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Peste Umbrarum/Night Shines Eternal/2018 Demo Review

dimanche 25 novembre 2018 à 23:35

  Peste  Umbrarum  are  a  band  from  Portland,  Oregon  that  plays  an  occult  and  vampyric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2018  demo  "Night  Shines  Eternal".

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  demo  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  the  music  also  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  style. 

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  guitar  leads  being  done  in  a  very  raw  and  melodic  style  when  they  are  utilized  and  when  spoken  word  parts  are  utilized  they  give  the  music  more  of  a  ritualistic  atmosphere as  well  as  some  synths  also  being  used  briefly,  at  times  the  vocals  also  have  a  very  depressive  edge  to  them and  as  the  demo  progresses  a  brief  use  of  demonic  voices  can  also  be  heard  and  elements  of  classical  music  can  also  be  heard  on  the  closing  track.

  Peste  Umbrarum  plays  a  style  of  vampyric  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  traditional  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  occultism,  gothic/horror  literature,  vampyrism,  death,  macabre  and  hatred  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Peste  Umbrarum  are  a  very  great  sounding  vampyric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out t his  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Night  Shines  Eternal"  and  "Dead  To  World".  8/5  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/11/peste-umbrarumnight-shines-eternal2018.html


Mo'ynoq/Dreaming In A Dead Language/2019 Full Length Review

dimanche 25 novembre 2018 à 06:05

  Mo'ynog  are  a  band  from  Raleigh,  North  Carolina  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  and  progressive  form  of  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  album  "Dreaming  in  A  Dead  Language"  which  will  be  released  in  2019.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  the  music  also  getting  very  atmospheric  and  progressive  at  times  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  piano  instrumental  is  added  onto  the  recording  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  on  the  remaining  tracks  and  a  later  song  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  and  at  times  the  vocals  also  get  very  deep.

  Mo'Ynog  plays  a  style  of  post  black  metal  that  is  very  melodic  and  progressive  while  also  being  very  raw  at  the  same  time,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Mo'ynog  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  and  progressive  post  black  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Empyreal  Decay"  "Carve  My  Name"  and  "Buried  By  Regret".  8  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/11/moynoqdreaming-in-dead-language2019.html


Dewfall Interview

samedi 24 novembre 2018 à 23:49
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?
Many adventures and changes. Soon after the recording of 'Hermeticus', early 2017, we had to salute our drummer Antonio Grassi after 4 years of cooperations, and we permanently welcomed Antonio Lacoppola (aka Eversor), who already played with us on the occasions of several gigs. Between spring/summer 2018 also our guitarist Niko Lucarelli parted ways with the project after 7 years with us, due to his new life's plans. Meanwhile these couple of structural changes, we moved forward with our aims and arranged the mastering of the album, joined the coven of Naturmacht Productions, designing together all the subsequent production and promotional steps. More recently, we recruited a new guitarist in our clan, Nicolò Fanelli (already member of Zolfo), rehearsing the full setlist with him from the beginning. On October 4th, at the 'Hermeticus' Release Show in Bari, our hometown, we were ready to blast with the new line-up and spread the first copies of the album.

2.Recently you have released a new album, what are some of the things you fell you have done different musically with this recording that you where not able to do with your previous releases?
We perceive 'Hermeticus' as our mature work. Musically it is composed of a powerful and evoking black metal sound coming from oldschool european roots. Compared with Dewfall's previous releases the songs show higher speeds as well as heavier downbeats, darker atmospheres, stronger plots, wider influences gathering music, history, literature and folkloristic traditions which, melt together, strongly shaped the new songwriting.

3.This is your first release since 2013, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?
VITTORIO

4.Originally the band started out playing a more traditional metal style, what was the decision behind going into more of a heavier black metal direction?
You know man, there's not a real decision behind this style evolution. Just a stream of consciousness in letting the new creations moving towards a natural direction. It belongs to our own inner artistic impulse. Our music is a wide weird canvas, painted by many brushes melting dark colors and unexpected lightnings.

5.The new recording is a concept album, can you tell us a little bit more about the story you have brought out with your lyrics?
Sure. 'Hermeticus' concept merges history, nature and literature in a symbolic portrait tributing the esoteric myth of the Emperor Frederick II, the medieval Suevian sovereign better known as “Stupor Mundi”, who ruled for a long time in Italy and mysteriously marked Apulian culture. The work is a personal metaphor bearing the ancient hermetic heritage of our homeland, connected with traditional atavistic heathendom. The story is narrated through eight songs composing two main historical and spiritual chapters ('Vivet Draco Magnus' and 'Vitae Mortisque Mysterium') and it is also performed with several Latin and medieval original Italian Poetry inserts.

6. Your lyrics go very deep into Esoteric, Hermeticism, Qabalah and Heathendoom, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the occult arts?
Well, in a such a way we consider ourselves special warlocks. Our ritual is performed in and with music, our secret formulas are our lyrics and symbolism. Our spellbounds are emotions we try to evoke in our listeners, both in private and live sets. Personally, I am a deep wandering researcher, since my academic times I've been involved in these fields. But all Dewfall's clansmen carries a serious commitment in preserving and transmitting our old cultural traditions. 

