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Twilight Fauna/Old ThunderBloodlines//Into The Night Records/2015 Split Cassette Review

vendredi 27 février 2015 à 06:24

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  cassette  between  Tennessee's  Twilight  Fauna  and  Kentucky's  Old  Thunder  called  "Bloodlines"  which  was  released  by  Into  The  Night  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Twilight  Fauna a  solo  project  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal.

  Nature  sounds  start  off  his  side  of  the  split  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  and  clean  singing  vocals  that  give  the  music  an  Americana  feeling  and  after  awhile  flutes  are  added  into  the  song  and  they  also  bring  in  more  elements  of  folk  music  and  on  the  following  track  which  is  also  13  minutes  in  length  the  music  adds  in  electric  guitars  which  also  take  the song  into  a  heavier  direction  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  that  kick  in  after  awhile,  the  acoustic  guitars  from  the  first  track  are  also  used  briefly  on  the  second  song  while  the  heavier  parts  stick  to  a  slower  style  of  black  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  nature,  human  spirits  and  old  gods  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  black  metal  with  a  touch  of  folk  music,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "A  Revelation  (Conceding  The  Scars)".

  Next  up  is  Old  Thunder  a  solo  project  that  plays  an  atmospheric  mixture  of  doom  and  sludge  metal.

  A  very  distorted  yet melodic  sound  which  also  gives  the  music  a  post  metal  feeling  starts  off  his  side  of  the  split  along  with  some  clean  playing  and  after  a  minute  heavy  doom  metal  guitars  and  grim  sludge  style  screams  which also  have  a  touch  of  black  metal  to  them  are  added  onto  the  recording  while  the  melodies  also  stick  around  in  both  the  leads  and riffs  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  both  clean  and  heavy  parts,  both  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  suffering,  Appalachian  Life,  Faith  and  Literature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Old  Thunder  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric sludge  and  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of  the  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK   "Burnt  Bone  Garland".  

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  the  more  atmospheric  sides  of  black,  doom  and  sludge  metal.  8  out  of  10.             

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Xharhnah/Crown/Depressive Illusions/2015 EP Review

jeudi 26 février 2015 à 22:09

  Xharhnah  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  very  depressive  and  atmospheric  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  ep  "Crown"  which  was  released  by  Depressive  Illusions.

  A  very  dark,  atmospheric  and  epic  sounding  synth  starts  off  the  ep  which  also  uses  a  variety  of  many  different  sounding  keys  and  a  few  seconds  later  melodic  doom  metal  guitar  leads  and  high  pitched  depressive  screams  make  their  present  on  the  recording  along  with  some  operatic  female  vocals  being  added  a  few seconds  later.

  You  can hear  a  lot  of  elements  of  dark  metal  in  the  bands  musical  style  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  mixture  of  both  clean  and  heavy  parts  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and all  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic in  length  and  stick  to  mostly  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction.

  Kharhnah  takes  a  very  atmospheric,  melodic  and  depressive  style  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  dark  and  doom  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own  along  with  a  great  amount  of  ambient  elements,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Spirituality,  Feelings  and  Mysticism.

  In  my  opinion  Xharhnah  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Crown".  8  out  of  10.  

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Pohjast/Matused/Stormspell Records/2014 CD Review

jeudi 26 février 2015 à 20:07

  Pojhast  are  an  international  band with  members  from  Canada,  Finland  and Estonia  that  plays  a  Nordic  style  of  viking/black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Matused"  which  was  released  by  Stormspell  Records.

  A  very  distorted  guitar  lead  and  tribal  style  drums  start  off  the  album  before  adding  in  more heavy  and  melodic  parts  along  with  a  great  amount  of  clean  singing  viking  metal  vocals  and  the  music  has  a  lot  of  Viking  era  Bathory  influences  in  it  and  most  of  the  music  sticks  to  mostly  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction.

  Unlike  with  the  previous  album  which  focused  more  on  a  Norwegian  influenced  style  of  frostbitten  black  metal  the  music  goes  for  more  of  a  pure  pagan/viking  metal  direction  along  this  recording  and  you  can  also  hear  a  touch  of  doom  metal  in  the  bands  musical  style  and  the  solos  and  leads  the  band  uses  stick  to  a  very  melodic  musical  direction  and  a  couple  of  the  later  songs  also  bring  in  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  and  spoken  word  parts  while  the  last  track  is  long  and  epic  in  length

  Pohjast  move  away  from  the  black  metal  sound  of  the  previous  material  and  creates  a  pure  and  melodic  style  of  viking  metal  on  this  recording  while  also  bringing  in  a  heavier  approach  to  the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Nordic  Paganism,  darkness  and  nature  themes.

  In  my opinion  Pohjast  are  a  very  great  sounding  viking  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Rune  Of  Dissolution"  and  "In  The  Shadow  of  The  Glass  Cross".  8  out  of  10.       

