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Thrudvangar/Vegvisir/Trollzorn/2020 Full Length Review

vendredi 2 octobre 2020 à 03:16

 


  Thrudvangar  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  Viking  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Vegvisir"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Trollzorn.


  Epic  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  while  also  mixing  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times.  The  riffs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  some  clean  Viking  vocals  being  heard  on  a  couple  of  track  as  well  as the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  the  vocals  also  add  in  touches  of  death  metal  when  they  adopt  a  more  deeper  approach.  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  briefly  it  also gives the music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  most  of  the  music  also sticks   to  a  mid  tempo  direction  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard.  


  On  this  recording  Thrudvangar  takes  their  Viking  style  of black  metal  into  more  of  a  melodic  and  mid  tempo  musical  direction. The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  ancient  myths  and  legends  of  the  Vikings.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Thrudvangar  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  Viking  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Vegvisir"  "Ran" "Siegvaters  Maid"  and  "Alles  was  bleibt".  8  out  of  10. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/10/thrudvangarvegvisirtrollzorn2020-full.html


Keiser/Our Wretched Demise/Non Seviam Records/2020 CD Review

vendredi 2 octobre 2020 à 02:13

 


  Keiser  are  a band  from  Norway  that  plays  a  very  aggressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Our  Wretched  Demise"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Non  Serviam  Records.


  A  war  orientated  intro  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier musical  direction  while  also  showing  an  influence  of  thrash  metal.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.


  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  The  music  also  brings  in  a  more  modern  Norwegian  style  along  with  some  elements  of  black'n'roll  being  added  into  the  mid  tempo  sections  of  the  songs  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  a  touch  of  the  old  school  style  at  times  as  well  as  one  song  also  introducing  clean  playing  onto  the  recording,  some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  and  there  is  also  a   brief  acoustic  instrumental.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  war  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Keiser  are  a  very great  sounding  aggressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Scourge  Of  The  Wicked"  "When  Fire  Rides  The  Nightsky"  and  "Our  Wretched  Demise".  8  out  of  10.


https://youtu.be/PFLdH5mRR3A 


https://www.facebook.com/keisernor
https://www.instagram.com/keisernor/

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/10/keiserour-wretched-demisenon-seviam.html


nether Interview

jeudi 1 octobre 2020 à 23:49

 


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


Our album “Between Shades and Shadows” was recorded at the end of 2019. Shortly thereafter we inked a deal with Art Gates records and were preparing everything needed. Artwork for the album, technical details concerning covers for Spotify and so on. We planned the recordings of a video-clip and made some arrangements for lyric-video’s. At a certain moment the Covid-19 crisis had a huge impact on this planning. But hey we managed to keep everything running through the electronical high – way! Due to the lockdown and all te regulations from the Belgian Government we where not able to rehearse or play live. Hence we started rehearsing physically again a week or 2 ago. nether is a band that is at his strongest when all the individuals play and work together in the same (well ventilated) room (with respect for social distance 😉). 


2.You have a new album coming out towards the end of October, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style, you went for on the recording?


nether plays fast melodic black metal with a raw feeling. This is the style of music every individual within the band is most “linked” with from the beginning of their musical career. Every individual has a history in one or two black metal bands. And so you can conclude more strongly that black metal is the music style that has grown inside of us and always will come out in one or either way.


3.Most of the band members also have experience playing in other bands, what is it that you bring into the music of 'nether' that you where not able to do with your other groups?


nether is a band of equal minded individuals that wanted to go back to the essence of creating music, melodic black metal. Creating music, a lyrical theme and visualizing a concept that was based on every individuals input. In the other bands we played in, there’s was a certain moment that one bandmember created everything or took over the songwriting and the input of the other members was cut-off. That’s not a strong fundament to work on. 


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


The tree is the centerpiece of our concept. The tree with his roots in the soil is in fact an individual, a reflection of a strong and solid person. A person that’s normally not pushed aside by a negative action, an unexpected event nor an opinion of meaningless others. A person that’s strong in it’s core, in his essence. So the band name nether means that you have to search for this core in every person, this essence. You have to take your time to search to the bottom, to search for the roots. At that point, when found, you can connect with this individual or not...


