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Black Queen/The Destructive Cycle/Super Sargasso/2019 CD Review

jeudi 7 novembre 2019 à 10:13

  Black  Queen  are  a  band  from  Seattle,  Washington  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  with  some  elements  of  death  metal,  hardcore  and  horror  soundtrack  music  creating  a  musical  style  they  refer  to  as  'witch  metal'  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "The  Destructive  Cycle"  which  will  be  released  on November  20th  by  Super  Sargasso.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  at  times.  Avant  garde  elements  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Spoken  word  samples  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats,  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  music  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Ritualistic  chants  and  growls  can  also  be  heard  at  times   while  keyboards,  synths  and  samples  are  also  a very  huge  part  of  the  recording.  Some  songs  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars  as  well  as  the  tracks  also  mixing  in  elements  of  death  metal,  hardcore  and  horror  soundtrack  music  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  small  amount  of  clean  vocals  are  also  added  onto  the  recording.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  based  upon  the  Taoist  five  elemental  theory.

  In  my  opinion  Black  Queen  are  a  very  great  sounding  witch  metal  band  and  if  you  are  looking  for  something  that  is  very  original  sounding,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Feed  the  Worm"  and  "The  Sorcerer's  Jian".  8  out  of  10.

https://www.facebook.com/blackqueenwitch
https://www.instagram.com/blackqueenwitch     

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/11/black-queenthe-destructive-cyclesuper.html


Flukt/Darkness Devour/Dusktone/2019 CD Review

jeudi 7 novembre 2019 à 08:51

  Flukt  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Darkness  Devour"  which  was  released  by  Dusktone.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  riffs  also  add  dark  sounding  melodies  into  some  parts  of  the  songs  as  well  as  the  music also  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  second  wave  Norwegian  style  but  modern  at  the  same  time.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  whispered  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in certain  sections  of  the  recording  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  as  well  as  some  of  the  riffing  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  black'n'roll  elements.  Growls  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  the  closing  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  occultism,  darkness,  war,  and  death  along  with  one  track  also  being  written  in  Norwegian.

  In  my  opinion  Flukt  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  old  school  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Serpetn"  "Azrael"  and  "Curse  of  The  Nephilim".  8  out  of  10.

www.fluktband.com

www.facebook.com/fluktofficial

www.instagram.com/fluktofficial  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/11/fluktdarkness-devourdusktone2019-cd.html


Australasia/Mercurio/2019 Single Review

mercredi 6 novembre 2019 à 21:14

  Italy's  Australasia  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  into  an  instrumental  and  blackened  mixture  of  post  rock  and  shoegaze  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2019  single  "Mercurio".

  Ambient  style  soundscapes  start  off  the  single  while  the  clean  playing  also  adds  in  elements  of  shoegaze.  You  can  also  hear  a  lot  of  traces  of  electronic  music  in  both  of  the  tracks  as  well  as  the  music  also  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  post  rock  and  no  vocals  or  songwriting  are  ever  utilized  and  the  music  only  has  slight  touches  of  black  metal  as  well  as  avoiding  guitar  use  and  focusing  more  on  synths.

  On  these  tracks  Australasia  moves  away  from  the  black  metal  elements  that  where  a  huge  part  of  earlier  recordings  and  goes  into  more  of  an  instrumental  ambient,  electronica,  post  rock  and  shoegaze  direction  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Austraasia  and  while  some  post  black  metal  fans  might  not  like  the  new  style,  I  would  recommend  it  to  fans  of  ambient,  post  rock,  electronica  and  shoegaze.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Argento".  8  out  of  10.

https://australasia.bandcamp.com/ 

   

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/11/australasiamercurio2019-single-review.html


Crooked Horns Interview

mercredi 6 novembre 2019 à 20:46
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Crooked Horns was founded 2012 in Gothenburg, Sweden by members from Domgård, Nox Aurea and ex-The Cold Existence.
The foundation of the band was based on the mutual interest and passion for making rock 'n roll music with black metal influences.
After two demos, 'The Temptress Vow' & 'Stygian Torrents', the true sound of Crooked Horns was found, and the band started the writing process for their debut album.
A music video for the opening track of the album 'Vargr' has since been released and can be viewed on youtube.
With a mixture of death-, black- and heavy metal the self-produced debut album 'The Metamorphosis' displays the bridge, the flow and the other side.

2.In May you had released your first full length album, musically how does it differ from your previous ep's?
With this album we have found a sound that is more true to our idea of what Crooked Horns should sound like. We of course experimented on this album as we did on the previous releases, but I would describe the sound as more coherent and that there is a vein connected from the first song to the last carrying the same blood from start to finish.

