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Dynfari/Myrkurs er þörf/Code666/2020 Full Length Review

lundi 2 mars 2020 à 07:25

  Iceland's  Dynfari  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  atmospheric  style  of  post  black  metal  from  their  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Myrkurs  er  þörf"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Code666.

  Dark  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  brings  elements  of  post  rock  onto  the  recording  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  Some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  vocals  also  bring  in  a  very  melodic  yet  aggressive  vocal  approach.  At  times  the  music  gets  very  aggressive  sounding  while  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  black  metal  elements  into  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  Acoustic  guitars  also  make  a  return  on  some  of  the  later  tracks.

  Clean  playing  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as  one  of  the  tracks  being  an  instrumental  and  some  songs  also  show  an  influence  of  shoegaze.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  Icelandic  and  English  and  cover  philosophy,  life,  death,  sorrow,  loss  and  hope  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Dynfari  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  post  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Langar  nætur  (í  botnlausum  spíralstiga)"  and  "Of  Suicide  Redemption".  8  out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/03/dynfarimyrkurs-er-orfcode6662020-full.html


Titaan/ITIMA/ATMF/2020 CD Review

lundi 2 mars 2020 à 06:03

  Titaan  is  a  solo  project  from  an  unknown  area  that  plays  an  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2020  album  "ITIMA"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  ATMF.

  Ritualistic  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  while  voices  can  also  be  heard  in  the  background  briefly.  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  only  track  presented  on  the  album  is  over  45  minutes  in  length.  Avant  garde  elements  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  the  recording  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow, mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  sounding  along  with  some  synths  also  being  added  in  some  parts  of  the  recording.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  spoken  word  parts  also  enhancing  the  ritualistic  atmosphere  of  the  recording  when  they  are  utilized.

  Clean  vocals  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  recording  as  well  as  the  music  also  having  its  experimental  moments.  Acoustic  guitars,  percussion's  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  shamanistic  atmosphere,  stringed  instruments and  classical  music  elements  can  also  be  heard  briefly. The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  occultism,  magick,  cosmology,  cosmogony  and  ancient  Mesopotamic  beliefs.

  In  my  opinion  Titaan  is  a  very  great  sounding  occult  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a fan  of  this  musical genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  8/5  out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/03/titaanitimaatmf2020-cd-review.html


Black Mass Pervertor/Lux Sodomiticum/2020 EP Review

lundi 2 mars 2020 à 04:43

  Black  Mass  Pervertor  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  very  raw  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  with  some  elements  of  crust  punk,  thrash  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2020  ep  "Lux  Sodomiticum"  which  will  be  released  on  March  27th.

  Dark  sounding  synths  start  off  the e p  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  the  vocals  are  done  in  a  grim  black  metal  style.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  mid  tempo  sections  of  the  songs  bringing  in  elements  of  crust  punk  and  d  beat.

  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  The  black  metal  side  of  the  music  is  also  heavily  rooted  in  both  the  first  and  second  wave  era's.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  slower  sections  of  the  music  also  being  heavily  rooted  in  doom  metal  as  well  as  some  thrash  metal  influences  also  being  utilized  at  times,  the  music  is  also  very  different  from  the  previous  release  that  was  reviewed  in  this  zine.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  man's  persistent  urge  to  conquer,  destroy,  humiliate  and  to  gain  power,  knowledge,  and  spiritual  freedom  through  experimenting  in  the  fields  of  the  occult  and  morbid  sexuality.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Black  Mass  Pervertor  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  old  school  black  metal  with  some  elements  of  crust  punk,  thrash  and  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Death  Erection"  and  "Seeking  Mortality  Among  the  Mortals".  8  out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/03/black-mass-pervertorlux-sodomiticum2020.html


Satan's Cross Interview

lundi 2 mars 2020 à 01:45
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

M: Raw and heavy black metal like if it was something released in the second half of the 80's.

S: Even though I prefer not to think about music in genres I would tell people we play black metal. It is ambiguous enough to let your mind wander for a bit as different people have a different idea of what is black metal, from Venom to Bathory to Sarcofago, Ved Buens Ende and everything in between.


2.You have a new ep coming out in March,musically how does it differ from your previous single?

M: This time we decided to experiment a little bit more by adding a whole concept to the album, each song has a different vibe and personality, as it was intended to portray and project musically and lyrically a different entity in each song, we are celebrating the fallen and also the characteristics of them that makes us grow as persons and as spiritual beings, this is our way to express gratitude to them.

S: It differs in nothing and everything at the same time. I would like point out two concepts that have been essential to finding our own sound and those are experimentation and tradition. As I see it, most of the black metal bands that have inspired us have, in some way or another, been considered experimental, out of the norm, unique bands yet at the same time they are now considered the foundation where people base their sound upon, following the tradition so to speak.

Having a clear definition of these two concepts helped me adopt a “anything goes” attitude towards creating the new EP. I am aware of the limiteless limits and creativity flows as long as something feels right to me.



3.This is also your first release in 6 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?

M: In my case I decided to step away a little bit from making music and completely from the metal scene, I started an inner journey to become a more whole human being by delivering myself to knowledge and hedonism.

S: I simply didn’t feel It until very recently. We're not any sort of prophets or vessels of God on Earth, however, Satan's Cross isn't a business or a factory to churn out a product as soon as possible for people to consume.


4.A lot of your lyrics cover Occultism, Alchemy and Magick themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?