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


We where searching for this aforementioned concept to be visualized and by surprise we where struck by the photo’s of Artem Gordienko, an artist from Ukrain. His work reflected all of the details we wanted to be caught on the front cover. The trees, the fog, the somehow lost person...or the person in search of... That’s what struck us the most. His professional way of working made it a quick deal.


6.I have read the band has plans to do live shows, what can we expect from a life performance once you have an opportunity to play a stage?


That’s a difficult one. At this moment we are able to rehearse again so that’s an important one for us. Normally we had a try out show in Belgium on the 14th of September and this with label-mates  Noctem, but this had to be postponed to a later date. We are working something out but it’s very difficult ‘cause lot’s of tour’s are cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. At this point we better take a step back and make plan’s for 2021 like other bands are doing in the same way. You could say this hampers the growth of the band, but we all have to stay safe and follow the advised regulations. So when at a certain moment everything is under control we can strike hard! And waiting for that moment, check out our lyric video of the song The Hand Of The Unspoken or the video-clip for the song To The Shores.


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


Art Gates records is a great label to work with, fast and clear in their way of working and in communication. They where one off several labels that contacted us after receiving our promo – package. They came with a proposition we had to accept. Also the fact that in the first mails they gave us a lot of confidence is of importance. The way this worked out for now is really great. Check out the pre-order page, check out the upcoming merch!


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


Due to the fact the promo’s for the album are sent out at this moment, as we speak, the reactions are still coming in. I really liked your vision on the album, thanks for that. Hopefully more of that kind of reactions will be sennt in to us, I’m confident it will 😉.


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


I hope that, after the Covid-19 pandemic, the music – industry, and I mean playing live in small venue’s or on big festivals will be possible again. Hopefully this time will come fast due to the fact that nether is eager to play live. Besides that fact, our musical journey will be not that difficult because the path we are walking on now, creating and playing fast melodic black metal with a raw touch, is the path we will continue to walk on. We are working on some new material but it’s to soon to give you more details on that.










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?


It’s is not difficult to say that the Swedish black metal scene has had a massive impact on me and my fellow bandmembers. I can remember the first spins of Dawn’s first full length – Naer Solen ... or Naglfar’s Vittra. I have to mention Dissection’s The Somberlain and of course Storm Of The Light’s Bane. Do not forget Setherial’s Nord... Oh, I can continue for hours 😉


Sometimes I listen to those classics I just mentioned but also some newer bands are getting the attention they deserve. For example Gaerea from Portugal made quiet an impression with their latest work Limbo. But also Selbst with their opus Relatos De Angustia is making lot’s of spints lately. Do not forget the Hadal album by Over The Voids... and of course Mgla’s Age Of Excuse.

Again, I can continue for hours....



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


Thanks for this interview and your honest opinion about our album Between Shades And Shadows. Check out the latest video-clip To The Shores or look back to the lyric-video of The Hand Of The Unspoken. If you’re into merch check the pre – order page at the Art Gates website. Hope to see you on stage...


https://www.facebook.com/netherofficial
https://www.instagram.com/nether.official/







Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/10/nether-interview.html


Hegeroth/Perfidia/2020 CD Review

jeudi 1 octobre 2020 à 22:51

 


  Hegeroth  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  plays  a  very  melodic,  old  school  and  dissonant  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2020  album  "Perfidia"  which  will  be released  in  November.


  A  very  fast,  raw  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  and  synths  can  also  be  heard  in  the  background  at  times.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  both  the  Swedish  and  second  wave  style  of  the  genre.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  the  dissonant  elements  also  giving  the  songs  more  of  a  modern  atmosphere.


  The  vocals  also  getting  more  deep  sounding  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  along  with  a  couple  of  tracks  also  introducing  spoken  word  word  parts  onto  the  album  as  well  as  one  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Hegeroth  are  a  very  great  sounding  old school,  melodic  and  dissonant  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Distorted  Visions  Of  The  Saints"  "Sacrificed"  and  "An  Angel  Wont  Come".  8  out  of  10.


www.facebook.com/hegeroth
www.youtube.com/user/hegeroth1
www.hegeroth.com


    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/10/hegerothperfidia2020-cd-review.html


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           

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/10/proclamationnether-tombs-of.html