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Gloosh/Timewheel/Casus Belli Musica/Beverina/2020 CD Review

samedi 7 mars 2020 à 02:10


  Gloosh  is  a  solo  project  from  the  Siberian  region  of  Russia  that plays  a  very  atmospheric  and  mossy  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2020  album  "Timewheel"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Casus  Belli  Musica  and  Beverina,

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a very  melodic  style  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very powerful  sound  to  them.

  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  riffs  also  bring  in  a  good  amount  of  melody  along  with  some  nature  sounds  also  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  recording  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  sounding  along  with  the  music  also  capturing  the  classic  style  of  East  European  black  metal.  Classical  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly and  one  track  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  melodic  singing  in  the  background,  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly on  the  closing  track.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  nature  and  animism  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Gloosh  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Timewheel"  and  "Groza".  8  out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/03/glooshtimewheelcasus-belli.html


Unreality In One's Self Interview

vendredi 6 mars 2020 à 20:17
1.For that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

-Greetings!! Unreality In One's Self is an instrumental solo project from Greece (Volos) created in 2019 mainly focused in atmospheric black metal genre combined with post rock,dark jazz and shoegaze elements. this project is basically experimental.

2.So far you have released 3 albums, musically how do they differ from each other?

-The 1st debut album ''Observer Of Unreal'' is not a metal related album...is about atmosphere
ambient dark jazz and depressive music. the next release ''A Man In shadows'' is on atmospheric black metal paths with more complete songwriting and more rock elements and the new release ''Self exiled'' has more heavier and darker sound.. i try to create a dark depressive atmosphere close to black metal but more like blackgaze i say....all my albums had and will have this dark jazz element  that i'm experimenting on.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored so far with your music?

-So far i have explore satanism,paganism,and occult themes with my other band...the last years i'm exploring more depressive and nihilist subjects which expresses me more and have nothing to do with religious stuff...


4.Since 2019 you have released 3 albums, do you spend a great amount of time writing and creating music?

- I spend most of my free time and day off from work to writing music. 4-6 hours a day for sure
for songwriting and recording ideas,and shot some short videos. I'm very passionate about writing new music!!

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Unreality In One's Self'?

The name of the project taken from a disorder called ''depersonalization''. i have been struggling with anxiety for years and when my anxiety is in overload for several days or weeks sometimes make me feel detached from my self..so i found this inspiring to create something to express myself...so i give this name to my project...


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

-First of all every artwork in this project is drawn by hand. in this album the artwork show a man sits somewhere alone...a man who put himself into an exile away from this distorted society fighting his own demons..that's the whole theme of the album.


7.With this project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?

- I was working with others when i was playing guitar with my other band Adventum Diaboli but i realize that i work better alone to do everything in my way with no boundaries.. so i created this project. maybe in the future work with a vocalist if i decide to add vocals because i can't do that myself ..i will end up hurting my throat and destroy my songs...


8.The new album was self released while the previous album was released on 'Depressive Illusions', are you open to working with another label again in the future?

- The plan is to make copies of my own (CD,Tapes) but of course i'm open if any label wants to work with me and release my stuff in any physical or digital form.


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

-So far the reaction is good and i'm glad for that because i put a lot  effort and dedication on this project and this gives me motivation to continue...but the project is new and needs time to spread..  and of course there is a very few bad reactions... i dont care that much...not everyone can like it...it is normal...i will continue to do what i do and i hope more and more people like my music.

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

- For now i have start slowly working for a new album and my plan is to start making more videos... as a musician i like to experiment with music and try to combine my favourite genres... that's what i do now and i will continue to do it in the future..so every release may be different but always dark.

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?

- I have listen to a lot black metal over the years...traditional black metal like Mayhem Empreror Gorgoroth and etc now i listen and searching bands that are into post rock/blackgaze/and more atmospheric music...a big influence for me is Lifelover and one of the main influence of this project for the dark jazz element is the band bohren & der club of gore. Nowadays i don't listen to something standard i listen some metal (Black/atmopheric) i listen some classic rock and blues stuff and post rock and shoegaze music...it depends.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

- Well i don't have many non musical interests...besides my 8 hour shift in work i like to go sometimes out with a couple of good friends...take long walks alone...see a good movie and relax myself...

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

- Yes i have to say a big thanks for the interview and and the opportunity to talk about my new project and what my music is all about. I will continue write music and express myself hoping more and more people like my effort. Best Regards and keep up your good work on this zine!!

https://www.facebook.com/Unrealityinonesselfgreece/

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/03/unreality-in-ones-self-interview.html


Dawn Of Ouroboros Interview

vendredi 6 mars 2020 à 07:20
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

           We are heavily influenced by black metal, specifically the more modern post-black metal bands which focus on emotional intensity as the forefront of their music. However, we have a wide variety of other influences across metal sub-genres which has given our sound a more unique element.

2.You have your first full length coming out in March, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?

        First and foremost we wanted emotion and atmosphere to be the leading elements of our music. This is of course mixed with many common motifs of extreme metal; brutal riffs, blast beats, harsh vocals. We also try to counter that element of harshness associated with the genre of sweeping melodies and harmonies, cleanly sung passages, and emotive guitar solos.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics ad subjects you have explored so far with the music?

Lyrically, we chose to be free with our ideas and not stick to a single concept. Song inspirations ranging from our favorite horror manga series to the seriousness of profound loss and mental anguishes.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Dawn Of Ouroboros'?