M: In my case, the interest has been there since I was a child, I grew up in a very religious family, I have studied the bible myself and I remember that the mentions about magic, witchcraft or possession in the bible woke in me a very keen interest for what the christians refer to the "occult". Years later as a teenager I became obsessed with acquiring some of that knowledge and tried to reach people who had the same interest to enrich myself and also to share some ideas, later on my university days I got the chance to dive into Carl Jung and his own psychoanalytic view enriched with occidental and oriental mysticism, thanks to him I had a more profound knowledge into alchemy and tarot, and decided to start my own process of individuation.

S: I think my religious background and the way I was raised and lived brought out to conscience elements that were already dormant in me and were just waiting for me to seek the most fitting ways to express them, not just the “dark arts” but whatever I find useful in my work towards communion with my Self.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Satan's Cross'?

S: It represents the unity of the numinous and the earthly; the unconscious and the conscious;  the symbol and the meaning; no-self and self; As Above So Below

 M: "I'm kneeling in front of the altar, Satan's cross upon the wall".



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

M: The cover of the EP portrays a Lacanian borromean knot, respecting the principles depicted by him but also relating some of those aspects to the properties of the fallen ones, aspects like light, darkness, and the union of opposites, the first deity represents the "symbolic" and the order in which we live and that is imposed to us but within itself lies the answer to break free, that's why it's related to light, the second deity represents the "real" in the Lacanian perspective, pure darkness and blackness, everything related to the grotesque and what you can't name, the very deeps of the unconscious, and the third one represents the "imaginary", a deity who is made by the plain of images through desire and reason, the deity of one thousand faces, which is made of dark and bright, and everything that the unconscious absorbs, projects and forcluses, and all of that is us in the end.

S: We basically used our own symbols to describe our personal life experience. Other than that I believe is to find their own meanings in them, everything is reflected like in a mirror.



7.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding the line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?

M: We'll remain a duo artistically but for live appearances we already count with a complete line up.


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

M: The band and our previous release has been very well accepted in the underground scene, generally we have received positive reviews and some people of other bands that we admire have contacted us to congratulate us and say they consider themselves as fans, which is something very touching.

S: It surpassed my expectations. Firstly, the feedback we’ve gotten from friends, zines, labels and people we respect have been really positive and secondly, both of our recordings have been released by European labels rather than on our own country, I guess that says a lot. Thanks to their support we have been able to turn our eccentric ideas into reality.



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?

M: Currently I'm not part in any other musical project related to metal, I must say I'm also a huge fan of underground hip-hop, I like to make organic and obscure beats using instruments but I take that as a hobby.

S: Same thing as with Satan’s Cross, they are just different channels through which I can express myself the best.


10.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

M: We are not sure about when we'll release a full lenght, we have had some talks in which we agreed to remain for the moment as a singles and EP's band, we'd also like to release an split, but who knows, maybe not too far in the future we'll feel ready to release a more complex and mature first opus.

S: When we feel It again. This might take another 6 years, 6 months or 6 minutes. You never know. M. and I have been talking about how we feel like our recordings sound too clean for our own tastes so that will definitely change in the future. Other than that we are always heading upwards and downwards.



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 nowadays?

M: Regarding musical styles I can say that antique forms of black metal, speed metal, obscure heavy metal and doom metal, now talking about bands I can say that some of our biggest influences as a band and also talking by myself are Paul Chain Violet Theatre, early Death SS, Black Hole, Venom, Bathory, early Sodom and Destruction, Master's Hammer, Root, Sabbat (JPN), and the almost forgotten but great Tudor, that's why Satan's Cross plays Ultra Black Metal. Now talking about what I have been listening nowadays, as I told you on a past answer, I listen to a lot of underground hip hop, mainly 80's and 90's gangsta rap, G-funk and early forms of trap like Three 6 mafia, very obscure shit; besides that I love to listen to blues, 50's rock n roll, psychedelia, lots of punk rock as well and also traditional metal, mainly thrash and black metal.
S: The Italian dark sound, satanic/occult heavy metal and the first wave of occult black metal. Everything that has evil riffs, atmosphere and intensity. I would like to add to M’s list bands like Mercyful Fate, Mortuary Drape, Tormentor and well, you get the idea.

Nowadays I’ve mostly listened to bands like The Cure, The Chameleons, UK Decay, Mighty Sphincter as well as Pescado Rabioso non-stop.


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

M: I can only thank you for your interest and support, Satan's Cross will remain live, long live the violet drapes of death.

S: Thanks for the interview. Support Sun & Moon Records by buying our new EP once it’s out. Play the CD, listen to the music and read the lyrics.

Ars totum requirit hominem.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/03/satans-cross-interview.html


Duivel/Tirades uit de Hel/Van Records/2020 CD Review

lundi 2 mars 2020 à 01:18


  Duivel  are  a band  from  the  Netherlands  that  plays  a  very  satanic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Tirades  uit  de  Hel"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Van  Records.

   A  very  distorted  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  chaotic  and  old  school  style.  Synths  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Some  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  on  one  track  the  vocals  also  add  in  more  of  a  semi  melodic  tone  along  with  the  album  having  at least  4  different  singers  doing  the  tracks  which  also  gives  the  music  more  diversity.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Dutch  and  cover  satanism,  anti  Christianity  and  misanthropic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Duivel  are  a  very  great  sounding  satanic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Schim  der  Wreken"  and  "Sluimering  van  de  Dood".  8  out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/03/duiveltirades-uit-de-helvan-records2020.html