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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.


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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


Carcinoma/Labascation/Rat King Records/2021 Full Length Review

dimanche 3 janvier 2021 à 01:20

 


  Carcinoma  are  a  band  from  the  Unit3ed  Kingdom  that  plays  a  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Labascation"  which  will  be  released  in  February  by  Rat  King  Records.


  A  very  distorted  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  the  tremolo  picking  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  The  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  war  metal  elements  and  the  vocals  are  aggressive  sounding  black  metal  screams.


  Death  metal  growls  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  dissonant  elements. throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  Dark  sounding  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  some  touches  of  doom/death  metal  also  being  added in  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  as  well  as  one  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Carcinorma  are  a  very  great  sounding  dissonant  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Verminous"  "Bloated  Parasites"  and  "Futile  Hope".  8  out  of  10.


 

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/01/carcinomalabascationrat-king.html


Trivax/Into The Void/Rat King Records/2021 EP Review

dimanche 3 janvier 2021 à 00:12

 


  U.K/Iran's  Trivax  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  raw  and  satanic  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  from  their  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  ep  "Into  The  Void"  which  will  be  on  January  22nd  by  Rat  King  Records.


  Ritualistic  soundscapes  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  more  of  a  darker  and  heavier  musical  direction  while  both  of  the  tracks a re  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Grim  whispered  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  before  evolving  into  a  mixture  of  black  metal  screams  and  death  metal  growls  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can b e  heard.


  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  both  of t he  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.   


  The  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies,  clean  playing  and  clear  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  the  songs  are  more  rooted  in  a  modern  style  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style,  the  second  track  is  also  an  instrumental.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism  and  Occultism  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Trivax  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  satanic  black/death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Black  Nirvana".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/01/trivaxinto-voidrat-king-records2021-ep.html


Les Chants De Nihil Interview

samedi 2 janvier 2021 à 19:27

 

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?


Hi Occult Black Metal Zine, since the recording of “Le tyran & l’esthète”, nothing has been happening, like almost everywhere else around the world. All of the musicians of Les Chants de Nihil are dealing with their own lives, locked down sometimes, at work the day after. No serious musical activity for myself.


2.You have a new album coming out in 2021, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?


It’s close to our 2011 album “Propagande Erogène” in atmosphere. And lyrically it’s the followup. Musically I worked to propose something more complex, epic and furious. I always wanted to play melodic or symphonic black metal, but didn’t like the childish sound given by keyboards or big orchestral introduction. So I recorded real choirs everywhere I needed to reinforce the dramatic side of the music. This album contains more death metal parts and the sound mixing is really aggressive… I usually had a “foggy”, diluted and quite soft and cold sound. Here it’s burning passion and sharp drama.


3.This is also the first album to be released since 2017, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during this time frame?


Well, I would say it’s just life. It was at this moment that some big projects arrived, like buying a house, getting a new job… But to stay present on the black metal scene, we decided to record the 10-year anniversary compilation, with the main tracks of our first tape release “Les six leçons”, and some other 2007/08 tracks. It’s also our last production released on our old label Dernier Bastion.


4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music and also how would you describe your progress as songwriters over the years?


The new album “Le tyran et l’esthète” is telling the story of an old leader (“the dreamer”) fighting against an enemy corrupting the masses. It’s written like an opera, with dialogues between the different characters, even if most of the songs are played by the main character : “the dreamer”. As I said, this story is the followup to the album “Propagande Erogène”, where you can follow the one-day ascension to power of this leader and relatives.


5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Les Chants De Nihil'?


This name was chosen without any real meaning. At the beginning of this band, I had my serious project called “Legion Mortifere”, with which I already played live. But my friend Mist and I recorded some black metal tracks for our distraction and the use of our new recording material. Les Chants de Nihil was the name to gather these tracks. We weren’t necessarily trying to release music at the time. But when we recorded “Les six leçons” in 2007, I made a bunch of CD-R copies for my friends and some internet downloads. Then it came to the ears of Dernier Bastion who offered to release it on tape. Concerning the name, “Nihil” is the latin for “nothing”, so you can understand “Les chants de Nihil” as “songs from nowhere” or “songs of nothing”. It’s more a reference to nothing or nowhere in terms of reality, in the oniric sense.


