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Ancst/Abolitionist/Lifeforce Records/2018 EP Review

mercredi 7 novembre 2018 à 04:45

 
  Germany's  Ancst  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  their  mixture  of  melodic  black  metal  and  crust  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  ep  "Abolitionist"  which  will  be  released  on  November  16th  by  Lifeforce  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  in  between  black  metal  screams  and  hardcore  style  shouts  as  well  as  the  music  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  crust  elements  and  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  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  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  as  well  as  a  couple  of  songs  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  samples  and  synths  are  added  onto  the  closing  track  which  is  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Ancst  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  their  mixture  of  melodic  black  metal  and  crust,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  personal  themes,  social  criticism  and  anti  capitalism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Ancst  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Vicious  Cycle"and  "The  old  Darkness".  8  out  of  10.     

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/11/ancstabolitionistlifeforce-records2018.html


A Tribute To Burzum/Antichrist Magazine/2018 Compilation Album Review

mercredi 7 novembre 2018 à 03:38

  This  is  a  review  of  a  compilation  album  where  bands  do   covers  of  Burzum  songs  and  Burzum  is  a  musical  project  from  Norway  that  needs  no  introduction  and  has  had  a  huge  influence  on  the  worldwide  black  metal  scene  and  the  album  will  be  released  on  November  21st  by  Antichrist  Magazine  and  we  will  review  the  songs  one  by  one.

Yaotzin  brings  us  "Hvis  lyset  tar  oss"  which  starts  out  with  a  very  fast  and  raw  sound  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  song  is  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  vocals  being  all  grim  black  metal  screams  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful.

  Kahld  brings  us  "Jesus  Tod"  which  starts  out  with  an  ambient  influenced  atmospheric  sound  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  and  the  song  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction.

  Atra  Mors  brings  us  "Belus  Dod"  which  starts  out  with  some  dark  yet  melodic  guitar  leads  while  the  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  high  pitched  yet  depressive  black  metal  screams  as  well as  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  the  song  sticks  to  a  mid  tempo  style.

  Aetranok  brings  us  "A  Lost  Forgotten  Sad  Spirit"  which  starts  out  with  a  mid  tempo  sound  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  while  the  track  is  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody,  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  song  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  screams  and  demonic  growls  are  also  used  at  times.

  Myrkur  Skogur  brings   us  "Feeble  Screams  From  Forests  unknown"  which  starts  out  with  a  very  fast  and  raw  sound  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  track  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well as  the  riffs  and  solos  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  the  song  also  brings  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  spoken words  and  clean  playing  is  also  used  briefly. 

  Wan  beings  us  "Stemmen  fra  taarnat"  which  starts  out with  a  very  heavy  and  old  school  sound  while  the  track  is  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  the  music  sticking  to  mostly  a  mid  tempo  direction.

  Dynasty  Of  Darkness  brings  us  "Dunkelheit"  which  starts  out  with  a  very  dark  and  melodic  sound  while  the  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  synths  giving  the  song  more  of  an  ambient  feeling  as  well  as  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams,  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  briefly and  the  songs  sticks  to  a  slower  style.

  Mournful  Winter  brings  us  "My  Journey  To  The  Stars"  which  starts  out  with  a  very  dark and  melodic  sound  while  the  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  solos  and  lead  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  the  vocals  being  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams,  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  tremolo  picking  gives  the  song  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  when  the  music  speeds  up.

  Colotyphus  brings  us  "Han  som  reiste" which  starts  out  with  some  field  recordings  while  the  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  before  adding  in  some  ambient  style  synths  and  the  song  is  an  instrumental  while  also  adding  in  some  heavy  riffing  as  the  track  progresses  and  also  sticks  to  a  slower  direction  as  well  as  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing.

  Unholy  Baptism  brings  us  "Glemselens  elv"  which  starts  out  with  a  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  while  the  tremolo  picking  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  track  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  the  guitar  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style,  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  and  clean  vocals  are  also  used  at  times.

  Bestia  brings  us  "Bestowing  The  Daughters  Of  Firmament"  which  starts  out  with  a  very  heavy  and  mid tempo  style  while  the  track  is  6  minutes  in  length  along  with  some  atmospheric  sounding  synths  in  the  background  as  well  as  the  riffs  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams.

  Chaoscraft  brings  us  "War"  which  starts  out  with  some  heavy  yet  melodic  riffing  before  adding  in  some  grim  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  is  done  mostly  in  an  old  school  style  and  towards  the  end  a  small  amount  of  guitar  leads  can  also  be  heard.

