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Kafirun/Death Worship/2014 EP Review

jeudi 10 juillet 2014 à 23:47

  Kafirun  are  a  band  from  Vancouver  B.C,  Canada  that  plays  a  very  aggressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  ep  "Death  Worship".

  A  very  dark  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  depressive  vocals  and  melodic  riffing  and  you  can  also  hear  a  chanting  vibe  being  added  into  the  vocals  which  later  evolve  into  screams  when  the music  gets  heavier  and  after  awhile  the  music  goes  into  a  faster  direction  along  with  some  brutal  sounding  blast  beats.

  You  can  hear  a  great  amount  of  Swedish  black  metal  influences  in  the  bands  musical  sound  along  with  some  very  hateful  sounding  vocals  and  the  band  also  uses  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  faced  parts  throughout  the  recording  with  the  faster  parts  bringing  a  great  amount  of  raw  aggression  into  the  music  and  the  second  track  also  has  a  very  powerful  sounding  bass  lead  being  added  in  briefly  before  adding  in  a  melodic  guitar  solo  which  are  also  added  on  the  last  song  as  well  and  the  last  track  also  shows  the  vocals  getting  more  grim  and  the  ep  closes  with  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing.

  Kafirun  creates  some  very  aggressive,  heavy,  fast  and  grim  black  metal  with  their  musical  sound  as  well  as  bringing  out  a  great  amount  of  hatred  in  all  3  of  the  tracks,  the  production  sounds very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  hateful  and  anti  religion  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Kafirun  are  a  very  great  sounding  fast  and  aggressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Killer  Of  All  Man".  8  out  of  10.  

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Premature Birth Interview

jeudi 10 juillet 2014 à 20:42


1. Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new record?
Since recording we have been gigging, touring, and writing for an album. Since ‘A Ceremony of Power’ was released, we have been rehearsing for our upcoming shows at The Black Heart, London and Mammothfest.

2.You had released your new record at the end of June, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical direction of the newer material and also how does it differ from the previous demo you had released a while back?
The material on ‘A Ceremony of Power’ leans towards the symphonic and epic sounding Extreme Metal, but it still has all the venom and hatred of Premature Birth. It is quite different to the ‘Genocide’ demo. ‘Genocide’ was written by me, 'Ceremony' has been a collaboration of all five of us, so there’s a wider range of musical influence.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Awakening, invocation, hatred and misanthropy.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Premature Birth' and also do you feel your name might lead people to confuse you for being a death metal band instead of black metal?
I/We have always classed Premature Birth as Extreme Metal. Granted, our music and stage performance leads towards the Black Metal side… Yes, it does confuse people, but I quite like that. Even if people call us Black Metal, wasn’t the whole point of Black Metal to be different in the first place?

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Incineration Festival in May was by far the biggest and best show we have played. Stage shows are full of malice and rage.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for a full length album?
Possibly. We’ll see how things go.

7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
Not looking for a label yet. We did have some interest but decided not to go with it.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
Hit and miss. Some people love us, some people hate us. Expected, really.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Not like Morbid Angel’s latest album! Haha. Joking aside, I’m not entirely sure. The current songs we’ve been writing are more mature and feature stronger songwriting.

10.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?
During the writing of ‘Ceremony” I was listening to all sorts of stuff from 90’s gangsta rap to 1349. Nowadays I haven’t been listening to as much Black Metal. I did give ‘Grave Ekstasis’ by Irkallian Oracle a listen the other day.

11.Does Occultism play any role in your music?
I guess writing about invoking your inner demons could be linked to the occult and occult practice? I’m not too sure. Not an expert on it anyways.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
I’ve been doing some gaming recently.

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

Thank you for the interview and thank you to all who have supported Premature Birth.

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Frostagrath/Isolation/Rigorism Productions/2014 EP Review

lundi 7 juillet 2014 à 23:33

  Frostagrath  are  a  1  man  band  from  Egypt  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  play  a  very  depressive  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2014  ep  "Isolation"  which  was  released  by  Rigorism  Productions.

  Sounds  of  wind  and  raw  guitar  riffs  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  which  also  get  deep  at  times  and  the  guitars  also  add  in  some  melodic  leads  along  with  an  atmospheric  background  being  present  on  the  music  and  there  is  also  a  good  mixture  of  both  clean  and  heavy  parts  present  throughout  the  recording.

  Most  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  slow  to  mid  paced  depressive  black  metal  musical  direction  while  also  still  displaying  a  great  amount  of  raw  aggression  along  with  all  of  the  songs  being  very  long  and  pass  6  minutes  and  the  guitar  riffs  utilize  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  the  last  track  is  the  most  atmospheric  and  depressive  song  present  on  this  recording  and  it  also  brings  an  ambient  feeling  to  the  recording  as  well  as  speeding  up  a  bit.

