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Death. Void, Terror/To The Great Monolith II/Repose Records/2020 CD Review

jeudi 26 décembre 2019 à 00:09


  Death.  Void,  Terror  are  a  band  from  Switzerland  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  an  experimental  and  ritualistic  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "To  The  Great  Monolith  II"  which  will  be  released  in  2020  by  Repose  Records.

A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  the  vocals  being  a  mixture  of  grim  yet  tortured  black  metal  screams  and  deep  growls.  Elements  of  doom  metal can  also  be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the   songs  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  music  also  capturing  an  improv  atmosphere  at  times  as  well  as  having  its  experimental  and  ritualistic  moments.  Clean  vocals and  Gregorian  chants  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  All  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  some  dark  soundscapes  also  being  utilized  at  times,  whispered  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  some  tracks  also  adding  in  some  mid  tempo  sections.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  follow  a  concept  revolving  around  ''The  Great  Monolith". 


   In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Death.  Void.  Terror  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  ritualistic  and  experimental  black  and  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "( - --- )"  and  "( -- -- )".  8  out  of  10.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YgwSPpqLCQ

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/12/death-void-terrorto-great-monolith.html


Asgrauw/IJsval/Death Kvlt Productions/2020 Full Length Review

mardi 24 décembre 2019 à 23:28

  Asgrauw  are  a  band  from  the  Netherlands  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "IJSval"  which  will  be  released  in  2020  by  Death  Kvlt  Productions.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  angry  yet  spoken  vocals  a  few  seconds  later which  evolve  into  grim  black  metal screams.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  power  sound  to  them  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also b e  heard.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  style.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Synths  can  also  be  heard  in  the  background  at  times  and  also  gives  the  music  more  of  an  atmospheric  feeling  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing.  One  of  the  tracks  is  also  very  long  and   epic  in  length  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  when  they  are  utilized  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  classical  guitars  can  be  heard,  battle  sounds  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  the  closing  track.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Dutch  and  cover  apocalyptic  and  misanthropic  themes.   

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Asgrauw  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  old  school  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "IJsval"  "Broeihaard"  and  "Wanorde".  8  out  of  10.

asgrauw.bandcamp.com

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/12/asgrauwijsvaldeath-kvlt-productions2020.html


Into Pandemonium/Darkest Rise/2020 EP Review

mardi 24 décembre 2019 à 08:11

  Into  Pandemonium  are  a  band  from  Dayton,  Ohio  that  plays  a  very  melodic,  atmospheric  and  technical  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  ep  "Darkest  Rise"  which  will  be  released  in  2020.

  Melodic  yet  heavy  riffing  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  The  solos  and  leads  also  utilize  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  vocals  also  add  in a  mixture  of  black  metal  screams  and  death  metal  growls.  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  technical  sounding  and  as  the  ep  progresses  the  music  starts  having  it's  atmospheric  moments  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  clean  vocals,  synths  and  clean  playing  are  also  added  on  the  closing  track.

  Into  Pandemonium  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  the  atmospheric  and  melodic  side  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  technical  death  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while t he  lyrics  cover  transcendental  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Into  Pandemonium  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric,  melodic  and  technical  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Becoming"  and  "Fallen".  8  out  of  10.

https://www.facebook.com/IntoPandemoniumOfficial/     

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/12/into-pandemoniumdarkest-rise2020-ep.html


Nobody Interview

lundi 23 décembre 2019 à 21:26
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
1. I play acoustic black metal fused with Finnish pagan music influences from the pre-Christian era.

2.Can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the ep?
2. The Finnish pagan music involves the kantele, which is a harp-like instrument that is played on the lap like a lap-steel guitar. I mimic the phrasing of this instrument with my guitar. The scales in pagan Finnish music are usually Dorian or Locrian or Phrygian in terms of the musical modes, which correspond perfectly with those of black metal.

3.All of the music has been recorded acoustic so far, would you be interested in using heavier instruments on future releases?
3. I am definitely interested in using electric instruments in my future publications.

4.Some of your lyrics cover pre -Christian Finnish pagan gods, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this subject?
4. I spent my youth in the forests of my hometown in Finland, invoking spirits and performing blood and fire rituals while under the influence of psychedelic drugs and encountered spirits that inspired me to connect with my country's past that was still untainted by the slave-mentality of Christianity.

5.You also mentioned some interest in the works of Aleister Crowley and other forms of occultism, how long have you had an interest in the dark arts?
5. I was first acquainted with The Great Beast when I was 15, after reading the Book of the Law. Ever since I have consumed all his work I have gotten my hands on and his influence on me is constantly present in dream visitations and through transcendental meditation, that allows me to communicate with otherworldly entities. He is my prophet and guide, but not the only one. I engage in Magick rituals daily. The "dark arts" is a wide and hard-to-define subject, and every communion opens new doors, so I do not attest to be an expert on the subject.

6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Nobody'?
6. "Nobody" is a derogative term in the field of arts, signifying someone who hasn't "made it" in the public arena. I have taken this term and all its negative connotations to turn them around into something positive.

7.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the ep cover?
7. The Master Don Satyr who made this artwork wanted to depict the long, black winters of the North and the spiritual animal of the raven, the chosen messenger of Ukko, the blood-thirsty leader of Finnish pagan gods.

8.On the ep you recorded everything by yourself, would you be open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?
8. I am more than willing to work with other people in terms of recording and production, since it gives a new perspective to the work and lessens my workload, being a lazy soul at heart.

9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
9. The reaction has been at this point uniformly positive, though the style I play is unorthodox.

10.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future?
10. A full length album is finished already. Just waiting to be published by my label, Inverse Records. I see myself creating new material at a relentless pace and touring around the world.

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?

11. I've been influenced by the great masters of old school black metal and still I am listening to them constantly. The influences are too numerous to list, and after I have gone through all the classics, I am definitely going to check out the new rising stars of the scene.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
12. I'd like to thank you personally for choosing to spotlight my work. These days there are many great acts rising everywhere around the world, and so it is difficult to stand out from among them. I really appreciate the exposure you're giving me.

https://www.facebook.com/nobodymetal 
https://www.instagram.com/nobodyofficial666 
https://spoti.fi/2OP9MFY 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/12/nobody-interview.html


Perdition Hearse/Mala Fide/Nuclear War Now! Productions/2019 Compilation Album Review

lundi 23 décembre 2019 à 21:13

  Perdition  Hearse  where  a  band  from  Norway  that  was  a  part of the early Norwegian black metal scene in the late 80's and 90's and played an earlier second wave style and this is  a  review  of  their  2019  compilation  album  "Mala  Fide"  which  consists  of  their  earlier  demos  which  was  released  on  December  31st  by  Nuclear  War  Now!  Productions.

  Classical  guitars  start  off  the  compilation  along  with  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  synths  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  Some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  some  first  wave,  death  and  thrash  metal  elements  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  style  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Synths  and  deep  ritualistic  vocals  are  also  mixed  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  Throughout  the  compilation  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Classical  guitars  also  make  a  return  on  a  later  track  as  well  as  one  song  also  introducing  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  compilation  along  with  a  later track  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing. The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  mythology,  perdition,  death  and  anti  religion  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Perdition  Hearse  where  a  very  great  sounding  early  Norwegian  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "My  Ancient  Gods  Behind  Them  All"  'Cerberos  Leads  Us  Through"  and  "Gloomy  Rotten  Skeleton".  8  out  of  10.

http://nuclearwarnowproductions.bandcamp.com/album/mala-fide

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/12/perdition-hearsemala-fidenuclear-war.html