  Thy  Unmasked  brings  us  "Vanvidd"  which  starts  out  with  dark  yet  melodic  riffing  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  the  deep  growls  adds  a  death  metal  touch  that  was  not  in  the  original  version  but  black  metal  screams  are  still  used  at  times  as  well  as  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  synths  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful. 

  Urak-Hai  brings  us  "Hermodr  a  Helferd"  which  starts  out  with  some  dark  soundscapes  and  field  recordings  while  the  track  is  all  instrumental  before  going  into  more  of  an  ambient  and  dungeon  synth  direction.

  Eclipse  Of  The  Sun  brings  us  "Valgaldr  (Song  Of  The  Fallen"  which  starts  out  with  some  dark  yet  heavy  riffing  along  with  some  atmospheric  sounding  riffs  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  some  clean  playing  also  being  used  briefly  and  the  vocals  are  done  mostly  in  a  clear  style  with  a  small  amount  of  grim  black  metal  screams  and  the  guitar  leads  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  Imsar  brings  us  "En  ring  tel  a  herske"  which  starts  out  with  a  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  along  with  some  atmospheric  sounding  synths  while  the  track  is  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  with  some  clean  singing  and  the  music  sticks  to  mostly  a  mid  tempo  direction.

  Katarina  Gubanova  closes  the  compilation  with  "Ea,  Lord  Of  The  Depths"  which  starts  out  with  tragic  sounding  pianos  and  the  song  is  very  different  from  the  original  version  with  no  vocals  as  well  as  moving  away  from  a  black  metal  style.

  In  conclusion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  tribute  and  I  would  recommend  this  compilation  to  all  fans  of  Burzum.  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/11/a-tribute-to-burzumantichrist.html


Omnipotence/Praecipitium/Iron Bonehead Productions/2018 CD Review

mercredi 7 novembre 2018 à 01:48

  Omnipotence  are  a  band  form  Vancouver  B.C,  Canada  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  melodic  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Praecipitium"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  Iron  Bonehead  Productions.

  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very   fast  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  to  give  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  A  great  amount  of  Swedish  influences  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  as  well  as  the  music  also  bringing  in  elements  of  death  metal  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  music  always  remains  heavy.

  Omnipotence  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  melodic  in  the  Swedish  style  while  also  mixing  in  elements  of  death  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Omnipotence  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  melodic  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Paths  To  Oblivion"  and  "Beyond  The  Boundaries  Of  Being".  8  out  of  10.    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/11/omnipotencepraecipitiumiron-bonehead.html


Infernal Cult Interview

mardi 6 novembre 2018 à 02:12
1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the musical project these days?
Still working hard. In these days, Infernal Cult has a full line-up and we are rehearsing and planning gigs for next year mainly in Czech Republic but I hope It will be in foreign countries possible too. And about new stuff, next year will be released a compilation with all the old stuff including demo, first EP and singles so there are many things coming up...

2.In July you had released your first full length, how does the music differ from the stuff you had done on your previous ep's and demos?
It differs a lot. The stuff before was inspired mostly by classic themes and old school style of playing. But every release had a special meaning for progress because I want it to be further than every release before... Old stuff was mostly about general themes which are standard in Black Metal like nature, darkness, and dark atmosphere but after some time, It wasn’t enough for me. So I started to explore different styles of playing and I started to be inspired mostly by myself and put a piece of me to every song. So the album is total drift from the releases before.

3.In the beginning you wanted to play more of an old school and traditional style of black metal and your music has more diversity than that style, can you tell us a little bit more about your musical progress over the years?
 I played the classic Black Metal style most of my time but I felt very limited by this “Black Metal box”. And as I like more styles of music and melodies so I wanted my music to be more evolved by different elements created only by myself and I realized that old school is not the right way. So I wrote my stuff differently, that I used only riffs and Ideas which came to me most spontaneously, completely fulfilled the atmosphere and emotions I wanted to express and that needed to think more different than before. Every Idea is inspired by myself and by my emotions, they are not created by other songs or other melodies and as I’m trying to learn every instrument more and more I want to add this progress to the writing process if it fits so the style is changing and moving forward... And sometimes the classic metal elements doesn’t get the thing I want to get out of me via music so I take some melody or Idea which is not “metal” as It should be so I transform It into something that fits to the song...The music is various and that is the way I want it to be...

