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Ancst/Smutecni Slavnost/Yehonalal Tapes/Skull Witch Records/2014 SPlit EP Review

vendredi 14 mars 2014 à 19:35

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  ep  with  Germany's  Ancst  and  Czech  Republic's  Smutecni  Slavnost,  both  bands  that  have  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  which  was  released  in  2014  as  a  joint  effort  between  Yeholalal  Tapes  and  Skull  Witch  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Ancst  a  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of  raw  black  metal  and  crust.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  off  with  guitar  distortion  and  spoken  word  samples  before  going  into  a  fast  blackened  crust  direction  along  with  growls  and  blast  beats  and  when  their  side  of  the  split  goes  into  other  songs  the  guitars  go  for  a  black  metal  route  while  the  vocals  remain  in  a  crust  style  growl  direction  and  you  can  also  hear  a  good  amount  of  d  beats  in  the  music.

  As  their  side  of  the  split  continues  clean  playing  is  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  some  post  hardcore  elements  and  at  time s they  also  bring  slower  sections  into  the   recording.

  Song  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  social  injustice,  anti  religion  and  anti  fascist  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  raw  and  heavy  sound  to  it.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Ancst  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  blackened  crust,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Condition  Humana".

  Next  up  is  Smutecni Slavnost  which  continues  their  mixture  of  black  metal,  crust  and  noise.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  up  with  distorted  sounding  black  metal guitar  riffs  and  after  a  minute  grim  screams  are  added  into  the  music  along  with  some  melody  shortly  after  that  as  well  as  bringing  in  slow  sections  at  time s which  also  bring  a  depressive  feeling  to  the  recording  and  as  time  goes  on  by  there  is  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  on  the  outro  noise  sounds  are  added  into  the  recording

  Song  lyrics  are  written  in  Czech  and  cover  misanthropic,  anti  religion  and  anti  fascist  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  raw  and  heavy  sound  to  it  along  with  their  main  track  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Smutecni Slavnost  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  black  metal  mixed  with  crust,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Jak  se  rozloucin".

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  black  metal  and  crust.  8  out  of  10.

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Invertia/Another Scheme of the World/Ohm Resistance/2014 CD Review

jeudi 13 mars 2014 à 21:04

  Invertia  are  a  band  from   Massachusetts  that  plays  a  mixture  of  oppressive  black  metal  and  industrial  with  some  death  metal  elements  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Another  Scheme  of  the  World"  which  will  be  released  by  ohm  Resistance.

  The  album  starts  out  with  dark  and  distorted  drones  and  sounds  along  with  some  melody  and  spoken  word  samples  before  adding  in  a  more  raw  and  fast  black  metal  sound  mixed  in  with  industrial  along  with  some  deep  grim  vocals  which  also  turn  into  high  pitched  screams  at  times  and  after  awhile  solos  and  leads  are  added  into  the  music.

  When  the  album  goes  into  other  songs  the  black  metal  elements  become  a  more  dominant  part  of  the  music  while  also  focusing  more  on  the  darker  end  of  that  genre and  they  also  bring  in  some  brutal  death  metal  influences  as  well  as  never  straying  to  far  away  from  the  industrial  sounds  and  you  can  also h ear  some  melody  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  programmed  blast  beats.

  The  second  half  of  the  album  are  all  remixed  versions  of  the  first  part  of  the  recording  and  it  starts  out  with  an  industrial  noise  style  of  sound  before  adding  in  the  grim  black  metal  vocals  and  screams  and  a  few  seconds  later  distorted  melodies  become  a  part  of  the  music  and  they  also  keep  the  spoken  word  samples  which  where  a  huge  part  of  the  first  side  of  the  recording.

  When  we  get  more  into  the  second  side  the  bass  guitars  get  more  powerful  and  the  industrial  sounds  along  with  elements  from  other  genres  of  electronic  music  really  start  to  dominate  the  recording  and  they  also  keep  around  the  black  metal  guitar  riffs.

  With  this  album  Invertia  take  an  oppressive  form  of  black  metal  and  mix  it  in  with  industrial  and  electronic  music  while  also  having  some  brutal  death  metal  elements  which  lead  yp  to  a  very  heavy  and  original  sounding  recording  which  also  has  remixes  done  by  Justin  Broadrick  of  Godflesh  and  Jesu,  End.user  of  The  Blood  of  Heroes  and  Submeged  of  The  Blood  of  Heroes  and  Method  Of  Definince.

