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Vorga/Radiant Gloom/2019 EP Review

mercredi 6 février 2019 à 04:03

  Vorga  are  a  band  based  in  Germany  that  plays  a  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2019  ep  "Radianty  Gloom"  which  will  be  released  on  February  20th.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later.  A  great  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  which  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.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  guitar  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  as  well as  giving  the  music  more  of  a  modern  black  metal  style  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  the  closing  track.

  Vorga  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  melodic  in  the  Swedish  style  of  the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Vorga  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Black  Age"  and  "Divine".  8  out  of  10. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/02/vorgaradiant-gloom2019-ep-review.html


Pensees Nocturnes/Grand Guignol Orchestra/Les Acteurs de L'Ombre Productions/2019 CD Review

mercredi 6 février 2019 à 03:08

  France's  solo  project  Pensees  Nocturnes  are  a  solo  project  from  France  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  avant  garde  black  metal  and  neo-classical  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2019  album  "Grand  Guignol  Orchestra"  which  was  released  by  Les  Acteurs  de  L'Ombre  Productions.

  Avant  garde  style  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  brass  instruments  being  added  into  the  music  a  few  seconds  later  as  well.  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  they  also  mix  circus  music  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  as  well  as  the  vocals  also  adding  in  depressive  black  metal  screams.

  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  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  The  music  also  mixes  in  some  piano's, accordions,  and  theremin's.

  Melodic  guitars  leads  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  along  with  some  clean  avant  garde  style  vocals  also  being  utilized  at  times.  Death  metal  growls  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  some  of  the  tracks  being  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  spoken  word  parts  also  make  a return  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  French  and  cover  nihilism,  solitude  and  nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Pensees  Nocturnes  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  avant  garde  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Deux  bals  dans  la  tete"  "Les  valseuses"  and  "Triste  sade".  8  out  of  10.   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/02/pensees-nocturnesgrand-guignol.html


Ultio/Fera/Brucia Records/2019 EP Review

mardi 5 février 2019 à 05:50

  Ultio  are  a  solo  project  from  an unknown area  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  ep  "Fera"  which  will  be  released  in  march  by  Brucia  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  vocal  are  mostly  inhuman  sounding  black  metal  screams  and  the  music  also  has  a  lot  of  Nordic  influences.

  A  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  music  also  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  mid  90's  era  and  the  music  always  sticks  to  a  very  raw  and  heavy  musical  direction.

  Ultio  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  goes back  to  the  90's era  of  Swedish  and  Norwegian  black  metal  taking  the  melody  of  the  former  an  the  rawness  of  the  later  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  evil  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ultio  are  a  very  great  sounding  Nordic  influenced black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Beasts"  and  "The  Right  Weapon'.    out  of  10.

   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/02/ultioferabrucia-records2019-ep-review.html


Oculum Dei Interview

mardi 5 février 2019 à 04:59
1. For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band? We started out as a studio project but the desire to perform live and the tour couldn't be contained and after some member changes we were able to lock down our unique style and have started hitting the local scene as hard as we can.

2. You have your first album coming out towards the end of February, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording? All of us in the current line up has a huge past of being in both black and death metal bands so we wanted to be more black metal but show that we can certainly mix the two genres to grab more of an audience.

3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored so far with the music? It ranges, the main focus of our lyrical content is to express the struggles with oneself wither it be from a religious standpoint of growing up in the bible belt as we all have had to do. And we dig to darker deeper battles with life in a whole basically battling demons of our own.

4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Oculum Dei'? It is basically an altered Latin phrase meaning "through the eyes of godless" Basically all of us growing up in the southern bible belt and having forced Christianity upon us in our youth which turned us against it.

5. Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the album cover? We had searched for a while for the perfect cover and shopped many resources but just couldn't find the darkness  and "shock factor" we were trying to represent so we went back to Kenny Kivett who shot our band pics for the album and he was able to help us lock down the image we wanted with some live models and it was a great collaboration with Landmine designs who did some extra editing to it as well as our entire album layout 

6. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance? Hands down the best so far was having the ability to open up for Carach Angren, Wolfheart, and Mors Principle est., it was very close to being a sold out show and the front of the stage was packed during our set. We slapped on our corpse paint and stage props and received an overwhelming cheer of joy from the audience along with a big movement of merch sales so id say we were satisfied with the results but were always pushing to do better and were very grateful for Mick the owner of the venue to have given us such an amazing opportunity and for the upcoming one in April  we get to open up for Aborted, Hideous Divinity, and Cryptopsy on their current North America tour. 

7. Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released? Absolutely We have a good bit of local and close out of state shows lined up and being set up and we have a mini-tour booked this summer heading from Washington DC and ending in Brooklyn NY. and we have another tour we are setting up as well.

8. Currently, you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?  We are certainly interested in getting to that in our career and we do have our sights set on one in particular but open to discuss with any that may have interest in what we do.

9. On a worldwide level, how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black and death metal? It has been surprisingly awesome. We have been shared on multiple radios both online and their local airwaves and we have even had fans from other countries discover us through that.

10. Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future/ Touring out of the states its one of our main goals and were pretty headstrong on making sure it happens and creating more albums.

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? Influences are wide range among us members but I'd say the ones that predominantly stick out would be Emperor, Behemoth, Belphegor, Immortal.   Currently listening to new Immortal, Swallow the Sun, Behemoth, Wolfheart, Rotting Christ

12.Does Occultism play any role in your music? There could be some showing through our imagery but its nothing set in stone

13. Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts? We would like to first thank you for taking the time to interview us and we would like to say thanks to our fans and family for the support and just make sure Friday 22nd you check out our album streaming worldwide on all known platforms and hope to meet new fans at the shows!

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


Enisum/Moth's Illusion/Avantgarde Music/2019 CD Review

mardi 5 février 2019 à 03:36

  Enisum  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019   album  "Moth's  Illusion"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Avantgarde  Music.

  Nature  orientated  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  while  also  introducing  ambient  style  synths  onto  the  recording  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times.  The  songs  also  mix  the  heavy  and  atmospheric  parts  together  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  growls  are  also  utilized  at  times  along  with  some  clean  playing  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats.

  Some  songs  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars  while  the  tremolo  picking  riffs  when  they  are  utilized  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Some  tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  vocals  and  whispers  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  solos  and  leads  when  they  are  utilized  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  As  the  album  progresses  elements  of  shoegaze  are  added  into  some  of  the  later  tracks,  on  the  closing  song  female  vocals  are  added  into  the  music.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the lyrics  cover  Arpitania,  Nature  and  Existential  themes.

  In  my  opinion Enisum  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Anesthetized  Emotions" "Moth's  Illusion"  "Petrichor"  and  "Burned  valley".  8  out  of  10. 

    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/02/enisummoths-illusionavantgarde.html