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Slagmark/Radical Malice/Purity Through Fire/2020 Demo Review

samedi 19 septembre 2020 à 05:10

  Slagmark  are  an  international  duo  with  members  from  Finland  and  Germany  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  ep  "Radical  Malice"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Purity  Through  Fire.

  A  very  fast  and r aw  sound  starts  off  the  demo  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  music  also  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era   as  well  as  adding  in  a  touch  of  the  classic  Finnish  style.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  most  of  the  music  also  sounds  like  it  could  of  easily  been  recorded  and  released  more  than  20  years  ago.   All  of  the  riffing  is  also  done  on  power  chords  along  with  the  whole  demo  also  sticking  to  a  heavier  musical  direction.

  On  this  recording  Slagmark  remains  true  to  the  raw  and  old  school  style  of  black  metal  that  was  established  on  tier  previous  release.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  hatred  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Slagmark  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  old  school  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Behold  The  Raging  Darkness"  and  "Hate  Redemption".  8  out  of  10.

www.facebook.com/Slagmark-110368753837467

https://youtu.be/QTkjYHuAxCw 


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/09/slagmarkradical-malicepurity-through.html


Tenebra Interview

samedi 19 septembre 2020 à 04:52

 


1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the solo project?


Well, the project was born at the beginning of 2000, at the time I was a member of several bands, most of them played black metal. Back then It was quite common to have a solo project, you know, all those people trying to be more misanthropic than others, acting like the new “Varg” shit, and I was probably one of them. The only difference between me and many others was that I really liked my music, so I decided to continue and to become more mature both musically and personally. About the music Itself I have nothing to say, I just invite you and all the people reading this interview to listen to “Through Crying Souls I See What I Was…”, my latest work which was re-released by Cult Of Parthenope on 5th September 2020.


2.Can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on your demo's and also how do they differ from each other?


You can listen both old demos on YouTube, you will find many differences between them.


The first one was recorded at home with one of those old multimedia microphones, probably payed less than 10 euro, and mixed with windows sound recorder. As drums I had fruity loop, now you can imagine what a shit it was, but if you listen to that you will find it hard to believe that was recorded that way. Musically I was inspired by the first Norwegian black metal wave. For the second demo I decided to record and play everything by myself, including the drums, and you can hear how bad it is, but I still like that “I don’t give a shit” vibe. It was the period when depressive black metal exploded, so I was of course somehow influenced by it. The latest one was the ep, when I decided to do the things right.


3.There has been no music since 2007, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?


During this period I have been very busy playing with my former band Gort, we recorded 2 albums, many splits, and played many live shows. I left Tenebra aside foor a few years, but now It’s time to start again. It was important for me to re-release the latest ep “Through Crying Souls I See What I Was..” to see what would have been the reactions of black metal fans around and get some motivation to start working on new material..


4.Some of your lyrics cover occult themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?


Not really "Occult themes", I am just fascinated by occultism, but I am not involved in it, if you are thinking about the inverted crosses, It’s more like a symbol of rebellion from life’s frames, as black metal should be.


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


Too personal, that’s the reason why they don’t appear in the booklet. 


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


In italian Tenebra means darkness, but the meaning of this name is not the darkness itself, rather the darkness humanity has fallen into, giving such an important status to material things. I mean, people are zombies following their stupid shit, they have only shit in their skull, I could have named my band Shit, but that doesn’t have the same charm as Tenebra, but actually the meaning is quite the same!


7.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the 2007 demo cover?


Nothing special, I just liked the drawings of a person which was very close to me at the time, the second demo is the same artist.


8.In 2007 you had a full line up but have worked mostly as a solo project, are you open to working with other musicians again during the future?


Actually, I will need it ! I need a real drummer and will probably work with the other guitarist again, he was involved on TCSISWIW and he has a brilliant mind and a wonderful style. At the moment I can’t tell you more, because I don’t know anymore than that.


9.Originally the musical project was located in Italy but now you reside in Sweden, can you tell us a little bit more about the move?


I live in Sweden since 2011, but this move has nothing to do with the music.


10.The ep was re-issued by 'Cult Of Parthenope'.how did you get in contact with this label?


Well I still have contacts in Naples, I saw COP’s wonderful work with their “Cult Of Parthenope Black Metal Fest” in southern Italy and all the concerts and festivals that Giulian organized in UK, so one day I just contacted him, telling something like “hello, i think you should produce me”.


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


Too early to say, but all the reviews I have been reading are very positive so far.


