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Invunche/II/Babylon Doom Cult Records/2019 LP Re-Issue Review

dimanche 29 septembre 2019 à 21:04

  Invunche  are  a  band  with  members  from  the  Netherlands  and  Chile  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  metal,  primitive  punk  and  psychedelic  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "II"  which  will  be  re-issued  on  vinyl  in  October,  2019  by  Babylon  Doom  Cult  Records.

  Ambient  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  punk  and  d  beat  influenced  direction  which  also  introduces  grim  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording  along  with  the  music  also  bringing  in  influences  from t he  90's  second  wave  era  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Elements  of  psychedelic  and  surf  rock  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  short  in  length  as  well  as  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  percussion  and  flutes  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  shamanistic  feeling.

  Invunche  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black  metal,  primitive  punk  and  psychedelic  rock  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of t heir  own.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Dutch  and  cover  shamanism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Invunche  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  metal,  primitive  punk  and  psychedelic  rock  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ciudad"  "Asfalto"  "Entre  el  mar  y  la  montana"  and  "El  wekufe".  8  out  of  10.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=euuq-nYnAGs&t=169s&mc_cid=fa59b245ea&mc_eid=ac55772fc3 

        

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/09/invuncheiibabylon-doom-cult-records2019.html


Cthonica Interview

dimanche 29 septembre 2019 à 20:15
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
1. Cthonica started as the evolution after a brief incubation of a first appareance; twisting the elementals of our own self-exploitation we conceived a more ravaging form of performing the music that we wanted to transmit. Also, after the lethargy, a renewal of concept was conceived as well and everything was specifically signed to the purpose we wanted to transmit with it.

2.You have your first full length coming out in October, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?

2. The recordings on Typhomanteia are basically a return to the primitivism where we started from; it’s all primordially reduced to that. As I’ve mentioned before, we’ve exploited the most extreme side of the ideas we had and conceived something, in our perception, more ‘relentless’ and ‘heavy-sounding’. All that thanks to Necrosound Studios who had a perfect approach on what we’ve first recorded and also translated it into towards abyss where we wanted to recite this work.

3.Some of your lyrics show an influence of Nietzsche, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in his work and also are there any other philosophers that have an influence on your views?
3. Nietzsche has undoubtedly been a huge motivation in my life-experience definitely, and specially in this times we’re living, for sure. Correctly accepted, his notions joined with our ethos were well-amalgamated although the idea on Typhomanteia wasn’t to be a nietzschean apology; but the influence is present, indeed. I should also add other magnific minds as Isidore Lucien Ducasse (for his majestic- romantic approach on natural human evil), Dante Alighieri (for his glorious everlasting verses that materializes passages from absolute glory to infinite horror), Charles Baudelaire (for his permanent épater that dissolves reason into human perdition); which is basically the main focus on the axiom “Sacred Triarchy Of Spiritual Putrefaction” and, of course I have to mention François Rabelais, which in a deeper philosophical way, depicts the act of living as a crawling creature in his own bowels: copious and negligently scratching his last breath to a miserable end

4.You also go into some occult and left hand path areas lyrically, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?

4. The Supreme And Absolute Omnipresence Of Death. The other notions added to this base, are just the convulsing-expanding tentacles of that primal will.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Cthonica'?
5. Claiming the THrone Of Noxious Illuminative CAtharsis; perpetually reciting.

6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?
6. The whole artwork (cover and inlay) was an attachment from BMS Illustration; and depicts perfectly the symbols / mottos / “logos” of Typhomanteia’s concept: The Sacred Triarchy of Death.

7.The band members also participate in 'Okkvlt', musically how do they differ from the work you have done with 'Cthonica'?

7. Okkvlt was a first step given in order to claim the beginning of what would manifest later under the name of “Cthonica” and specifically translated through “Typhomanteia”. The creative process was very similar and also was something that since today we still enjoying and consider an elemental part to understand what Cthonica would become later. Unfortunately due foreign circumstances, all the labels that supposedly “supported” that work, ended up in a total deception due their lack of responsibility; until we finally released it through Panamanian label Profaner Records, reaching it at what we considered an acceptable release considering the standarts we wanted to maintain with for that one specially.

8.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding your line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?
8. Cthonica started as a two-headed entity and will prevail until the end of his time.

