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Proclamation/Nether Tombs Of Abaddon/Nuclear War Now! Productions/Ross Bay Cult/2020 Album Re-Issue Review

jeudi 1 octobre 2020 à 21:24

 


  This  is  the  final  review  of  a  recording  from  Spain's  Proclamation  which  continues  the  bestial  mixture  of  war, black  and  death  metal  from  their  previous  releases  and  the  album  was  originally  released  in  2012  and  called  "Nether  Tombs  Of  Abaddon"  and  was  re-issued  in  2020  as  a  joint  effort  between  Nuclear  War  Now!  Productions  and  Ross  Bay  Cult.


  A  synth  orientated  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  Gregorian  chants  and  a  ritualistic  atmosphere  along  with  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  before  going  into  a  very  fast,  raw  and  brutal  war  metal  direction  which  also  uses a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  and  the  vocals  are  a  mixture  of  black  metal  screams  and  bestial  growls.  


  The  music  also  keeps  the Canadian  and  Finnish  influences  of  previous  releases  while  also  showing  an  influence  of  Bestial  Warlust.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  chaotic  style  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.


  The  ritualistic elements  that  where  presented  on  the  intro  also  make  a  return  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  and  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  as  well  as  the  synths  also  adding  in  touches of  ambient  when  they  are  utilized.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism,  Blasphemy  and  Desecration  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Proclamation  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  war  and  bestial  black/death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Atonement  Cenotaph"  "Psalms  Of  Mortification"  "Entrails  Of  The  Nazarene"  and  "Ascension  Of  The  Avernal  Demigods".  8  out  of  10.


http://nuclearwarnowproductions.bandcamp.com/album/nether-tombs-of-abaddon           

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Proclamation/Execration Of Cruel Bestiality/Nuclear War Now! Productions/Ross Bay Cult/2020 Album Re-Issue Review

jeudi 1 octobre 2020 à 05:52

 


  This  is  another  review  of  a  recording  from  Proclamation  which  also continues  the  bestial  black/death  and  war  metal  style  of  their  previous  releases  and  the  album  was  released  in  2009  and  called  "Execration  Of  Cruel  Bestiality"  which  was  re-issued  in  2020  as  a  joint  effort  between  Nuclear  War  Now!  Productions  and  Ross  Bay  Cult.


  A  very  dark  and  ritualistic  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  tribal  beats  and  chants  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  war  metal  elements,  tremolo  picking  and  blast beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  


  Vocals are  a  mixture  of  bestial  growls  and  black  metal  screams  while  the music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  Finnish  and  Canadian  styles  of  the  genre,  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  bear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  chaotic  style.


  All  of  the  riffing  also  avoids  any  use  of  melody  which  also  gives  the music  a  lot  more  brutality  along  with  one  track  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  Gregorian  chants  as  well  as  the  ritualistic  elements  also  returning  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording,  synths  can  also  be heard  briefly  on  a  few  tracks.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and r aw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Blasphemy  and  Desecration  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Proclamation  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  war  and  bestial  black/death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Witching  Torment"  "Execration  Of  Cruel  Bestiality"  and  "Hammer  Of  Prophets".  8  out  of  10.


http://nuclearwarnowproductions.bandcamp.com/album/execration-of-cruel-bestiality 



Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/09/proclamationexecration-of-cruel.html


Proclamation/Messiah Of Darkness And Impurity/Nuclear War Now! Productions/Ross Bay Cult/2020 Album Re-Issue Review

jeudi 1 octobre 2020 à 04:58

 


  This  is  a  review  of another  recording  from  Spain's  Proclamation which  continues  the  bestial  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  the  album  was  originally  released  in  2008  and  called  "Messiah  Of  Darkness  And  Impurity"  which  was  also  re-issued  in  2020  as  a  joint  effort  between  Nuclear  War  Now!  Productions  and  Ross  Bay  Cult.


  A  very  dark  and  ritualistic  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  synths  before  going  into  a  very  fast,  raw  and  brutal  war  metal  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking along  with  the  vocals  being  a  mixture  of  bestial  growls  and  black  metal  screams.


