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Unreality In One's Self/The Illusion Of Mankind/2021 Full Length Review

samedi 27 mars 2021 à 03:21

 


  Unreality  In  One's  Self  are  a  solo  project  from  Greece  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  post  black  metal  with  some  elements  of  shoegaze  and  dark  jazz  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2021  album  "The  Illusion  Of  Mankind".


  Acoustic  guitars  and  clean  playing  starts  off  the  album  and  also  returns  on  the  later  tracks  before  going  into a   heavier  musical  direction.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  blast  beats  are  also  added  in  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs.


  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  with  the  synths  also  take  the  songs  into  more  of  an  atmospheric  direction  when  they  are  utilized.  Throughout  the  album  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  tracks  also  mixing  in  elements  of  post  rock,  shoegaze  and  dark  jazz.


  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  some  of  the  clean  sections  also  giving  the  music  more  of a  progressive  atmosphere  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  saxophones  can  also  be  heard  and  one  of  the  tracks  is  also  an  instrumental,  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  melancholy,  sorrow  and  pessimism  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Unreality  in  One's  Self  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  post  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Villain  Of  A  Failing  Society"  "The  Illusion  Of  Mankind"  and  "Cynical".  8  out  of  10.


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

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/03/unreality-in-ones-selfthe-illusion-of.html


Transyuggoth/Through Prayer And Indiscriminate Death/Screaming Skull Records/2021 Full Length Review

samedi 27 mars 2021 à 02:30

 


  Transyuggoth  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  plays  a  raw  mixture  of  black  metal  and  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their 2021  album  "Through  Prayer  And  Indiscriminate  Death"  which  was  released  by  Screaming  Skull  Records.


  An  apocalyptic  sounding  intro  starts  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  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  elements  of  punk  rock  and  d  beat.


  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.  The  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  one  track  also  adding  in  session  vocals  from  David  Ingram  of  Benediction.


  Some  of  the  music  also  shows  an  influence  of  black'n'roll.   When  guitar  leads  are  utilized  briefly  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  style  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  can  also be  heard  along  with  some  Gregorian  chants  also  being  added  on  the  outro.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  English  and  Norwegian  and  cover  apocalyptic  and  the  darkest  realms  of  the  cosmos  and  beyond.  


  In  my  opinion  Transyuggoth  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  mixture  of  black  metal  and  punk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Bad  Murder  Juju"  "Suck  My  Gungnir"  "The  Great  Culling"  and  "Void  Prayer".  8 out  of  10.


Bandcamp: https://Transyuggoth.bandcamp.com
Facebook: fb.me/transyuggoth 
Instagram: @transyuggoth

    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/03/transyuggoththrough-prayer-and.html


Ruttokosmos/Karsimys/Werewolf Records/2021 CD Compilation Review

vendredi 26 mars 2021 à 04:27

 


  Ruttokosmos  where  a  band  from  Finland  that  played  a  suicidal  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  compilation  album  "Karsimys"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Werewolf  Records  and  consists  of  their  2006  and  2007  demos.


  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  compilation  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  yet  depressive  black  metal  screams  while  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  a  small  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing.  


  Only  one  of  the  tracks  adds  in   a  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  music  has  influences  from  both  the  90's  and  2000's  era.  Most  of  the  riffing  is  also  very  power  chord  driven  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  sticking  to  mostly  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction,  one  track  is  also  an  instrumental  and  introduces  clean  playing  onto  the  compilation  which  also  returns  on  the  second  demo  that  is  presented  on  the  compilation  as  well  as  some  spoken  word  parts  also  being  utilized  briefly.


  Ruttokosmos  played  a  style  of  depressive  suicidal  black  metal  that  was  very  raw,  slow  and  mid  tempo  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Finnish  and  cover  darkness,  death  and  depression  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Ruttokosmos  where  a  very  great  sounding  suicidal  and  depressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Tuhat  Karsimyksen  Huutoa"  "Olemisen  Tukahduttawa  Loyhka"  "Avautuminen"  and  "Tyhjyys".  8  out  of  10.


https://ruttokosmos.bandcamp.com/album/k-rsimys

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/03/ruttokosmoskarsimyswerewolf-records2021.html


Tassi/Northland I • II/Anesthetize Productions/2021 Double CD Review

vendredi 26 mars 2021 à 03:40

 


  Tassi  are  a  band  from  China  that  plays  a  mixture  of  post  black  metal  and  blackgaze  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  double  album  "Northland  I • II"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Anesthetize  Productions.


