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Krvvla/X/Brucia Records/2022 CD Review

jeudi 23 décembre 2021 à 05:02

 


  Krvvla  are  a  band  from  Belarus  that h as  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  dissonant  form  of  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "X"  which  will  be  released  in  2022  by  Brucia  Records.


  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  while  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording.  Demonic  voices  can  also be  heard  briefly  along  with  the  heavier  riffing  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  dissonant  structures  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.


  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  they  also  give  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  also  being  utilized  at  times.


  Elements  of  hardcore  can  also  be  heard  in  the  mid  tempo  sections  of  the  songs  along  with  the  music  also  being  heavily  influenced  by  post  black  metal.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  despair  and  oppression  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Krvvla  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  dissonant  post  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "XII"  "XVII".  8  out  of  10.    


    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/12/krvvlaxbrucia-records2022-cd-review.html


Clamosum/Kosmoksen Morsian/Drakkar Productions/2021 EP Review

jeudi 23 décembre 2021 à 04:00

 


  Clamosum  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  ep  "Kosmoksen  Morsian"  which  was  released  by  Drakkar  Productions.


  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  the  tremolo  picking  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Vocals  are  mostly  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  tracks  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.  The  songs  also  show  influences  from  both  the  old  school  and  modern  era's  of  the  genre  along  with  the  clean  guitars  also  making  a  return  on  the  later  tracks  and  the  closing  song  is  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  which  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  keyboards.


  Clamosum  plays  a  style  of  black  emtal  that  is  very  raw  and  traditional  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Finnish  and  cover  existentialism  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Clamosum  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Kosmoksen  Morsian".  8  out  of  10.


https://drakkar-productions-official.bandcamp.com/album/clamosum-kosmoksen-morsian

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/12/clamosumkosmoksen-morsiandrakkar.html


Mortiferous/Necromancer Awakens/Black Market Metal Label/2021 CD Review

jeudi 23 décembre 2021 à 03:03

 


  Mortiferous  are  a  duo  from  Quebec,  Canada  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Necromancer  Awakens"  which  was  released  by  Black  Market  Metal  Label.


  Dark  yet  heavy  riffing  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking.  Vocals a re  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  style.


  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  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  a  couple  of  tracks  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  when  they  are  utilized,  clear  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  all  of  the  music  also  sticks  to  a  heavier  direction.


  Mortiferous  plays  a  style  of  black  metal that  is  very  raw  and  aggressive  in  the  90's  second  wave  tradition.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Necromancy,  Darkness  and  Nature  themes. 


  In  my  opinion  Mortiferous  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Like  A  Vortex  of  Eternal  Snow"  "The  Ancient  Grimoire  Of  Knowledge"  "Necromancer  Awakens"  and  "Blackhearts  of  The  Nightfog".  8  out  of  10.


https://youtu.be/8Yl-GDmCxYo



Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MortiferousQc

     


    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/12/mortiferousnecromancer-awakensblack.html


V/Haze Miasma Interview

mercredi 22 décembre 2021 à 05:02

 


1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new ep?

There is always lot of work to do if you are going to release some new stuff thoroughly. For our part we spent some time and effort to create visual material which always has been an important element of V/Haze Miasma besides the music. And additionally we´re already working hard on songwriting and recordings for our second full-length album.

2.You have a new ep coming out in January, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

Hard to judge by ourselves… But from my point of view it is rawer, darker, more emotional - but at the same time it appears to be more coherent, as if we just found the right path to go on. On „agenda:endure“ everything happened extremely spontaneous and impulsive. „Nebula“ still is very versatile, no track compares with another, but there’s a specific dark mood that is maintained over every single minute, no matter what instrumentation is used or if there are vocals or not.

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

The key element and impetus of V/Haze Miasma was and probably always will be the beauty and force of nature. But also its vulnerability which consequently leads to wrath and resignation concerning   human´s constrained but likewise ignorant and destructive dealing with it. This also includes addressing the narcissistic and exploiting temper of mankind when it comes to getting along with each other. And besides that the lyrics are always driven by self-doubt and dark personal and depressive feelings nobody is fully spared from.

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

Like the music the artwork for „Nebula“ this time is entirely done by ourselves. More precisely it is the elaboration of the first layout of my long time life companion, Regine, who had the awesome vision to combine the geometrical circle element of „agenda:endure“ with the visualization of our mutual desire for mountains, wilderness and nature.

5.Has the band done any live shows or open to the idea?

To be honest, V/Haze Miasma started as a studio project and for different momentarily reasons I don’t see V/Haze Miasma entering a stage within the next months. But you know, things always change and develop very quick, and in a way I always liked the imagination of bringing this sound live on stage, far back in my mind. So never say never…

6.Currently you are signed to 'Supreme Chaos Records', are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?

