PROJET AUTOBLOG


OccultBlackMetalZine

Site original : OccultBlackMetalZine
⇐ retour index

Plaguehurst/Communionem/2019 Full Length Review

vendredi 25 janvier 2019 à 03:06

  Plaguehurst  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2019  album  "Communionem".

  Punk  influenced  riffing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  a  few  seconds  later  as  well  as  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling.

  Acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  ona   few  songs  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  some  dissonant  structures  which  also  gives  the  music  a  more  up  to  date  style.

  At  times  the music  also  has  its  atmospheric  moments  while  a  couple  of  the  songs  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Rain  and Thunder  sounds  can  also  be  heard  fro  a  few  seconds  before  returning back  to  a  rawer  direction  and  the  music  also  gets  more  diverse  as  the  album  progresses.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Darkness  and  Plagues. 

  In  my  opinion  Plaguehurst  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  old  school  style  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "I  Am  The  Fucking  Pariah"  "Braking  The  Armour  Of  Light"  and  "Chimes'.  8/5  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/01/plaguehurstcommunionem2019-full-length.html


Mallephyr Interview

vendredi 25 janvier 2019 à 02:10
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?
After releasing the “Womb of Worms” album we made a Czech tour with Secret of Darkness and Desire for Sorrow, then played some other gigs. Since the recording there were many gigs, because it was done in Spring 2018. Meanwhile, I started to compose some songs for our next release.

2.In October you had released a new album, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
I think it has more negativistic and nihilistic atmosphere, it’s more dissonant and harsh. But some of the characteristics of the debut album “Assailing the Holy” remained, of course. The way of composing was quite similar, but some progress in terms of some musical, technical and productional development is perceptible.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music and also how would you describe your progress as songwriters over the years?
The lyrical concept of the “Womb of Worms” album is about the mankind’s blindness based on its own existence. It’s something like the anti-human-ego treatise, the essay about the intrinsic pointlessness and nothingness. We all are just the miniature segment of the world’s cycle. In the lyrical way, on our debut album there were some of the anti-religious texts, some lyrics were inspired by the books I had read that time. Now, the whole album is cycling around the one theme, although I would not say it is a conceptual album.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Mallephyr'?
It’s the combination of Malleus (means “hammer” in Latin) and Melafyr, the igneous rock with the grey-black coloration. Let’s say it kinda describes the character of our music – devastating yet cold.

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?
The artwork was made by the Czech artist Marek Škubal who, besides other things, presented his art also at the Brutal Assault festival few years ago. His drawings and sculptures are interweaved with worms. Our bassist Sinneral visited Marek’s exhibition in Pilsen and had a brainwave that we should cooperate on the second album because of its theme and name. You can see the result on the “Womb of Worms” album.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Every show is unique, I can enjoy the gig in the small venue with few people, when the energy is flowing the right way, just as the show on the bigger festival. But of course, there are some experiences I think back to very often, for example the show at the Brutal Assault festival. Or when we performed as a support for bands like Dark Funeral, Krisiun, Acherontas, Rotting Christ, Forgotten Tomb, The Stone and many more. The dreams came true with these gigs.

Our stage performance is nothing unusual. We perform in leather jackets with the static red lights behind us. For me, the energy flowing between us and the audience is more important than some decoration etc.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for 2019?
We are slowly planning the tour with one of the best Czech metal bands for the Autumn, but now it is too soon to uncover something in detail. But we have a few shows confirmed for 2019, for example in Prague with Portuguese raw black metal band Sardonic Witchery in February or with Acherontas, Inferno and Djevelkult in March. We will also play in Vienna in March and on Symbolic Open Air in Kolín in July. And I think some shows will be added later.

