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Zwiespalt/Ambivalenz/2020 CD Review

lundi 4 mai 2020 à 03:45

  Zwiespalt  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  very  raw,  melancholic  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  with  some  elements  of  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2020  album  "Ambivalenz".

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Most  of  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  at  times  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  At  times  the  music  also  captures  the  raw  energy  of  punk  rock  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  melancholic  sounding  along  with  all  of  the  music  sticking  to  a  heavier  direction  and  a  lot  of  the  songs  sound  like  they  could  of  easily  been  recorded  and  released  more  than  20  years  ago  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  melodic  guitar  leads  can  also  be  heard

  Zwiespalt  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  old  school  in  the  90's  tradition  as  well  as  adding  in  some  melancholic  touches  and  elements  of  punk  rock  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  the  eternal  struggle  of  man  along  with  some  inspirations  from  the  writings  of  Nietzsche  and  other  philosophers. 

  In  my  opinion  Zwiespalt  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  old  school,  melancholic  and  punk  influenced  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Schneid"  "Gram"  and  "Wiederkehr".  8  out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/05/zwiespaltambivalenz2020-cd-review.html


S.T.R.A.H Interview

lundi 4 mai 2020 à 00:05
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Well, we we have 3 members:
Me, Dantallion - guitar/vocals
Surtr - bass
Inferis - drums
We very ambitious and hard-working band because we started in June 2019 and we already have self-released demo, we know a lot of covers,we sent our record abroad and also we are one of the few black metal bands in our city. Currently we are discussing future projects like gigs with other local bands, new recordings and merchandise. Right now we are working on the idea to make CD copies of our demo since there are people out there who are ready to buy it and deserve to own it, we even found a local store that agrees to sell them! The owner is our friend and he strongly supports the local scene which is awesome! Our main goal is to create something original and interesting, we are mixing different lyrical themes and our songs contain fast and aggressive tones and solos mixed with slow parts! After all our future projects are done we will record our first album, but take you time! We are going to release new stuff only if it`s the best we could make and it have to be original, to be our own style! Originality for us is really important!

2.So far you have released a demo, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the  recording?

At the beginning we played only covers! We did not have a bassist too so it was a duo project! In September we decided to record something and this is how "Demonized" was born! It gained the respect of the local metal community and our friends really supported what we were doing! When I came home after it was posted on Youtube and listened to it I felt like it is the type of music I want to write even tho I totally hated the lyrics! When Surtr joined the band in the end of October we started working on the demo I experimented a lot with the melodies and the lyrics and I am glad I did it because we found our style this way! It is made of fast evil tremolo riffs with some slow melodies and in the future I will write more death metal stuff! Expect many surprises!

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored so far with the music?

The lyrics I write must fit the music! Of course, black metal goes on the best with satanic themes but as I said we want to be original and creative so I am mixing satanism with stuff like murder, gore, paranormal activity and scary stories! Horror movie themes! I mean all of them are really similar because they are considered unholy, evil and most people find them creepy!

4.The band name has 2 meanings, Satanic Tormentors Recreating Abuse Hell and also means 'fear'in Bulgarian, how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?

It shows the two sides of the band - Satanic Tormentors shows our side as a satanic band and strah (fear) shows our side as a band that worships scary stuff - demons, ghosts, curses. You can perfectly see it in the lyrics of "Evil spirit from the mirror" - it tells the story of a normal person who decides to summon Bloody Mary and she murders him, casts a spell to his soul and he is thrown to the lake of fire in hell. I guess you see what I am talking about!

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the demo cover?

In fact it was made before the band existed. Like a year and two months ago! I met a girl with almost the same musical taste as mine on the social media and it seemed like she is into drawing. She was really good at it too! So I asked her to throw a creepy forest with an evil shadow on it that represents death so I could use it one day when I start a band and record something! After we finished our demo somewhere in the end of November Inferis wondered what should he use as a cover - he engineered, mixed and uploaded all our songs so he had to choose a picture! I showed him the drawing and he liked it, Surtr did too and we officially decided to use it. We of course informed the girl and she was really excited of course! She promoted us in her country - Czech Republic and we are still in contact. We remain friends!

