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Iskalde Morket/Punctuated By The Screams Of Dying Animals/2021 EP Review

jeudi 24 juin 2021 à 04:27

 


  Iskalde  Morket  are  a  solo  project  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  very  technical,  progressive  and  dissonant  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2021  ep  "Punctuated  By  The  Screams  Of  Dying  Animals".


  Melodic  yet  dissonant  sounding  guitar  solos  and  leads  start  off  the  ep  while  atmospheric  sounding  synths  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  technical  and  progressive  sounding  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  lot  of  melody.


  Most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  music  also  having  its  symphonic  moments.  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  on  a  couple  of  songs  as  well    some  of  the  riffing  also  showing  an  influence  of  death  metal.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  nature  and  dystopian  themes. 


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Iskalde  Morket  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  technical,  progressive  and  dissonant  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Subhuman  labyrinths"  and  "Spectres  Of  Pripyat".  8  out  of  10.



https://northwalshammisanthropia.bandcamp.com/

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/06/iskalde-morketpunctuated-by-screams-of.html


Underdark/Our Bodies Burned Bright On Re-Entry/Surviving Sounds/Through Love Records/Tridroid Records/2021 Full Length Review

jeudi 24 juin 2021 à 03:23

 


  Underdark  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  mixture  of  post  black  metal  and  shoegaze  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Our  Bodies  Burned  Bright  on  Re-Entry"  which  will  be  released  in  July  as  a  joint  effort  between  Surviving  SOunds,  Through  love  and  Tridroid  Records.


  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  album  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Growls  are  also  utilized  at  times  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  the  music  also  adding  in  some  atmospheric  soundscapes  at  times.


  Elements  of  shoegaze  and  post  rock  are  also  utilized  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  along  with  the  clean  sections  also  making  a  return  on  the  later  tracks  as  well  as  the  music  also  having  its  progressive  moments.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  addiction,   psychosis,  inhumane  border  control  and  the  shameless  exploitation  of  the  lower  classes  at  the  hands  of  landlords.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Underdark  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  post  black  metal  and  shoegaze,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Qeres"  and  "Skeleton  Queen".  8  out  of  10.


https://linktr.ee/Underdarkukbm
https://underdark.bandcamp.com


    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/06/underdarkour-bodies-burned-bright-on-re.html


Vargstuhr/Dystopia/Vacula Productions/2021 Full Length Review

mercredi 23 juin 2021 à 03:33

 


  Vargstuhr  are  a  solo  project  from  Spain  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2021  album  "Dystopia"  which  was  released  by  Vacula  Productions.


  Raw  tremolo  picking  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  faster  direction  which  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.


  The  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  90's  influences  while  synths  are  also  mixed  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  melodic  vocals also  being  utilized  on  a  couple  of  songs  and  one  track  also  introduces  clean  playing  onto  the  recording.


  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  brought  into  tracks  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  are  also  utilized  in  certain  sections  of  the  album  as  well  as  one  song  also  introducing  elements  of  thrash  metal  onto  the  recording,  as  the  recording  progresses  a  brief  use  of  folk  instruments,  tribal  and  ethnic  sounds  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  a  dystopian  future  of  a  technocratic  society  in  which  an  alienated  human  being  has  forgotten  the  fascination  with  nature  and  has  succumbed  to  the  myth  of  science.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Vargstuhr  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "One  Dimensional  Man"  "The  Flames  Swept  The  Earth"  and  "Utopia".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/06/vargstuhrdystopiavacula-productions2021.html


Groza/The Redemptive End/AOP Records/2021 Full Length Review

mardi 22 juin 2021 à 03:41

 


  Groza  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  very  raw,  melodic  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "The  Redemptive  End"  which  will  be  released  in  July  by  AOP  Records.


  Atmospheric  soundscapes  and  synths  start  off  the  album  while  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction.  Vocals  are  mostly  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording.  Most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  when  they  are  utilized.


  Growls  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well   as  some  clean  playing  also  making  a  return  on  some  of  the  later  tracks,  touches  of  post  rock  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  riffing  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  are  also  utilized.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  numbing  isolation  and  desperation  themes.    


  In  my  opinion  Groza  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  melodic  and atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sunken  In  Styx  Part  II_Descent"  and  "Homewards".  8  out  of  10.


https://www.facebook.com/grozaband/
https://groza-blackmetal.bandcamp.com/


https://youtu.be/hUhHKuAY2cE

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/06/grozathe-redemptive-endaop-records2021.html


Aralus Interview

mardi 22 juin 2021 à 02:39

 

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



The Project was born from the need to express ideas and thoughts, images and scenes, through the use of music.



2.Recently you have released an ep, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording?



Yes, the EP explore a variety of sounds that went from more darkish to nostalgic feels


the style it's pretty a intuitive style, just writing what i feel with the song i'm making, without restriction of genres.



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



the topics and subjects are alike to a dream, they tend to be sometimes surreal and sometimes just a bunch of feeling that you cannot or able to express



4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Aralus'?



Aralus meaning "Maple Tree" and there is no much inspiration about it, it's just my favourite tree



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



Yes, the artwork represent something that it's trapped in branches, an ancient house now gone...something that's hard to reach but visible to a distance like a light in a dark room, so this is why the title of the ep it's "There is a blurry light against the twisted branches" cause follows that direction i wanted to represent with the artwork.



6.With this project you record everything by yourself but have experience working with other musicians in your other project. do you prefer to work by yourself?



of course,i've had many bands in my past and i had many experience about it.


now i'm working in a new project with 4 members(included me) and of course Orquìlux that's is a duo with myself and my greatest friend so there is like a great connection together when we work.


but yes sometime i prefer to work by myself and sometimes i like to work with others to see what we can create!



7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?



i'm not looking for a label, but i'm open to anything!



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



I don't know if it went well or bad, i think is more like a good start, i had many positive comments and reaction about my songs!



9.What is going on with 'Orquilux', these days?



We are recording vocals for the new full length album compost by 13 songs entitled "Fernweh" after the vocals, i start mixing and mastering it, we can't wait to show you what we made!


10.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future?



a full length? well very soon,now i'm working on a neoclassical ep, just need to finish that and i'm gonna start put something on paper for Aralus!


For the career of the musician I will not be able to know where I will be in the future,


but my plan and dream work, it's to be a Soundtrack Composer for videogames or anything relate to movie and animation!



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?



Pain of Salvation takes a really big role in my music influences and many many others band that's are hard to choice, but PoS it's the big one.


for musical style: latin, classical, folk, orchestral, electronic, jazz, pop, metal, rock, all the subgenres of the music i can say, i'm really dive into many styles with my mind, i don't like to limit myself, i like to explore a large world of music that expand everyday



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



nothing to say, just really grateful for this interview and the people that like my music! I can't wait to create more music for you all, Thank you so much!

 https://aralus.bandcamp.com/releases
https://www.instagram.com/aralusarts/

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/06/aralus-interview.html