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Perdition Winds/Aura Of Suffering/Woodcut Records/2014 CD Review

vendredi 10 octobre 2014 à 08:40

  Perdition  Winds  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  satanic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Aura  of  Suffering"  which  will  be  released  on  Halloween  by  Woodcut  Records.

  A  very  distorted and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  and  a  few seconds  later  the  music  starts  going  into  more  of  a  black  metal  direction  before  speeding  up,  adding  in  blast  beats  and  grim  growls  and  screams  as  well  as  a  great  amount  of  raw  aggression  and  the  band  also  brings  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  they  keep  everything  mostly  fast  and  raw  in  the  old  school  90's  tradition  as  well  as  evoking  a  very  evil  atmosphere  to  their  musical  style  and  at  time s they  add  a small  amount  of  melodies  into  their  musical  style  which  really  show  when  they  add  in  guitar  solos  and  leads  along  with  some  of  the  riffs  and  everything  second  and  minute  of  this  recording  sticks  to  a  very  heavy  musical  direction  and  there  is  never  a  soft  moment  present  anywhere  on  this  recording.  

  Perdition  Winds  creates  a  very  heavy  style  of  raw  black  metal  with  this recording  expanding  on  the  90's  influences  and  adding  in  some  melodies  and  epic  structures  to  create  an  album  that  is  true  to  the  darker  side  of  this  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Anti  Religion  and  Destruction  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Perdition  Winds  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  heavy  and  satanic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album>  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Revelations  in  Blood"  and  "Temple  Within".  8  out  of  10.

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IardarMegin Interview

jeudi 9 octobre 2014 à 11:24
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
My name is Kevin and I am the mastermind behind the project called IardarMegin. I founded this project back when I had lived in Germany, Bavaria. I am living now in the West of the United States of America. I have always been interested in nature and paganism, linked to occult rites and the Otherworlds. Through my studies I have experienced these powers and forces in my own personal life and I needed a way to express these experiences in a way that relieves my mind and soul.
Of course I have been into metal music and black metal for many, many years.
Whenever I pick up my guitar and compose music, this is what it sounds like. IardarMegin is the final result.

2.Recently you have released a demo, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
Repetitive, Dark, Atmospheric - the lyrics of the songs are indeed Rites, taken from occult scripts or rites that I have written and practiced myself.

3.The lyrics cover Shamanism, Occultism, Heathenism and Nature, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?
I am into the Left Hand Path and old pagan knowledge and wisdom. Of course that means that I have certain values in my life that I hold very high; liberation of the mind and soul from ideologies, dualism and closed world views that separate the mind and soul from the unity with nature and the cosmos.
I have studied a lot of LHP doctrines over the years, from the Luciferian Workings of Michael W. Ford, Ea Koetting, Thomas Karlsson or Chaosgnosticism. But none of them were satisfying to me. They are too limited, too restricted to grasp the powers and, more importantly, the actual reality of the other worlds, their inhabitants and powers.
I strive to overcome manmade illusion that oppress the human mind, and I do not care if that is politics, religion, a certain subculture or genre. Therefore I also am not involved in any black metal scene at all. Mankind has tried over and over again to explain their mystery of life and the cosmos and they have created these thought prisons of absolute, definite answers.
There is too much group pressure going on in this world, too much oppression, lies, might and power over the minds of people. You can see it in religion, in small sects, you can see it in subcultures, even in the black metal scene… part of the LHP should be to get rid of this, and become the divine being that desires growth, expansion of the mind, and finally ascension of the spirit by understanding, wisdom and evolution…

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name ' IardarMegin’?
Iardarmegin is a term connected to norse spirituality and rites. Megin is a term describing a force or power in a magical sense, iardarmegin is the force and power of the earth, the soil, the elements, connected to the unity, the essence that is beyond everything.  Take a look at the Iardarmegin Logo. It is not a logo but a magical symbol with astrological symbolism, it actively invokes the powers from beyond, the essence of pan and that of all nature spirits.
I have found that term while exploring Runosophy, especially the UTHARK, a infamous theory and initiation into the hidden realms of the Runes and Norse spirituality.

