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Leiru/Ido/Sun & Moon Records/2020 CD Review

mercredi 26 février 2020 à 08:28

  Leiru  are  a  band  from  Hungary  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  mixture  of  black  and  heavy  metal and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Ido"  which  will  be  released  on  March  15th  by Sun  &  Moon  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  recording  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  and the  vocals  are  done  in  more  of  a  clean  style.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow, mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  solos  and  leads  bring  in  more  of  a  70's  influenced  style  mixed  in  with  some  more  modern  influences  also  being  used  at  times.  The  songs  also  mix  in  elements  of  traditional  metal.

  The  vocals  also  add in  more  of  a  grim  blackened  approach  on  one  song  along  with  some  whispers  also  being  utilized  briefly  as  well  as  a  couple  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  length.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Hungarian  and  cover  personal  relationships,  dreams  and  nightmare  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Leiru  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  and  traditional  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ido"  and  "A  kardok  lehullanak".  8  out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/02/leiruidosun-moon-records2020-cd-review.html


Artach/Lords of A Frozen Domain/2020 Single Review

mardi 25 février 2020 à 20:48

  Newfoundland,  Canada's  Artach  have  returned  with  a  new  track  which  shows  the  music  going  into  more  of  a  raw,  melodic  and  epic  style  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2020  single  "Lords  of  A  Frozen  Domain".

  A  very  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  song  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  also  add  in  a  lot  of  melody  along  with  the  vocals  being  done  in  more  of  an  angry  black  metal  style.

  Throughout  the  track  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  The  song  is  also  over  7  minutes  in  length  along  with  the  song  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  80's  and  90's  influences  but  also  keeping  it  modern  at  the  same  time,  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  ice  and  winter  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  track  from  Artach  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw,  melodic  and  epic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  single.  8  out  of  10.

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  Recently  all  of  the  other  singles  that  where  reviewed  have  been  compiled  on  a  full  length  album  which  you  can  get  here.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/02/artachlords-of-frozen-domain2020-single.html


Gaylord Interview

mardi 25 février 2020 à 10:36
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the musical project since the recording of the new album?
01) I'm very methodical when it comes to recording music. I wrote Wings of the Joyful and immediately moved on to a new project. I don't play live shows due to health concerns, so a constant stream of recorded material is my way of keeping busy. The Gaylord album is in the pre-release stage right now, so in between doing interviews and working through the boring admin side of things, I am recording tracks for the full length release of Cronenberg, my latest death metal project. The EP "Body Horror" was well received, so it's time to do a proper album for that project.

2.In March you have a new album coming out, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
02) The new Gaylord album Wings of the Joyful is a huge leap musically and lyrically from the first album. For the first Gaylord album I wanted a raw old school black metal vibe, so I turned down the bass, added some distortion to the vocals, and wrote some fairly minimalist songs. But I didn't want to do that for the followup, so I have added inspiration from thrash metal, death metal, neofolk, and viking metal. The album is much more listenable this time to help carry it past what some people have described as a "meme band" - Gaylord is here to stay and the new album definitely shows it.

3.The new album has a different style than the earlier releases that had more of a raw style, what was the decision behind going into a different musical direction?
03) While The Black Metal Scene Needs to Be Destroyed has been my best selling album to date, I didn't want to just copy it for a followup. Especially since it's rotten. *Laughs* I want people to hear the riffs and say "oh okay this guy actually knows what he's doing."

4.Can you also tell us a little bit more about the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with the newer album?
04) As for lyrics, I wanted to explore similar topics as the first album, but in a more serious manner. The first album has a lot of silly toilet humour jokes and references to memes and while the album definitely turned heads with the "humour" aspects, this time around I wanted to show I am serious about these topics. The lyrics are much more poetic this time around because I didn't want jokes and memes interwoven into an important topic like Holocaust denial (Borne From Inferno Winds.)

5.The lyrics on the new album also seem more serious than previous releases but you still subscribe to the same political beliefs, do you feel your older lyrics made you look more like a novelty project?
05) Yeah you are absolutely right. Novelty project, meme band, joke band, etc. I've been writing antifascist music since 2015 (Sea Wolves of the Atlantic) so I take politics very seriously in my music. Gaylord started off as a joke to "try something new", but we're not just a flash in the pan, we're the real deal

6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?
06) The artwork on the album was designed by a Columbian artist named Degeha. He's actually done some additional art for the project that will be revealed soon, but all I said for the cover art was: "It's called Wings of the Joyful, put a winged figure on there" and it came back looking awesome. I envisioned an angel, but he straight up drew Death with angel wings. The scythe was an added touch! Wings are a major poetic icon in the album's lyrics, so I am glad he's put together a very striking image to accompany that!

7.You are also a part of a great amount of musical projects, what is it that your bring into the music of 'Gaylord' that you are not able to do with your other groups?
07) Gaylord is my vehicle for political discussion. I have another black metal act called Suicide Wraith that is very much tied up in emotional events of my past. For the full length albums, I don't print the lyrics, the topics are that personal. Gaylord is different though. Gaylord let's me focus on topics that affect all of us.

