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Black Crucifixion/Lightless Violent Chaos/Seance Records/2019 CD Review

samedi 4 mai 2019 à 16:30


  Black  Crucifixion  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  very  diverse  form  of  occult  form  of  black  metal  which  also  mixes  in  other  genres  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Lightless  Violent  Chaos"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Seance  Records.

  Whispers  and  ritualistic  sounds  start  off  the  album  while  the  bass  guitars  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them. When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  the  vocals  bring  in  more  of  a  first  wave  era  black  metal  style  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast beats  can  also  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Clean  playing  and  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  music  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  elements  of  goth  metal,  ambient  and  progressive  rock  at  times  along  with  some  clean  vocals  also  being  utilized  on  some  tracks.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  and  Philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Black  Crucifixion  are  a  great  sounding  mixture  of  occult  black  and  goth  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Black  Hole  Metal"  "Of  The  Godless  And  Brave"  and  "Intuition".  8  out  of  10.

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7_KOdNKMkg    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/04/black-crucifixionlightless-violent.html


Botis/Grand Abominations/2019 Full Length Review

samedi 4 mai 2019 à 06:04

  Botis  are  a  band  from  Pennsylvania  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  thrash  metal  and  mathcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2019  album  "Grand  Abominations"  which  will  be  released  in  July.

  Heavy  riffs  and  melodic  guitar  leads  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  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  off  the  recording  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  thrash  metal  and  mathcore  elements.

  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  progressive,  dissonant  and  melodic  sounding   while  one  of  the  later  tracks  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length   and  also  introduces  clean  playing  on  the  album,  melodic  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  occult  and  mythological  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Botis  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  thrash  metal  and  mathcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Descent"  "Yggdrasil"  and  "The  Noble  King".  8  out  of  10.

  https://botisevil.bandcamp. com/

https://www.facebook.com/ botisthrashes/
https://www.instagram.com/ botis_evil/ 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/05/botisgrand-abominations2019-full-length.html


Deitus/Via Dolorosa/I Voidhanger Records/2018 CD Review

samedi 4 mai 2019 à 04:31

  Deitus  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  melodic  form  of   black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Via  Dolorosa"  which  was  released  by  I,  Voidhanger  Records.

 Dark  soundscapes start  off  the  album  before  adding  in  some  heavy  and  melodic  riffing  while  the  solos  and  leads  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody.  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.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  music  also  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  Swedish  style.

  As  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  is  added  onto  the  recording  as  well  as  a  couple  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  music  also  adding  a  more  modern  approach  to  the  genre.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  blasphemous  and  occult  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Deitus  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  melodic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hallowed  Terror"  and  "Salvici Doloris".  8  out  of  10.

https://deitus.bandcamp.com/ 

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/05/deitusvia-dolorosai-voidhanger.html


Forgjord Interview

samedi 4 mai 2019 à 03:24
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?

- Ilmestykset was actually recorder between 2015-2017 so we had time to do something else while waiting it to get released. We recorded and released Mors Fennico More after it, was it last year (2018)? Now we've been composing new material for next assaults. Only time will tell what comes from them and when.

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

- Dont know. I dont compare our records to our previous ones. All songs are written at certain point of my life and they present that certain moment. So if there are songs or melodies or moods that reminds of older songs, they're just done in same kind of feeling that I had back then. Weve been doing our thing for couple decades so think that we have found our "own style" . Even if I try to make song that is very different from others, it still sounds like Förgjord when its done.


3.The lyrics on the new album are based upon the revelations of 'Maria Akerblom', can you tell us a little bit more about the interest you have in her work and movement?

I'm obsessed of finnish crime history. We have plenty of tragic happenings that have shocked whole nation. I could count Maria's cult as that one. Maria's story reminds me of Charles Manson or even Jim Jones. Of course not so big, but its interesting to see how one person can influence others so much that they even would do murder if their leader commands so. 


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


Its a cabin where three people were stabbed to death in 1932. Same ol' finnish story; familyman drink booze, gets angry, grabs a knife and so on. For no reason there is someone dead and in morning no ones remember why or what happened. On the backside you can see this old woman standing next to its front door. Its just few hours after tragic happenings and mother of that same family is posing to reporters. "What a tragic accident..." was written on newspapers. Because in those days it was labeled as "accident" when someone did something uncontrolled while being drunk. 

5.To my knowledge the band has not done any live shows even after being around for a long time, do you feel that the style of black metal that you play is not meant for a live setting?


- Förgjord is not meant to play live shows. We had our other (or previous  bands) which played live. Dont have anything against it, but Förgjord isnt live band.

6.The last few albums have been released on 'Werewolf Records', how would you compare working with them to your older label 'Hammer Of Hate'?

