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Premature Birth/A Ceremony Of Power/2014 CD Review

mardi 1 juillet 2014 à 19:33

  Premature  Birth  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  album  "A  Ceremony  Of  Power".

  Dark  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  album  and  after  a  few  seconds  grim  black  metal  screams  make  their  way  into  the  music  and  it  starts  going  into  a  heavier  and  faster  direction  along  with  some  blast  beats  while  also  keeping  around  the  keyboards  and  adding  in  melodies  and  they  also  bring  in  a  mixture  of  slow,  mid  pace d and  fast  parts.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  album  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  they  also  have  the  perfect  balance  between  clean  and  heavy  parts  and  at  times  you  can  also  hear  a  small  amount  of  death  metal  growls  being  used  in  the  background  and  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  The  guitar solos  and  leads  the  band  uses  take  the  music  into  a  more  melodic  black  metal  direction  and  the  song s the  band  brings  onto  the  album  take  a  lot  of  the  mid  90's  styling's  of  some  of  the  more  well  known  black  metal  of  the  English,  Norwegian  and  Swedish  bands  of  that  era  but  with  a  more  update  take  and  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  depressive  black  metal  elements.

  Premature  Birth  play  a  more  keyboard  driven  form  of  black  metal  they  have  a  more  heavier  sound  than  most  keyboard  orientated  bands  and  they  also  add  in  elements  of  dsbm,  death  metal  and  a  great  amount  of  melody  to  create  their  own  sound,  the  production  sound s very  powerful  and  heavy  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Premature  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Revelation"  and  "War  Against  The  Filth".  8  out  of  10.


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Arcane North Interview

mardi 1 juillet 2014 à 17:47
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

Arcane North is a very new project of mine. Having played in many bands over the years I’d always wanted to create a project that is solely mine. In the winter of 2013 the time felt right to start working on some songs, experimenting with sounds and melodies. Some of the riffs are one’s I’ve had lurking in the background for years and the more I began to write and experiment with them, the more I realised I could make a half decent project out of it.

So, over the winter months through to early 2014 I worked on the 3 songs that became the ‘Enter the Arcane North’ EP and then subsequently recorded them properly. That pretty much brings us up to date. Not much to tell so far, but this is hopefully just the beginning.

2.Recently you have released your first ep, can you tell us a little bit more about your musical sound?

The main thing I wanted to achieve with Arcane North was atmosphere, via the medium of black metal. It’s hardly untouched territory and I openly admit my inspirations from the likes of Summoning, Burzum, Bathory, Forteresse, Drudkh to name a few. Through this there are many hypnotic guitar patterns with mostly simplistic and mid paced beats.

Where I personally believe the music comes alive is through the use of synths and melodies. As opposed to most atmospheric black metal which usually focuses on traditional keyboard choir and string sounds, I’ve adopted the use of harps, horns, timpani’s and singular string instruments too which almost gives the music a more orchestral sound. Not so much in a bombastic film score kind of way, but more so in the way the likes of Summoning use these sounds. I’ve also tried to challenge myself a little vocally ranging from traditional black screams, almost DSBM style shrieks and clear chanting.

It’s almost impossible to create something truly original within this genre these days, but hopefully all of this put together creates something which has even just a hint of uniqueness.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?

I’ve not limited myself to a set theme as such. So far my lyrics are quite personal to me, in that really I’m the only one who truly understands where they came from. Descriptions of my own dreams and nightmares, my own desires and my own thoughts. I also deal with “the north” as it were. Places of interest and natural beauty particularly in County Durham and North Yorkshire. In contrast to that so goes the old saying in England that “It’s grim up north”. Well that kind of plays a part in some of my lyrics, perhaps more in a metaphorical sense.

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

Well the north part is easy, it’s relevant to me and where I come from. As I mentioned before I like to deal with places that I visit which are perhaps mysterious, hidden or secret and very few folk know about. That to me is the meaning behind Arcane North. Through these places I am inspired to write lyrics. I like to involve an element of fantasy, merging reality with my dreams. Combining these two makes for the basis of most of my lyrics and themes.

5.You record all of the musical instruments and vocals by your self, do you feel this gives you more control over your musical sound?

Absolutely. When I write and record I feel very free to experiment. Quite often I’ll have a few beers or a glass of wine and sit and play my guitar or keyboard and the riffs and melodies present themselves to me. I do have a number of close friends though who I often look to for an opinion on a particular song. I feel it’s always good to have another honest opinion from a like-minded soul.