8.You have also released a great amount of material with your other musical projects over the years, do you spend most of your time writing and creating music?
08) Yeah I sure do. Like I said, due to health issues I can't really tour around playing live, so recording loads of albums is my way of making up for that. I've always got something cooking whether it's a couple riffs, a notepad full of lyrical ideas, or just a good idea for a band logo. Sometimes the logo actually comes /before/ a single note is written. *Laughs*

9.You where also a part of'The Meads Of Asphodel' a band that made references to Jesus being a jew and also had a song called 'Jew Killer', how have your anti racist and anti fascist fans react to your being a a part of the band in the past and while they are not NSBM it is still offensive to people that have such views?
09) My time in the Meads was a confusing time for me, but I never back down from talking about it. My time in the Meads was the first time I was asked to join a "relevant" band, a band with an established fanbase. The vocalist / lyric writer Metatron has several "codices" where he explains (through thousands and thousands of words) that he's not a racist and here's what the songs "really mean." For example "J*wkiller" is a song about Pontias Pilate - the man who put Jesus to death. I only ever met the guy twice, my point of contact was the actual songwriter JD Tait - who oddly enough is a Jewish guy. I basically convinced myself "okay this band isn't racist" - and I maintain that JD and the drummer Andre aren't, those two guys are very down to earth people - but they are stuck in a band with Metatron. I left the band because I cannot associate with that man. While I find my time in the band regretful, I never turn away from my mistakes and /try/ to tackle them head on. In fact, the song "Silencing the Voice of God" is a diss track directed at Metatron. Oddly enough, another ex-Meads artist - Jaldaboath - has also written a diss track about Metatron. Anyway, at the heart of it, I have made mistakes and I never try to sweep them away. I fucked up and I will continue to try and make myself better.

10.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your newer music by fans of black metal?
10) Reaction to Gaylord falls directly into one of two camps. People who absolutely love it and people who absolutely hate it. Most people get that the purposefully bad production and simple riffs are meant to be a joke lampooning the genre, but a lot of people who hate the band are convinced that the old school black metal albums sound awesome - but I used all the same techniques Burzum, Mayhem, and Darkthrone used! *Laughs*


11.What is going on with some of your other bands or musical projects these days?
11) Most of my projects are in a queue for their next release! Like I said, I have the new Cronenberg on the way, then it's probably time for a Sea Wolves followup, and then... who knows! Maybe Antitheist, maybe Olivia Neutered John. My imagination will always be pursuing new ideas for music.

12.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future?
12) That's a hard question tbh. I can't see myself playing live or traveling much in the future. For me, what I would love to achieve is just hit that sweet spot where my musical output is enough to live on without needing a so called "day job."

13.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
13) Lately I've been listening to a lot of Archspire, but I can't say they are an influence because I have absolutely no idea how they perform the way they do! *Laughs* There's a song on the new album called "Odd" where I was influenced by Billy Eilish for the verse vocals, but it just ended up sounding like Depeche Mode? So I guess everyone wins. *Laughs*

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

14) Tell your friends and family that you love them, because you never know when someone will disappear from this plain of existence. Reach out to and stay in touch with those who are important to you.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/02/gaylord-interview.html


All My Sins/Plamen i Led/Casus Belli Musica/Beverina/2020 EP Review

mardi 25 février 2020 à 09:54

  All  My  Sins  are  a  band  from  Serbia  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  pagan  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  ep  "Plamen  i  Led"  which  was  released  as  a joint  effort  between  Casus Belli  Musica  and  Beverina.

  The  ep  opens  up  with  a  cover  of  Luna's  "Ogledalo  Lune"  which  starts  out  with  some  semi  clean  playing  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  a  few  seconds  later.  Synths  are  also  utilized  at times  as  well  as  mixing  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  and  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount of  melody.

  Grim  black  metal  vocals  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  while  clean  pagan  vocals  are  also  utilized  at  times. They  also  bring  in  a  cover  of  Old  Wainds's  "Daleko  And  Juga"which  is  also  done  in  more  of  a  melodic  and  atmospheric  style  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  When  the  music  finally  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  recording  more  of  a  raw  feeling  as  well  as  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  synths  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  they  close  the  ep  with  an  original  track  that  is  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  also  introduces  acoustic guitars  onto  the  recording.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  South  Slavic  Culture  and  Mysticism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  All  My  Sins  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw,  atmospheric  pagan  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Where  The  Wild  Winds  Blow". 8 out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/02/all-my-sinsplamen-i-ledcasus-belli.html


Satan's Cross/Celebration Of The Fallen/Sun & Moon Records/2020 EP Review

mardi 25 février 2020 à 08:59

  Satan's  Cross  are  a  duo  from  Mexico  that  plays  an  occult  form  of  black  metal  with  some  elements  of  doom  and  heavy  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  ep  "Celebration  Of  The  Fallen"  which  will  be  released  on  March  15th  by  Sun  &  Moon  Records.

  Horror  movie  style  synths  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  more  of  a heavier  and  melodic  direction  while  elements  of  doom  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  music.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  music  also  being  very  heavily  rooted  by  both  the  80's and  90's  era's.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  also  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

 When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  also  remain  very  true  to  an  old  school  style  and  the  music  also  brings  in  some  traditional  elements  and  the  closing  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  synths  also  return  on  the  closing  track. and  bring  in  a  mid  60's  occult  rock  atmosphere The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism  and  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Satan's  Cross  are  a  very  great sounding  occult  black  metal  band  with  some  elements  of  doom  and  traditional  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Third  of  The  Fallen".  8  out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/02/satans-crosscelebration-of-fallensun.html