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Patriarch Interview

mercredi 25 février 2015 à 17:12
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about your bands and musical projects?
I’m active in the metal underground since 2001 I think. I had some projects back then and the only one which is still alive is Blasphemous Noise Torment. Luckily I’ve found two musicians that fit perfectly in the attitude and sound required by this band. Beside that, with another friend I started Doomhammer back in 2010 I guess with the aim to create raw and old school music. Since I’m an iper-active person I’ve 2 solo projects now, Patriarch (raw punkish black metal) and Caostruppen (war metal caos). These days I started rehearsing with a friend for a lo-fi black metal band. Also I have the Clan of Exclusion - war command distribution label.

2.Currently you have 2 full tine bands and 2 solo projects, how would you say all of these bands differ from each other?
Well Blasphemous Noise Torment is my main band. It’s the older project I got and everything we do with that is focused on developing some kind of personal way of playing bestial black death metal inspired by bands such as Bestial Warlust, Blasphemy, Diocletian, Revenge and so on. It requires some kind of skills and exercise musically and lirycally wise.
Doomhammer is a free-time band. We do what we like in a simple and direct way. So here we put thrash, black and punk influences and we go. Simple songs for total impact.
Beside these two bands, Patriarch is a more personal and black oriented band. Inspired by Burzum, Darkthrone, Akitsa, Ash Pool, Bone Awl and White Medal is focused in the creation of raw lo-fi music with a touch of cold melody. Finally Caostruppen is my bestial project devoted to Conqueror, Revenge, Naked Whipper worship. Nothing original, just chaotic music and pure brutality. Soon will be out new demos and first album.

3.With Doomhammer, the music seems to revolve more around old school metal and punk as well as alcohol, do you consider this band more as something fun compared to the other bands where the music and lyrics seem to be a lot more serious?
Yes for sure. Doomhammer is purely fun and manily focused on live impact. So we don’t care about lyrics content or musical precision. It is just about turning on the amplifier and play.

4.Also with Doomhammer you have done a few G.G Allin covers, what was the decision behind during your own version of these tracks?
I’ve heard my first G.G. Allin song in Volkermord (UK) split cd. I liked that kind of raw and brutal punk-crust and that kind of nihilist attitude fits perfectly with Doomhammer. Also we always liked to drink beers and whisky and doing some crazy things so it was quite natural for us to cover such songs. I must add also that these are really easy to play songs, so we hadn’t to rehearse them too much ahahah.

5.Is the name ‘Doomhammer’, a tribute to Hellhammer’?
Yes of course. The band started in a small and dark garage, it felt like an old crypt. So we begun with the intent to pay tribute to the old school of metal music. Personally I am a big fan of Hellhammer and similar bands. I often use the “uh!” battle cry as a tribute to Tom G. Warrior in Doomhammer songs.

6.With ‘Doomhammer’, all of the demo’s where released on a compilation by Old Cemetery Records, where you satisfied with the support they put into the compilation?
Old Cemetery rec. did a great job with the cd, we like it. I must admit it would’ve deserved a better recording quality, but anyway  we are committed to rehearsal quality so it is the way it should be in any case. Soon will be out the new demo through Legion Blotan and later another split. We are slowly thinking about an album.

7.With ‘Blasphemous Noise Torment’, the band was originally called ‘Kaos’, what was the decision behind the name change and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name ‘Blasphemous Noise Torment’?
Kaos was more an experiment than a real band. It was just somekind of chaotic noise black by me only. I changed name into something that would sound as a tribute to those bands that inspired my at that moment: Blasphemy, Beherit, Von. First demos were just improvised crap in the end sounding more like Bestial Mockery without song structure.

8.Also with ‘Blasphemous Noise Torment’, one of the topics you cover lyrically is Ariosophy, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?
I am graduated in Philosophy, I am a great reader of authors like Nietzsche, Heidegger, Spengler and so on. Also I always admired Pete Helmkamp’s way of writing lyrics so I try to do something in that vein.
I want to evoke the inner power hidden in the blood and memory of people of indo-european heritage. That mean that I used mainly references to the myth, symbols and history that european men can comprehend even if they know nothing about it. There’s something deeper than pure theorical study and music can evoke that side of man to push him overcoming moral and daily limits.
That kind of musical conception is in the end similar to that Wagner has back in the day and it can work, with different words and symbols, for non-european peoples. Tradition and anti-monotheist struggle are the main roots for a deep musical message of (self-)awakening.

9.What are some of the best shows that you have done with your live bands and also how would you describe your stage performance?
I remember we had great shows with Impaled Nazarene, Proclamation, Diocletian and Archgoat in 2013. We had a crowd of crazy maniacs under the stage with all the aggression and “mosh” violence that fits perfectly in a bestial metal show. Also I remember with great pleasure the live we did in Austria in 2012 (I guess) with our friends Abhorrot and Bestial Raids and Truppensturm. Not many people there, but great bands, great people and good avenue.
Our stage performance is always focused on bestial destruction and brutality, we do a physical show, but that depends on the crowd also.