6.Recently you had your ep released as 40 limited copies on cd, are you planning on expanding on cd's or is this going to be more of a digital release?

I haven’t really thought that far ahead to be honest. I wanted the very first press to be a little more special than your average CD and as a result I made them in short DVD cases with a handmade insert. This limited me to the amount I could feasibly make and as such I ended up making 40.

I will definitely want to press it again if/when the first press sells out. I guess I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it. Digital is always a possibility but one thing I will always focus on with Arcane North is having physical releases. As a collector of music I am very much a fan of physical releases, be it CD, vinyl or even tape.

7.Glorious North Productions is distributing your music, is this going to lead to a recording contract with this label?

I have been in contact with Glorious North for many years now and when I told them about the project the label owner was instantly interested. This does not necessarily mean there will be any sort of contract with them for future releases, but they agreed to distribute the EP which I was very grateful for, and who knows what the future will bring. Needless to say, I’d be happy to continue to worth with Glorious North on future releases, if they are happy to work with me.

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

The EP has only been out a few weeks so it is hard to judge any feedback at present. I have sold copies to people in Finland and Germany as well as in the UK so far so hopefully over time, I’ll have a better gauge of how my music is being received around the world.

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

I am working on a number of new songs. The plan is for a full length but I wouldn’t rule out another EP or even perhaps a split. Ideally though, a full length would be the next step. Expect a release to surface in early 2015 as I will certainly be recording during the winter months.

Musically it’s hard to tell. The new songs I’m working on and the music I have written in my head is still in the same direction as the EP. I think after completing the EP I’ve found a “style” I’m happy with so I will likely build on that. It will be interesting (even for me) to see where it will head in the future.

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?

Particularly on Arcane North I suppose I summed this up earlier. Atmospheric black metal is the main influence. Bands like Summoning, Drudkh, (some) Burzum and the like.

Whilst I do listen to a range of music, I feel to be relevant I should discuss the bands within the black metal remit and recommend some of the great acts the UK underground has on offer. Nordland, Hryre, Ulfarr, Nordenglander, Mountain’s Crave to name a few are some emerging black metal bands with a lot of promise.

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

I suppose it does. I would not class myself as pagan, but I do sympathise with many of the pagan ideals. I have an interest in Occultism but that is pretty much where it ends. I think the imagery of occultism and paganism are very fitting to black metal and therefore I support their use in that respect.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

It’s perhaps very cliché but I enjoy visiting places, going out for walks etc. Where I live it is very easy to be out into the countryside very quickly so I try to take any opportunity possible to do that. There are many places to explore and discover and it’s amazing what you can find in the wilderness.

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

Thanks for taking the time to do this interview. Arcane North is still a very new project so I urge all readers to take a few moments to check out my music and if you like it, to share it with like-minded souls.

Expect more to come in the not too distant future.



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Exordium Mors/The Apotheosis Of Death/Iron, Blood & Death Corporation/2014 CD Review

lundi 30 juin 2014 à 20:14

  This  is  a  review  of  another  recording  from  New  Zealand's  Exordium  Mords  which  continues  the  raw,  fast  and  brutal  mixture  of  black,  war,  death  and  thrash  metal  of  previous  recordings  with  the  album  being  called  "The  Apotheosis  Of  Death"  and  will  be  released  in  July  by  Iron,  Blood  &  Death  Corporation.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy sound  starts  off  the  album  and  after  a  minute  the  music  gets  more  upbeat  and  black  metal  screams  and  death  metal  growls  are  added  into  the  music  along  with  some  elements  of  thrash  and  technical  death  metal  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  melodic  guitar  solos  and  leads  start  becoming  a  huge  part  of  the  album's  musical  direction.

  On  the  other  tracks  the  music  starts  to  get  a  bit  more  heavier  as  well  as  speeding  up  and  adding  in  blast  beats  and  the  vocals  also  get  more  deep  and  grim  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  with  this  album  the  old  school  and  technical  death  metal  elements  are  utilized  a  lot  more  than  their  where  on  previous  releases  while  the  black,  war  and  thrash  metal  influences  are  still  a  huge  part  of  the  bands  musical  sound  and  towards  the  end  of  the  album  back  up  gang  thrash  style  vocals  can  be  heard  on  one  of  the  tracks.

