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Nidmorker/Hinc Tuo Confisi Aegritudo Ac Dolorem/Fila Sophiae/2018 EP Review

samedi 16 février 2019 à 04:31

  Nidmorker  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  very  tortured  form  of  black  metal  along  with  some  elements  of  dark  ambient  and  death  industrial  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  ep  "Hinc  Tuo  Confisi  Aegritudo  Ac  Dolerem"  which  was  released  by  fila  Sophiae.

  A  very  dark  and  ritualistic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  demonic  voices  also  being  used  briefly  while  the  sounds  of  humans  being  tortured  can  also  be  heard. Elements  of  noise  of  death  industrial  are  also  added  into  the  music  at  times  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts.

  Dark  sounding  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  heavier  riffing  while  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  and  towards  the  end  of  the  first  track  whispered  spoken  words  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  you  can  also  hear  an  influence  of  Xasthur  in  some  parts  of  the  music.

  A  touch  of  dark  ambient  can  also  be  heard  in  the  music  while  it  is  covered  with  more of  a  black  metal  style  and  when  the  music  finally  speeds  up  briefly  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  depression  and  Satanism  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Nidmorker  are  a  very  great  sounding  tortured  and  demented  black  metal  band  with  some  touches  of  dark  ambient  and  death  industrial  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Advent  Tristii"  and  "Anaktoria".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/02/nidmorkerhinc-tuo-confisi-aegritudo-ac.html


Trespasser/Чому не вийшло? (why didn't it work?)/Heavenly Vault Records/2019 Vinyl Review

samedi 16 février 2019 à 02:59

  Tresspasser  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  Nordic  influenced  form  of  apocalyptic  and  anarchist  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Чому не вийшло? (why didn't it work?)"  which  was  released  on  vinyl  by  Heavenly  Vault  Records.

  Melodic  guitar  leads  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  black  metal s creams  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  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  some  elements  of  crust  and  d beat.

  Swedish  style  melodies  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  A  great  amount  of  90's  influences  can  also  be  heard  in  the  bands  musical  style  but  also  keeping  it  in  a  very  modern  direction.

  At  times  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  also  captures  the  sounds  of  war  and  Armageddon  showing  somewhat  of  a  Marduk  influence.  World  War  era  Choirs  and  music  can  also  be heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  folk  instruments,  classical  guitars  and  war  samples,  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  struggle  of  anarchist  workers  in  the  Ukraine  lead  by  the  infamous  Nester  Makhno  between  the  two  world  wars.

  In  my  opinion  Tresspasser  are  a  very  great  sounding  apocalyptic  and  anarchist  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hunted  Like  Wolves"  "Death  To  Fight  Death"  and  "Miscreant  Dawn".  8  out  of  10.  "       

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/02/trespasser-why-didnt-it-workheavenly.html


Vorga Interview

vendredi 15 février 2019 à 05:30
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Atlas - Sure, we're a modern black metal band based in Karlsruhe, Germany. Our music focuses mostly on nihilism and looking at the world through that lens. I created the band while living in Scotland and brought the music and ideas with me when I moved to Germany. Luckily I managed to find a great group of musicians here to make the band what it is today.

Пешо has a bunch of various acts he used to and still plays with such as Vrani Volosa, Act of Grotesque, Bloodlines, Damage Extreme & Prokyon.

Jervas previously played drums for Aaskereia, Corporal Punishment & Grabfinsternis.

Volker has played guitar in Azrael's Seed and Geäst.


2.You also have your first ep coming out later in February, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?

Atlas - I wanted to find a balance between the chaos and aggression of black metal and simpler, sadder melodies. I also wanted to create something that would translate well to a live environment.

I also wanted it to have a very modern production style. I know it can be quite divisive in the BM community but personally, I think the power and aggression of a modern production really help gives some extra weight to this style of black metal.


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

Atlas - Servility and corruption of power are two topics that seem to keep coming up. The feeling of frustration and hopelessness in trying to change things, and the idea of purpose.


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

Atlas - It is the name of a starship in Alfred Bester's 'Stars my destination'. In the book it plays a role as the protagonist's reason for living, he saves his own life only to get revenge on this ship he thinks abandoned him. I liked the idea of what the ship represents - misguided purpose and the strength that can be wielded in ignorance.