7.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Dewfall'?
I'm always a bit secretive about this topic. But I can say the name 'Dewfall' is linked with human macro-microcosmos, with the Axis Mundi, also represented in our logo and stage scenic design elements. It is the continous dichotomous dialogue between life and afterlife, sun and moon, pure and impure, perennial spirit and evolving body. Quod Superius, Sicut Inferius.

8.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?
The artwork has been painted by the Serbian illustrator “Khaos Diktator” (Horna, Nordjevel, Saor...) based on our concept. We have been really thrilled for cooperating with this artist as we have been strongly impressed by his talent in painting with a majestic dark style, perfectly fitting with our theme and character. The front cover shows the Emperor Frederick II mummified on his throne, holding the symbols of power and desecrating those of false systems (the Church in this case). He's surrounded by a metaphysical octagonal element possessed by the ouroboros and everything is under his Hawk's surveillance. The wooded octagon stylises the numerologic redundance materialised in the back cover with “Castel del Monte”, the august octagonal monument symbol of Italy, cryptic heritage of the "Stupor Mundi", whose mysteries are part of 'Hermeticus' tales.

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?
VITTORIO

10.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
VITTORIO 

11.On the new album you also had a few guests, can you tell us who they are and also there contribution to the recording?
Historical sources describes the 'Hermetic Court' of the Stupor Mundi as an eclectic, multicutlural and multidisciplinary one. The imperial entourage was composed by many characters, artists, intellectuals and scientists. Thinking of a certain parallelism, we tried to reproduce that scenery involving many artists coming from different geographical areas, which could infuse a diverse and precious contribution to our opus. This way we committed the illustration for the new logo to Moravian artist Vojtěch Doubek - Moonroot art (illustrator for Nokturnal Mortum and more).Herbrand Larsen (ex-Enslaved) Conclave & Earshot Studios (Bergen, Norway), produced by Herbrand Larsen. Moreover, we decided to involve several international artists within the project for releasing new band logo, artworks, live set design and featuring 

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

13.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?
VITTORIO

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


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

16.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
FLAVIO: Thank you mate for guesting Dewfall in your webzine. And you guys, do not stop to support real music, attending live events when you can, and getting digital and physical albums from the bands you like by official and legal channels.
VITTORIO:

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/11/dewfall-interview.html


Devathorn/Inferno/Zos Vel Thagiron/W.T.C Productions/2018 Split Album Review

samedi 24 novembre 2018 à 23:10

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Greece's  Devathorn  and  Czech  Republic's  Inferno  called  "Zos  Vel  Thagiron"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  W.T.C  Productions and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Devathorn  a  band  that  plays  an  occult  form  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  ritualistic  sound  along  with  some  whispered  vocals  and  demonic  voices  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to t hem  along  with  some  angry  shouting  vocals  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow. mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  both  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  chaos,  darkness,  death  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Devathorn  are  a  very  great  sounding  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Omphalos".

  Next  up  is  inferno  who  return  with  their  satanic  form  of  occult  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  clean  playing  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  as  well as  the  first  track  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  keyboards  can  also  be  heard  briefly,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  and Left  hand  Path  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  inferno  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  occult  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "The  Solitary  Immersion  Into  Autarchic  Silence".

  In  conclusion  I feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  occult  black  metal.  8  out  of  10.



     

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/11/devathorninfernozos-vel-thagironwtc.html


The Meads Of Asphodel/Rerthro/Imperial East-West Onslaught/Godreah Records/2018 Split Album Review

samedi 24 novembre 2018 à 06:42

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  the  United  Kingdom's  The  Meads  Of  Asphodel  and  China's  Rerthro  called  "Imperial  East-West  Onslaught"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  Godreah  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  The  Meads  Of  Asphodel  who  return  with  their  experimental  style  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  spoken  word  parts  and  epic  sounding  synths  which  also  bring  in  the  atmosphere  of  a  fantasy  film  along  with  some  clean  playing  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  leads  to  a  heavier  direction  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  Synths  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  while  stringed  instruments  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  the  music  also  getting  very  experimental  and  progressive  sounding  in  some  parts  of  the  songs  as  well  as  some  of  their  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  At  times  the  music  gets  very  symphonic  sounding  while  acoustic  guitars  and  percussion's  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  session work  from  Alan  Davey  of  Hawkwind  and  Mirai  of  Sigh  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  as  well  as  some  death  metal  growls  also  being  used  at  times  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  on  the  bonus  tracks  they  bring  in a  cover  of  Jan  Hammer's  "Crockett  Theme",  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Anti  Religion,  Biblical  Apocrypha,  Death  and  War  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  The  Meads  Of  Asphodel  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  their  side  of  the  split. RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Gods  At  War"  and  "The  Voiceless  Dust  Of  Ages".

  Next  up  is  Rerthro  a  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  fast  thrash  influenced  sound  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  synths  are  also  used  at  times  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of   melody  and  death  metal  growls  are  also  added  in  some  parts  of  the  music.

  Throughout  their  side  of  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  yet  old  school  style  along  with  the  riffing  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  and  they  close  their  side  of  the  split  with  an  ambient  piece  which  also  adds  in  some  female  vocals,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  evil  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Rerthro  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  if you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Wyrd"  and  "The  Night  Of  Lost  Soul".

  In  conclusion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  experimental  black  metal  and  blackened  thrash  metal.  8  out  of  10.       

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/11/the-meads-of-asphodelrerthroimperial.html