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Livlost/Cold Skin/Downfall Records/2019 CD Review

samedi 24 août 2019 à 10:15

  Livlost  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  plays  a  very  heavy  and  necro  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  2019  album  "Cold  Skin"  which  was  released  by  Downfall  Records.

  Atmospheric  sounding  drones  start  off  the  album  while  also  introducing  synths  onto  the  recording  as  well  as  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  samples  and  noises  before  going  into  a  heavier direction  on  the  second  track.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are utilized  they  are  done  in  more  of  a  dark  and  melodic  style.

  Melodies  can  also  be  heard in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.  A  great  portion  of  the  songs  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  modern  and  old  school  influences,  synths  also  return  on  some  of  the  later  tracks.

  As  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  style  and  towards  the  end  a  small  amount  of  percussion's  and  acoustic  guitars are  added  into  the  music.  The  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Livlost  are  a  very  great  sounding  heavy  and  necro  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Cold  Skin"  and  "To  The  Fallen  One".  8  out  of  10.

https://youtu.be/TGq6rxSjiNohttps://youtu.be/pzvHjAxW9ng

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/08/livlostcold-skindownfall-records2019-cd.html


Aludra/Mass Stellar Graves/Akashic Envoy Records/2019 Full Length Review

samedi 24 août 2019 à 08:31

  Aludra  are  a  duo  from  Oklahoma  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  cosmic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Mass  Stellar  Graves"  which  will  be  released  on  August  30th  by  Akashic  Envoy  Records.

  Atmospheric  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  emtal s creams  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences.

  A  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  at  times.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  music  also  having  its atmospheric  moments  and  synths  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  some  modern  influences  can  also  be  heard  and  one  of  the  tracks  is  also  an  instrumental.

  Aludra  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  cosmic  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw,  old  school  and  lo-fi  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  based  upon  black  holes  and  rips  in  the  fabric  of  space.

  In  my  opinion  Aludra  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  cosmic  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Coma  B"  and "Mass  Stellar  Graves".  8  out  of  10.

https://youtu.be/ZuMXGKev9Cs

 

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/08/aludramass-stellar-gravesakashic-envoy.html


Bhleg/Aril/Norvis Produktion/2019 EP Review

vendredi 23 août 2019 à 20:46

  Sweden's  Bhleg  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  folk  influenced style  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  ep  "Aril"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Nordvis  Produktion.

  A  very  distorted  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  while  keyboards  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music.  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  recording  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  emtal  screams  while  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  at  times.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  folk  music  elements  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  recording  and  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  also  being  used  briefly and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style,  folk  instruments  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  recording.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Swedish  and  cover  nature,  existence  and  cosmos  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Bhleg  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  folk  influenced  black  emtal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Fran  eld  till  aska".8  out  of  10.

Home: https://nordvis.com/bhleg-a-4
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bhlegofficial/
Bandcamp: http://bhleg.bandcamp.com
Spotify: https://tinyurl.com/y4p3gjou

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/08/bhlegarilnorvis-produktion2019-ep-review.html


Ossomancer/Artes Magickae/Pacific Threonodies/2019 CD Review

jeudi 22 août 2019 à 21:07

  Ossomancer  are  a  duo  from  California  that  plays  an  esoteric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Artes  Magickae"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Pacific  Threnodies.

  A  very  dark  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  music  also  bringing  in  more  of  a  90's  era  atmospheric  sound  at  times  but  done  in  a  more  modern  style.

  Synths  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music  while  the  songs  also  have  their  ritualistic  moments.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  some  clean  playing  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Some  tracks  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  along  with   one song  also  adds  in  some  session  work  from  Proscriptor  MeGovern  of  Absu  as  well  as  most  of  the  music  also  sticking  more  to  a  mid  tempo  direction,  the  closing  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Magick,  Western  Occultism,  Mythology  and  Mysticism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ossomancer  are  a  very  great  sounding  esoteric  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Necromancy"  "Chiromancy"  and  "Geomancy".  8/5 out  of  10.

https://pacificthrenodies.bandcamp.com/album/artes-magickae

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/08/ossomancerartes-magickaepacific.html


Grip Interview

jeudi 22 août 2019 à 09:12
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?