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

Atlas - The artwork of the band is trying to convey feelings of human insignificance. We're trying to recreate that feeling of mixed wonder and horror looking into the night sky and feeling small.


6.The band members come from the United Kingdom, Germany and Bulgaria, what kind of impact does this have on the bands musical style?

Atlas - Next to none really. I am the songwriter for the band and create the music & lyrics nearly fully-formed before handing it over to the rest of the guys. This doesn't leave a lot of room for interpretation and helps keep the vision consistent.

In terms of our backgrounds and what they bring, we certainly come from different walks of life and musical tastes and I think it definitely helps add something to our sound.

Пешо - I don´t think it makes really a difference when it comes to music that doesn´t include folklore.

7.Are the band members open to doing any live shows if the opportunity ever came?

Atlas - Definitely! We're in the middle of organizing our first release concert here in Karlsruhe but I hope we can get on the road and do some touring when the time is right. We're very keen to get out there and play as much as possible.

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

Atlas - We're certainly interested but it's not anything we're actively pursuing right now. We're happy self-releasing and self-promoting until it becomes too much to handle by ourselves and we need to enlist the help of others.


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

Fantastic right now! We've been positively overwhelmed by the initial response our EP has received and we're already looking forward to the next release.


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

Atlas - At the moment we're planning a second EP release for later this year. All that material has been written. I'm currently writing a full length I would hope we can release in 2020. Stylistically it's similar to what you hear now, but perhaps with a slightly more sci-fi/cosmic angle to it.


11.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?

Atlas - I'm not sure if you can hear it in the music but bands that have influenced me are Dodheimsgard, , Arcturus, Khonsu, Gorgoroth. Right now I'm listening to Skeletonwitch's Devouring Radiant Light.

Пешо -  From Beatles to Grindcore, but generally extreme music. I was more into technical/progressive death metal about 10 years ago, but lately, I listen to more black metal and I´m always searching for underground music. There are really good bands I find all the time.

Jervas - Maiden, Paradise Lost, Dissection, Samael etc.


12.What are some of your non musical interests?

Пешо - I use almost all of my free time, making music and working on musical projects. Aside from that, I love riding my bike or going out into Nature, without any people, structures or facilities around.

Atlas - Both me and Jervas enjoy brewing in our spare time. Apple wine, cider, and beer mostly.

Volker - Riding Motorbikes


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

Thanks for taking the time! Check out our EP at vorga.bandcamp.com and see you at a concert soon!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/02/vorga-interview.html


Faruln/The Black Hole Of The Soul/Zanjeer Zani Productions/2019 EP Review

vendredi 15 février 2019 à 04:12

  Faruln  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  Swedish  style  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  o  their  2019  ep  "The  Black  Hole  Of  The  Soul"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Zanjeer  Zani  Productions.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of t he  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording,  The  vocals  bring  in  more  of  a  deep  black  metal  style  along  with  a  few  screams  along  with  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  being  added  into  the  background.

  A  decent  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  the  music  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  more  of  a  modern  Swedish  black  metal  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  feeling.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  a  couple  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Faruln  are  a  very  great  sounding  Swedish  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Black  Hole  Of  The  Soul"  and  "The  Sworn  Enemy".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/02/farulnthe-black-hole-of-soulzanjeer.html


The Black Sorcery/Wolven Degrade/Krucyator Productions/2019 CD Review

vendredi 15 février 2019 à 03:25

  The  Black  Sorcery  are  a  band  from  Edmonton,  Alberta,  Canada  that  has  had  an  album  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  bestial  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Wolven  Degrade"  which  will  be  released  in  March by  Krucyator  Productions.

  A  war  orientated  intro  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  also  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  to  capture  a  raw  war  metal  style.  Vocals  are  mostly  bestial  and  guttural  growls  along  with  some  black  metal  screams.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  chaotic  style  as  well  as  all  of  the musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful sound  to  them.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  dark  sounding  melodies  can  also  be  heard.

  On  this  recording  The  Black  Sorcery  remains  true  to  their  raw  and  bestial  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  violence,  war  and  blasphemy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  the  Black  Sorcery  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  war  and  bestial  black/death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Intolerance  Enthrone"  "Body  Coffin  Betrayal" "Angry  Spit  Of  The  Witches  Piss"  and  "Revelations  Of  Dark  Succumbing".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/02/the-black-sorcerywolven.html