  Song  lyrics  cover  Satanism  and  Anti  Christian  themes,  while   the production  has  a  very  strong,  powerful  and heavy  sound  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  along  with  some  of  the  songs  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  Invertia  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  oppressive  black  metal  and  industrial  music  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Sidewinding"  and  "Hourglass  Without  Sand".  8/5  out  of  10.


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Edenkaiser/Doomsday Juggernaut/2014 EP Review

mardi 11 mars 2014 à 22:26

  Edenkaiser  are  a  band  from  Spain  that  plays  a  thrashened  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  ep  "Doomsday  Juggernaut".

  The  ep  starts  out  with  the  sounds  of  wind  and  nature  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  along  with  a  brief  solo  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  int  a  more  fast,  and  raw  old  school  black  metal  direction  along  with  blast  beats  and  high  pitched  screams  and  a  minute  later  thrash  metal  elements  are  brought  into  the  music  along  with  some  deep  demonic  growls  and  after  awhile  melody  is  added  into  the  music.

  As  the  ep  continues  the  music  sticks  to  a  more  raw  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  mixed  in  with  thrash  and  a  small  amount  of  death  metal  as  well  as  bringing  in  a  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  at  times the  bass  guitars  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  acoustic  guitars  also  make  their  return  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  you  can  hear  some  demonic  vocals  being  utilized  on  one  of  the  tracks  and  on  the  last  song  ritualistic  sound  effects  are  brought  into  the  music  briefly  before  returning  to  a  heavier  direction.  

  With  this  ep  Edenkaiser  stick  to  the  old  school  raw  and  primitive  black  metal  sound  of  the  early  90's  while  also  having  a  good  amount  of  thrash  elements  and  the  band  ignores  all  of  the  modern  trends  and  creates  some  dark  and  evil  sounding  metal.

  Song  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  occultism  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  raw,  heavy  and  old  school  sound  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording.

  In  my  opinion  Edenkaiser  are  a  very  great  sounding  thrashened  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Enter Mephisto"  and  "A  Jewell  in  The  Skull".  8  out  of  10.  

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T.O.M.B/Pennhurst/Xesse/Crucial Blast/2014 Compilation Album Review

mardi 11 mars 2014 à 10:48

  T.O.M.B  are  a  1  man  band  from  Pennsylvania  that  plays  a  mixture  of  occult  black  metal,  noise and  ambient  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2014  compilation  album  "Pennhust/Xesse"  which  was  released  by  Crucial  blast  and  contains  2009  demo  and  2011  ep.

  The  album  starts out  with  dark  avant  garde  sounds,  noises  and  drones  which  also  bring  a  ritualistic  and  occult  feeling  to  the  music  and  after  the  first  track  which  is  more  than  10  minutes,  drums  are  added  in  along  with  the  noises  getting  more  harsh  in  sound  and  when  we  get  more  into  the  album  elements  of  dark  ambient  are  added  into  the  recording  along  with  black  metal  being  done  in  a  more  industrial  manner  and  after  awhile  melodic  female  vocals  and  spoken  word  samples  are  brought  into  the  music  briefly.

  When  we  go  into  the  second  half  of  the  album  the  music  takes  more  of  a  dark/black  ambient  approach  along  with  some  tortured  chants  and  experimental  drones  while  also  keeping  around  elements  of  noise  and  after  awhile  you  can  hear  some  black  metal  in  the  vocals  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  along  with  some  evil  sounding  synths  and  on  the  last  track  melodic  female  vocals  are  again  brought  in  briefly.

  With  these  2  recording's  T.O.M.B  created  some  dark,  ritualistic  and  occult  music  with  the  first one  being  black  industrial  noise  and  the  second  one  being  black  dark/ambient  and  the  music  on   both  of  these  albums  are  very  original  and  experimental  sounding.

  Song  themes  cover  Luciferian,  Goetic,  Black  Magick  and  Necromancy  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  ritualistic  and  evil  sound  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  T.O.M.B  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  occult  black  metal,  ritual,  noise  and  dark  ambient  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Primevil  Sorcery"  "Goetic  Xaos"  "Silence  Is  Suffering"  and    "Luciferian  Homage".  8  out  of  10.  