8.The new album was released on 'Satanath Records', how would you compare working with them to your older label 'Mad Lion Records'?
We were satisfied with Mad Lion Records and we are satisfied with Satanath Records. We just wanted to try something new, but we are very grateful to Przemek from Mad Lion that he gave as a chance with our debut album. Thanks to him we also performed four times in Poland. When the “Womb of Worms” was recorded, we sent two promo songs to many labels and Aleksey with Satanath Records responded almost immediately after receiving the package. He was interested in releasing the CD (in cooperation with the Czech label Murderous Production), the conditions were pleasant for us, so we made a deal. We are very satisfied with the promotion Aleksey made before releasing the album. Let’s see what the cooperation will bring to the both sides in the future. We are also still searching for the label to release the new album on LPs. 

9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your newer music by fans of black and death metal?
I’ve noticed just a few reviews on the foreign webzines (and thank you for the one you wrote!), the reactions are very pleasant. The same can I say about the Czech webzines, some of the reviewers caught the essence of the album. It is also good that the whole album is available on YouTube, I noticed some very pleasant reactions there from foreign people. I’m glad how the “Womb of Worms” was accepted until now. It’s an honour.

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?
I also play with Stíny plamenů, sewer black metal from Pilsen. Its mastermind is Lord Morbivod, maybe you can know him also from Trollech, Umbrtka or War for War. He creates the music there and I think he slowly prepares the new Stíny plamenů’s album. The EP “20 let kanalizačních zmetků” was released last year as a celebration of the band’s 20th anniversary. I’m also a session member of War for War which changed its style from war black metal to industrial/electronica now. And few months ago I started to play as a live-guitarist with Cult of Fire who will perform at very interesting places this year. It’s an honour for me to cooperate with all the people from the bands mentioned above, I appreciate it very much.

Sinneral also plays in Panychida, pagan black/heavy metal from Pilsen. They prepare their fifth full-length album now in the KSV Studios, where we also recorded our albums, and they’re gonna also play in Brazil or Estonia this year.

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
It’s a bit difficult question for me, because I do not know in advance where I will be led by my inner demons during the composition process. If I could predict, I would say the third full-length album will be more straight and aggressive than “Womb of Worms”, but we will see. As I wrote before, I prepared some songs just before releasing our new album, but most of them are meant for the non-full-length release. They are quite different from our “usual” stuff.

12.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?
Everything I listen to has an influence on me in some way. But definitely the greatest influence have some of the bands from the black or death metal genre, I would mention for example Aosoth, Inquisition, Nightbringer, Behemoth, generally Icelandic, Polish, French and Scandinavian black metal scene etc. It’s difficult to say, because I’m really influenced by many things I perceive. But, please, do not take the influence as an attempt to plunder from someone. You definitely can hear many influences in our music, but I would say we have our own approach to music.

Right now I’m listening to the new Cancer album “Shadow Gripped”. Recently I listen very often to the last Trollheims Grott, Adaestuo, Aevangelist, Valkyrja, Totenmesse, Svartidauđi, Kommandant or Hate Eternal albums. And the best recording of 2018 is Ascension – Under Ether for me. I’m looking forward to see them live in Prague in February! And I must mention Rebirth of Nefast – Tabernaculum – one of the best black metal albums I’ve ever heard. It has everything I’m searching for in black metal.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
I would like to thank you for the interest in Mallephyr, for your questions and for the review. I would also like to thank all the supporters of this music, not only ours, but in general.
!WORSHIP.YOUR.INNER.DEMONS!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/01/mallephyr-interview.html


Meka Interview

jeudi 24 janvier 2019 à 05:58
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band? ⁃

We initially started Męka as a recording project for fun with no intention of playing out too much. This band is more fun than we all anticipated though so we’re just rolling with whatever happens. Męka is made up by Drew Arnold- Guitar, Jimmy Smolenski- Bass, Ronnie Farris- Drums, and Eli Fakes- Guitar/ Vocals.



2.In February you have an ep coming out, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?
We didn’t necessarily have a specific sound we were going for other then heavy, fast, and pissed. The first day we got together Drew had a few riffs that we all loved and we just fucked with them until they turned into War and Forsaken.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music? ⁃

More or less just being fed up with everyone/ everything and dealing with it. We wanted the songs to sound as pissed and evil as possible and death is an easy subject.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Meka'? ⁃
“Męka” means torture in Polish.

