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Naarkas/Slangen/Strange Aeons Records/2021 EP Review

vendredi 29 janvier 2021 à 02:49

 


  Naarkas  are  a  duo  from  Denmark  that  plays  a  raw  mixture  of  black  metal  and  crust  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  ep  "Slangen"  which  was  released  by  Strange  Aeons  Records.


  A  very  distorted  sound  starts  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  heavier  crust  punk  direction  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  some  dark  sounding  melodies  also  being  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.


  At  times  the  songs  also  get  very  raw  sounding  while  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  briefly  when  the  music  speeds  up  along  with  one  track  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  samples  as  well  as most  of  the  music  also  sticking  mostly  to  a  mid  tempo  direction  and  keyboards  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  the  closing  track.


  Naarkas  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  raw  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  crust  punk  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Danish  and  cover  dark  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Naarkas  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  mixture  of  black  metal  and  crust  punk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  duo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  'Frossen  jord"  and  "Slangen".  8  out  of  10.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXpCjhChg38&feature=youtu.be      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/01/naarkasslangenstrange-aeons-records2021.html


Xibalba/Ah Dazm Poop Ek/Nuclear War Now! Productions/2021 Album Re-Issue Review

vendredi 29 janvier 2021 à 02:23

 


  This  is  a  review  of  another  recording  from  Mexico's  Xibalba  which  continues  the  raw  and  Mayan  themes  style  of  black  metal  from  the  previous  releases  and  the  album w as  released  in  1994  and  called  "Ah  Dazm  Poop  Ek"  which  will  be  re-issued  in  February  2021  by  Nuclear  War  Now!  Productions.


  Shamanistic  and  tribal  style  drumming  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  pre-Hispanic  instruments  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction.  Some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them. 


  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  yet  early  90's  style  while  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.  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.


  The  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  Norwegian  influences  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  tribal  elements  also  making  a  return  on  some  of  the  later  tracks,  there  are  also  a  few  instrumentals.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Mayan  Cosmology  and  Ancient  Mexican  Culture.


  In  my  opinion  this  was  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Xibalba  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  old  school  Mayan  themes  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Furor  Antiquus"  Sign  of  Eastern  War"  "Deers  In  The  Mounts"  and  "Horizons".  8  out  of  10.


http://nuclearwarnowproductions.bandcamp.com/album/ah-dzam-poop-ek   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/12/xibalbaah-dazm-poop-eknuclear-war-now.html


Xibalba/Ancients/Nuclear War Now! Productions/2021 Compilation Album Review

jeudi 28 janvier 2021 à 13:05

 


  Xibalba  are  a  band  from  Mexico  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2007  compilation  album  "Ancients"  which  will  be  re-issued  in  February  2021  by  Nuclear  War  Now!  Productions  and  consists  of  "In  Lucescitae  Tristis  Hiei"  demo  from  1992  and  a  rehearsal  recording  from  1994.


  Nature  orientated  soundscapes  start  off  the  compilation  along  with  some  tribal  style  percussion  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  brings  in  more  of  a  tribal  feeling.  When  spoken  word  parts  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  ritualistic  style  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams. 


  Some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  traditional  black  metal  style  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard.


  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  music  also  showing  an  influence  of  the  Norwegian  style  which  was  very  common  in  that  era  as  well  as  the  spoken  word  parts  also  returning  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  and  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Mayan  and  Ancient  Mexico  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Xibalba  where  a  very  great  sounding  raw  Mayan  themes  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Furor  Antiquus"  "In  Lucescitae  Tristis  Hiei"  and  "Return  To  Outerwisdom".  8  out  of  10.


http://nuclearwarnowproductions.bandcamp.com/album/ancients   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/01/xibalbaancientsnuclear-war-now.html


Eriphion/Ερίφιον2​-​ΑναδόμΗση/2021 Full Length Review

jeudi 28 janvier 2021 à 06:46

 


  Greece's  Eriphion  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  expanding  on  the  experimental  post  black  metal  style  that  was  introduced  on  the  previous  ep  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2021  album  "Ερίφιον2​-​ΑναδόμΗση".


  Drum  beats  along  with  a  powerful  sounding  bass  guitar  starts  off  the  album  while  heavier  riffs  are  also  introduced  a  few  seconds  later.  The  music  also  shows  an  influence  of  noise  rock  as  well  as  the  vocals  being  mostly  deep  yet  angry  black  metal  screams  and  most  of  the  tracks a re  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.


  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  album  also  gets  very  experimental  sounding  at  times.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  music  also  adding in  some  elements  of  noise  as  well  as  one  tack  also  adding  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  recording.


  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  the  music  also  capturing  an  improv  atmosphere  at  times  as  well  as  one  of  the  tracks  also  being  an  instrumental,  some  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  ritualistic  vibe  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  small  amount  of  synths  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Greek  and  cover  dark  and  philosophical  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Eriphion  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental  post  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE " Κατά  συρροή  ανεύθυνοι  φίλοι"  and  "Ώρες".  8  out  of  10,.


https://eriphion.bandcamp.com/album/2

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/01/eriphion2-2021-full-length-review.html


Iscuron Interview

jeudi 28 janvier 2021 à 03:59

 

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical project?

