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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 



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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 

   

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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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Gergovia Interview

mercredi 30 septembre 2020 à 05:52

 


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

Since the release of the album, I'm in full promotion. I receive a lot of solicitations and obviously the album is very appreciated, it's really nice.


2.In August you had released a new album, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

It's much more successful, worked and thought out than anything I have done before. I slowed down the tempos a lot in order to reinforce the dark atmospheres, and thanks to this slowing down, the fast parts are in their turn wilder.

There was also a lot of work on the production that I wanted massive and uncompromising, but at the same time I wanted it to stay natural and not overproduced. 

This is the problem with musical data processing, you can easily produce albums, but very quickly sanitized and too cold and soulless.


3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with the newer music and also how would you describe your progress as a songwriter over the years?

My texts today are more incisive and biting than when I started, they must be read in the second degree. 

GERGOVIA's words have always been identical. 

GERGOVIA defends values, a way of life, I also portray the world today in a dark way as it is.

I got older and my vision of the world grew darker and darker, when I started I needed to express myself brutally and simply, directly, today everything is more complicated and dark.


4.Some of your earlier lyrics also covered Gallic Paganism, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?

Indeed, my first lyrics were inspired by paganism and my Gallics ancestors. They were more raw and uncompromising, they defended a way of life, customs today I widened the horizon so as not to go around in circles.

I does not mean that the words are futile, they are always identity, but in the broad sense of the term.

Identity, culture, values, it's what makes you what you are, what give you a place in this world where reigns the dictatorship of minaurities, the standardization, the americanization of the world.


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

GERGOVIA is a historic landmark at home in Auvergne (a region of France). It's the place where my Gallic ancestors we beat the legions of Cesar.

It's a plateau which dominate the plains in the middle of the magnificent chain of volcanoes. 


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

The cover represents the decay of our world of our values, this cathedral in ruins is the image with the image of the devil in filigree. 


7.With this project you record everything by yourself but have experience working with musicians in other bands, which one do you prefer?

Yes of course, I have been making music for 30 years now, I have participated in many bands and various musical project: Aliénation mentale, Lethean shore, Endless agony, Altaïr ...

It's always fun to play with other musicians but it's also too complicated when everyone is not going in the same direction.

That's why I prefer to be alone, even if it's sometimes complicated to compose alone, if something doesn't work you can only blame yourself.

I like being in my own studio and seeing a song come to life, in a band there will always be someone for whom this riff will not be enough this or not enough that. 

When you are alone you choose it's good or it's not, you keep or you throw. 

This does not prevent you from surrounding yourself with competent musicians who know what they have to do and when they have to do it.


8.You also have had a live line up for this project, what are some of the best shows that you have played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?

Yes I did a few concert with GERGOVIA, but frankly it's not my thing, we always come back to the same thing: when you're alone everything is simpler and at the same time more complicated.

You have to recruit musicians, rehearse, find lives, take care of management, that's a lot for one man. 

At the same time when you bring your songs to life in front of an audience it's really enjoyable. We can't have it all.


9.The new album was self released but you have worked with labels in the past, are you open to working with another label in the future?

"In Requiem Aeternam" was released on the Wolfmond productions label, a small record company but really dedicated to its bands.

I have already worked with other labels, CCP Records, Occultum productions.


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

You would think that the fans of the first hour would have dropped out but they are not, it's a great honor for me that all these guys have been following me since the first hour and supporting me.

I also think that the fans are evolved at the same time as the black scene, the fans like the cold and primitive brutality of the black metal of the yesteryear and also a more nuanced music which mixes several influences.


11.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that you are a part of?

I don't belong to any bands anymore today.


12.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future?

Frankly I don't know at all, your question is very complicated, music is lived day by day, today I'm releasing my tenth album, maybe there will be ten more maybe it will be the last, I don't know.


13.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?

80's Thrash and heavy metal, 90's black and death metal. I always listen to these music, I'm an old jerk, I can't find a band that connects me at the moment, or rare exceptions.


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

No nothing special, everything was said in your interview, thank you very much for your support for my humble project. 

Thank you all for your support and black regards!


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