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Kjeld/Ofstan/Heidens Hart Records/2021 CD Review

jeudi 7 janvier 2021 à 04:04

 


    Kjeld  are  a  band  from  the  Netherlands  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  very  ferocious  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "Ofstan"  which  will  be  released  in  2021  by  Heidens  Hart  Records.


  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  fast  parts.  Atmospheric  elements  are  also  mixed  in  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

 

  Melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of t he  guitar  riffing  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  some  synths  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  chants  can  also  be  heard  briefly.


  Growling  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  the  music  also  taking  some  old  school  influences  and  mixing  them  in  with  the  more  modern  era  as  well  as  one  track  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  psychedelic  sounds   as  well  as  one  of  the  tracks  also  introducing  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  album  and  as  the  recording  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard,  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Frisian  and  cover  nature,  myths,  sagas  and  the  darkness  of  man.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Kjeld  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  ferocious  and  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Betsjoend"  "Ofstan""Falske  Doop"  and  "Konfrontaasje".  8  out  of  10.


www.kjeld.frl

www.facebook.com/kjeldblackmetal  


  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/01/kjeldofstanheidens-hart-records2021-cd.html


Monstraat/Hinsides/Shadow Records/Regain Records/2021 Split EP Review

jeudi 7 janvier 2021 à 03:08

 


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  ep  between  Sweden's  Monstraat  and  Hinsides  which  will  be  released  on  January  31st  as  a  joint  effort  between  Shadow  and  Regain  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Monstraat  a  duo  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  satanic  form  of  black  metal.


  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  fast  and  raw  sound  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them,  all  of  the  music  also  sticks  to  a  heavier  direction.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and r aw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Violence  and  Misery  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Monstraat  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  satanic  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "The  Layers  of  Mortality".


  Next  up  is  Hinsides  a  solo  project  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal.


  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  fast  and  raw  sound  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  90's  influences,  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.


  Synths  are  also  utilized  briefly  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  chaotic  yet  melodic  style.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and r aw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Swedish  and  cover  violent  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Hinsides  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Pa  jordelivets  sorgetag".


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


 https://regainrecords.bandcamp.com/album/monstraat-hinsides


       

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/01/monstraathinsidesshadow-recordsregain.html


Bacchus/Self Titled/Solar Asceticists Productions/2019 EP Review

mardi 5 janvier 2021 à 05:51

 


  Bacchus  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  a   very  atmospheric,  ritualistic  and  Faustian  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2021  ep  which  will  be  released  on  January  10th  by  Solar  Asceticists  Productions.


  Dark  riffing  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  ritualistic  soundscapes  and  operatic  female  vocals  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  Melodic  chanting  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  the  songs  also  give  the  music  more  of  an  atmospheric  feeling.


  Clean  male  vocals  can  also  be  heard  on  all  of  the  tracks  which  also  add  in  some  grim  black  metal  touches  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Synths  and  samples  are  also  utilized  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  along  with  all  of  the  music  sticking  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction,  growls  can  also  be  heard on  a  couple  of  songs  as  well  as  one  song  also  introducing  clean  playing  onto  the  recording  and  the  ep  also  closes  with  an  instrumental. 


  Bacchus  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  modern,  atmospheric  and  ritualistic  sounding  as  well  as  bringing  in  more  of  a  non  traditional  vocal  approach  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Arcane,  Faustian  and  Occultism  themes.   


  In  my  opinion  Bacchus  are  a  very  great  sounding  ritualistic  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "I"  and  "IV". 


  https://solar-asceticists-productions.bandcamp.com/album/bacchus

https://bacchus-dionysies.bandcamp.com/releases

https://www.facebook.com/bacchus.dionysies 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/01/bacchusself-titledsolar-asceticists.html


Elurra/Die Herrschaft der Sonne/2021 Full Length Review

mardi 5 janvier 2021 à 03:35

 


  Ellura  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  left  wing  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2021  album  "Die  Herrschaft  der  Sonne"  which  will  be  released  in  February.


  Dark  yet  melodic  riffing  starts  off  the  album  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  tremolo  picking  also  giving  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  when  it  is  utilized  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard.  


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  music  also  captures  the  raw  aggression  of t he  old  school  style  but  keeping  it  modern  at  the  same  time  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  also  introducing  clean  playing  onto  the  album  and  a  couple  of  the  later  songs  are  also  long  and  epic  in  length,  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  briefly  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.