  Post  rock  style  clean  playing  and  nature  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  ambient  style  synths  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  at  times.  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  on  some  of  the  songs  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.


  Clean  vocals  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  while  all  of  the  drum  beats  are  also  programmed  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  shoegaze  elements.  High  pitched  depressive  black  metal  screams  are  also  utilized  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  album  and  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  lot  of  melody.


  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  the  music  also  having  its  atmospheric  moments.  Female  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  some  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  being  introduced  on  one  song  and  they  also  give  the  recording  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  some  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  whispered  vocals  as  well  as  some  tracks  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  samples,  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  death  metal  growls  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  based  upon  a  troubadour  named  Tassi  and  his  spiritual  and  esoteric  journey  to  paths  of  wisdom  and  the  songwriting  is  also  very  Buddhist  orientated.


  In  my  opinion  Tassi  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  post  black  metal  and  blackgaze  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Kita  no Kuni"  "Ancient  Dream  Book"  "Deva"  and  "Entropy  Vocatio".  8  out  of  10.


https://youtu.be/5Vo5nE3P_Hs      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/03/tassinorthland-i-iianesthetize.html


Vitrail Interview

vendredi 26 mars 2021 à 01:20

 

Vitrail – Interview – Occult Black Metalzine


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


Vitrail was originally founded by Simon Tremblay (guitars & vocals) in fall 2019 as a studio project. Simon wrote the 5 first tracks and then asked Richard-William Turcotte to add drums to them. Soon after, they both decided to form a band and we contacted Frederic Custeau (bass) to join the formation. From there, we promptly started to write our first album as a band.


2.So far you have released a single, ep and a full length, musically how do they differ from each other?


Musically, our first release ’’EP’’ (yeah, I know, pretty simple title!), was 100% composed by Simon, compared to our first full-length album ’’Les Pages Oubliées’’ where we all took part on the composition process. So I think we can feel more variety in the full album because everyone has put their touch to it and obviously we all listen to a lot of different musical styles, so it had an effect on the songs.


3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored so far with the music?


Simon draws his inspiration from sacred texts and art which has shaped our world for hundreds of past generations. We see our lyrics as a tribute to the lost wisdom one can find through these relics. Mostly, we use religious topics, since we are from Quebec, a province where religion has had a huge historical impact.


4.All of the band members are also in other bands, what is it that you bring into the music of 'Vitrail' that you are not able to do with your other groups?


With Vitrail, we can exploit different themes, a different imagery and mostly a different writing process. Simon’s inspiration has given the opportunity to make something different from our other bands.


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


Vitrail is stained glass in French. The inspiration comes right from all the stained glasses we can find in hundreds of churches in the Quebec province. The idea is that light and shadow always interlace together through these beautifully crafted sacred windows, like our music, always balancing between light and darkness.


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


The cover represents the icon of the Virgin Mary who watches over the location of the tomb of Christ in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. His face and his hands are blackened and erased by age, heat and smoke from candles, as well as by the kisses of pilgrims.



7.Has the band had any opportunities to do any live shows or open to the idea?


Well, as you can imagine, there’s actually no live shows in our region due to the pandemic. As soon as everything will be back to normal, we surely plan to go on stage. Meanwhile, maybe we’ll go on a virtual show soon, we’ll see!


8.Currently the band is unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?


Like many bands, yes, we would like to get a label that suits our style, but we’re patient to get the right offer. 


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


Very positive and we’re very happy to read all the good messages and/or comments! We’ve put our best in our first album, so it’s always pleasing to see that our work is appreciated.


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?


So much to tell! Some new albums/singles will arrive soon, new projects are coming to life and some of our other bands are more listened to than ever. You can follow our personal pages to stay informed of all developments.


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


Due to Vitrail's broad range of influences, I think that the band will naturally keep on exploring and incorporating different genres into it's music. I think that the post-metal genre has fans that are open-minded and curious musically, which will allow us to be appreciated even though we might stray from the traditional black metal sound from time to time. 


12.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?


We all listen to a lot of different musical styles and they obviously all have an influence on our playing. For example, I (Richard), listen to a lot of modern jazz, new progressive bands and technical death metal. Fred listens to a wide range of metal and electronic music. As for Simon, he is mostly into post-black metal and country music


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


I know it sounds cliché, but I invite you to follow and/or subscribe to our social media pages to stay informed on what’s coming! We also have released our first physical copies of ’’Les Pages Oubliées’’ with our good friend Melogy Musicraft, go check this out on his website! Cheers!

https://www.melogymusicraft.com/vitrail


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/03/vitrail-interview.html