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Vrak/Self Titled/2020 Demo Review

samedi 24 octobre 2020 à 00:33

 


  Vrak  are  a  solo project  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  and  self  titled  2020  demo.


  A  very  distorted  sound  along  with  some  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  start  off  the  demo  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  the  music  also  adds  in  a  great  amount  of 90's  and  early  2000's  influences.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  a  small  amount  of  melody  can  also  be heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.  All  of  the  music  also  sticks  to  a  very  heavy  and  primitive  musical  direction.


  Vrak  plays  a  style of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  aggressive  and  primitive  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  death themes.


  In  my  opinion  Vrak  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Unclean  Spirits". 8out  of  10.


https://vrakswe.bandcamp.com       

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/10/vrakself-titled2020-demo-review.html


Lucifer's Dungeon/Music Of Lost Spirits, Pt. II/2020 Full Length Review

samedi 24 octobre 2020 à 00:01

 


  Russia's  Lucifer  Dungeon  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  old  school  style  of  black  metal  from  their  previous  release  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2020  album  "Music  Of  Lost  Spirits,  Pt.  II".


  A  very  dark  and  distorted  sound starts  off  the  album  before  going  into a   heavier  direction  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  yet  high pitched  black  metal  screams.


  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  one  track  also  introducing  clean  playing  onto  the  recording,  the  music  is  also  very  heavily rooted  in  the  90's  era.   


  One  this  recording  Lucifer's  Dungeon  remains  true  to  the  old  school  style  of  black  metal  that  they  had  established  on  their  previous  release.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Luciferian,  Left  Hand  Path.  Anti  Dogma,  Nihilism  and  Misanthropy  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Lucifer's  Dungeon  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Infinite  War"  "Lucifer's  Dungeon"  "Misanthropy"  and  "The  Last  Lost  Spirit".  8  out  of  10.



https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_nGURyCEH7CRUQQ3JOvIzMzpMpss7yHQCM

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/10/lucifers-dungeonmusic-of-lost-spirits.html


Kolotun Interview

vendredi 23 octobre 2020 à 22:14

 


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

 The band was formed 17 years ago. At first we played punk rock, but in the end it all grew into black metal and that's where our journey began. Which continues to this day. 


2.In March you had released a new ep, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?


Everything became radically different because we treated the new record more professionally. Previously, we didn't have the opportunity to use good instruments, we played on homemade distortion pedals and half-drilled cymbals. In between while the band was split-up for these years band members has gone through various other musical styles from death metal to modern metalcore so this also helped to gain more skills and get focused critical view on material we produce nowadays. In comparison with 2002 release Feast At The Time Of Plague new material is more professional, diverse  and conceptual 


3.The band was broken up for 18 years, what was the cause of the split and also the decision to reform?

We dispersed due to the fact that our band  leader, the Thrasher, became heavily addicted to psychotropic substances and could not continue to create, the drugs completely absorbed him. After 18 years, we just decided to continue our journey but without him.  A lot of material has appeared during this time and it is necessary to implement it into new songs 


4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer release and also how would you describe your progress as songwriters over the years?


 Within our lyrics  the main concept is  trying to touch upon the psychological essence of a person, his fears, madness, attitude to the given world, the process of survival and relationship between man and the nature. In composing music, we try to pay attention to every note, every moment, make it as simple as possible from the heart so that the listener can understand it 

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Kolotun'?

 We took this word from the Russian language. Kolotun translated to English  means severe freeze, very cold weather . So it stands as a sign of human helpless state in front of force of nature and universe.


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

The artwork is created by ourselves and it shows roots wrapping up of each other , meaning no one's deeds can be kept in secret and in result of that no one would reign forever , everything an everyone  is going through eternal circle of events. 


7.On both album covers you also had some runes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this alphabet?

We really like using runes in our art because they look cool. But you have to be very careful with the runes, because each rune has its own meaning and when they are combined they give more strength or weakness. Though, for  further release we have switched to handmade logo because almost every black metal band uses runic fonts .


8.Has the band done any live shows or open to the idea?

At the beginning of history we gave a lot of local gigs . At the moment there will be the first concert with the new line-up, which we are looking forward to.When it will be available again , though    


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

Kolotun is currently unsigned and promotes as DIY band. But we slowly look into label to have some physical releases to be pressed.






 


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

We have several profiles on social networks and the most interesting statistic is that many people listen to us in Usa Uk and even in Japan. This is wildly cool. We are working to capture a larger audience. Every fan of our music is important to us 


11.When can we expect another full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

We are currently working on set of conceptual singles to be released. Then some  full-length album on the go






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?

If said on black metal the biggest impression was made on us, of course, by Burzum, Darkthrone and all those old school black metal acts. Though, we are not into political aspects of some of those bands and not supporting hate propaganda or anything similar promoted by some of them . Just listening to music and atmosphere and get the vibe. We have different musical tastes in the band, from pop music to black metal.







 


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

These are difficult times for all of us in this world. Appreciate your life and the lives of your loved ones help each other only in this way we will all overcome this difficult stage together

 

https://kolotun.bandcamp.com/

https://youtu.be/R_agQBOGJgI

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/10/kolotun-interview.html


Genfaerd Interview

vendredi 23 octobre 2020 à 03:45

 


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


T.:

Danish fucking black metal! We are 3 guys now 4 with a new bass player coming. 