Ouroboros is an ancient symbol which can represent infinity. To us, the name represents a cycle, sort of a never ending re-birth. We take what we experience in our lives, all the pain,  all the good , and filter it through our creative lens which results in a musical interpretation of those experiences.

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

To us the visual art theme supports the mood and atmosphere we are trying to convey in our music. There is a sense of underlying classical refinement, but it has been corrupted by years sorrow and darkness.
Another way to explain this could be that we like to create music and art we find beautiful, but has something off or dark in its presentation, imperfect in a way, sort of a harsh beauty. 

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has payed so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?

As a new band, we have only performed live a handful of times. Our most memorable at this point was in support of our friends Crepuscule a very good melodic death metal band. Our stage performance is still a work in progress, but we hope to capture the energy of our sound through a visual performance eventually.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans once the album is released?

We do have a upcoming tour that is in the works with some notable bands from the western United States. We need to keep the details on that quiet at this time.

8.The album is coming out on 'Rain Without End Records', how did you get in contact with this label?

Through a submission to its parent label Naturmacht Productions. While Naturmacht is more of a traditional black metal label they still had interest in us, but felt the sub-label Rain Without End Records was a better fit for our sound. As its used to support a wider variety of metal genres.

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

We seem to have gained support from fans across genres. There is enough diversity and elements from multiple genres that we appeal to a wider fan base.

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?

Chelsea is an active session vocalist whose voice can be found on a number of different bands as a guest. She was also part of the Doom hell choir, which will be featured on the upcoming Doom: Eternal video game.
Tony and Ron both play in a progressive technical metal band called Sentient Ignition, as well as the acclaimed avant-garde black metal band Botanist.
David has his more traditional post black metal project Deliria, of which he is the primary composer.

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

Musically we would just like to refine and develop the sound we will be presenting on our debut "The Art of Morphology" We have already begun composing our second album, and will be including some more experimental elements and unique instruments as well.
 
12.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?

These days we mainly listen to post-black metal, and synthwave of all things. Our influences range from bands such as Alcest, Lantlôs, Heretoir, Kauan, White Ward, to groups like Perturbator, and Gunship

13.Does Occultism play any role in your music?

Any occult symbolism in our music is incidental, and we consider ourselves agnostic in spiritual beliefs.

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

We hope all who listen to what we do enjoy and can take inspiration from our work themselves. Music is a collective effort, constantly being assembled through influences and collaborations across all artistic creations.

https://www.facebook.com/dawnofouroboros
https://dawnofouroboros.bandcamp.com/
https://www.instagram.com/dawnofouroboros/

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/03/dawn-of-ouroboros-interview.html


Brahmastrika/Excarnastrial Commencination/Dunkelheit Productions/2020 Demo Re-Issue Review

vendredi 6 mars 2020 à 06:55

  Brahmastrika  are  a  duo  from  India  that  plays  a  mixture  of  war,  black,  death  metal  and  noise  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  dmeo  "Excarnastrial  Commencination"  which  was  re-issued  in  2020  by  Dunkelheit  Productions.

  Harsh  noises  start  off  the  demo  along  with  some  spoken  word  samples  also  being  used  briefly  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  When  the  music  speeds  up a   great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  some  bestial  growls  also  being  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording.

  The  music  also  adds  in  a  decent  amount  of  90's  influences  along  with the  songs  also  adding  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Tribal  beats  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  shamanistic  and  ritualistic  atmosphere,  tortured  cries  can  also  be  heard briefly.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  amount  of  black  metal  elements  as  well  as  some  spoken  word  samples  also  making  a  return  in  certain  sections  of  the  demo,  chants  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  chaotic  style  and  the  closing  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  The  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  lo-fi  while  the  lyrics  cover  Vedic/Hindu  Mythology,  Occult Rituals,  Blasphemy,  War  and  Perversion  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Brahmastrika  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  war,  black,  death  metal  and  noise  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  duo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Irradiated  Ejaculate  Onto  The  Swasti-Quasar"  and  "Sulphorous    Detonations  Engulf  The  Throne  Of  Elohim".  8/5  out  of  10.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcRAd5gc__E

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/03/brahmastrikaexcarnastrial.html


Drakonis/Blessed By Embers/Hostile Media/2020 CD Review

vendredi 6 mars 2020 à 05:44

  Drakonis  are  a  band  from  Northern  Ireland  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  contemporary  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Blessed  By  Embers" which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Hostile  Media.

  Epic  sounding  keyboards  and  operatic  female  vocals  start  off  the album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  whispers  are also  utilized  at  times.

  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording while  a  great portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Death  metal  growls  are also added  into  some  parts  of  the  recording  along  with  one  tacks  also  introducing  acoustic  guitars  onto  the  album.  Back  up  shouts  can  also  be  heard  on  a  couple  of  songs  as  well  as  some  tribal  drumming  also  being  used  briefly,  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  yet  classic  metal  style.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism  and  Darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Drakonis  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  contemporary  black  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Threnody"  "Of  Dusk  And  Of  Pyre"  and  "An  ANthem  of  Ashes".  8  out  of  10.

www.facebook.com/drakonisofficial

https://youtu.be/QHs09pdd1Qw   

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/03/drakonisblessed-by-embershostile.html