressive and melancholic parts, lots of aggressive rhythms and even some post black metal details, everything done in a way that fits within the Velka universe. On a personal basis, our influences are really diverse and we listen to a lot of different kinds of music, but focusing on music more akin to Velka, lately we are listening to Lostregos, Akhlys, Ur, Sinira, Etxegiña, the 3rd and the mortal, Uada, Wrath of Echoes, TriumphGenus, Dissection, Immolation…

 12.Does Satanism or Occultism play any role in your music? 

There may be something of those beliefs and practices within each one, especially on a personal level. In the songs of Velka there may be some traces of it, but we mainly leave these beliefs for the personal sphere. Velka is more conceived for talking about the mental states that each one goes through during the darkest stages of life, without directly referring to any satanist or occultist component.

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

Thank you very much for your time, your attention, and for your good words towards our album. We hope that your readers will give our album a chance, since we believe that they will not be disappointed and that they will enjoy an hour of black metal full of violence and speed, surprises, variety and trips through many styles of the genre. To get copies of our CD people should go to our bandcamp or write to us directly in the directions that we leave below. Thank you very much and greetings! 

https://velkablackmetal.bandcamp.com/music 

https://www.facebook.com/velka.blackmetal.5/ 

https://www.instagram.com/velkablackmetal/ 

velkaband666@gmail.com  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/01/velka-interview.html


Skinliv/Vermisst/Nebular Carcoma/2022 Split Album Review

samedi 1 janvier 2022 à 20:08

 


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Denmark's  Skinliv  and  Poland's  Vermisst  which  will  be  released  on  January  31st 2022  by  Nebular  Carcoma  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Skinliv  a  band  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal.


  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  while  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.  Atmospheric  sounding  synths  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.


    When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  The  music  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences  along  with  the  tracks  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  also  remaining  very  true  to  an  old  school  style.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Skinliv  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "I"  and  "IV".


  Next  up  is  Vermisst  a  band  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  very  raw  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal.


  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  while  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.  When  keyboards  are  utilized  they  also  give  the  songs  more  of  an  atmospheric  feeling  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.


  Most  of  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  mid  90's  to  early  200's  era  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Both  of  their  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  throughout  their  side  of  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  added  on  the  second  song.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Primeval  Darkness,  Cold  Abyss  of  Death  and  Moon  Spectres.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Vermisst  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric,  old  school  and  raw  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Incantations  Of  The  Crimson  Twilight".


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


https://youtu.be/7wSSdTx9Sqg      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/01/skinlivvermisstnebular-carcoma2022.html


Death Shroud/Death, SlaveryAnd The Pursuit Ov Sadness/WormHoleDeath Records/2021 CD Review

samedi 1 janvier 2022 à 00:48

 


  Death  Shroud  are  a  band  from  Virginia  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Death,  Slavery And The Pursuit Ov  Sadness"  which  was  released  by  WormHoleDeath  Records.


  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavier  riffing  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  old  school  style.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast b eats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams.  The  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  music  also  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  mid  90's  era  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them,  growls  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording   and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  also  adds  in  a brief  use  of  clean  playing  and  synths.    


  Death  Shroud  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  melodic  and  old  school  sounding  in  the  90's  tradition.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Death  and  Esoteric  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Death  Shroud  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  melodic  and  old  school  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Death,  Slavery And The Pursuit Ov  Sadness"  "Dreams  That  Haunt  The  Mind"  and  "Putrefactio".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/12/death-shrouddeath-slaveryand-pursuit-ov.html


Prometeus/Triumph Of The Snake/2021 Full Length Review

vendredi 31 décembre 2021 à 23:30

 


  Italy's  duo  Prometeus  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  for  more  of  an  avant  garde  and  progressive  style  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2021  album  "Triumph  Of  The  Snake".


  Symphonic  style  keyboards  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavier  riffing  a  few  seconds  later.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  avant  garde  elements  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  a  lot  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard.


  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  they  also  give  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  the.  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  progressive  sounding  along  with  some  of  the  songs  also  being  long  and  epic  in  length.


 Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  album  along  with  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  as  well  as  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  good  mixture  of  old  school  and  modern  influences,  clear  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  one  track  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  and  whispers.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  death  and  nature  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Prometeus  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  avant  garde  and  progressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Labyrinth"  and  "Nigtmare".  8  out  of  10   


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/12/prometeustriumph-of-snake2021-full.html