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore on the newer release?
The lyrics are about my personal experiences which are about negativity, darkness, self destruction, self hate, sorrow, despair,emptiness, personal darkness, how I tried to kill myself multiple times and things I went through in my darkest hours and my views on life and living... But I didn’t wanted to make It like classic DSBM bands which use slow melodies, speeches and other stuff. I wanted to let people feel that sinister that I used to felt and make people find their own reasons of pain and desperation... All the lyrics are real and honest... The things in the lyrics are real and It is confirmed by acts...

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Infernal Cult'?
Well, maybe you now wait for a heartfelt story about how many meanings has the name and how I found It...But the truth is It doesn’t have any special meaning... I just wanted a strong name, easy to remember under which I will perform and one day I was lying in my bed and some seconds before I fell asleep, Infernal Cult flew to my mind... I liked It a lot so I decided that This is going to be on my flag...

6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the album cover?
As you can see the main field is build-ed by a smoke, which represents the lights  which faded and in the middle is a person who spreads dark around and that means the negativity which the person went through... So the artwork represents negativity which is consuming you, space and neighborhood around you... Simply It is a person for whom “All The Lights Faded” and that is what the album is about...

7.On all of the recordings so far you have worked mostly as a solo project but a picture on facebook looks like you have a full line up, can you tell us a little bit more about it?
Yes I’m responsible for all the music, lyrics, artworks and everything in the project from its beginning... The guys on the photo are members who will play with me on the shows so I wanted to make some promo photos with them... But currently this line up on facebook is still not full because I found 2 more members after we made this promo so there will be definitely new photos with whole band later.

8.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
Yes I want to find a solid label but It is very hard for starting band. I am opened for deals if some good label will appear because I am bored of making all the promo stuff, spreading CD’s, merch and many more things by myself. It costs me time and I think It is better when you have people who can help you with It. I love to create this things like making designs, artworks for ads, and promo but I hate that administrative part of this things so If there will be good label which will collaborate, I am opened for it.

9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
The reaction was absolutely awesome and I was really surprised and quite nervous because of it... Releases before hit like 2k views on youtube until now but the album hit 2k views in two days and now there are about 10 300 views which is unbelievable for me and it is really satisfying that people outside accept my art... I had messages and comments from around the world. Many people wanted merch, CD’s and to be honest I was quite unprepared for this because I really didn’t expect that big response from people... It is a fuel for me when I see this support from others...

10.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
Well I love music. It is everything for me and I’m doing it because music helps feed my inner demons, woes, and I’m moving my style of playing forward and I want to create my unique style of playing to express everything I want ... I will go as far as I can. My music is me. With every release I’m moving forward with style of expression and everything what is around. I have my goals I want to reach and I’m going grimly for what I want and I will reach It... I’m still on start and I’m still learning...I have no borders in creating or boxing the style in some musical genre...Every artist want to grow with things he does... But I will never NEVER change my music because of people, label, or some others who will want It... I do music and everything as I want and It will never change...I’m heading high with my music. I want to open the eyes of the people and let them see the real evil and pain that my music represents.. And now It is awesome that It is really growing and I am really fucking grateful for It and I hope things will  be still moving on this way...

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?
I tried to be inspired only by myself during the writing process but if I had to name some of the bands so It would be mostly Shining, Bethlehem, Watain, Taake, Urgehal, The Cure, and Black Metal stuff from 90’. But I’m not listening to Black Metal much now. It became more the style of expression for me and nowadays I’m listening to many genres from classic rock, rap, to Indie pop, classical music etc... I have no limitation. There is quality in every genre and I take inspiration from every of them. The truth is that I used to listen to Black Metal for many years and It became very personal and “heart” thing for me.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you all for your support, cherish your despair and spread your evil!





























Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/11/infernal-cult-interview.html


Goats Of Doom/Rukous/Primitive Reaction/2018 Full Length Review

mardi 6 novembre 2018 à 01:57

  Goats  Of  Doom  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  more  of  a  melodic  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Rukous"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  Primitive  Reaction.

  Raw  tremolo  picking  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  faster  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  some  synths  also  being  used  at  times.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  brief  use  of  clean  vocals,  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  music  also  brings  in  elements  of  traditional  metal  and  a  couple  of  songs  also  introduces  acoustic  guitars  onto  the  recording.

  On  this  album  Goats  Of  Doom  goes  into  more  of  a  melodic  occult  black  metal  direction,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  Finnish  and  English  and  cover  Satanism,  Luciferian,  Thelema  and  Misanthropy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Goats  Of  Doom  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  melodic  occult  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Law  Ov  Liberty"  and  "World  Denied  Lucifer's  Light".  8  out  of  10.

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/11/goats-of-doomrukousprimitive.html