Iscuron is a Black Metal one-man band based in the North of Italy, born in 2020. The first album “The Nothing Has Defeated Atreyu” was released in January 2021. I’ve been composing and playing all the music and writing all the lyrics and self-managed the whole production process. I’m only outsourcing the artwork and the PR. So far the Iscuron project is not signed with any label and the distribution is digital only, although I’m not excluding possible collaborations and physical releases for the time being.

 

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

I like to describe my music style as Symphonic/Atmospheric/Medieval Black Metal with electronic components. I started listening and playing Black Metal since the mid 90’. The musical style of this recording is probably the sum of the influences I got from this over 20 years long journey through this genre. The basic structure of every song is solidly black metal: blasting drums, tremolo guitar and screams are there most of the time. I then develop the basic structure and riffing adding melodies and atmosphere through many different classical and folk instruments. The electronic component is minor but it’s present in every track. I’m not an expert of electronic music and I don’t even listen to it, however I find electronic instruments helpful to co-build the overall atmosphere. In few words my main goal is, whiting a black metal framework, to create a certain atmosphere and to achieve the goal I’m using any component that I believe can help. 

 

3.Some of your lyrics cover fantasy and medieval themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in those topics?

I’m a fan of fantasy and medieval themes in books, movies, music and any other form of art. I studied classical literature in university and since I was a child my family always planned “history driven” trips and visits around Europe. The Lord Of The Rings (the book first and then the movie) also had a strong fascination on me, I know this will sound very obvious. Often my lyrics are actually inspired by real experiences and things that I simply see happening around me, however I prefer to express the themes through fantasy metaphors that fit with my music and that often help being more straight to the point using few words.

 

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

In the local dialect of the small mountain village where I come from and where I live most of the year, the word “iscuron” means “in the darkness”. That is also the title of the last track of the album. I feel that this name is reflective of the atmosphere that I’m trying to create with my music and I’m proud of knowing and sometimes still speaking the old local dialect. The lyrics of the track “Caterina 1667” are also inspired by an actual historical fact that happened in that place few centuries ago.

 

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

The artwork, together with the logo, were created by the Russian artist and painter Mosaeye (who has experience with many extreme metal artworks). This is one of the few components that I’m outsourcing, in fact I don’t know if I’m good in making music, but for sure I know that  I’m not good with artworks 😊 The painting that I chose reminds me of the woods around the place where I live where I use to walk to get inspiration and I like to see the figure as the spirit that guards those woods through the centuries. I live in a place where nature, wild animals and forests are still predominant and setting the rules for everybody. And I love it.

 

6.With this project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?

For this project I felt the need to express 100% myself in any sound, note and word. I see the “one-man” approach similar to a “composer/singer-songwriter” approach although this is not common in Black Metal, that is usually dominated by a “band” approach (although with obvious relevant exceptions). I’m not excluding possible occasional external collaborations with other musicians in the future, however Iscuron will remain a solo project.

 

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

I’m not proactively looking around for a label and I don’t have any discussion in place at present, so far I managed to accomplish what I was looking for by myself. However I’m not closed to collaborations in principle, I’m open to explore any opportunity the future might bring.

 

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

So far I got mostly very positive reactions by many people in many different Countries and I’m very thankful for that. I was concerned by the reaction to the mix of different styles and most of all by the inclusion of electronic components in my Black Metal music. So far it looks like my intention of using any possible ingredient to achieve the overall atmosphere without betraying the genre was understood.


9.Do you also have any experience working with other bands or musical projects?

Since 1998 I am also a member of another Italian extreme metal band that has a total of 3 members. That band is not releasing anything since over 10 years now, however it is still alive and we are working to finalize an album that we hope to release by the end of the year. More to come.


10.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future?

Music for me is purely a passion. My only ambition is to be able to go on composing and releasing new albums that I really feel, I’m not hoping to make a living out of it. My goals are purely qualitative. On one hand I would consider myself musically successful if I’ll manage to keep my music “fresh” album by album whilst sticking to a solid Black Metal structure. On another hand I hope to improve as a musician and composer: playing and programming all instruments gives you a lot of room for improvement and for trying new experiments. Just for example, technically speaking, I feel like I have large room for improvement when it comes to my vocals and in the new songs I’m already working on I’m focusing a lot on better drums.


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?

The first record, actually a tape, that I bought was “No prayer for the dying” of Iron Maiden. I quickly switched to more extreme music when I bought a Death Metal compilation by the magazine Terrorizer that I saw by chance in the window of the music shop. I was a fan of horror movies, especially Dario Argento, and I liked both the tape cover (Trey Azagthoth of Morbid Angel playing covered by blood) and the unprecedented bands names (Morbid Angel, Tiamat, Pestilence, Obituary, Malevolent Creation etc.). The spell by Black Metal happened between the final phase of the early Scandinavian scene (Burzum, Emperor, Immortal, Marduk) and the following symphonic/melodic phase (Dimmu Borgir, Cradle Of Filth, Samael, Moonspell, Dissection). Nowadays, although I may get influenced by any music that hear by chance (radio, movies, videogames), I still intentionally listen to Black Metal only. I like many new bands like Vargrav, Severoth, Aorlhac, Forteresse, Ieschure, Zaklon, Oubliette, Totenwache. I also like a lot a couple of other Italian bands: Nazgul and Evol.

 

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

I want to use this space to really thank you for your support. The extreme metal underground still exists also thanks to initiatives like yours.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/01/iscuron-interview.html