3.Some of your lyrics also touch on the Occult, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in Occultism?
As you state in the question, we “touch” on the occult. The occult is a source of inspiration for it lies somewhere in the in-between, in the twilight. It serves a purpose when certain atmospheres and feelings are to be conveyed, as well as to help convey certain philosophical ideas. But I must confess, it is my firm belief that delving too deep into the occult is to be lured by an ignis fatuus.


4.What are some of the other lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored so far with the music?
At first glance it may seem that we are obsessed with death, but that is not where the truth lies. The allegories, metaphors and analogies found in the lyrics are vehicles for an attempt at lyrically manifesting some of the ideas we carry inside. Some of the lyrics are fairly straight forward simply because the lyrical concept demands it, while others are more shrouded in a mist and thusly flirt with the occult. The name of the album is “The Metamorphosis” and aspects relating to transformation can be found throughout the entire album.
Where a main point is that the act of transformation should be an act conducted with purpose and agency, for it does not merely happen. All too many are caught in perpetual liminality, caught there due to their flawed morality and addiction to the known.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Crooked Horns'?
The portrayal of a horned being is an ancient one. Horned figures can be found in the bronze age carvings in Bohuslän, the Devil is portrayed as a horned being as a well is Cernunnos, Pan and countless other mythical beings. The crescent shape carries certain connotations as well, representing the night and fertility. Inspiration for the name come from many sources in history, mythology, and religion.
6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the album cover?
The album cover is a portrayal of the process of transformation. Mainly the introspection necessary before committing to an act, seeing within that which shall be without.
The cover was hand painted by our close friend Johannes Nyström who runs Uduun Art (https://www.facebook.com/UduunArt/).
7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Our stage performance is a ritual and a cleansing for us. By sight, sound and smell we invite the audience to join in our exploration and presentation of the other side.
Since our stage performance is structured in such a way, every show is unique and none is bad, because the shows are, in some way, mostly for us. Therefore, we haven’t had any show that we would describe as our best show.

8.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Nothing concrete at the moment, but we do plan to play some shows in the future.

9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black and death metal?
We have gotten some reviews and comments, all positive. But since Crooked Horns is a diy operation marketing has been scarce.

10.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?
Our drummer plays in the black metal band Domgård, they released a new album “Rot” this spring and will be playing at the December Darkness concert 28/12 in Norrköping.

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We aim to explore the unknown even further. New songs have already been made and they are, according to us, more powerful and maybe more straightforward than 'The Metamorphosis'.

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?
A lot of the music from 'The Metamorphosis' was written by tuning in the ever flowing being known as music. By this we mean that the music came to us, the melodies turned up in our heads. We merely processed what was presented to us into an album. We don't think about genres our how music is supposed to be arranged and sound: if it's good; it's good. Simple as that.
All the members of the band listen to a wide variety of artists and bands. It's everything from Judas Priest to Mgla and Helga to Craft. It's the same here as when we write music: if it's good; it's good. It doesn't matter what genre it is.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
We're planning on recording an EP in the beginning of 2020 and the writing process for our second album has already started. You'll hear more from us in a not so distant future.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/crookedhornsofficial/
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WvmN3h5bfY
Bandcamp: https://crookedhorns.bandcamp.com/releases
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/2lCOZlILm2abPOGuQhALHf?si=Oix-htqpTJCAREFbE8fZhA
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/crookedhorns/

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/11/crooked-horns-interview.html


ADLM/Anges de la Mort/Les Productions Heritiques/2019 EP Review

mercredi 6 novembre 2019 à 08:41

  ADLM  are  a  band  from  Quebec,  Canada  that  plays  black'n'roll  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  ep  "Anges  de  la  Mort"  which  will  be  released  on  November  19th  by  Les  Productions  Heretiques.

  A  very dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  while  the  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  gives  the  songs  more  of a   raw  feeling.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  while  growls  are  also  utilized  at  times.

  Elements  of  black'n'roll  can  also  be  heard  in  the  mid  tempo  sections  of  the songs  while  the  music  also  adds  in  some  first  and  second  wave  influences  at  times  but  also  keeps  it  modern  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  yet  old  school  style  when  they  are utilized  and  classical  guitars  are  also  added  onto  the  closing  track  which  is  also  an  instrumental.

  ADLM  plays  a  style  of  black'n'roll  that  brings  in  a  mixture  of  both  the  old  school  and  modern  style  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  French  and  cover  misanthropic  poetry  against  the  modern  human  world.

  In  my  opinion  ADLM  are  a  very  great  sounding  black'n'roll  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Anges  De  La  Mort"  and  "Que  Creve  Le  Leviathan".8  out  of  10.

https://youtu.be/768KWe38dh4    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/11/adlmanges-de-la-mortles-productions.html