  A  lot of  the  music  also  shows  some  influences  of  both  the  Canadian  and  Finnish  styles  of  the  early  90's  era while  also  sounding  like  Blasphemy  mixed  with  Archgoat  at  times.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  raw  yet  chaotic  style.


 All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  synths  also  make  a  brief  return  on  some  of  the  tracks  as  well  as  the  vocals  also  add  in  more  of  a  demonic  atmosphere  in  the  more  ritualistic  side  of  the  music,  all  of  the riffing  is  mostly  done  on  power  chords.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Blasphemy  and  Desecration  themes.   


  In  my  opinion  this  was  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Proclamation  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  war  bestial  black/death  metal, you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Nocturnal  Damnation"  Remains  Of  Sacrifice"  "Tyrants  Of  Desolation"  and  "Sabbat  of  Vengeance". 8out  of  10.


http://nuclearwarnowproductions.bandcamp.com/album/messiah-of-darkness-and-impurity 

   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/09/proclamationmessiah-of-darkness-and.html


Proclamation/Advent Of The Black Omen/Nuclear War Now! Productions/Ross Bay Cult/2020 Album Re-Issue Review

jeudi 1 octobre 2020 à 04:08

 


  Proclamation  where  a  band  from  Spain  that  played  a  bestial  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2006  album  "Advent  Of  The  Black  Omen"  which  was  re-issued  in  2020  by  Nuclear  War  Now!  Productions  as  a  joint  effort  between  Nuclear  War  Now!  Productions  and  Ross  Bay  Cult.


  A  very  dark  and  apocalyptic  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  demonic  voices  and  whispers  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  very  fast,  raw  and  brutal  war  metal  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  and  the  vocals  are  a  mixture  of  bestial  growls  and  black  metal  screams.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  chaotic  yet  old  school  style.  A  lot  of  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era  along  with  the  synths  also  giving  the  music  more  of  a  ritualistic  and  ambient  feeling  when  they  are  utilized  briefly  as  well  as  all  of the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  Procalmation  played  a  musical  style that went  back  to  the  90's  era  of  war  and  bestial  black/death  metal  but  updated  it  for  the  era  they  where  around.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  blasphemy  and  Desecration  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Proclamation  where  a very  great  sounding  bestial  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  emtal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band. RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Evil  Blood  Of  Sodomy"  "Crucifixion  Vomit"  "Seed  of  The  Antichrist"  and  "Proclamation  Of  Doom".  8out  of  10.


http://nuclearwarnowproductions.bandcamp.com/album/nether-tombs-of-abaddon   


    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/09/proclamationadvent-of-black-omennuclear.html


Ba'al Interview

mercredi 30 septembre 2020 à 06:02

 


1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?

1. The past few months have mostly been focussed on completing the album. Naturally, the whole Coronavirus situation has prevented us from getting together

 and forced the cancellation of several gigs (including one with Wormrot that we were very disappointed to miss). But with no gigs we’ve had some time to work on our individual projects (COVID-permitting) as well. We were lucky that we completed the recording

 process just a few weeks before the UK went into lockdown, so the process wasn’t hindered massively. The time away has actually given us a certain eagerness to get back together and start working on the next phase of Ba’al after a needed break so in that respect

 it’s actually had something of a benefit.


2.You have your first full length coming out towards the end of October, musically how does it differ from your previous ep's and singles?

2. It’s more expansive than anything we’ve released so far. It’s rooted in the same ideas and influences but they are all fleshed out a lot more. We’ve

 always blurred the lines between post-metal, sludge, and black metal. Since Joe joined as our vocalist, we have certainly seen a gradual shift towards the black metal side but it’s by no means a black metal album. We all come from different musical backgrounds

 (albeit with a lot of crossovers) so naturally, there is a lot of variation in the ideas that we bring to the table, which is something we encourage within the band. We don’t like to reject any ideas for being ‘too X’ or ‘not Y enough’ so we often find ourselves

 writing songs unlike anything we’ve written before.


3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer release and also how would you describe your progress as songwriters over the years?

3. Lyrically the album deals with grief and the different stages of which we go through in life. Joe writes all the lyrics and they are very much reflections

 of his own experiences. That being said, we hope that people will share in the energy and draw their own conclusions.