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the ep cover? ⁃
The art is just cool photo of a mummy. There’s not really much depth in the artwork. Life sucks, everyone dies, mummies are cool. “Why would anyone put a mummy in a museum?!”- Kevin Malone

6.So far very little is known about the band with no social networks or information to be found online other than sharing a member with 'Mutilrated', is this intentional for the time being?
For the time being, yeah. We haven’t expressed much desire to create social network platforms because this band is more about the music itself but maybe someday. Drew and Eli are actually both now active members of Mutilatred. Eli has been a part of Mutilatred for the past 3 or so years and Drew has been touring/ playing in the band for the last year or so, he’s a great fucking guitar player and is a perfect fit for Mutilatred.

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’ve only played three shows so far. Our first show was with our friends in Pains from Wisconsin (listen to them if you’re unfamiliar). Our second show was one we picked up when Jimmy and Ronnie’s other band React was unable to play, that show was with Freedom out of Detroit and a few other Ohio locals. Our third was Halloween party in our friends basement with Drew’s other band Outside. All fun shows. We just all get very into what we’re playing and have fun with it.

8.Do you have any touring or show plans once the ep is released?
The only thing we have booked currently is in April 4th at the Sanctuary in Detroit with Wake, Uncle Ray and a few others.

9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black and death metal?
Honestly we don’t really know or care haha. This band is for us. If you like it then awesome, if you don’t then awesome.

10.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We’ve got some new material in the works and have been talking about releasing a full length after “Ending My Life to Destroy Yours” but that might take a little time seeing as we’re all working full time and in other active bands.

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?
Weed and metal.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Nothing much else on this end! Enjoy the album. We’d like to give a huge thank you to Redefining Darkness Records for helping us release these songs, Thomas is a great dude and is constantly working with awesome bands. Thanks for having us -Męka

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/01/meka-interview.html


Neanderthalensis/Rain Over Scorched Earth/2018 Full Length Review

jeudi 24 janvier 2019 à 05:00

  Neanderthalensis  are  a  solo  project  from  Germany  that  plays  a  cascadian  style  of  atmospheric  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2018  album  "Rain  Over  Scorched  Earth".

  Nature  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  distorted  yet  melodic  guitar  leads  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  bass  guitar  has  a  very  powerful  sound  to  it. All  3  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  drums  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs.

  A  great  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  they  also  give  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  At  times  the  music  gets  very  atmospheric  along  with  a  great  amount  of  cascadian  influences.

  Spoken  words  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  a  couple  of  tracks  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  All  3  of  the  tracks  sound  very  different  from  each  other  which  also  gives  the  recording  a  great  amount  of  diversity.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  political,  esoteric  and  philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Neandertalensis  are  a  very  great  sounding  cascadian  style  atmospheric  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Pity  Is  The  Worse  Thing  You  Can  Give  Someone".  8  out  of  10.

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/01/neanderthalensisrain-over-scorched.html


Genuflexion/Apoteosis Fallida/Handful Of Hate/2018 CD Review

mercredi 23 janvier 2019 à 05:48

  Genuflexion  are  a  band  from  Argentina  that  plays  a  very  spiritual  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Apoteosis  Fallida" which  was  released  by  Handful  Of  Hate.

  Distorted  amp  noises  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  When  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  are  utilized  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  it  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  melodic  yet  ritualistic  chants  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  a  good  amount  of  mid  90's  to  early  2000's  influences.

  When  spoken  word  parts  are  utilized  they  enhance  the  occult  atmosphere  that  is  presented  on  the  music.  Keyboards  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  gets  more  diverse  as  well  as  one  track  also  introducing  clean  vocals  into  the  music.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Spanish  and  cover  dark  spirituality  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Genuflexion  are  a  very  great  sounding  spiritual  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Apoteosis  Fallida"  "Deidades  del  difunto"  and  "Adictos  a  la  ilusion  de  ser".  8  out  of  10.

 

    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/01/genuflexionapoteosis-fallidahandful-of.html