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

We have played on stage only once! On 16 February at Rock Bar Fans and it was brutal! Great emotion, great audience, great place, great memories! We had plans to play again in May but coronavirus fucked all our plans! Anyways we have played in front of other people a lot of times because we often invite friends (and girls of course haha) to our rehearsals. It is awesome to see them headbanging to our music for sure but our dream is to play abroad one day. Somewhere in Western Europe or Scandinavia! It will probably happen but after our first album is finally fact and many local shows we will perform.


7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

Yes, we received interest from the guy who owns a local label/fanzine called Terozin. I contacted him in January because I needed the lyrics of an old Bulgarian band he worked with called Оберън we wanted to make a cover of and sent him our demo in return! He liked it a lot and we are still corresponding! He is interested in helping us with the promotion of the band, making merchandise and releasing our own cassettes and vinyls. He also will probably help us with our album!



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

Well for now I haven`t send the demo to a lot of countries - only Poland, Norway, Sweden, Czech Republic and maybe USA. Most of the people enjoy our music, as I said there are also people interested in buying our CD we will release in the future. Most of our friends also support us, they play in local bands too so we support each other. We have to deal with a lot of hate too especially from some angry weirdos who are trying to look edgy and funny but in fact they are just a bunch of jealous cowards! We prefer giving our attention to our fans instead of to jerks! One Polish guy once messaged me that he may come to Bulgaria for one of our next performances because he loves our music!

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

Maybe well known along the Bulgarian metal fans and the worldwide black metal community but this will probably happen after our album is out!

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?

Blackened death metal and Norwegian black! Those are the two genres that influenced the band the most and our style of playing! Bands like Sadistik Exekution and Possessed, they are awesome! We also do have some classical heavy metal influences.Currently I am listening mostly to death metal, black metal, thrash and heavy metal, exactly the styles I am listening to all the time.

11.Does Satanism or Occultism play any role in your music?

Of course! It makes our music more evil and extreme but we are more interested in writing gory and creepy horror stuff!

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

Thanks for the interview and the great questions! It was a pleasure for me and my bandmates.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/05/strah-interview.html


Sic Semper Tyrannis/Self Titled/The Ritual Productions/2020 EP Review

dimanche 3 mai 2020 à 23:42

  Sic  Semper  Tyrannis  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  a  very  old  school  and  keyboard  orientated  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2020  ep  which  was  released  by  The  Ritual  Productions.

  Tragic  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  ep  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times.  Melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  vocals a re  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  Death  metal  growls  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  when  they  are  utilized  and  as  the  ep  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  French  and  English  and  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Sic  Semper  Tyrannis  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  and  keyboard  orientated  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "In  Singularity"  and  "Sic  Semper  Tyrannis".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/05/sic-semper-tyrannisself-titledthe.html


Morbid Winds Interview

dimanche 3 mai 2020 à 22:33
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Diabolizer: Hail Satan! Their fucking loss! We're the fire of hell that burns the stigma on the fucking asses of the pseudo-metalists, we're the storm that brings decay and death, we're the darkness, the abyss in which the whole being is enchanted. The Horde was created on the initiative of Bloodwhip and mine, which quickly entailed efforts to find a suitable, engaged dead heart singer, which became Cryptic Lust!!!! Arrrggghhhh!!!!

2.So far you have released 2 demo's, musically how do they differ from each other?

Diabolizer: The atmosphere. It's fucking black metal. That's it and that's it! We don't impose guidelines on ourselves to compose a new piece of gun. The whole process leaks out of us with drops of stinking black. We allow the abyss and hell to speak through us when our inner demons find that the time has just come...

