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Dauþuz/Monvmentvm/Naturmacht Productions/2019 Full Length Review

dimanche 31 mars 2019 à 23:23

  Germany's  duo  Dauþuz  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  epic  and  melodic  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Monvmentvm"  which  will  be  released  in  April by  Naturmacht  Productions.

  Rain  and  thunder  sounds  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.Throughout  the  recording  you can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  clean  vocals  also  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music.

  The  riffs  also  utilize  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  some  growls  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  music  while  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  acoustic  songs  that  also  add  a  touch  of  folk  music  onto  the  recording  as  well  as  a  couple  of  instrumentals  and  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences  but  also  keeping  it  modern.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  historical  mining  in  Germany  and  Europe.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Dauþuz  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  epic  and  melodic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Schwarzes  Wasser"  "Knochengrube"  and  "Monvmentvm".  8  out  of  10.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oB0Llvc7G4w

   

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/03/dauuzmonvmentvmnaturmacht.html


Plague Weaver Interview

dimanche 31 mars 2019 à 20:47
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

RM : Plague Weaver was brought to life in 2018 by myself and I brought  RZ a short time later. Plague Weaver's music is mostly old school black metal with certain new elements brought into it, as shown in the tracks.

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

RM : There were a lot of inspirations ... The very foundation of our music is old black metal , albums such as the first three Samael , first three Rotting Christ ,Hellhammer , Varathron and all those bands who shaped the genre in the late 80's and early 90's . i always loved the mix of extreme metal with dark and evil atmosphere .We are trying to keep this old spirit but infuse it with all experiences which has shaped us.


3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored so far with your music?

RZ: For "Condemned to Worship" the thought behind it is evil being triumphant at the end of times, as opposed to what the bible claims will happen. A "what if" scenario, you might say.
For "YHWH" it is a story of God's betrayal to his legion, abandoning them on this wretched earth because "he got bored" and decided to create a new earth, sufficed to say.


4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Plague Weaver'?

RM : The inspiration was a profound impact of plague on the medieval era, art and culture . Everything turned morbid , art and literature was focused on death .

There was no explanation to the cause of black death , so people ascribed supernatural forces  and  god's wrath .

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

RM : Artwork was done by local artist and photographer Paulina Murawska - she created the cover art based on our concept of Plague .

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

RM : At the moment we dont play any live shows , but in future we plan to expand our line up and play live eventually.

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

RM : To be honest  we are focused on the promotion of our EP . Of course if we receive any good proposition we will surely consider it , but at the moment i think that its better for us to stay independent and try to push promotion as far as we can on our own.

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

RM : So far we are really surprised by feedback from people . Its very hard to start from scratch , especially nowadays when there is a lot of bands ,but there is definitely a solid response from people all over the world.

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

RM : I think we will continue direction started on our debut EP - those two tracks contain all elements we want to develop on future releases.


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?

RM : As i said my influence is old black metal ( especially greek - varathron , necromantia , rotting christ ) , old samael , celtic frost/helhammer ,also death/doom metal and ambient / soundtracks . I'm always looking for music  giving you cold , dark and evil feeling , something you cant describe but you can feel on primal state.


11.Does Occultism play any role in your music?
RM : its one of foundation of music .


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

RM : Thanks for this interview and interest in our music !! Spread the plague !!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/03/plague-weaver-interview.html


Grievance/Em Lucefecit/War Productions/2019 Full Length Review

dimanche 31 mars 2019 à 20:41

  Portugal's  Grievance  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  raw  and  old  school  style  of  black  metal  style  of  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Em  Lucefecit"  which  was  released  by  War  Productions.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim,  hateful  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  style  and  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies.

  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  done  in  a  very  distorted,  dark  and  melodic  style  without  ever  really  turning  into  guitar  solos  except  for  a  couple  of  tracks  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them and  the  music  always  sticks  to  a  very  heavy  and  raw  style.

  On  this  recording  Grievance  remains  true  to  the  raw  style  of  black  metal  they  have  established  on  previous  releases.  The  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Portuguese  and  cover  struggles,  philosophical  and  occult  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Grievance  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and old  school  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Corvos  que  Esvoacam"  "Deserto"  and  "A  Chegada  da  Peste  Negra".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/03/grievanceem-lucefecitwar.html


Absinthropy/Salix Babylonica/Clobber Records/2019 Split CD Review

dimanche 31 mars 2019 à 04:39

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  United  Kingdom's  Absinthropy  and  Ecuador's  Salix  Babylonica  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Clobber  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Absinthropy  a  duo  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  metal  and  depressive  rock.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  bring  in  elements  of  doom  metal.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  while  also  introducing  grim  screams  onto  the  recording  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

 Elements  of  depressive  rock  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music  while  one  track  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  acoustic  guitars  and  melodic  vocals  are  added  onto  the  closing  track.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  depression  and  self  mutilation  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Absinthropy  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  metal  and  depressive  rock  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Crescent  Hooks  Above  Twilight  Gardens 

  Next  up  is  Salix  Babylonica  a  duo  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  spoken  word  samples  before  adding  in  some  clean  playing  and  grim  black  metal  screams.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  At  times  the  music  gets  very  depressive  while  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  bring  in  elements  of  doom  metal  and  synths  along  with  some  nature  sounds  are  added  onto  the  second  track.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Salix  Babylonica  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  depressive  black  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out t his  duo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "She's  Back".

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  depressive  black  and  doom  metal.  8  out  of  10.

  https://www.facebook.com/SalixBabylonicaOfficial
 | https://www.facebook.com/Absinthropy

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/03/absinthropysalix-babylonicaclobber.html


Nocturnal Witch/A Thousand Pyres/Undercover/Evil Spell Records/2019 CD Review

dimanche 31 mars 2019 à 03:21

  Nocturnal  Witch  are  a  duo  from  Germany  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  old  school  mixture  of  black  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "A  Thousand  Pyres"  which  will  be  released  in  April  as  a  joint  effort  by  by  Undercover  and  Evil  Spell  Records  Records.

  Dark  yet  melodic  guitar  leads  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavy  riffing  a  few  seconds  later.  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  while  the  vocals  mix  the  first  and  second w ave  of  black  metal  style  screams  together.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  A  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  80's  and  90's  influences  without  sounding  outdated  along  with  some  elements  of  thrash.

  Ritualistic  sounding  synths  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  influences  of  Greek  and  South  American  black  metal   and  adds  in  a  touch  of  German  thrash  metal  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  occultism,  evil,  darkness  and  death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Nocturnal  Witch  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  old  school  black  and  thrash  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Downfall  Of  The  World"  "Dark  Forces"  and  "Raise  The  Swords".  8/5  out  of  10.

https://nocturnalwitch.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/NW666/

   
  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/03/nocturnal-witcha-thousand.html