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


I painted the cover in oil, 1x1 meter in July 2020. It presents the leader with the flag, his friends and army, charging after a night of war to a cliff. This scene takes place at the end of the story, the “final” track. The lady on the tiger is a deity giving power and advice to the leader, the guy at his left is holding the enemy, blindfolded. This henchman can be any of the characters previously mentioned in “Propagande Erogene”.


7.Originally the band started out as a duo, what was the decision behind bringing in other members?


You’re right, I started it with my friend Mist, still playing the guitar in the band. The first guy we enrolled in the band was Marc, for the recording of the drum parts on “La Liberté guidant le fer” album in 2009. Because we were already 3 people, we recruited a bassist the year after for live sessions.


8.I have read that one of the band members chooses not to use modern technology as much as possible, do you also use the more old school approach when it comes to discovering new bands?


I guess you’re referring to Pierre-Louis who is now recording synth wave ? I don’t really care about the way to produce a sound if the result fits the expectations. For the latest LCDN album, a raw and old-school sound would have ruined the atmosphere I wanted to create. I needed a spectacular sound to carry all the emotion and the fantasy of my new story. Discovering new bands is not an activity. I’m not searching on the internet for new releases. Sometimes I go to concerts, essentially to see friends playing, and I discover bands on stage in the evening. But I don’t listen to metal anymore so most of the time I just go to congratulate the artists I appreciated and that’s all.


9.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?


I can say we were always welcomed in Paris and our first show there was a real surprise to me. In 2011 at the Klub, Paris, I realized that LCDN was not only an insignificant project but something followed by many people in the scene. Our 2020 live in Rennes was also a really great moment. First, it’s in the region where we live : Brittany, France. So we were surrounded by friends, recent or old. And I shared the scene with our last stable line-up : Mist, Sistre, Oberkommander. After many years of having session members, live-members, travelling ones… I finally found a new team, with which I recorded the new album, and played lives in a perfect symbiosis. 


10.The new album is coming out on 'Les Acteurs De L'Ombre Productions', how would you compare working with this label to your older label 'Dernier Bastion'?


There is just no possible comparison. I left DB because I had to send five emails to get a response six months later. Sometimes, LCDN merch people bought wasn’t even delivered... I also needed better promotion to complete the proselyte purpose of the new album. With LADLO productions, I receive messages every day, to work on details, on planning for everything, graphics for the goodies, etc. They are a really hard-working team with efficient and devoted women and men.


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


I sent a bunch of CDs around the world, sometimes I read comments under videos on the internet. It’s hard to realise how LCDN’s music is received abroad. Logically, I get some feedback from Quebec, the French-speaking part of Canada. Their black metal scene appreciates the French singing and songwriting.


12.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?


Mist recently released his first CD album with his solo-project “Answer from Cygnus”. Sistre, our drummer, plays with Oberkommander, our bassist, in other projects : Bestial Nihilism and Gotholocaust. Both of them are involved in many other metal projects. About me, I use to record some various covers by myself, to take part in friends’ projects. Because I’m in charge of everything in LCDN : composition, songwriting, artworks… I like to be in the service of other projects. It’s like a challenge to me. Recently I recorded vocals on the folk project of my friend Sven from Tan Kozh. I also created some doom/ritual/black metal tracks. I wanted to experiment with new vocal styles. Maybe it will become a serious band to play on stage ?


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


I think the next LCDN releases won’t be concept-albums like “Le tyran et l’esthète” is. Maybe a collection of poems like “Armor”. I guess I want our sound to evolve into something more pure and raw, fresh, natural.


14.What are you currently listening to nowadays?


Dimitri Shostakovich’s symphonies from the 4th to the 12th ; Aram Khachaturian’s ballets, Sisters of Mercy’s “Floodland”, Queen Adreena’s “Drink me”, Mike Patton’s various projects, old Russian folk music, movies scores, etc.


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


Thanks for spreading my music around ! 

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/01/les-chants-de-nihil-interview.html