10.With ‘Blasphemous Noise Torment’, the band started out as a solo project, what was the decision behind turning it into a full time line up?
When I decided to restart with music in 2009 I felt the need of improve what I did in the past. So first I recorded some new songs with real structure (“Blood Purge” demo cdr) and then I’ve searched for two members to help me playing more complex songs.

11.With ‘Patriarch’ you do everything by yourself, how would you compare working solo to working with a full time band?
With a true band you have always to manage personal issues and sometimes you have to take care of other’s problems and laziness. I hate that side of the thing, but that’s the natural way of being a band. With a one-man project you can do what you want, when you want and how you want. Also I like to play drums even if I’m absolutely not a drummer, so I tried also that way.

12. The Patriarch ep was released on Legion Blotan Records, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
It’s a Yorkshire based label. George, the man behind it, is really a smart person and it’s really easy to work and trade with him. I like that kind of underground devotion and also I like his bands Sump and White Medal. Themathically Patriarch fits perfectly in Legion Blotan Records’ roster.

13.What are some of the subjects you cover lyrically with ‘Patriarch’?
Mainly I want to attack contemporary anti-male propaganda and gender theory. These are some of the most vicious and dangerous concepts around, in my opinion. So Patriarch is openly a call to old time fatherhood, to natural family structure and manly authority. Most of my lyrics, also for future songs, begin with that kind of point of view, that of a society that is deeply against everything virile and properly manly. So Patriarch is a tool against everything contemporary society wants from men to do and say. For example the song “Macbeth’s cruse” is a song about the tragedy, an allegory on female pernicious way of manipulating man and pushing him to ruin. I think the respect for the woman goes hand in hand with respect for man prerogatives.

14.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your various musical projects by fans of black metal?
With BNT we had a good feedback. We did not much promotion, so we could have got something more, but in these months our second album “Cosmic Reversion” will be out and we do expect some more support worldwide. Doomhammer has a small following here and there, we do no promotion at all, just trades etc. Your review on Patriarch’s demo is the first one so it is too late to say anything. Caostruppen received some good feedback's from South America, USA and some europeans maniacs.

15.Can you tell us a little bit more about the label that you run?
It started some years ago as a demo-label. Now I decided to change the name into something more profound and personal so it will be called from now on: Clan of Exclusion - war command distribution. I plan to print cd of bands I like and I want to promote and sell. My first release on cd is Comando Praetorio “Divinità Terrifiche”, an impressive debut of apocalyptic black metal from some of italian’s best extreme musicans. In the next days Deathcraft demo will be ready on pro-cd with remastered audio and ferocious artwork. This is a band formed by ex-Demonomancy (Spain) members, so you should expect bestial grind death.
Then I’ll release Volkermord (UK) demo collection and BNT “Cosmic Reversion” on pro-tape. After those, one split cd with two great italian black metal bands is scheduled and then we’ll see. I’ve many ideas but not many really good bands around. If there’s a quality bestial war metal band in search of an album release get in touch.

16.Where do you see yourself heading into musically in the future with your bands and projects?
I want to send a message and I want to speak to devoted underground maniacs. With BNT we would like to play in some european countries, with the other bands I just want to be in contact with more maniacs for trades, concerts etc.

17.What are some of the bands musical styles that have had an influence on you musically?
I’ve been influenced by all extreme metal styles: death, black, thrash and war. Also I’m into classical heavy metal and this reflects on songs structure and riff creation. Some of my all-time  favourites are Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Metallica, Slayer, Angelcorpse, Darkthrone, Diocletian, Akitsa, Bolt Thrower, Discharge and many others.

18.Does Satanism, Occultism or Paganism play any role in your musical projects?
Paganism for sure since I consider myself an Heathen, occultism in some way, always connected with indo-european tradition and esoterism. I don’t give a fuck about supposed chabbalistic esoterism since that it is just an arbitrary and useless teenage-minded creation. It’s just like a cut-and-paste from many real traditions for a one-self wanking.  I prefer what comes from archeological studies and ancient myths tales. I am a concrete and scientific mind in the end.

19.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you very much for your support and time.

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Funerary Bell/Graveyard Seance/Saturnal Records/2015 EP Review

mercredi 25 février 2015 à 00:19

  Funerary  Bell  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  ep  "Graveyard  Seance"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Saturnal  Records.

  A  very  distorted  sound  starts  off  the  ep  before  going  into  more  of  a  melodic  direction  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  which  also  leads  up  to  more  of  a  fast  and  raw  black  metal  sound  that  also  incorporates  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  growls  that  are  very  dark  and  grim  sounding.

  You  can  hear  a  great  amount  of  thrash  metal  influences  in  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  some  high  pitched  screams  being  utilized  at  times  and  when  spoken  word  parts  are  utilized  they  give  the  music  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling  and  after  awhile  a  small  amount  of  traditional  metal  melodies  can  be  heard  and  both  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  second  track  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  atmospheric  synths.

  Funerary  Bell  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  atmospheric,  melodic  and  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  occult  sound  but  with  more  of  an  up  to  date  take  on  the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism.

  In  my  opinion  Funerary  Bell  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Afterlife  on  Earth".  8  out  of  10.


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