The Suns Journey Through The Night are a solo project from the United Kingdom that has recently have music reviewed in this zine and on this recording plays a very raw form of ambient black metal and this is a review of his 2020 album "Crawling Nebula Of Dismal Light" which will be released in December by Repose Records.
Ambient style synths start off the album while also using a variety of many different sounding keys and mixing in with the heavier sections of the music at times. A great portion of the tracks are also very long and epic in length while the faster sections of the music also add in a lot of tremolo picking and blast beats which also gives the songs more of a raw feeling.
Vocals are mostly grim yet high pitched black metal screams while the music also adds in a decent amount of 90's influences but keeps it modern at the same time. Al of the musical instruments also have a very powerful sound to them along with the solos and leads also being done in a very dark and melodic style.
At times the music also gets very epic and atmospheric sounding along with one of the tracks also being an ambient instrumental as well as adding in a brief use of spoken word parts and throughout the recording you can also hear some quest performances from members of Revenant Marquis, Abduction and Crimson Throne, as the album progresses a brief use of clean vocals can also be heard and all of the musical instruments also have a verypowerful sound to them. The production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics cover darkness and space themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from The Suns Journey Through The Night and if you are a fan of dark ambient and raw black metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "In The Grasp Of The Labyrinthian Master" and "Burning In The Black".8 out of 10.
Sweden's duo Golgota has returned with a new recording which continues the raw and melodic style of black metal from their previous releases and this is a review of their 2020 album "Tempel" which will be released on November 30th by Satanath Records.
Dark sounding synths 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. the riffs also add in a great amount of melody while the vocals are mostly grim sounding black metal screams and the music is very heavily rooted in the 90's Swedish style.
Throughout the recording you can also hear a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts while the solos and leads are also done in a very melodic style. One of the tracks also introduces clean playing onto the recording along with all of the musical instruments also having a very powerful sound to them, clear vocals can also be heard in some parts of the recording.
On this recording Golgota remain true to the raw and melodic style that they have established on previous releases. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics are written in Swedish and cover dark themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding album from Golgota and if you are a fan of raw and melodic black metal, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Tempel" "Latklockoma klamta" and "Med din kyss kom morkret". 8 out of 10.
Bron are a solo project from Serbia but now resides in Serbia and plays a very atmospheric and down tempo form of ambient black metal and this is a review of his 2020 album "Pred Dverima Nocti" which will be released in Decmber by Nordvis Produktion.
Ambient style synths start off the album and also mixes in with the heavier sections of the music at times. Whispered vocals can also be heard briefly along with a great amount of grim yet high pitched black metal screams and when the music speeds up a lot of blast beats and tremolo picking can be heard which also gives the music more of a raw feeling.
At times the music also gets very atmospheric sounding while the riffs also bring in a great amount of melody. The songs also takes the 90's style and mixes it on with the more modern era along with all of the tracks being very long and epic in length and throughout the recording you can also hear a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts.
Clean playing can also be heard in certain sections of the recording as well as the guitar leads and solos being done in a very melodic style when they are utilized along with one song also introducing clear vocals onto the album, down tempo elements are also added into some parts of the recording. The production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics are written in Serbian and cover the untrodden winds of New Zealand, Scotland and Serbia.
In my opinion Bron are a very great sounding atmospheric and downtempo ambient black metal solo project and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this solo project. RECOMMENDED TRACK "Zastore skrai". 8 out of 10.
YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/c/Nordvis
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
K: We're Moeror from Greece and we play black metal. We started in 2018, and after the 2019 Sag EP we are releasing this year our debut album 'The Ghosts of Amour Propre'. Our style can be described as experimental to not piss off any kvlt black metalheads out there.
2.So far you have released an ep and a full length, musically how do they both differ from each other?
K: The first thing someone will notice is the heavy use of synthesizers. It was something we always wanted to do, and it took us a while to incorporate in our way of composing. Sag was more raw and personal, musically and lyrically as well. The Ghosts of Amour Propre draws inspiration from a different place. We always try to explore a different side of ourselves as musicians and since we had total control over the recording and mixing this time we pushed ourselves even more.
3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored on both of the releases?
X: As stated before, Sag is more personal, filled with denial and grief. It's almost a diary about the feelings I had around that period. 'The Ghosts of Amour Propre' is driven by humanity's way of life in relation to the 'sustainable happiness' of today and the progress of the species. Driven by the hunt for material wealth and the expansion of mental poverty and loneliness; by the emotional alienation and urban decline. To sum it up, it's how I perceive the dusk of humanity through the eyes of a watcher/wanderer.
4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Moeror'?
G: Moeror means grief in latin. The word felt striking to us and grief/anxiety plays a big part in the human condition.
5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?
G: The cover photography on the "The Ghosts of Amour Propre" depicts the sides of two buildings.
We wanted something minimal, that captures the feeling of being trapped in the modern world.
This relentless urban hell is the main inspiration behind Moeror.
6.Has the band done any live shows yet or open to the idea?
G: The band hasn't done any live shows yet and lives are not in the band's priorities for the moment.
We try to focus on writing and releasing music.
Although, if the moment feels right we are open to the idea.
7.The new album was released on 'Black Theta', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
K: Black Theta was formed in 2020 by Giannis and I, in order to house Moeror's music. We felt the need to have total control over our music, so we went for it. From recording and producing the album, to the marketing and distribution, everything is handled by us.
It's a lot of work when you don't have a label backing you up, but when you do things yourself it's way more satisfying.
8.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of avant garde and black metal?
G: Well, so far the reaction has been good and we are very pleased.
Nonetheless, the band's audience is small, so we try to promote our music as much as possible.
9.What is going on with 'Nekkar' these days, a band that shares most of the same members and also how does their musical style differ from with what you are doing with 'Moeror'?
G: Nekkar are currently on hiatus, but there are discussions on releasing new music someday in the future.
K: Moeror are as far as possible from Nekkar for me. Not only in style, since Moeror are based in black metal, but also because Nekkar had a collectivist culture, everything was created by all of us. In Moeror we value artistic experimentation above all.
10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
G: It's kind of early, but from new songs in progress, the band dives deeper into more experimental paths.
We feel that as musicians, we should try to bring something more every release. To grow.
Either way, we write music we first of all enjoy to listen.
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?
G: We draw inspiration from all metal genres. The Polish black metal scene and especially Furia, Odraza, Gruzja and Kły are a big influence to us. Dodheismgard, Ved Buens Ende and In The Woods... are also musicians we highly admire.
Lately, we enjoy the post-punk/darkwave scene, mainly Molchat Doma, Kælan Mikla and Selofan.
12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
We would like to thank you for the interview. Many thanks to everyone that supported us!
Bestialis are a band from Germany that plays a very traditional form of black metal and this is a review of their 2020 ep "Ritus" which was released by Vendetta Records.
Classical guitars start off the ep before going into a heavier musical direction while 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. Vocals are mostly grim yet high pitched black metal screams along with some clean vocals also being utilized briefly.
All of the musical instruments on the recording have a very powerful sound to them while the songs also add in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts. Melodies are also added into some of the guitar riffing along with some acoustic guitars, percussion's and throat singing also being utilized briefly.
When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are done in a very melodics and the middle eastern music elements also give the music more of a ritualistic feeling, growls are also added on the closing song. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover bull cults from prehistoric times, Mesopotamian and Persian Mythology.
In my opinion Bestialis are a very great sounding traditional black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this ep. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Re-Incantation" and "Non-Domestication: Fall Of Gilgamesh". 8 out of 10.