9.Your album is coming out through 3 different labels, while I am familiar with the first two mentioned I am not so much with the third one, can you tell us a little bit more about 'Clavis Secretorvm'?
9. With Clavis Secretorvm we have a very brief relationship but it’s definitely what I should consider a fact to be thankful for. As much as we are with Sentient Ruin and Caligari Records for making all this possible.

C.S. operates as one of (in my opinion) the most devoted labels whose premise is to uphold underground sonorities with all the compromise. I guess it is (and should be) all about that, Compromise and devotion.

10.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of dark, extreme and underground metal?
10. Recent comments have been quite positive and of course we appreciate them as well for the support to this new apparition; we’re thankful with everyone out there who supports this work physically or not.


11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
11. Surely the same as today. Live performances are something that we’re not interested in right now, and it’ll not be part of our schedule for a long time probably, although we don’t discard anything.

12.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?
12. Relentless and primitive Black Metal of Death; abyssal ambiances and obscure transmissions from the wretched. For all those who walk under that sign, we hold respect.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
First of all thanks to you for this consideration. Nevertheless and from now on Cthonica will not respond any other interview; as basically what we had / have to say, it’s firmly and honestly wrote in this previous lines.

Expect the further spasms of the birth we gave and is slowly disemboweling.

NIHIL VERUM NISI MORS.

https://www.facebook.com/CthonicaTriarchiaSacrae/

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/09/cthonica-interview.html


Katharos XII/Palindrome/Loud Rage Music/2019 CD Review

dimanche 29 septembre 2019 à 10:23

  Katharos  XIII  are  a  band  from  Romania  that  have  had  an  album  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  evolve  into  more  of  a  mixture  of  depressive  black,  dark,  doom  metal  and  post  jazz  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Palindrome"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Loud  Rage  Music.

  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  album  while  the  keyboards  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  haunting  atmosphere.  All  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  some  clean  female  vocals  also  being  utilized  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  and  when  saxophones  are  utilized  they  also  add  in  elements  of  jazz  music.

  Depressive  black  metal  screams  are  also  added  into  some parts  of  the  songs  while  the  slower  sections  of  the  music  also  add  in  elements  of  dark  and  doom  metal.  Dark  sounding  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  and  at  times  the  music  also  gets  very  experimental  and  avant  garde  sounding,  one  track  also  introduces  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  recording  and  all  of  the  songs  sticks  to  a  slow  direction.

  On  this  recording  Katharos  XIII  evolves  into  more  of  a  mixture  of  depressive  black,  dark,  doom  metal  and  post  jazz  to  take  their  sound  to  another  level.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  suicide,  death  and  misanthropy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Katharos  XIII  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  depressive  black,  dark,  doom  metal  and  post  jazz,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Vidma"  and  "No  Sun  Swims".  8  out  of  10.

 https://loudragemusic.bandcamp.com/album/katharos-xiii-palindrome-2 

 

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/09/katharos-xiipalindromeloud-rage.html


Nordkvade Interview

samedi 28 septembre 2019 à 10:10
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Olle: We are a Swedish Black Metal band that was formed in late 2017 by Marcus and I. We started with an intention to play old school Nordic, rock n roll influenced black metal. We released our first demo on cassette in September 2018 and later it was re-released on a 7” vinyl by Fallen Temple I February this year. At the same time we signed a contract with Naturmacht who will release our full length debut album.

2.You have your first full length coming out during the end of September, musically how does it differ from the demo you had released in 2018?

Olle: I would say that it doesn’t differ that much, we still play the same music and have a similar sound. Of course we aim to progress as a band so perhaps you can hear something like a natural development even though some of the songs already was written when the demo was released.

Marcus: I agree with Olle, production is perhaps a little bit different since I was spending more time on it. But other than that, not so much, and that was sort of the point of the demo.

3.Your lyrics cover 'Norse Mythology', can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?

Olle: It has been an interest for a very long time and it is part of our heritage and history. I have spent a lot of time around the Grebbestad/Tanum area where my parents have a summer house. In the area there is a lot of history with rock carvings, grave fields etc.. I find it fascinating with runes and the stories about the heathen gods.