- Have to remember that Hammer of Hate are not the same label that it was back then when we start doing co-operation with them. There was a time when Förgjord was fading and we didn't get any support, until Molestor Kadotus from Hammer of Hate contacted us and offered us a deal. He gave us everything we ever needed (although we didn't ask much) and kept our flame burning. We did many records for them and they supported us totally. After a while Molestor realized that he didn't have time anymore for label and Hammer of Hate was given away. We were loyal to Molestor and not to label he was once running. So soon we started to release things through Werewolf Records. No need to compare these labels because they're complete different things and run by different individuals. Werewolf Records been supporting us totally.


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


- Finnish black metal is quite popular worldwide, so its easy to get some visibility. To say it straight, many bands from here don't need the praise they're getting. Just because you're from Finland doesn't automatically mean youre good. Dont know how we succeeded, is it because our musick or just because we are finnish. We have supporters from all over the world but our thing is full of small finnish things and references - not just finnish lyrics - that one have to be finn to really understand every small detail. Fex check our booklets, they might seem like a mess but there is not single element that isn't there for a purpose. But if our works fascinate people all over the world and they check what finnish really culture is, then I think our work is done. Finnish culture is more than just sauna and beautiful paintings of Akseli Gallen-Kallela. Its also a sorrow, its drunken people stabbing their loved ones, its hanging yourself and none even noticed that you're gone. Its unhappy childhood and being scarred for life. Its repeating those very same mistakes that you're father did before you. Its about having alcohol problem and knife. This is what perkele in finnish culture is really about.

8.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?

BLK is doing things with his main band, Phlegein. They released their latest one, "Devotion", just last year. Fucking great and cold release. No compromises nor gimmicks. 

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


Nowhere. We dont want to evolve. Simpler the better.

10.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?


When I first heard Morgal I remembered what it was being a young. That furious rage and energy is so overwhelming that I started to see some of the Förgjords songs too lame and old and stuff like that. So I started to do songs that are more energetic, I woke that same pure flame I had when I was in my twenties. So its like we are heading back to basics again. Also Gorgoroths "Under a sign of hell" has always been a great influence. Be it in technically or be it musically

11.How would you describe your views on Satanism?


Be strong, be brave and dont dishonour yourself. I believe a satan/god inside a man. And besides it there is that bigger power that runs this whole world. But its above good or evil. So it depends individual is something good or evil/bad. Everything happens for a purpose.

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


Thanks for questions. Sorry that had to made them short. After "Ilmestykset" got released I've been so busy. Cd's been moving well and you're not only one that have asked interview.  So didn't have many hours to spend . Thanks for your support!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/05/forgjord-interview.html


Laang Interview

samedi 4 mai 2019 à 02:56
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?



Laang is a solo black metal project that I describe as “terror black metal”, drawing influence from both atmospheric and melodic black metal combined with dissonant and heavily-effected soundscapes reminiscent of horror soundtracks. The music is inspired a near-death experience that I had in which I felt I had an experience with a form of horrifying otherworld or afterlife. The music and lyrical content is directly based on this experience and explores the experience from induction to emergence from this otherworld.



2.In 2018 you had released your first full length, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?



When writing the music for this album I wanted to combine sounds that were both aggressive and melancholic. I wanted to find a medium in the sound that would convey these feelings of terror, but also hopelessness. It was a fairly difficult task to accomplish as melancholic music frequently necessitates heavy emphasis on memorable melodies, while the “horror” style relied heavily on atonal and nearly chromatic riffing with several clashing notes played simultaneously or in quick succession. This is nearly a contradiction of the melancholic style. I experimented with layering these elements together to create the sound of Laang.



3.You refer to your musical style as being 'terror black metal', can you tell us a little bit more about the term?



I selected this term because I felt that what separated the music that I was writing from other subgenres of black metal was this heavy use of horror-style elements. I wanted to create a genre of music that sounded like a nightmare. Through the use of ambient sounds and soundtrack-style soundscapes low in the mix I wanted to create a feeling of dread that would make the music darker than simply playing strange chords with tremolo-picked leads. What I wanted to convey with my music was this feeling of terror that I felt. I feel that in order to properly represent the concept of Laang I needed to take the music a step further, creating what I call “terror” black metal.



4.According to the bio you spent almost a year in a coma after a car jacking that went wrong, what kind of inspiration did this have on the musical style that you play?