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Epistasis Interview

mardi 11 mars 2014 à 00:19
1.     Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

The band is currently in the best line up yet, and we’ve all really solidified as a unit. We’re all very excited with the new material, and have around 4 new songs in the works right now. Looking forward to releasing our new record in April!

2.     You have a new album coming out in April, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical direction of the new recording and also how does it differ from your first album?

The new recordings are pretty much a completely different band if you compare them directly with the first record. With the first record we were still finding out what worked and what didn’t. One huge difference is the line-up change and the addition of myself on vocals (in addition to trumpet). The direction we wanted with the new recording (compared with the old one) is a sound based much more in black metal. We wanted to write a record that had more riffs to grab onto, something that was more accessible while still retaining some experimental and surreal elements. Of course there are still elements of noise rock, classical and some prog but it’s much more subtle and there is a very unified sound and concept.

3.     Can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the new release?

Theo is our lyricist and I think his writing is really striking. A lot of it is inspired by the surrealism produced in Europe between the First and Second World Wars.

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

When naming the band I was trying to find a name that wasn’t a typical heavy/dark/harsh music name. I can’t remember where I ran into the word epistasis originally. It’s a biological term defined as: “Epistasis is when the effect of one gene depends on the presence of one or more 'modifier genes'”. I thought that was an interesting definition and when transferred to music really fit the initial sound concepts I had for the band.

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

I would say our two best shows recently have been the show we played with Car Bomb and Imperial Triumphant at the Acheron a few months back and our most recent show at Trans Pecos with New Firmament and Oneirogen (if you haven’t heard these two, you need to) and we have a really killer release show lined up on April 6th with Kayo Dot, Pyrrhon and White Suns.

Our stage performance is primarily straight forward. We don’t wear any elaborate costumes or clothing, but I would say we have a unified “vibe”. We’ve recently incorporated live video projections by Jessica Lynch, and will continue to do that from now on. The content of the video projection is inspired by the lyrical content of the songs.

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

We definitely do. I’m currently working on booking us a series of mini tours through the northeast (NY, MA, CT, MD etc) and that should be unfolding soon.  I would eventually love to expand and do a tour to the west coast or the southern states as well. We want to try and play a lot more going forward

7.     The new album is coming out on Crucial Blast, how would you compare working with this label to The Path Less traveled which released your previous album?

Path Less Traveled was a nice place to start Sean is a really good guy.  With that first record we had raised the funds to press it ourselves via Kickstarter so working with Path Less Traveled was more of a partnership rather than a “we’re signed with you” relationship. With Crucial Blast things have been wonderful. Adam has been very enthusiastic about the music and we’ve got really nice packaging in the works for the record.

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

So far all the responses I’ve heard from people outside the US have been very positive. I haven’t heard much from the new material yet, but I have received a few enthusiastic emails from some people in Sweden and South America that are into the music. I think once LTDG is released it will be received well worldwide.  

9.     What is going on with the other musical projects these days that of the other band members are involved with these days?

Quite a bit actually, Pyrrhon recently signed with Relapse Records, so they are going to be going on tour this month with my good friends Psalm Zero. They’ll be playing SXSW and a lot of other great shows.  My other band Couch Slut (which Kevin and I both play in along with our lyricist Theo) is playing more shows and we’re currently finishing up recordings for our first album, which should hopefully be done very soon! 

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

I think our current sound is a pretty good indicator of where things are going to be for a while.

11.What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

This could end up being a gigantic list, but I’ll keep it brief. I’d say the core stylistic influences would be late 20th century classical music, black metal, prog (on the heavier side) and a little bit of noise rock. Some bands that I would say directly influenced the music would be Virus, Ved Buens Ende, Peste Noire, Shudder to Think, Island and of course a lot of my good friends bands in the NY scene (Castevet, Kayo Dot, Krallice etc.).

Lately I’ve been listening to a very wide variety of stuff. What’s currently on my ipod now: Island, Pat Metheny, Popol Vuh, Emperor, Shudder to Think, Virus, Woven Hand, Castevet, Broadcast, and Peste Noire. I tend to rotate through varying artists month to month.

11.What are some of your non-musical interests?

Photography and photo based art take up the majority of my non-musical time. I studied photography for my undergraduate degree, so photography is extremely important to me. I also spend a lot of time doing design work for my own projects and freelance based stuff.  When I’m not thinking about art or music I love spending time with my cats, my girlfriend and am a lover of good films/movies.

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

Nothing crosses my mind. Thanks!

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