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Aethyrick/Praxis/The Sinister Flame/2018 CD Review

vendredi 22 février 2019 à 04:07

  Aethyrick  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  very  melodic  and  satanic  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Praxis"  which  was  released  by  The  Sinister  Flame.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Synths  are  also  mixed  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams. 

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  all  of  the  musical instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  A  couple  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  the  music  also  captures  the  classic  Finnish  style  of  the  mid  90's  along  with  a  more  modern  and  atmospheric  take  on  the  song  structures.

  As  the  album  progresses  an  instrumental is  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  a  brief  use  of  rain  and  thunder  sounds  while  later  tracks  also  display  a  lot  more  diversity,  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism, Occultism  and  Mysticism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Aethyrick  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric,  melodic  and  satanic  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Protectress"  "Pilgrimage"  and  "Totems".  8  out  of  10.

    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/02/aethyrickpraxisthe-sinister-flame2018.html


Se Lusiferin Kannel Interview

vendredi 22 février 2019 à 03:04
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?


- Our art speaks for itself.

2.So far you have released on full length, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?

- I wanted to combine the heavy sound of 70´s prog rock and psychedelia to 90´s (black) metal atmosphere. We wanted to make the whole album as monumental, chaotic and unapproachable wall of noise. It all came out quite naturally we didn´t have to waste a lots of time in searching for the proper setups and soundscapes but the mixing was the hard part since there is more stuff in each of the songs than many bands have in their entire career.

3.The band has been around since 2012 but waited until 2017, to release any music, can you tell us a little bit more about the earlier years?
- There´s not much to tell. Just perfecting the black art and the great work.

4.Can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored with your music so far?

- I do always write the lyrics in terms of a song, the bigger picture. The music is written first and then I start to work with the lyrics. I do not choose the subjects forehand although I do have some ideas and subjects of which I would like to write. I write down the things that the music does bring into my mind and what does fit to the overall atmosphere of the song. Then I continue to compose them together, piece by piece. I do work so until the song feels like a whole. In the way the creation process for me is like solving a great buzzle. Or painting a picture. Or carving a statue.

I get the inspiration for the lyrics from various different sources from religious prophecies and the end of the world scenarios to the literature and art of 19th and 20th century. From dystopies to scifi, horror and surrealism.. I like to read, a lot, and the writings of such as Guillaume Apollinaire, T. S. Eliot, Charles Baudelaire, Comte De Lautreamont, Arthur C. Clarke, Kurt Vonnegut, Margaret Atwood, Philip K. Dick, Mika Waltari, Edith Södergran, etc. are a huge inspiration for me. I wont go in specifying and analyzing each of the songs because it would take too much time and I want to leave some room to the listener to figure things out themselves.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Se Lusiferin Kannel'?

- It did make a great logo. Hah! No, seriously, in the beginning we did have a different name but it turned out that it was on the use so I decided to change it. I wanted the name that is original and has an interface with Finnish culture. I took the name from the title of the book by poet and writer Aarni Kouta. I added the word “Se” (that) to it as an definite article (the), it is something that was in use in one of the first forms of written Finnish language constructed by Mikael Agricola, but it hasn´t been used since. To be exact we do not have any definite or indefinite articles, but still they can be used in a poetic manner. What comes to the name itself it has three different meanings and one of them is associated with the psalm book by Finnish evangelical revivalist movement. The other two I leave for you to find out.

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

- Which one? The one made by Heresie Graphics or the one I made? The HG version was the idea of Signal Rex and I liked the art he had made earlier and I wanted to see how someone else perceives our music. I think that he did great job and managed to capture the feeling of the album very well. The one I did is taken from the movie Olympia by Leni Riefenstahl. We do not sympathize any totalitarian regimes but the the picture works well with our music and it also has an allegorical relation to the lyrics in the album, especially to the songs “Ilmestys Myrskystä” and “Auringon Valtakunta”.

7. I have noticed a 3rd eye on the album cover, does Occultism play any role in your music?

- Is it a third eye?? Hmm.. SLKe is not an occult band in definition and we are not a followers of any specific philosophy, political movement or religion but I have always been very fascinated by occultism in general and I do possess quite an extensive library on a subject. I have used some metaphors that derive from occultism and religious scriptures but it is more that I do find them intriguing than believing in something. And they do happen to fit well with this kind of music! I would imagine thou that our album could be used as a background music on a mass. It would make a plaque mass..

8.So far there has been very little information online along with the facebook page also not really saying much, do you prefer to remain mysterious?

- Yes. We are the three lost words. And no. The art is what matters not the persons behind it. We do not fancy fame neither need any attention.

9.Has the band done any live shows yet or is this strictly a studio project?

- We´ve been asked if we would be interested in doing live shows but sadly it is not possible at the moment. But it is not totally out of the question. Never say never.

