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Kvltmor/XIII Ritual/Corrupted Flesh Records/2021 Full Length Review

jeudi 4 novembre 2021 à 04:46

 


  Kvltmor  are  a  band  form  Russia  that  plays  a  mixture  of  occult  black  metal  and  ritualistic  dark  ambient  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "XIII  Ritual"  which  will  be  released  on  November  26th  by  Corrupted  Flesh  Records.


  Ritualistic  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  demonic  sounding  voices  in  the  background  while  the  synths  also  bring  in  elements  of  dark  ambient  and  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  at  times.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim y et  high  pitched  sounding  black  metal  screams.


  All  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.


  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  some  whispered  vocals  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  also being  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  when  they  are  utilized,  when  spoken  word  parts  are  added  onto  the  album  they  also  enhance  the  ritualistic  side  of  the  music.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Diabolica  Quimdanda,  Left  hand  Path  Occultism  and  Ritualistic  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Kvltmor  are  a  very  great  sounding  ritualistic  mixture  of  occult  black  emtal  and  dark  ambient  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Agios  Quayin  Rex  Mortis"  and  "Salve  Exu  Mor, Salve  Beelzebuth".  8/5  out  of  10.


https://corruptedfleshrecords.bandcamp.com/album/xiii-ritual   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/11/kvltmorxiii-ritualcorrupted-flesh.html


K Amon K Interview

jeudi 4 novembre 2021 à 03:45

 

1. For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?


We have all known each other for over 20 years. When we started recording, it was just the two of us, Kra Cillag and myself. Then events happened and Kra Altar joined us on drums, and finally Fyr came in on bass.

This project is simply the logical outcome of the ties that bind us, but also of what we have become over the years. To this day, we haven't found a better way to express ourselves other than by creating music. It's what we've always done since we were teenagers.


2. You have a new album coming out towards the end of November, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording?


There wasn't really a choice. We've always done black metal. When we started recording, the ideas were primitive, simple, raw... We would both come up with riffs, record them, and from there the ideas just flowed. We didn't hesitate to eliminate what was wrong, not because it wasn't related to the style, but related to the coherence of the narrative we had developed in each song. And every step of the way there were changes. Some of the drum parts just changed our idea of certain passages for the better.


3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored so far with the music?


With a few exceptions, the lyrics are mainly by Kra Cillag. From his background he has a natural ability to formulate ideas in a simple yet metaphorical way. But whether it's him or me, the themes remain totally personal and linked to our experiences. The voice is an instrument like any other in music, so its place influences the way ideas are expressed.

It's sometimes abstruse, but it's logical as a whole. Each member of the band has experienced victories and defeats, the absoluteness of life and the darkness of death, peace and war in his inner self.... We have experienced all these moments absolutely, so it is only natural that they are the themes of our lyrics. Telling stories is not really our thing.


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


The path that led to the choice of K AMON K is quite particular. The name has a long history in the band as it was originally attributed to Kra Cillag's creations, and using it for what we are today fits perfectly.


I don't want to go into what it means to us, but if you want to translate it literally, it means "the devil revealed to all".



5. In the band logo you also have a sigil, do the band members have any interest in occultism?


Each member has his own initiatory path and his own relationship to the occult. We are all permeable to mysticism and the world of appearances that surrounds us is not enough for us.


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


It is based on a painting by MINA, an artist from Lyon (France). She is a friend of mine with whom I have worked several times. All her works have the same aura, but this particular painting seemed to be the best possible choice for the album cover. She readily agreed to its use as such, and we thank her for that. The reasons for our choice will certainly differ from hers for the creation of the artwork. It is therefore best to ask her to get the original meaning of her work.


7. Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding the line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?


That was true at the very beginning, but now we are four. Kra Cillag (guitar, vocals, keyboards), Kra Altar (drums), Fyr (bass) and myself (guitar, keyboards).  I think we will keep this core, and any further additions will only be for live shows or as guests for studio work. The creative process works very well this way.


8. Currently the band is signed to 'Code666', how did you get in contact with this label?


 It was through our sound engineer. Once he finished mixing, he took the time to offer the album to some of his contacts. Code666 was one of the first to respond and show interest. After a few email exchanges, we decided that what was offered to us was exactly what we wanted for this album. So we didn't have to spend endless time searching...


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


We are at the very beginning of the promotional campaign. The album comes out at the end of the month. So for the moment I can't say. Anyway, so far, it was generally appreciated by all the people who had the opportunity to listen to it. Let's hope that it continues in this direction.