5.With this project you record everything solo, do you feel this makes your musical sound more creative?
Not necessarily. I just do not want to rely on anyone. The music may be raw and very primitive, but the experiences behind the music are sacred to me.

6.The project was formed in Germany but now you reside in the united States, what was the decision behind the move?
My US American wife and family. I have left Germany to be with my family.

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

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
I don’t know.

9.Are you also involved with any other musical projects these days?
I was, many years ago, back in Germany...

10.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the musical direction heading into during the future?
A full length is definitely planned and I will work on it as soon as I will find the time and equipment to do so. Iardarmegin is my tool, there are no limitations, from acoustic music to percussion with ritualistic throat singing you will find a lot of influences from all kinds of genres.

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?
Apart from that, I listen to a lot of different styles; DISTURBED, JOHNNY CASH, REBEL SON,… I have discovered VOLBEAT lately, and I really admire the singers voice and passion.

12.What are some of your non musical interests/
My family.
I am heavily involved into self sufficient farming, permaculture, and gardening.
Which means growing your own food via permacultural principles, biodynamic gardening, generating your own power and electricity, having your own water supply, going hunting or fishing.
Off Grid Homesteading. Chopping firewood, heating and cooking on a woodstove.
I am a lot into herbalism, gardening, and Ive friends living that way of life, from all kinds of careers, even far away from the so called black metal world… Even though I am some kind of prepper, I guess to me it is not about being scared that the world will crumble and fall apart, no. It is rather about living that way of life because it fulfills me no matter whats happening around me.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you for for your sincere interest. I appreciate it a lot!

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Laster/De Verste Verte Is Heir/Broken Limbs/2014 Cassette Review

jeudi 9 octobre 2014 à 02:25

  Laster  are  a  duo  from  the  Netherlands  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  cassette  "De  Verste  Verte  Is  Heir"  which  was  released  by  Broken  Limbs.

  A  very  dark  and  ambient  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  the  guitars  slowly  creeping  in  and  after  a  minute  the  music  starts  getting  more  black  meal  orientated  in  sound  as  well  as  going  into  more  of  a  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  shows  blast  beats  and  high  pitched  screams  being  added  into  the  music  and  later  on  spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  in  the  music  at  times  and  they  add  in  a  more  depressive  feeling  to  the  recording.

  There  is  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  present  throughout  the  recording  and  the  music  goes  for  more  of  an  atmospheric  black  metal  direction  along  with  a  decent  amount  of  melody  being  added  into  their  musical  sound  and  all  4  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in   length  and  there  is  a  lot  of  raw  aggression  in  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  and  after  awhile  drones  can  be  heard  in  the  music  at  times.    

  At  times  the  vocals  adding  in  some  elements  of  depressive  and  suicidal  black  metal  in  the  screams  and  as  the  album  progresses  synths  and  melodic  choirs  can  be  heard  in  the  music  briefly  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  on  the  recording  they  bring  in  a  more  melodic  and  atmospheric  approach  to  modern  black  metal  and  on  the  last  track  elements  of  darkwave  are  added  into t he  music  along  with  some  clean  singing  vocals  

  Laster  creates  another  atmospheric  black  metal  sound  with  this  recording  as  well  as  adding  more  epic  structures  and  synths  while  also  retaining  a  very  raw  and  depressive  sound,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Dutch and  cover  literature  and  inner  struggles.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Laster  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  black  metal,  uoi  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Alles  wat  mij  bevalt,  ontvalt  me"  and  "Ik  -  mijn  masker".  8  out  of  10.  

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Anaal Nathrakh/Desideratum/Metal Blade Records/2014 CD Review

mercredi 8 octobre 2014 à 13:19

  Anaal  Nathrakh  have returned  with  a  new  recording  that  continues  the  mixture  of  melodic  black  metal  and  brutal  grindcore  of  the  previous  recordings  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Desideratum"  which  will  be  released  on  October  28th  by  Metal  blade  Records.

