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Projekt NOIR/Sky/2015 EP Review

vendredi 13 février 2015 à 16:43

  Projekt  NOIR  are  a  1  man  band  from  Portugal  that  plays  an  avant  garde  and  post  form  of  depressive  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2015  ep  "Sky".

  A  very  dark  and  avant  garde  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  that  add a  post  black  metal  feeling  to  all  of  the  tracks  and  vocals  that  use  both  clean  singing,  spoken  word  parts  and  grim  screams  and  after  the  intro  the  music  starts  incorporating  more  ambient  and  nature  sounds.

  Once  the  music  starts  progressing  more  the  ep  starts  having  more  of  a  heavy  and  depressive  atmosphere  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  very  slow  musical  direction  which  also  gives  the  ep  a  ritualistic  feeling  along  with  all  of  the  tracks  being  experimental  and  adding  in  new  elements  ot  the  black  metal  genre.  

  Projekt  NOIR  creates  a  style  of  post  black  metal  that  has  a  depressive  vocal  approach,  melodic  guitar  leads  and  some  experimental  and  avant  garde  element s which  makes  the  recording  sound  original,  the  production   sound s very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Icelandic  and  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Projekt  NOIR  are  a  very  great  sounding  avant  garde,  post  black  metal  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sjalfsmynd  Daudleikens"  and  "A  Vit  Tilgangs".  8  out  of  10.    

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Blackdeath/Gift/Heidens Hart Records/2015 CD Review

vendredi 13 février 2015 à 14:53

  Blackdeath  are  a  band  from  Russia  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  satanic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Gift"  which  was  released  by  Heidens  Hart  Records.

  A  very  fast,  dark,  raw  and  old  school  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  solos  and  leads  they  use  are  very  melodic  yet  chaotic  at  the  same  time  and  the  vocals  they  use  are  grim  screams  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  a  few  tracks  that  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  riffs  start  incorporating  some  evil  sounding  melodies  while  still  being  very  raw,  heavy  and  aggressive  at  the  same  time  and  the  tone  of  the  guitars  gives  the  music  an  original  yet  technical  or  progressive  feeling  with  the  way  it  is  performed  without  losing  any  of  the  rawness  or  heaviness  of  the  genre  and  there  is  never  any  soft  or  clean  parts  presented  anywhere  on  the  recording.

  Blackdeath  remains  true  to  a  raw  and  satanic  style  of  black  metal  on  this  recording  while  also  bringing  in  a  different  guitar  tone  that  adds  a  lot  of  originality  to  the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  yet  powerful  and  heavy  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Russian  and  cover  Satanism,  Occultism,  Left  Hand  Path  and  Anti  Christian  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Blackdeath  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Der  Hammer  des  steinman  Molochs"  "Enigma"  and  "Die  scharzen  Cherubinen".  8  out  of  10.

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Hybrid Nightmares/The First Age/2015 EP Review

vendredi 13 février 2015 à 13:14

  Hybrid  Nightmares  are  a  band  from  Australia  that  plays  a  very  progressive  form  of  black/extreme  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  ep  "The  First  Age".

  Sounds  of  wind  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  gives  the  recording  a  progressive  rock  vibe  along  with  a  good  amount  of  finger  picking  and  full chords  and  after  the  intro  the  music  starts  going  for  more  of  a  black'n'roll  direction  while  still  being  very  progressive  at  the  same  time.

  When  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  in  a  very  melodic  direction  and  the  vocals  that  are utilized  are  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  some  of  the  fast  riffs  and  blast  beats  gives  the  music  a  raw  vibe  along  with  the  songs  using  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  that  also  shows  a  variety  of  influences  from  many  different  traditional  and  extreme  metal  genres  and  the  music  can  also  be  very  atmospheric  at  times  along  with  a  few  tracks  that  are  long  and  epic  in  length  and  on  the  last  track  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  is  utilized.

  Hybrid  Nightmares  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  progressive  and  heavily  influence  by  some  of  the  better  known  Norwegian  bands  and  they  bring  in  elements  from  a  variety  of  many  different  metal  genres  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  Stories,  Absurdism,  War  and  Battle  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Hybrid  Nightmares  are  a  very  decent  sounding  progressive  black/extreme  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Illumination"  and  "Dead  Star  Goddess".  7/5  out  of  10.


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Darkenhold Interview

vendredi 13 février 2015 à 12:21

DARKENHÖLD – interview pour Occultblackmetalzine – reçu le 8/01/015

1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

Cervantes : “Castellum” has been released on september 2014, and then we try now to defend it on stage. Hopefully people will raise our banner high aside us, and help us to reach new horizons. These times are hard, but we try to give listeners the desire to discover us on stage. Futhermore, Aldébaran began to compose new song for the fourth album to come, but the next opus is in its early stages.

2.In September you had released a new album, how would you describe the musicla sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

Cervantes : From my point of view, “Castellum” paints more epic and glorious landscapes than “Echoes from the stone keepers”, which seemed to prefer the underground galleries, dark forests and wild creatures or characters roaming through black tales and thundering skies. It's about mighty castles, stories within old ruins, furious battles and, yes, also some caverns... and the wyvern, of course !

3.Your lyrics over the years have covered castles, medieval and fantasy themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?
Aldébaran : As for myself, this inspiration comes from two sources, from walking in castles, ruins, towers that are located near my home and the other source is reading (classic fantasy authors, history, old-school video games/RPG).