Robby and SCR are great! I didn’t really care about labels when I started V/Haze Miasma as I appreciated mostly the freedom of just doing what we wanted, fully independent of any pressures of the music business. But I’m a fan of the idealistic approach of Robby and SCR, so this was kind of a first choice and we are super proud SCR are working with us in a growing collaboration where we still manage many things on our own. And I know there are many problems small labels like SCR are facing at the moment as the situation isn’t easy for everybody. So, to answer your question shortly: Yes, we are happy - even if we are still waiting for our re-release of „agenda:endure“  to finally please all the vinyl junkies out there, hehe!

7.Do any of the band members have any experience playing in other bands?

Oh yes, lots of! We each are still very busy in other bands and projects - most of them quite different to V/Haze Miasma. Roar (drums) plays in uncountable metal bands like Empyreal Sorrow (together with Wisdom), Revanchist and Meister Ehder. Shine (our clean vocals) is part of a fantastic - hold on - Irish folk band (Tir Nan Og) and does all the flutes, bagpipes there (and some backing vocals)! Wisdom (bass and producing) and Atmosphere (me, guitars and songwriting) are musical soulmates for almost 20 years now, played many years in bands like Shapeshift (Progmetal) and Gloomball (Modern Metal) together, spent endless times in rehearsal rooms, narrow vans on tour and shared many stages together. Not least we are sharing the same passion for dark and atmospheric music. I´m convinced this still is the basis for our current musical creativity.

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

We still are pure underground! Which is great - but also means there aren’t so many people out there who know us at all, I guess. But the reactions we received for „agenda:endure“ were overwhelming. I mean, we really enjoyed reading great reviews in common print magazines like Rock Hard, Legacy or Metal Hammer as well as in some nice and enthusiastic fanzines. But the essence of humbleness is to get direct reactions from individual persons who apparently just feel the same way while listening to our music as we do while writing it. And I can tell you - songwriting for V/Haze Miasma means emotional struggles and exhaustion…

9.When can we expect another full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

As I said before, we are already working on the new album stuff so I’m confident there will be a new album in 2023 (as you know - everything needs its time). I think if you listen to „agenda:endure“ and „Nebula“ you’ll get quite a hint where our path is leading. But we ourselves are most of all surprised about the outcome when the last note is played and the last line sung on our recordings. So just let it happen!

10.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 think you can hear some of my very personal roots in V/Haze Miasma. I never created music so close to my soul as it happens here. I always loved extreme music and especially was fascinated by the intensity and emotiveness of black metal bands like Satyricon or Emperor. But at the same time I grew up with Grunge and all this Seattle stuff - which for me isn’t  a contradiction. I think I just always liked intensive and emotional music. Today I listen for example to Ghost Brigade, Der Weg einer Freiheit, Katatonia, Enslaved, Cult of Luna, Behemoth, Solstafìr and all the fantastic Icelandic black metal stuff like Audn, Sinmara, Almyrkvi etc. but also to more progressive stuff like Ihsahn, Leprous or even the great Pain of Salvation. But you know there is so much good music out there. I´m also very into smooth stuff like Madrugada, Emma Ruth Rundle or PJ Harvey.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Definitely being outdoors, going for a hike, enjoying forests and mountains, being one with nature. And I still love to hang out on festivals - oh wait, that’s music again!

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

It still is a miracle to me when people show serious interest for our music and art. So thank you for letting me chat about it and THANK YOU ALL for reading until this last words and giving „NEBULA“ a shot in January!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VHazeMiasma
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6k2rGgZXWSaCyEVtnGG9M2
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxr-A3ZTnMlosaZjov5dHdQ 
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vhazemiasma/

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/12/vhaze-miasma-interview.html


Nivh/2021 Singles Review

mercredi 22 décembre 2021 à 04:50

 

  Nivh  are  an  international  band  with  embers  from  Belarus  and  Russia  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2021  singles  "Ichara"  and  "Marmar"  which  also  contains  both  vocals  and  instrumental  versions  of  the  songs.


  


   "Ichara"

   Folk  instruments  start  off  the  song  along  with  some  atmospheric  sounds  in  the  background  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  some  death  metal  growls  also  being  utilized  at  times.  the  riffs,  guitar  leads  and  solos  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody,  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  most  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  slower  direction  and  the  second  track  is  an  instrumental  version  of  the  song  reviewed.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  history  and  legends  of  Mother  Earth.



  "Marmur"


  Acoustic  guitars  start  off  the  song  while  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  sounding  at  times.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  a  few  growls  and  clear  singing  and  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  the  second  track  is  an  instrumental  version  of t he  previous  reviewed  song.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  history  and  legends  of  Mother  Earth.


  In  my  opinion  Nivh  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  these  singles.  8  out  of  10.


  https://open.spotify.com/artist/23jQJat222ICkrb8sB2GXs?si=Pfjo1cbJSVmMBIYsHQQpmw

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/12/nivh2021-singles-review.html