  Dark sound  effects  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  elements  of  harsh  noise  before  adding  in  heavy  guitars  with elements  of  electronic  music  which  also  takes  the  music  into  more  of  a  modern  metal  direction  as  well  as  adding  in  some  melodic  guitar  leads  and  on  the  second  track  the  music  starts  going  for  more  of  a  fast  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  high  pitched  screams.

  A  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  throughout  the  recording  along  with  the  vocals  utilizing  a  good  mixture  of  melodic  clean  singing  on  some  tracks  and  black  metal  screams  as  well  as   a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  being  used  at  times  and  the  band  also  adds  a  great  amount  of  melody  into  the  solos  and  leads  and  they  also  mix  in  the  electronic  music  elements  in  with  their  black  metal  sound.

  As  the  album  progresses  the  music  starts  having  more  of  an  atmospheric  black  metal  feeling  that  is  a  lot  more  closer   to  the  more  mainstream  side   of  the  genre  while  the  faster  parts  bring  in  elements  of  brutal  grindcore  along  with  some  deep  death  metal  growls  being  utilized  at  times  and  on  one  of  the  alter  tracks  you  can  hear  a  small  amount  of  punk  and  hardcore  being  added  into  the  bands  musical  style.

 Anaal  Nathrakh  continue  the  foundations  they  have  established  on  previous  recordings  keeping  the  music  very  heavy,  chaotic  and  melodic  while  also  experimenting  more  with  the  electronic music  elements  they  brought  onto  the  last  recording  as  well  as  adding  in  some  modern  metal  elements  which  i  do not  care  about  but  other  than  that this  album  is  a  very  good  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  annihilation  and  armageddon  themes.

In  my  opinion  this  is  another  decent  sounding  recording  from  Anaal  Nathrakh  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Unleash"  "A  Firm  Foundation  Of  Unyielding  Despair"  "Idol"  and  "Ita  Mori".  7/5  out  of  10.                    

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VIII/Drakon/Black Plague Records/2014 CD Review

mercredi 8 octobre 2014 à 09:16

  VIII  are  a  duo  from  Italy  that  plays  an  occult  form  of  black  metal  with  elements  of  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Drakon"  which  was  released  by  Black  Plague  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  avant  garde  sounds  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  elements  of  ambient  which  also  brings in  a  very  occult  and  ritualistic  feeling  to  the  music  and  after  a  minute  the  music  starts  going  for  more  of  a  mid  paced  old  school  black  metal  sound  along  with  some  high  pitched  screams  and  most  of  the  tracks  on  the  recording  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  on  some  of  the  tracks  they  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  synths.

  You  can  hear  a  great  amount  of  melody  in  the  bands  musical  style  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  after  awhile  blast  beats  are  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  add  more  of  a  melodic  and  up  beat  feeling  to  the  bands  approach  to  black  metal.

  When  the  doom  metal  influence  is  added  into  the  music  the  music  starts  evoking  more  of  a  dark  atmosphere  and  the  vocals  also  start  having  more  of  a  grim  feeling  on  the  later  tracks  as  well  as bringing  in  melodic  chants  at  times  along  with  a  small  amount  of  whispers  and  while  the  music  sticks  to  mostly  a  slow  or  mid  paced  direction  the  album  also  does  have  its  fast  moments  at  times.

  VIII  creates  a  style  of  occult  black  metal  that  is  very  melodic  and  sticks  to  mostly  a  slow  to  mid  paced  direction  as  well  as  adding  in  doom  metal  elements  and  ritualistic  sounds  to  create  an  album  that  is  very  occult  yet  taking  the  genre  to  a  different  level,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Philosophy,  Misanthropy  and  Individualism.

  In  my  opinion  VIII  are  a  very  great sounding  occult  black  metal  band  with  elements  of  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ode  To  Qayin"  "Drakon"  and  "Descending  the  Abyss".  8  out  of  10.



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