12.When can we expect newer music and also where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future/


Currently I’m setting up a small home recording studio at my place and actually yesterday the first 3 riffs for the future album were born. It will take time though. How do I see myself as a musician? I see myself trying to make evil and dark music between a change of a diaper and feeding my little daughter, that’s the situation now, and that’s why it will take time for the upcoming new album.


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?


I listen whatever I like, I don’t give a shit about which genre it is or not. I’m influenced by anything I listen to, I refuse to have limits. Nowadays if you want to talk about metal, I listen mostly to the old classics, because I find most of the new bands very boring.


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


Thanks for the interview 


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/09/tenebra-interview.html


Guignol Noir/Mantric Malediction/Repose Records/2020 Full Length Review

samedi 19 septembre 2020 à 04:26

 


  Guignol  Noir  are  a  duo  from  Switzerland  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Mantric  Meditation" which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Repose  Records.


  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  presented  on  the  recording.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw black  metal  feeling.


  Vocals  are done  in  mostly  a  very  grim  yet  almost spoken  word  style  that  also  gives the  music  more  of  a  first  wave  touch.  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  and  at  times  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  sounding.


  Touches  of  post black  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  the  music  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  also  becomes  more  diverse  sounding.


 When  guitar  leads  are  finally  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  as  well  as  a  couples  of  later  tracks  also  introduces  clean  playing  and  acoustic  guitars  onto  the  recording  along  with  one  of  the  songs  also  being  an  instrumental. the  music  also  has  its  dissonant  moments.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics cover Occultism,  Heresy.  Drug  Abuse,  Death  and  Negativity  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Guignol  Noir  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  post black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of this musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Birthgiven  Right"  "G.N"  "Graveyard  Bogey"  and  "Rotten  Drvgfest".  8  out  of  10.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4Mt2CLaTjM&feature=youtu.be&mc_cid=33a2994c7f&mc_eid=09de20527c          

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/09/guignol-noirmantric-maledictionrepose.html


Sepulchre By The Sea/Conqueror Worm/2020 Full Length Review

vendredi 18 septembre 2020 à 03:25

 


  Sepulchre  By  The  Sea  are  a  solo  project  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  form  of post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2020  album  "Conqueror  Worm"which  will  be  released  in  November.


  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  album  while  also  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  post  rock  and  aslo  returning  on  later  tracks.  All  of  the  drum  beats  are  programmed  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  also  being  utilized  briefly  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  which  also  introduces  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording.


  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.  When  keyboards  are utilized  they  also  give  the  songs  more  of  an  atmospheric  feeling  along  with  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.


  All of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  as  well  as  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  good mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  When  acoustic  guitars  and  harmonica's  are  utilized  they  also  add  in  elements  of  folk  music and  some  tracks  also  add  in  touches  of  shoegaze,  clean  vocals  can  also be  heard  briefly.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  inspired  by  the  writings  of  Edgar  Allan  Poe.  


  In  my  opinion  Sepulchre  By  The  Sea  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  post black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of this  musical  genre, you  should  check  out  this  recording. RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Conqueror  Worm" and  "Plutonian  Shores".  8  out  fo  10.


  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/09/sepulchre-by-seaconqueror-worm2020-full.html


Leviathan/Formorkelse/Nebular Carcoma/Bile Noire/2020 Full Length Review

jeudi 17 septembre 2020 à 21:50

  Leviathan  not  to  be  confused  of  the  more  well  known  U.S.A  project   of  the  same  name  are  a  solo  project  from Sweden  that  plays  a  very  raw,  atmospheric  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2020  album  "Formorkelse"  which  will  be  released  in  October  as  a  joint  effort  between  Nebular  Carcoma  and  Bile  Noire.

  A  very  dark  sounding  synth  orientated  intro  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  when  they  are  utilized.  Some  of  the  tracks  are  also  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  music  also  having  its  atmospheric  moments  as  well  as  a  couple  of  the  songs  also  introducing  clean  playing  and  acoustic  guitars  onto  the  recording.

 As  the  album  progresses  synths  also  make  a  return in some  parts  of  the  music  and  whispered  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  a  couple  of  songs  along  with  a  couple  of  the  later  tracks  also  being  instrumentals   as  well  as  the  music  also  being  heavily  rooted  in  the  mid  90's  and  early  2000's  era.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Swedish  and  cover  darkness,  suffering  and  near  death-experiences.

  In  my  opinion  Leviathan  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  atmospheric  and  old  school  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Avgrundens  Atersken"   "Forbannelson"  and  "Babylons  Sand".  8  out  of  10.

https://youtu.be/DrbmfPdAw5A

 

        

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/09/leviathanformorkelsenebular-carcomabile.html