We’re a dynamic punk/metal band from Philadelphia that formed in 2014. After slowing down for a few years, we’ve just released our debut album: Early Iteration, which is free to download and available on tape through Tomb Tree Records.




2.Recently you have released your first full length, musically how does it differ from your previous demo and ep?



The speed, intensity and complexity were definitely turned up. Screams have been made more frequent and strained, and the ambition of the overall composition is much greater. The atmosphere has also gotten much darker and much more oppressive, favoring less articulate distortion and less predictable structures.



3.This is also your first release since 2015, can you tell us a little bit more about what was going on during this time frame?



We began writing for the album before our EP was recorded and had majority of the songs finished just after releasing the EP. We started rehearsing the new material right away while working with a new drummer, but after a few months of preparation for recording the album, we all began to have less and less free time to rehearse before things started to slow down. By 2016 I moved to Chicago to finish my BFA and we incrementally worked towards recording during my trips back to Philly, but encountered quite a few technical issues (we were self recording everything with no prior experience) which delayed the release even further. So by Spring of 2019 I decided to move back to Philly with the completed album and we began organizing shows and finally started working on more material.



4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with the newer album?



It’s difficult to definitively pin the themes initially intended because the narrative has been fermenting for a few years prior to the release, but right now I've been thinking about it in terms conviction, self-righteousness, validation, and awakening.



5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Grip'?



We had a difficult time deciding on a name, but had a rapidly approaching show. Our first drummer initially suggested GRIP and it had a certain bite, immediacy and concision that we all felt worked well and felt comfortable with its visual simplicity.



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



I had been experimenting with both inked and ink-less embossings, preparing dimensional drawings to imprint on paper, later to scan the images and print the scanned shadows through silkscreen. I was thinking about degradation of oration and how iteration might skew the intention of a story or image.



7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?



We played at a great space in South is West Philly, called Anthorna Gallery, that was extremely fun, despite us being on the verge suffering heatstroke. Our performances have been pretty stripped down; Its just me, Dan and an iPod for a drum machine. We're not interested in any stage banter and just move track to track with minor interludes.



8.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?



We have a show August 24th and are looking to for dates in mid October and November, but not much is set in stone at the moment.





9.The new album was released on cassette by 'Tomb Tree Tapes', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?



We’ve been big fans of Zegema Beach Records for a while, and planned to send the album to the them as soon as we finished. After sending it to them, they approached us with their new idea called Tomb Tree and were looking to collaborate and press our tapes, so we were happy to oblige.



10.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your recordings by fans of underground music?



So far all reactions have been positive. It's great to hear kind words, especially on something we've been sitting on for while. It's been a strong motivational force, encouraging us to work on newer compositions: brimming with ideas brewing for the past few years.



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



I've been interested in considering the structure of a lot of classical music and jazz in our new compositions, and applying our tense and aggressive approach to more experimental frames, littering our new material with leitmotifs, harmonies, and improvisational sections. I also think the diversity of our future output will be much greater, considering our interests in an array of textures, stylings, and pacings.



12.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?



The artists I've likely listened to most throughout GRIP's lifespan are Circle takes the Square, King Crimson, Cloud Rat, Radiohead, Unwound, and the Smashing Pumpkins. We're pretty interested in Prog Rock and more intense, dynamic punk subgenres, but we're always pulling ideas from all over the place. Dan and I have been getting really into Kate Bush and Nine Inch Nails recently, and I've been listening to a lot of Magma, Bolzer, Om, and Paysage d'Hiver.



13.What are some of your non musical interests?



I’m a visual artist and do more writing outside of our lyrics, which buys up most of my free time, and Dan is a basketball and wrestling fanatic



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



We have a split coming out within a few months with my other project: The Hands Resist Him (which also released an album recently), so we'd appreciate everyone keeping an eye out for that. Thanks for reaching out to us

https://www.facebook.com/gripxphilly

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/08/grip-interview.html