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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


Sinmara/Hvisl Stjarnanna/Van Records/2019 CD Review

mercredi 23 janvier 2019 à 02:57

  Sinmara  are  a  band  from  Iceland  that  plays  a  very  chaotic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  'Hvisl  Stjarmanna"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Van  Records.

  Atmospheric  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  dark  and  heavier  direction  while  the  riffs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  melody.  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  style  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling. Vocals  are  mostly  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  some  dissonant  structures  at  times.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Most  of  the  music  also  brings  in  more  of  a  modern  style  of  black  metal  while  also  being  very  heavily  influenced  by  the  classic  Scandinavian  style.  Clean  playing  and  synths  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  the  main  focus  being  more  on  a  heavier  direction.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Icelandic  and  English  and  cover  myths  relating  to  sirens,  ghosts  and  malevolent  spirits  beckoning  from  beyond.

  In  my  opinion  Sinmara  are  a  very  chaotic  and  melodic  sounding  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Mephitic  Haze"  and  "Hvisl  Stjarmanna".  8  out  of  10.   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/01/sinmarahvisl-stjarnannavan-records2019.html


Lifeless Gaze Interview

mardi 22 janvier 2019 à 05:25
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
1. Lifeless Gaze is emanation of pain and depression. For me it's some kind of emotional exorcism.

2.So far you have released 2 albums, musically how do they both differ from each other?
2. Both albums are gateways for emotions - yet the first record turned out more by itself naturally, in some way it was improvised. Me and M met together booked studio, came with some random ideas and started recording - after 2 days we had full album finished, it was very natural recording session. Half of second album was already prepared and rehearsed - we played 'We Are Born to Suffer' and 'Never-Ending Void' live. Due to that situation we already knew what to expect and where we were going with 'The Unbearable Darkness of Being'.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored so far with the music?
3. Despair, suffering, depression, misery, emanation of pain in cage called flesh, no future, solitude, agony, torment, emptiness, suicide, death.


4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Lifeless Gaze'?
4. I wanted to find a name that would say everything about this project and give listener a feeling of what to expect.


5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?
5. Front cover art - it's photo of one of us after a specific situation I will not talk about - but after taking this picture there came the idea to use it as cover for the second album. All the rest of the artwork is taken in a place close to one of us - the whole mood of this room was perfect for this album. All pictures were taken by AZ, who also prepared all sketches for our debut album.

6.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding your line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?
6. We will remain duo, there's no need for more members. Lifeless Gaze is two-headed creature based on our two selves and our past and inner demons. Additional people would only weaken it. During live rituals M plays all guitars, I do percussion, vocals and all ambient stuff - it works perfectly

7. On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of dark ambient and depressive black metal?
7. We had some various good comments and messages from people around the world and also some negative feedback from people who don't understand that less is more.

8,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?
8. Currently I'm finishing new double album with Whalesong, it will be entitled 'Radiance of a Thousand Suns'. Except that I'm working on new Lugola (my dark ambient/noise project) and Grave of Love (my neofolk band) albums. M is preparing to release his first full length album under Darkdrone moniker - it's guitar based drone/ambient thing. We're also both preparing to record together third album with Useless - depressive black metal act.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
9. I think on third record we will go more into dark ambient and improvisational music. I have idea to record the album using various instruments and record it totally live.

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?

10. M is huge black metal maniac and he is also very influenced by bands like Tribes of Neurot. I am huge maniac of psychedelic rock, krautrock, various metal styles, industrial, noise, no wave, minimal, ambient, jazz and many many more.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
11. Definitely Cinema, especially old exploitation, giallo and good old hammer horrors - but you can already know it if you have seen our videos for Lifeless Gaze compositions. Except that books, philosophy, psychology, travelling, monoliths, sound.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
12. There is no future.  

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


Blurr Thrower/Les avatars du vide/Les Acteurs de I'Ombre Productions/2019 EP Review

mardi 22 janvier 2019 à 02:54

  Blurr  Thrower  are  a  solo  project  from  France  that  plays  a  cascadian  influenced  from  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2019  ep  "Les  avatars  du  vide"  which  was  released  by  Les  Acteurs  de  I'Ombre  Productions.

  Atmospheric  sounding  drones  start  off  the  ep  along  with  both  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Clean  guitars  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Vocals  are  mostly  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  When  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  as  well  as  the  music  also  getting  very  atmospheric  at  times  and  adding  in  some  cascadian  influences.

  Elements  of  blackgaze  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  while  the  music  also  gets  very  melancholic  at  times.  All  of  the  riffing  is  done  on  power  chords  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  an  aggressive  edge  over  most  atmospheric  bands.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  French  and  cover  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Blurr  Thrower  are  a  very  great  sounding  cascadian  influenced  atmospheric  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Silence".  8  out  of  10.    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/01/blurr-throwerles-avatars-du-videles.html


Automb Interview

mardi 22 janvier 2019 à 01:56
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?

We have been playing a few shows in support of the record and we have also been very busy writing material for our new record which will be coming out later this year.



2.In October you had released your first album, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?

That’s a hard question- It ranges from atmospheric black metal to the classic death metal elements filled with melody and brutality.



3.Your lyrics cover a lot of occult, pagan, witchcraft and esoteric themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interests in these topics and how long you have been interested and involved with those practices?

We have both been very interested in all things occult and pagan for quite a few years. We both grew up in a Christian environment and just decided to break out and explore and have never turned back. Once you see how much knowledge is outside of the society and religious bounds, there is a whole world open to you.



4.Some of your lyrics also show an understanding of different pagan cultures, do you feel it is very important to be knowledgeable about the different occult or pagan philosophies than be stuck in one corner where a lot of people seem to go into when they get into esoteric practices?

Yes, absolutely. We focus on anything that has to do with the occult, which in a broad sense is everything to do with hidden knowledge, regardless of cultural practices. Also, we draw parallels between these practices which at the end represents the same energies and the same ideas.



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

We formed Automb in the autumn season and we gave it that name to incorporate the two ideas of autumn as the season and how many things die in that season, hence the “tomb’.



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

It represents a ritualistic setting in the forest during the full moon. The main totem represents the horned god deity (Veles, Cernunnos, Loki) which is present in almost every path and culture. We also incorporated many powerful runes and symbols into the trees which are personal to us. The cover also represents themes that we have present in a few songs in the album (Horned God, Mourned, Blood Moon, The Forest, etc.)



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 have only played two shows so far so it is hard to accurately depict the “best” show so far. However, we would describe our stage performance as ritualistic, empowering and fierce.





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

We currently have three shows booked in the next few months and then we are hoping to do a tour this summer. 



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

It’s been overwhelmingly positive from all-over the world. The response has been far beyond our expectations.



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?

We are not part of any other bands. Necrophagia is dead so Serge is putting all of his time and energy into Automb. And Scott Fuller was just the session drummer for ‘Esoterica’ and is still the full-time drummer of Morbid Angel. Catch Morbid Angel on tour this spring with Cannibal Corpse (In the US)!



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

We are always striving to be more progressive and improve our music and style. With every record we are planning to top our previous works with of course tying in previous elements that make Automb what we are.



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?

Some bands that have influenced our musical style are, Behemoth, Belphegor, Watain,Drudkh, Dissection, Emperor. We are currently listening to bands like 1914, Uada, Kroda, Necrophobic, and Cult of Fire.



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

We are finally on Spotify, so go follow us on there, and… Hail Chaos! Hail Esoteric Black Metal! 

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