We’ve never approached this band with any particular agenda which has always given a lot of room to explore different ideas and concepts. We find that

 the songs we write refine themselves quite naturally and it’s because of this that we are establishing our sound. It’s likely that following releases will expand further on certain elements heard on Ellipsism and perhaps move away from others, but this is

 uncertain and will be something that again occurs naturally.


4.I know that the name 'Ba'al' came from an ancient Canaanite God, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in Occultism and Ancient Mythology'?

4. In truth we actually know very little! It’s true that it refers to an ancient iteration of beelzebub, although there are numerous sources which suggest

 the origins of the name are different. We actually chose the name for the far less compelling reason that it simply had an interesting ring to it. Of course it’s an appropriate name for a blackened post-metal band but we were more drawn in by the unusual spelling

 and pronunciation which seemed quite memorable and impactful.


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

5. ‘Ellipsism’ is variably defined as the sense of melancholy associated with the knowledge that one won’t experience the future. We initially went

 over a few ideas around the concept before being alerted to the work of Eeli Helin, an artist and musician from Finland. His work is extraordinarily dark and compelling and after taking in the message of the album he conceptualised and executed several pieces

 for us including the cover art. The image is representative of the harsh weight of knowledge, here presented as the rocks carried across the subjects back. I don’t think we could have found a more appropriate and visually striking image to represent this album

 and we are beyond thrilled with the work Eeli has produced.


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

6. We’ve been lucky enough to share the stage with some incredible names over the past few years. To name a few, Conan, Conjurer, Downfall of Gaia,

 Gnaw Their Tongues, Fen, Bong and many more. Bloodstock Festival was an early benchmark that we achieved which actually led to our recording sessions with Russ Russell. We also played and were involved in the organisation of Rolo Tomassi’s first hometown show

 in years which took place inside an amazing old cinema building in Sheffield.  


7.The new album is coming out on 'Clobber Records', how did you get in contact with this label?

7. We were made aware of Clobber through Argesk, another band on the label who Joe has known for a while. It didn’t take long to realise how much good

 work they’ve done in the underground metal scene in the UK. We saw that they were seeking new bands for their roster and submitted our album. The rest, as they say, is history!


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

8. It seems to go down fairly well! We’re always beyond pleased, and often dumbstruck, whenever we find out that someone has listened to us in another

 country. Even more so when we’re shipping merch or a CD to another country. Of course, in the internet age there is a massively enhanced sense of connectivity, so we are able to connect to people across the globe in ways that seem normal now that simply weren’t

 possible in previous decades but it still feels very strange to us. We hope that our music can be experienced and enjoyed by anyone, no matter their geographical location.




9.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?

9.

Hecate Enthroned (Joe's bigger, 'other' band), like most, had their plans for this year scuppered by COVID, but they're looking forward to getting

 back to playing live as soon as possible. Bleating Apocalypse (the 'easy listening metal' band featuring Richard and Luke) have been absent from the public eye for a good while now, working on new music, but they've been using this recent time to start demoing

 their next album from home, whilst also celebrating ten years as a band.


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

10. We’re not a band that wants to remain rooted in one sound and we’re always open to expanding our ideas. We are already informally writing ideas

 and putting together concepts for what comes next, including something that we definitely haven’t explored before.


11.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?

11. We listen to a very broad range of music both within metal and beyond. Hip-hop, techno, jazz, folk, pop, drone, ambient, noise, glitch; it’s all

 fair game in this band, though naturally, it doesn’t all make its way into our writing processes. We actually run a monthly playlist on our blog which details what we’ve all been listening to of late as well as what we like about them. You can view this via

 this link: 

https://cvltofbaal.wordpress.com/. With regards to Ellipsism, the most obvious influences are bands like Deafheaven, Amenra, Deftones, Primitive Man and Cult of Luna.


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


12. We are an inclusive band that believes that prejudice and hatred have no place in society, let alone music. We hope that our music can offer a safe

 place for all to enjoy regardless of their gender, race, culture, sexuality or religion.



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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/09/baal-interview.html