3.All of the band members are also involved with other bands, what is it that you bring into the music of 'Morbid Winds' that you are not able to do with your other groups?

Diabolizer: Every band we play in is completely different from each other. Starting with the line-up (in no hordes are the same people playing although the line-ups intertwine), through the music, lyrics, approach and self-expression. Each horde we play in is a completely different manifestation of hell and dark. I guess, you can hear that?!

4.Can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrical topics and subjects you explored on both of the demo's and how would you describe your progress as songwriters on both of the releases?

Cryptic Lust: The lyrical themes in Morbid Winds are my own manifestations of darkness. The deeper meaning is left for every listener to find individually.

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

Diabolizer: That's what I leave to the potential audience. All I can say is that the name has a few meanings for me, the keys to finding them will not necessarily lead you to the door... Let's not take it for granted, even though it seems a simple name...

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

Diabolizer: All I can say here is that the author wouldn't want to split up the whole that stands behind "The Ruin of Forgotten Desolation" Cover, music, lyrics are three unholy elements that are the symbol of the corpse of Morbid Winds' message. If someone wants to break it down into the first factors, then go ahead. Let everyone enlighten themselves with a black light!

7.Has the band had any opportunities to do any live shows?

Diabolizer: No. The assumption at the beginning was to exclude potential gigs and that's not likely to change. Experience death at home. Let it crawl out of its tangled corners in the shadows!

8.The first demo was released on 'Worship Tapes' do you feel this label was very helpful when it comes to getting your music out there heard?

Diabolizer: The second demo also came out on tape with Worship Tapes! It's the perfect label for us cultivating the old rules, transforming our devotion and dedication to black art into action! Whoever is to hear Morbid Winds will be given it. The rest of the posers should die in ignorance...

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

Diabolizer: They've been possessed and fucked to death! 666

10.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?

Diabolizer: All are more or less active. Whoever's sitting in this swamp should keep up to date. Access to this information is at your fingertips. But this year will be a crushing blow. Believe me! Some of the hordes I play have recently released new material. Soon some will release new ones from the darkness. Our dead forge continues, the devil's metal is pierced in the fire of hell all the time. Death does not fall asleep!

11.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

Diabolizer: As I wrote earlier, we do not impose on ourselves the direction we are going to take. The new material is already composed, partly recorded. There's no exception, it'll still be black metal that you motherfuckers will be drinking this year!

12.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an infleunce on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

Diabolizer : It's a fucking thing, but I'm not hiding that perhaps the most profound influence, reaching to the core of my IAM, had hordes of so-called second wave of black metal... And on the headphones I'm just fucking Goatsmegma with its very successful "Demonic Goat smegma Eating Ritual" - check it out, ask in Morbid Chapel Records!!! I also listen to the new Förgjord "Laulu Kuolemasta" or Aggressive Mutilator... it's just a micro drop in the black river that surrounds me every day. And remember, MZ412 rules!

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

Diabolizer: Worship the Devil and support the underground! Hail Satan!

https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Morbid_Winds/3540455524

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/05/morbid-winds-interview.html


Molog/Tri/Dark Adversary Productions/2019 CD Review

dimanche 3 mai 2020 à 08:11

  Molog are  a  band  from  Australia  that  plays  a  very  raw,  melancholic  and  hauling  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Tri"  which  was  released  by Dark  Adversary  Productions.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  and  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  also  adds  in  a  decent  amount  of  90's  influences,  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  melodies  also  being  added  into some  parts  of  the  recording.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  some  depressive  elements  also  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  album.  Synths  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  they  also  give  the  music  more  of  an  atmospheric  feeling  as  well  as  a  later  track also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  telephone  samples.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  depression,  suicide,  misanthropy  and  nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Molog  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  melancholic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Abandoned"  and  "Forest  Suicide".  8  out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/05/mologtridark-adversary-productions2019.html