We are completely on the same side when it comes to music and the way we want the music to go.

Genfærd started out as a project which sprung out of Sort Regn. The plan was for it to be a solo or at least a 2 man band. 

But for the better it was decided to make it a full band. We aim for some raw black metal and that's where J, is a expert.

Other than that, catch us live sometimes that is where our music shines.

 


2.In January you also released a new album, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?


T.:

First of all the mix is better, thanks to our former bassist and mixing guru, S., But it shows evolvement. Evolvement in music and ferocity in every aspect.

Its more raw still has melodies like the first release but its overall more raw and punked. 

This is the first release J., is in on. He is the perfect counterpart to how I write music and that's heard on the album.


3.This is also your first release since 2015, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?


T:

Personal destruction, depression, the struggle of life as you well know. Also a shift in the lineup, all sort of shit.

But the important thing is now we are back, a full crew with fire and anger in our hearts. 

So I promise there wont be another 5 year before the next release. 


J.: 

It was a couple of hard years before we managed a release. Murphy's law in effect; Broken bones, broken minds, moving rehearsal rooms 2-3 times, our private lives turning to shit in succession... Very chaotic. 


4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music and also how would you describe your progress as songwriters over the years?


J. 

Blodhævn is overall a vehicle for a lot of pent-up anger, disappointment and feeling of betrayal I've felt prior to writing lyrics. It allowed me to channel those feelings, and turn it into something more constructive, if perhaps incoherent; A collection of stories about revenge, betrayal, warnings and upheaval. 


T.:

Songwriting changes with who you are writing with. 

But make up some riffs or a song and bring it to the rehearsal room and then we mix it together with each others riffs and perfect it.


5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name "Genfærd"?


T.:

Its the Danish word for a spirit, or an apparition. 


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


J.:

We got in contact with Maxime Taccardi. We were all really fascinated with his works, and especially him painting with his own blood. We saw it would bring an eye catching element to "Blodhævn", and he got to work. We are very impressed with how his artwork turned out, and how it fits with our own logo on the cover.


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


T.:

Every show is the best at least that is what we strife for.

There is a lot of memorable shows with Genfærd playing live with Genfærd is different from other bands I've played in.

But the first show we played at Beta with Solbrud was the beginning of something extreme. So that of cause stand out for me.

Our show is ever evolving. We always strife for the best show, its extreme, fast and in your face.

We are a live band more than a album band.


J.:

For me my favorite show was the one we did in Pumpehuset in May 2018. That tightpacked audience going crazy and chanting us on was really something else, a rare sight in Denmark where most audiences can be a bit indifferent. Hopefully we'll get a new perspective once Covid dies down, and people discover what they've missed.


8.Recently 'Nebula Aeterna Productions' released your current album on cassette, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?


J.:

I hooked them up after I saw they liked my other project, Ildskær, and asked if they would be interested in publishing Genfærd. Fortunately they were and we've had a good relationship.


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


T.:

Overwhelming good actually. People seems to like it.


J.: 

I agree. People seems to come for the artwork and stay for the music, which is only good.


10.What is going on with 'Sort Regn' these days?


T.:

At the moment nothing is happening. We still talk once in a while. But musically nothing.

We have talked about making a reunion sometime. But if its going to happen or when or where I do not know.


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


T.:

Faster, more raw, more black. We will stay in the past because that is what we like.

So if you do not like old school black metal the chances are your music is not for you.


J.:

Yeah, we are currently brewing on some really nasty sounding music, more unhinged and experimenting, yet still as hard hitting and cathartic as Blodhævn.


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?


T.:

Influences. Every sound can be a inspiration. The flow of the river, the wind... When the creative moment hits you, it can be inspired by anything.

I personally like the 90's wave of black metal so that is usually what I listen to.

But more recently I have listened a lot to Sinmara, Odraza, Funeral Mist and Svartidaudi.


J.:

I listen to a broad spectrum of music, from Jazz and funk to classical, ambient and neofolk, and of course, metal. Concerning Black metal, anything Polish, French or Icelandic from the last 5-10 years is sure to be on rotation here, and beyond those, I listen to a lot of Agalloch, Ulver, The Ruins of Beverast, Leviathan, Tchornobog and Slidhr


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


Both:

Stay tuned, we are already working on the next piece of music. 

Thanks for all the support! Thanks for helping us out with buying merch in this tough time.

Hopefully see you on the other side. 


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/10/genfaerd-interview.html


Dodenkrocht/The Dying All/Auric Records/2020 CD Review

vendredi 23 octobre 2020 à 03:21

 


  Dodenkrocht  are  a  band  from  the  Netherlands  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  atmospheric  black  and  funeral  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "The  Dying  All"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Auric  Records.


  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  soundscapes,  synths,  spoken  word  parts  and  programmed  beats  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.  


  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  atmospheric  sounds  are  also  mixed  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  tracks  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  Elements  of  funeral  doom  metal  are  also  added  into  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  along  with  the  tracks  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  music  also  having  its  depressive  moments  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  Gregorian  chants  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  darkness  and  misanthropy  themes.  


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Dodenkroacht  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric,  depressive  black  and  funeral  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "God  Never  Spoke"  "The  Dying  All"  and  "For  His  Name  Was  Death".  8  out  of  10.


https://youtu.be/Spn0WAH6hq4      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/10/dodenkrochtthe-dying-allauric.html