Cervantes : On our two previous albums, I only wrote about theses themes with fantasmagorical intentions : it was our way to take the listeners with us through oniric travels and evocative images... with “Castellum”, I present a more historical approach, as every song deals with one or many french castles. But I do like to present things on the fantastic side, following still my will to let the imagination get the upper hand. We're not historians... but yes, the medieval times and the way people were living inspires us a lot. It's a deep part of our secret mind.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Darkenhold'?
Aldébaran : A name that can be understand at the same time as “dark'n'old”, or close to the “stronghold” sonority.

Cervantes : The word Darkenhöld comes also from a song from Bal Sagoth, the great Barbarian Metal kings ! I'm a big fan of their early opus, and I loved this word... The band just asked us to make a little alteration to it, so the “o” turned to “ö”.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?

Cervantes : I loved the live we did at the end of 2010, with Taake, Vulture Industries and other bands like Aorlhac, an excellent french Black Metal band. I was invited to go on stage with them to howl “Le miroir des péchés” with their singer Spellboud ! A great souvenir for me ! We also had good times during our 2013 “french crusade” with Fhoi Myore and Angmar, even if it was very difficult to do all things, from driving to stage roadies work and, sometimes, sound engineering. An exhausting travel, but good memories. The Villeurbanne live we did at the end of 2014 was great too, some people did'nt even know us and were leaving the place with our three albums in their bag, so we think they appreciated !

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

Cervantes : At the moment, we have four dates planned for 2015, one in Switzerland, three in France, and we expect more to come. But our target is clear : we would like to be a part of festivals, and hope 2015 will be the year to fulfill this quest... hopefully !

7.Over the years you have been a part of compilations where you did some 'Emperor' and 'Enslaved' covers, what was the decision behind doing your own versions of these days?
Aldébaran : It was an opportunity to pay tribute to these bands and to be grateful for a special period when these songs were created. We keep in mind this glorious era full of great atmospheres but we are not passeistic and look forward, I think we have our own sound that is not intended to be compared to other.

8.Over the years how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
Aldébaran : We see more and more people involved in our music through the years, even if our music still stays very underground and is confined in a small subgenre, it seems there are loyal fans that keep informed about our production, and we appreciate it.

9.Are any of the band members currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?

Cervantes : I only sing in Darkenhöld.
Aldébaran : I used to be part of bands such as Ysengrin or Artefact, but now I focus only on Darkenhöld.

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

Aldébaran : My main goal is still to compose the best music I can, two albums are in project, I hope there will be the more wonderful possible. An album with a wooden atmosphere, a romantic and a solitary essence , a second album in a more warlike sword and sorcery/medieval fantasy mood. In the two cases there will always be melodic black metal parts, choirs, some guitar solos, emphasizes in the atmospheres, and acoustic parts.

11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Aldébaran : Lots of music in different genres, the only criteria for me is the sincerity and a minimum of musicality, no matters which genre it is.
Obviously we have that background, influences composed of old Dimmu Borgir/Emperor/Satyricon's albums etc that will still be part of our heritage, but personally I can listen in parallel to classical music, new-wave, a bit of jazz, french songs etc... Nowadays in metal, I have listened to Satanic Warmaster (even if I'm not close to their political views), Empyrium, Goatmoon and Evilfeast !

Cervantes : Speaking about Black Metal, my clear (I would even say “only”) influence is the 90's ! I'm an absolute fan of this period, especially the 1993-1998 years... too many bands to quote ! But I'm also a big fan of 1980's Heavy Metal, 1980's Thrash, Speed Melodic and Symphonic Metal, also some Metal prog and old Death Metal monsters, not really the new school... I read the metal press every month and take care of the topicality releases, but I can't say that the modern trends influence me a lot... Moreover, I listen to Classical music, some Soundtracks...

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

Aldébaran : In a way yes, but only in an allegorical manner, as it is more an musical inspiration than a real way of life. The imagination plays an important role in our sound but in the other hand the music comes deep from my souls and is very true to ourselves.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?

Aldébaran : History, news, hiking in the forest.

Cervantes : I love to write and read, and I am interested in psychology, mythology, animals, arts... and Formula 1 !

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

Cervantes : Thanks for your interest and the review you did on “Castellum”. Salutes to the readers who dedicated some time to glance at these words. We hope to see you live one day, it would be great. Support the undergrournd webzines and travel through old ruins to feel the winds of ancient time blowing your mind !

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Corpus Christii/PaleMoon/Folter Records/2015 CD Review

jeudi 12 février 2015 à 14:27

  Portugal's  Corpus  Christii  have  returned  with  a  new  album  that  continues  the  occult  black  metal  sound  of  previous  recordings  while  also  going  for  more  of  a  raw  style  this  time  around  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "PaleMoon"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Folter  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  raw  old  school  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  blast  beats,  morbid  sounding  melodies  and  grim  yet  high  pitched  screams  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  very  dark  and  melodic  but  also  remain  true  to  a  black  metal  style  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  A  good  portion  of  the  music  shows  the  band  returning  back  to  more  of  a  raw  and  old  school  style  of  black  metal  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  but  done  with  more  of  a  modern  day  production  and  the  vocals  also  sound  very  angry  and  hateful  at  times  and  halfway  through  the  album  they  add  in  a  brief  song  that  brings  in  clean  playing  and  a  small  amount  of  melodic,  dark  chanting  before  returning  back  to  more  of  a  heavy  and  raw  style  on  the  remaining  songs.

  Corpus  Christii  returns  back  to  more  of  a  raw  and  grim  black  metal  sound  on  this  recording  and  this  is  some  of  the  most  aggressive  material  they  have  released  in  years,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while   the lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Luciferian,  Darkness  and  Misanthropic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Corpus  Christii  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Under  Beastcraft"  "Last  Eclipse"  "From  Darkness  To  Total  Blackness"  and  "Carving  A  Light  In  Me".  8  out  of  10.


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