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


 It's hard to say. The album is already very different from what it was when we started recording. At the moment, Kra Cillag and I already have material to work with, so we'll proceed in the same way as for "Arca Ende Aeterna", we'll see where it will lead us, without asking ourselves too many questions. There are things we want to test, experiment with sounds, everything is possible. What remains important is to keep only the essentials in the composition and not to hesitate to remove what does not serve the music.


11. What are some of the bands ro musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?


Everyone has their own favourite musical universe. And I couldn't speak for the other members. For myself, I would say that I often go for creations that have a real sound identity, without limiting myself to a specific genre. I really appreciate everything that has to do with sound research and experimentation, and industrial worlds. If I had to mention only a few examples, there would definitely be a band like Neurosis, or Chu Ishikawa (a Japanese film composer).


And when we get together, the listening choices are very eclectic. So of course, at some point, we always come back to listening to Pink Floyd, but overall it's very varied.

So it's difficult to make an exhaustive list of bands that influence us, and it would be almost easier to list the genres that we almost never listen to (like death or grind for example).



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


The easiest would be to thank you for the album review and for this interview.

https://www.facebook.com/kamonkofficial

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/11/k-amon-k-interview.html


Gorr/Tolv I Talet/2021 EP Review

jeudi 4 novembre 2021 à 03:15

 


  Gorr  are  an  international  duo  with  embers  from  Norway  and  the  united  States  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  with  elements  of  doom  and  death  emtal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2021  ep  "Tolv  I  Talet"  which  will  be  released  in  December.


  Battle  sounding  horns  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Elements  of  doom  metal  can  also b e  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim y et  high  pitched  sounding  black  metal  screams.


  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  when  they  are  utilized.


  Some  of  the  riffing  also  shows  an  influence  of  early  90's  era  death  metal  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  each  track  also  sounding  very  different  from  each  other.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Norwegian  and  cover  Norse  mythology,  Loss  and  Struggle  themes. 


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Gorr  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  black  metal  with  elements  of  doom  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Like  vakkert  som  grusomt"  and  "Slik  lyder  soga  om folket  på  saltsteinen".  8  out  of  10.


https://youtu.be/LCm_kWJgSKo   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/11/gorrtolv-i-talet2021-ep-review.html


Glyph/Remind Us Of The Sun/Weregnome/Feral Age/BMC Productions/2022 Full Length Review

jeudi 4 novembre 2021 à 02:20

 


  U.S.A's  solo  project  Glyph  has  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  raw  and  depressive  style  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  album  "Remind  Us  Of  The  Sun"  which  will  be  released  in  2022  as  a  joint  effort  between  Weregnome,  Feral  Age  and  BMC  Productions.


  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  yet  depressive  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also adding  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow, mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  The tracks  also  add  in  a  good  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences  along  with  the  music  also  capturing  a  very  lo-fi  atmosphere  at  times  as  well  as  the  vocals  also  getting  more  diverse  as  the  recording  progresses,  the  whole  recording  also  sticks  to  a  heavier  direction  and  melodic  guitar  solos  and  leads  can  also  be  heard  briefly  towards  the  end.


  On  this  recording  Glyph  remains  true  to  the  raw,  lo-fi  and  depressive  style  of  black  metal  that  he  has  established  on  previous  releases.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Glyph  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  depressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Under  The  Above  World"  "Who  Lies  Dormant"  and  "Relics  Of  The  Precursors".  8  out  of  10.


Bandcamp          

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/11/glyphremind-us-of-sunweregnomeferal.html


Death Embrace/Dark Reflections Of A Tortured Souil/2021 Full Length Review

mercredi 3 novembre 2021 à 04:16

 

  Death  Embrace  are  a  solo  project from  the  United  Kingdom  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  occult  and  vampyric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2021  album  "Dark  Reflections  Of  A  Tortured  Soul".


  A  very  dark  and  ritualistic  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Dark  sounding  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  and  the  vocals are mostly  tortured  black  metal  screams.


  The  music  also  adds  in  a  decent  amount  of  90's  influences  while  still  also  being  very  modern  sounding  at  the  same  time.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  tracks  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts.  

 

  One  song  also  introduces  clear  vocals  onto  the  recording along  with  the  ritualistic  elements  also  making  a  return  on  some  of  the  later  songs  as  well  as  a  couple  of  the  tracks  also  being  long  and  epic  in  length.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Vampirism,  Necromancy,  Exile  From  Eden,  Hell,  Black  Magick  and  Death  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  form  Death  Embrace  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  occult  and  vampyric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Burning  Souls"  "Eden  To  Sin"  and  "Angel  Death  Altar".  8  out  of  10.


Dark Reflections Of A Tortured Soul | Death Embrace (bandcamp.com)    


  


  


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/11/death-embracedark-reflections-of.html