Perhaps there was a bit of a typo in the bio, I was only in a coma for a couple days. The incident itself took place nearly a year before the bio was written, now nearing 2 years ago. While I was in this coma I experienced a different world of sorts. I sometimes refer to it as an afterlife, and sometimes simply as an “otherworld” experience. In truth I don’t know exactly what it was. But this world that I experienced was so unlike anything else I can imagine. It was a world that was infinite, yet empty. There weren’t based physical constructs, no light, no darkness, it is best described as a plain of existence. This world was infinite and far beyond description or comprehension, and I was completely isolated in it. It’s hard to conceive true isolation, but what I felt was an eternity in which I was the only consciousness. It was an absolutely crushing isolation. Yet as time passed, I felt this growing sense of dread that somehow I was unsafe, or I was being watched. This feeling grew more and more strong as time passed until it was an oppressive and inescapable feeling of terror that was best described as maddening. It’s difficult to describe in English, but it is this feeling of terror that I have tried to convey in the music.



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



The lyrical content relies heavily on metaphors of the ocean and water. As this world didn’t abide by essentially any “rules of reality” it’s difficult to properly explore it linguistically. By exploring it through metaphor I’m able to consider both the description and feeling of the world as well as my own emotions. Frequent themes are the sensation of “drowning in nothing”, or being pulled beneath the waves, reflecting both the feeling of creeping dread as well as feeling myself give in to this fear. I use the tides to reflect the sensations of movement within this world, as well as the ebb and flow, and eventual dissipation of my feelings of hope. I also explore the topics of dread, the feelings of being pursued, and the overwhelming sensation of fear in what I could best describe as an abyss.



6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Laang'?



Laang is a simple word meaning “Cold”. Despite its simplicity, I believe that this word is very descriptive. It can be interpreted to convey the idea of isolation, darkness, and death. A lyric that will be featured on the second album translates to “When I return to the depths cold is all I will feel; cold is all I will be”. This is probably the best representation of what the word means to me. Cold is the absolution of life, maybe even the physical embodiment of entropy. I actually chose the Cantonese spelling “Laang” instead of the Mandarin “Leng” because I thought that it may make it easier for foreigners to pronounce.



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



The artwork on the album is the work of Den Unge Herr Holm, a fantastic Norwegian artist. He combines oil paints and ink to create some very unique works of art, and I have been a fan of his for quite some time. Quite a lot of his work is inspired by H.P. Lovecraft, and this piece is no exception. I find my experience to be similar to some descriptions in Lovecraft’s work which heavily emphasizes the description of things beyond human comprehension and description, and that are not constrained by our conventional perceived laws of physics and logic. The artwork also beautifully conveys the feelings of darkness, horror, destruction, and the concept of something beyond comprehension.





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



Correct, everything on this album was entirely done by myself with the exception of the track “Ji” which featured guest vocals by “Heathen”, an underground metal vocalist. For the second album I am interested in featuring another vocalist on a song, though I am unsure of who. I have actually reached out to two vocalists that I would like to feature, but unfortunately due to time constraints on their part I think that this will not happen. There are a few other artists I am considering asking, so only time will tell. Instrumentally I would like Laang to remain solely me in the studio, simply because I feel that others may not be able to write music properly inspired by the experience simply because they didn’t experience it themselves. While others could likely write similar-styled music, it wouldn’t be as organic to me as it wouldn’t be directly inspired by the experience and would feel cheap in comparison. However, I would love to include a wide range of musicians for live performances to help give more life and character to the music live.



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



I have been incredibly surprised to see that the reaction has been predominantly positive. I have received several positive messages and comments from fans that have been so supportive, and I consider myself honoured to have received such support from them. A year ago I never expected Laang to be where it is now, and I am so grateful to everybody who has made this possible so far. There have of course been some people who don’t like the music because of the use of synthesizers and occasional clean vocals, but if I can’t spend time worrying about people who dislike the band, because they don’t matter. What matters is the people who support the music, and being sure I can deliver the best possible music and experience to them to thank them for their support.



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



Hopefully continuing to grow! I have been a musician for most of my life and would like to go as far as I can, releasing more albums and performing in as many countries as possible. We have our first international tour in June, and hopefully will have more to follow after that. Only time will tell, but I hope that our future will be positive. 



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 am primarily influenced by shoegaze and post-black metal bands such as Alcest, Harakiri for the Sky, Agrypnie, and Sylvaine. I also listen to lots of other bands like Numenorean, Woods of Ypres, Katatonia, Chthonic, and many more. I admittedly also listen to quite a lot of industrial and classical music. 



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



Thank you very much for taking the time to interview me, I really appreciate the opportunity. I would also like to thank you for reviewing Haiyang, I’m always very humbled when people take an interest in my music. To any people reading this, I hope you will take the opportunity to listen to our music, and hopefully I’ll be able to meet all of you at a performance in the near future. Thank you all very much, it is greatly appreciated. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/05/laang-interview.html