  Frostagrath  remains  true  to  the  depressive  and  atmospheric  black  metal  sound  which  has  been  a  huge  part  of  all  of  the  recordings  he  has  released  so  far,  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  and  raw  sound  while  the  lyrics  cover  Negativity,  Sorrow,  Depression  and  Anti  Life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Frostagrath  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  and  depressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Portal  of  Destruction".  8  out  of  10.

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The Last Surrealist/Post Life Music/2014 Full Length Review

lundi 7 juillet 2014 à 00:54

  The  Last  Surrealist  are  a  1  man  band  from  Pennsylvania  that  has  been  feature  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  atmospheric,  depressive  and  experimental  form  of  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2014  album  "Post  Life  Music".

   A  very  atmospheric  ambient  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  and  powerful  sounding  synths  which  leads  up  to  some  melodic  clean  singing  vocals  and  on  the following  track  you  can  hear  some  elements  of  goth  and  80's  electronic  musical  style s  being  added  into  the  musical style  of  the  recording.

  You  can  hear  a  good  amount  of  dream  pop  and  post  rock  influences  in  the  songs  as  well  as  the  acoustic  guitars  bringing  in  a  neo-folk  music  feeling  to  all  of  the  tracks  and  on  the  3rd  track  the  music  starts  getting  a  lot  more  heavier  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  and  melodic  guitar  riffing  which  they  mix  in  with  the  other  musical  genres  that  are  present  throughout  the  recording.

  All  of  the  drum  beats  are  programmed  and  there  is  a  good  amount  of  variety  presented  throughout  the  album  along  with  a  good  mixture  of  both  heavy  and  clean  parts  and  one  of  the  later  tracks  sees  spoken  word  parts  being  added  into  music  briefly  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  while  the  black  metal  elements  are  not  present  on  all  of  the  tracks  they  do  make  a  return  at  times  and  also  bring  a  more  raw,  grim  and  darker  when  they  are  utilized  and  they  also  bring  in  a  touch  of  brutality  when  the  music  goes  into  a  faster  direction.

  The  Last  Surrealist  bring  in  a  variety  of  many  different  musical  genre s into  their  sound  ranging  from  black  metal,  ambient,  post  rock,  alternative  and  electronic  music  and  creates  a  style  he  calls  'post  life  music'  and  their  is  also  a  great  amount  of  progresses  musically   from t he  previous  recordings,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  life,  death  and  the  potential  for  rebirth.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  The  Last  Surrealist  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  post  black  metal  or  music  that  cannot  really  be  categorized,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "In  The  Morning  Our  Bodies  Will  be  Nothing"  "Eyes  Wide  Open  (Suffocate  Until  the  Fire's  Annihilation"  "With  Stretched  Out  Nihilistic  Hands  We  Embrace  Suicide..."  and  "When  A  Ghost  Embraced  The  Dust".  8  out  of  10.

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Visions/Premonition 666/Sentinel 84' Records/2014 EP Review

samedi 5 juillet 2014 à 23:26

  Visions  are  a  band  from  Spain  that  plays  a  satanic  and  unholy  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  ep  "Premonition  666"  which  was  released  by  Sentineal  84'  Records.

  A  very  fast,  heavy  and  raw  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  grim  sounding  high  pitched  screams  and  you  can  also  hear  a  small  amount  of  melody  being  utilized  in  their  music  at  times  and  most  of  the  music  is  rooted  in  the  heavier  side  of  the  90's  sound  and  the  bass  guitars  bring  a  great  amount  of  power  into  the  music.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  added  into  the  music  they  make  the  songs  sound  a  lot  more  chaotic  and  after  awhile  there  is  a  good  balance  between  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  all  of  the  songs  remain  true  to  an  old  school  musical  direction  and  there  are  certain  sections  where  the  vocals  also  start  to  get  a  bit  more  darker  and  deeper  and  after  awhile  you  can  hear  a  small  amount  of  atmospheric  elements  being  added  into  the  bands  musical  sound..

  As  the  ep  progresses  there  is  a  brief  use  of  battle  samples  at  the  beginning  of  one  of  the  tracks  and  the  band  starts  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  pagan  black  metal  elements  along  with  a  brief  bass  guitar  lead  and  the  following  track  is  a  cover  of  Burzum's  "My  Journey  To  the  Stars"  which  remains  true  to  the  original  version  of  the  track  and  the  rest  of  the  ep  sees  the  band   going  for  more  of  a  raw  and  old  school  black/death  metal  sound  as  well  as  adding  in  some  Brazilian  style  thrash  metal  elements.

  Visions  play  a  very  old  school  style  of  satanic  black  metal  while  also  having  a  bit  of  diversity  in  their  sound  as  the  ep  progresses  and  they  also  have  a  great  amount  of  rawness  and  heaviness  in  their  music,  the production  has  a  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism  and  Paganism  themes.  

  In  my  opinion  Visions  are  a  very  great  sounding  satanic  and  unholy  black  metal   band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Nocturnal  Obsessions"  "Pagan  Hordes"  and  "Mark  Of  The  Beast".  8  out  of  10.

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