  On  this  recording  Ellura  plays  a  style  of  occult  black  metal  that  is  very  aggressive,  dark  and  raw  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  Left  Wing  Politics,  Occultism  and  Left  hand  Path  themes. 


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Ellura  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  left  wing  occult  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Kein  Tod"  "Manifestation  des  Willens"  and  "Elur  Beltza".  8  out  of  10.


https://www.facebook.com/elurraband/

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/01/elurradie-herrschaft-der-sonne2021-full.html


Nordicwinter Interview

lundi 4 janvier 2021 à 05:24

 

1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the musical project these days?

My fourth Nordicwinter album will be entitled "Sorrow" and will be released in March 2021 by Hypnotic Dirge Records. The great thing is that he's also doing some merch bundles for that release. Some interesting items should be available once it's launched. Keep an eye out for that.

2.In 2020 you had released 2 albums with this project, musically how do they both differ from each other?

I would say that 'Requiem' is a more varied album then 'Desolation' in terms of musical style. It has faster sections, slow parts, it even has some blast beats. While 'Desolation' is slower and more atmospheric throughout. I really like both albums, but 'Desolation' is closer to what I want Nordicwinter to be in the future, a more atmospheric depressive project.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored on both of the releases?

The lyrical themes and subject matter on both albums are somewhat similar, as both deal with death, dying, solitude and despair. Most of the lyrics are from the first person perspective and are written to convey the despair and the longing to die, the hopelessness and bleak outlook on what life has been and what is yet to come.

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

At the time the Nordicwinter project was created in 2005 or so, the music was supposed to be just 'basic black metal'. So I wanted a basic name to go with that, Nordicwinter was the most basic name I could come up with. Over the years Nordicwinter's music has obviously evolved and changed, but it's a bit late to change the name to encapsulate what Nordicwinter has become. But honestly, I don't think it really matters.

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork on the recent album cover?

In Canada, we have lots of forests, and for me, being in the forest really separates you from the outside world we live in day to day. Even though a forest is vast, you still feel isolated and alone within it. I wanted to make the artwork of 'Desolation' that represents that feeling.

6.With this project you record everything by yourself but also have experience working with full line ups, how would you compare the two?

I really enjoyed working with band mates and working on music as a group, even though in most bands I was in, I ended up writing most of the music by myself. Working with other people was fun and having input from different people can be useful at times.

But doing everything myself I find it easier in terms of bringing everything together from the initial vision I had when a song or project is started to the final result. Granted, I don't have anyone else to bounce ideas around with, but overall I do enjoy having the final say in what the music turns out to be. A unilateral vision is always better then trying to bring multiple ideas to mesh as one, in my personal opinion.

7.You also have 2 other solo projects, how this the music of 'Nordicwinter' differ from your other projects?

I do still enjoy multiple styles of music, and being able to create everything myself lets me have the freedom to experiment and make different projects that would be harder to do if I had to get members to record them all. 

For example, Gravendusk was created to blend Funeral Doom and Black Metal together, Kalseroth was created for my love of old school Death Metal and also Blackened Death Metal. I also have a Dark Ambient project called 'Umbrarum Tenebrae' and another project in the works right now that is too early to talk about.

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

In all honesty, I have only sold a few dozen CD's worldwide, I don't think many people have heard of Nordicwinter. I'm still very small and underground. The few people that do understand what I'm trying to create seem to appreciate the music though. That's all I can really ask for. Music is very personal to me, I write things that I need to 'get out of my system' so to speak, I appreciated the fact that I 'sold out' the first 50 'Desolation' CD's I made. With the re-issue of my 'Desolation' CD by Hypnotic Dirge Records, hopefully more people will have access to get it and enjoy it.

9.Do you have any plans for your musical projects in 2021?

I'm looking forward to the release of the new Nordicwinter's 'Sorrow' CD by Hypnotic Dirge Records in March 2021, beside that I have a couple of other projects planned but too early to get into. 2021 will be a more calm year for Nordicwinter than what 2020 has been. I only plan to release 'Sorrow' this year with Nordicwinter.

10.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future?

Hopefully continue to grow and expand as a musician. There are still many musical avenues to explore with Nordicwinter. I plan to take a small break and look forward to seeing what new ideas I can bring to the table in the future.

11.What are you currently listening to nowadays?

A mix of different styles of music, Marduk, 1914, Abigail Williams, None, Svartdaudi, Thy Light, Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult, Afsky, Cult Of Luna, Hooded Menace, Automb and others.



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

Thanks for interviewing me and stay on the lookout for more projects in the coming year.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/01/nordicwinter-interview.html