  Spoken  word  parts  and  melodic  clean  singing  can  be  heard  briefly  on  some  of  the  tracks  and  as  the  recording  progresses  the  old  school  thrash  metal  influence  really  starts  to  become  a  dominant  force  of  the  album  and  the  band  also  brings  in  an  instrumental  that  utilizes  a  very  powerful  sounding  bass guitar  lead  while  the  following  tracks  sees  the  band  returning  back  to  a  more  raw,  heavy  and  aggressive  direction  as  will  as  adding  a  good  amount  of  melody  into  their  musical  sound  and  they  also  add  in  a  few  songs  that  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Exordium  Mors  remains  true  to  their  mixture  of  black,  war,  death  and  thrash  metal  on  this  album  while  also  showing  a  great  amount  of  progress  and  skill  as  musicians  and  they  also  retain  the  raw,  heavy  and  brutal  aggression  of  previous  recordings  while  also  adding  new  elements  into  their  musical  style,   the  production  sounds  very  heavy  and  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  Death,  Roman  Paganism  and  History  and  Anti  Religion  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Exordium  Mors  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black,  war,  death  and  thrash  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "As  The  Vultures  Descend"  "The  Corpse  Of  Your  Divinity  Now  Burns"  "Fire  &  Triumph"  and  "Blade  Of  Brutus".  8/5  out  of  10.


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Exordium Mors/Sacrifice, Perish, And Demise/Iron, Blood And Death Corporation/2013 Cassette Review

lundi 30 juin 2014 à 06:20

  Exordium  Mors  are  a  band  from  New  Zealand  that  plays  a  very  fast,  raw  and  brutal  mixture  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2013  ep  "Sacrifice,  Perish,  And  Demise"  which  was  released  by  Iron,  Blood,  And  Death  Corporation.

  A  very  fast,  brutal  and  technical  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  a  mixture  of  black  metal  screams  and  deep  death  metal  growls  and  the music  combines  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  together  along  with  a  touch  of  war  metal  and  after  awhile  the  band  brings  in  a  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  When  solos  and  leads  are  added  into  the  music  they  have  an  early  90's  Florida  death  metal  feeling  to  them  and  some  of  the  melodies  that  the  band  uses  have  a  very  dark  and  Swedish  style  feeling  to  them  as  well  as  the  fast  parts  displaying  a  raw  approach  to  black  metal  and  they  take  the  old  school  style  of  extreme  metal  and  update  it  with  a  more  brutal  touch  and  they  close  the  ep  with  a  cover  of  Venom's  "black  Metal"  and  take  this  classic  song  into  a  more  heavier,  raw  and  brutal  direction.

  Exordium  Mors  take  the  heaviest  and  rawest  element s of  war,  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  combine  them   together  on  this  recording  as  well  as  adding  in  melody  and  technical  parts  to  really  make  their  musical  style  stand  out  out,  the  production  sounds  very raw,  powerful  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Death,  Roman  Paganism  and  Anti  Christian  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Exordium  Mors  are  a  very  great  sounding  fast,  raw  and  brutal  mixture  of  black,  death,  war  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sign  of  Judas'  Liege"  and  "Exordium  Mors  (Pagan  Ritual  And  Sacrifice  To  Roman  Gods)".  8  out  of  10.


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Propast/Vestnik Preisdodnji/Misanthropic Intolerance/2014 EP Review

lundi 30 juin 2014 à 05:33

  Propast  are  a  duo  from  Serbia  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  satanic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  ep  "Vestnik  Presisdodnji"  which  was  released  by  Misanthropic  Intolerance".

  A  dark  ambient  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  epic  and  atmospheric  elements  being  thrown  in  and  after  the  intro  the  music  starts  going  for  more  of  a  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  grim  sounding  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  music  has  the  90's  Eastern  European  black  metal  feeling  to  it  as  well  as  being  both  raw  and  epic  at  the  same  times.

  After  awhile  the  music  starts  to  bring  in  a  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the vocals  also  have  a  depressive  feeling  to  them  at  times  and  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  an d epic  in  length  and  the  music  really  starts  heading  for  a  more  old  school  and  satanic  black  metal  direction  on  the  following  tracks,  the  third  track  shows  more  slower  riffing  than  the  first  2  as  well  as  a  bit  more  melody  while  also  still  having  its  fast  moments  and  they  close  the  ep  with  a  cover  of  Graveland's  "Thurisaz"  that  also  remains  true  to  the  original  version  of  the  song.  

  Propast  plays  a  very  old  school  style  of  black  metal  that  captures  the  rawness  of  dark,  evil  atmosphere  of  the  90's  style  down  perfectly,  the  production  sound s very  raw,  old  school and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Serbian  and  cover  Satanism.

  In  my  opinion  Propast  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  satanic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "u  Plamenu"  and  "Thurisaz".  8/5  out  of  10.

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