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

Olle: It is the words Nord and Kväde combined and it means North and poem. We are Northmen and we have poems about our history, Nordic mythology, war against the monotheistic religions etc…

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

Olle: The artwork is drawn by Sofia Gefyr (Gefyr Art Design) and she is my girlfriend. We wanted something that we felt was representative for the music we make and the lyrics we write. It is strongly combined with the music, with the fallen warriors, the runestone (which contains a lyrical extract from the song “Allfader”, Hugin & Munin and so on… So we are very pleased with the result.

6.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding your line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?

Olle: We are open for suggestions if we get the right people. However we are working good together as a duo and it has worked with a session drummer and on the album another guy played the bass on two tracks. We’ll see how it will be in the future, time will tell. In the future we also aim to perform live, but it will be when the time is right, then we obviously need some more people and we hopefully have some people that are interested in this.

Marcus: We are currently not a rehearsing band, even tho I know Olle is craving for it. Malte, who played bass on some songs on the album also showed interest in playing live and rehearsing. Myself I like to just write music, so we decided to focus on the next album, for now.

7.So far you have worked with 'Fallen Temple'and 'Naturmacht Productions' on your releases, do you feel that they have been very helpful when it come sot getting your music out there heard?

Olle: Yes, they have been very helpful! Starting with Fallen Temple we are more than pleased with the 7” release. It is great to have it in a gatefold format, a sticker with it and a die hard version with a patch was great! It got us quite some attention which has been good. Then we have the upcoming release with Naturmacht and it has boosted the attention even further. The full length will come in four different versions (vinyl, cassette, A5 digipak CD and regular CD) which is amazing! We couldn’t be happier with how they have done everything for us.

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

Olle: Overall it has been very good! People really seemed to like the demo and hopefully they will like the full length album as well.

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

Olle: We will continue do create the music we love ourselves and go further on the path we have paved so far. Some songs are already written, and we aim forward on creating more good black metal.

Marcus: That’s hard to answer, but since the completion of the first album there are 4 new songs almost done and those are in the style ranging from  “traditional 90’s black” to more melodic black in the style of “Allfather” from “Visdom & Makt”. But I think there will be a few tracks that’s a bit more atmospheric on the next album, we’ll see, which tracks ends up on the next record are not decided yet.

One thing that I felt was a limitation with this record was the playing time. Me and Olle loves the Vinyl-format so in order to keep a good sounding record, we had to land on a maximum of 20min per side since a gatefold double-vinyl was out of the question.

10.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?

Olle: Marcus should answer about the musical part on this but for me lyrically the inspiration comes from all the music I listen to I guess, subconsciously or for some parts more consciously, as well as everyday happenings, life in general and the earlier mentioned Nordic mythology is inspirational.
I listen to a lot of music but at the moment it is Advent Sorrow, Vitriol, Hellripper, Mork, Arckanum, Rimfrost… the list could be very long, hehe

Marcus: The bands that influenced the songs on “Visdom & Makt” I guess are Burzum, King of Asgard and The Hellacopters. I’ve listened A LOT to those bands in the last 3 years. But I wouldn’t go as far and say I actually can hear the influences... That’s up to the people listening, to decide.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Olle: As I am a mechanical engineer I must say that technology is a big interest as well as design. Then we have Nordic mythology of course but the music is the main interest.

Marcus: Spending time with friends in the forest, just lighting a fire and drink some beers. That’s good times. But I’m also a huge gamer.

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

Olle: Thanks for the interview! “Stenar ska resas till vårt minne och runor ska ristas igen!”.

https://www.facebook.com/nordkvade/

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/09/nordkvade-interview.html


Vedmin Krug/Totem/2019 Full Length Review

samedi 28 septembre 2019 à 09:27

  Vedmin  Krug  are  a  solo  project  from  Russia  that  plays  a  pagan  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2019  album  "Totem".

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  utilizing  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  and  epic  sounding  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  90's  influences.

  Synths  can  also  be  heard  on  some  of  the  tracks  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them,  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  one  track  also  introduces  elements  of  folk  music  onto  the  recording.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  mysticism  and  the  Paganism  of  the  Northern  European  and  Slavic  people.   

  In  my  opinion  Vedmin  Krug  are  a  very  great  sounding  pagan  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Non  Serviam!"  "The Dawn  of  A  New  World"  and  "Father  North".  8/5  out  of  10.

Bandcamp band page: https://vedkrug.bandcamp.com
YouTube (full album): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eeQWNHquS3E

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/09/vedmin-krugtotem2019-full-length-review.html