10.Signal Rex is also re-issuing your 2017 digital album on physical format, can you tell us a little bit more about the newer version?

- SR wanted it to be remastered and I wanted to hear that how it affects to the music. The older version is how I want us to sound like and the newer version is how someone else wants us to sound like.

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

- I have been surprised about the interest that our album has gained considering the lack of interest we´ve had to promote the it. It was, and still is, a willful choice hence we feel neither need nor intention to hit the charts and make it big (As if it would even be possible with this kind of music). The main thing is to create art and if someone gets something out of it then it is a bonus.

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

- A close friend of mine asked the same thing in sauna after we got finished the recordings of the album. I answered then that it will be released within a timeline of next 3-7 years. At the moment the first looks like it is a close shove; 89% of the music is done and most of the lyrics are written but there's still a lots of work to be done. We have a loose schedule but we are not working by the clock so we do not declare any dates yet.

13.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?

- Huuh.. Our musical influences vary a lot. From the 70´s Berlin School ambient and movie soundtracks to the 90´s norwegian black metal. From the folk music, religious hymns and classical to industrial and avant-garde. There was a list of names in the facebook page but I took it off because it was long and exhausting, but to mention some that have had and will have a huge influence to us: Current 93, Devil Doll (the Slovenian one), Emperor, Ulver, Dead Raven Choir, Laibach, My Dying Pride, Ritchie Blackmores Rainbow and Black Sabbath (the Dio era in both), Dødheimsgard, King Diamond, Pensées Nocturnes, Solefald, Tangerine Dream, Meshuggah, Laibach, Halo Manash, King Crimson, Neurosis, Neptune Towers, Comus, Arcturus, Bathory, Paradise Lost, Ved Buens Ende, Urfaust, Paysage d'Hiver, Tartaros.. And the list goes on.

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

- So long and thanks for all the fish!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/02/se-lusiferin-kannel-interview.html


Gravrose/The End Street Terror/2019 Full Length Review

vendredi 22 février 2019 à 02:43

  Gravrose  are  a  solo  project  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  very  raw,  primitive  and  haunting  form  of black  metal  while  also  using  a  session  drummer  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2019  album  "The  End  Street  Terror".

  A  very  dark  horror  movie  orientated  intro  starts  off  the album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction.  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  recording  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams.

  A  lot  of  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  Swedish  style  as  well  as  having  influences  from  other  areas    while  a  great  portion  of t he  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  A  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  clean  guitars  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording,  one  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  keyboards  and  on  the  closing  track  the  music  gets  very  ritualistic  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  lo-fi  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  dealing  with  haunting's  and  ghostly  creatures. 

  In  my  opinion  Gravrose  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  primitive  and  haunting  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "From  The  Dark  Corners  They  Watch"  "Loud  Footsteps  From  The  Empty  Attic"  and  "Invoking  The  Restless  Spirits".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/02/gravrosethe-end-street-terror2019-full.html


Fiat Noctum/Fran Forna Minnen/2019 Full Length Review

jeudi 21 février 2019 à 05:56

  Fiat  Noctum  are  a  duo  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  very  traditional  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2019  album  "Fran  Forna  Minnen".

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  A  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  can  also  be heard in  the  guitar  riffing  at  times  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  as  well  as  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  raw  and  melodic  style  along  with  a  couple  of  the  tracks  being  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Fiat  Noctum  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  old  school  in  the  90's  tradition  while  also  having  its  melodic  moments.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  Swedish  and  English  and  cover  Occultism,  Darkness,  Death  and  Suffering  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Fiat  Noctum  are  a  very  great  sounding  traditional  and  old  school  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Dar  Skymning  Radar"  and  "Of Human  Flesh  And  Devils  Blood".  8  out  of  10.



    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/02/fiat-noctumfran-forna-minnen2019full.html


Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult/Mardom/War Anthem Records/2019 CD Review

jeudi 21 février 2019 à 03:36

  Darkened  Nocturn  Slaughtercult  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  old  school  and  satanic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Mardom"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  War  Anthem  Records.

  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction.  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  you  can  also  hear  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in a   great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  emtal  screams  as  well  as  also  getting  very  demonic  at  times  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Most  of  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  As  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  synths  and  ritualistic  sounds  can  also  be  heard  on  a  few  tracks  as  well  as  on  an  instrumental  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  while  the  guitar  leads  when  they  are  utilized  briefly  are  done  in  a  very  raw  and  melodic  style,  a  brief  use  of  whispered  vocals  can  also  be  heard  on  a  later  track. The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism,  Evil,  Darkness  and  Death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Darkened  Nocturn  Slaughtercult  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  old  school  satanic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Mardom-Echo  Zmory"  "A  Beesechment  Two  Folded"  "Widma"  and  "The  Sphere".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/02/darkened-nocturn-slaughtercultmardomwar.html