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Eos/The Great Ascension/Brilliant Emperor Records/2020 Full Length Review

mardi 10 novembre 2020 à 05:34

 


  Eos  are  a  band  from  Quebec,  Canada  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "The  Great  Ascension"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  Brilliant  Emperor  Records.


  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  vocals  are  mostly grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.  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  melodic  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.


  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  dark  and  melodic  style.  On  some  of  the  tracks  the  vocals  also  get  deeper  along  with  the  music  also  having  its  atmospheric  moments  as  well  as  one  of  the  tracks  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  chants.  a  couple  of  songs  are  also  long  and  epic  in  length.


  On  this  recording  Eos  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  modern  an  atmospheric  sounding  as  well  as  being  very  guitar  driven.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  vivid,  nightmarish  visions  of  man  and  the  solemn  journey  through  spiritual  ecstasy,  blood  lust  and  pride.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Eos  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Great  Ascension"  "Draugar"  and  "Illumination  And  Will".  8  out  of  10.



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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/11/eosthe-great-ascensionbrilliant-emperor.html


Within Nostalgia/Void And Decay/2020 Full Length Review

mardi 10 novembre 2020 à 03:06

 


  Within  Nostalgia  are  a  band  from  North  Bay,  Ontario,  Canada  that has been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  post  black  metal  and  blackgaze  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2020  album  "Void  And  Decay"  which  will  be  released  in  December.


  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  drum  beats  a  few  seconds  later  which  takes  the  music  into  a  heavier  direction.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  post  metal  direction  while  clear  vocals  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  as  well  as  a  great  amount  of  grim  black  metal  screams.


  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  while  synths  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  shoegaze  elements  and  growls  can  also  be heard  briefly.


  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  small amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  throughout  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly on  the  closing  track.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  self  reflection  and  the  reflection  of  the  world  around  us.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Within  Nostalgia  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  post  black  metal  an  blackgaze,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Beneath  Unworthy  Presence"  and  "Desideratum".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/11/within-nostalgiavoid-and-decay2020-full.html


Frostnatt Interview

lundi 9 novembre 2020 à 19:23

 


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

1. My name is Alex and I created Frostnatt as a one man band instrumental project in 2019. Frostnatt has only one task — to plunge listeners into the atmosphere of winter, forest and nature.

Also for this reason I have no vocals in Frostnatt. Singing about winter? I guess this is not serious. In my opinion, only music can give you a feeling of the cold and winter atmosphere.


2.Since 2019 you have released a good amount of ep's and singles, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recordings?


2. This is typical Instrumental Atmospheric Black Metal, but I try to make it interesting to listen to, not original or something like that, just interesting.

Because now it is very difficult to make something really new, there is one way to do something interesting.


3.So far all of your music has been instrumental, are you open to using vocals on future releases?


3. No, this is the instrumental project. I'm preparing another one with vocals. Maybe I will release it this year.


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

4. Frostnatt means "Frosty night" in Norvegian. That's it.


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


5. I've chosen this artwork, because the military on this one looks very frozen and it perfectly fits for that atmosphere that I want to give my listeners with my music. This EP is not about war or something like that.

It's about winter and frost. It's about the simple feeling of cold that modern man can afford it as a pleasure, not a fight for life as in the past.


6.With this project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?

6. No, I prefer to work solo. Maybe, I will work with other musicians to make a split release.



7.Since 2019 you have released a great amount of releases, do you spend a great amount of your time writing and creating music?


7. This new EP took me a month. Each EP takes no more than a month from me. One month to compose, record, mixing, make a cover and release.


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

8. I have no label, but I cooperate with labels when they offer me to make CD's or tapes physical copies.


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


9. Positively, but not always. Someone does not like tracks with no vocals or tracks that are similar to each other. But it doesn't bother me much.


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


10. I'm going to make an LP this winter. About musician during, I don't know, but I'm definitely not going to play this music live or make Frostnatt a band with more than one member.


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?

11. Hans Zimmer, Mgła, Batushka (Frst LP and Bart version now), Burzum, Rotting Christ. If you want to know what I like to listening, you can check out my Spotify profile "Arbeidstakeren", because I listen to very much different music.


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


12. Yes. Thank you for the interview. I was glad to participate in it.



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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/11/frostnatt-interview.html


Bliss Of Flesh/Tyrant/Listenable Records/2020 CD Review

dimanche 8 novembre 2020 à 23:55

 


  Bliss  Of  Flesh  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Tyrant"  which  was  released  by  Listenable  Records.


  A  very  fast,  raw  and  brutal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  The  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  vocals  also  bring  in  both  death  metal  growls  and  black  metal  screams.


  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording.  Stringed  instruments  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  a  couple  of  tracks  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  clean  vocals  on a  couple  of  songs.


  The  songs  also  bring  in  a  very  modern  yet  brutal  style  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  utilizing  a  great  amount  of  talent  and  skill.  Angry  shouts  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  as  well   as  a  brief  acoustic  instrumental  being  added  into  the  recording  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  writings  of  the  French  philosopher  Etienne  de  la  Boetie.


  In  my  opinion  Bliss  Of  Flesh are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Serve" "Krieg"  and  "Mors".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/11/bliss-of-fleshtyrantlistenable.html


Hyrgral/Fin de Regne/Les Acteurs de L' Ombre Productions/2020 CD Review

dimanche 8 novembre 2020 à 22:26

 


  France's  Hyrgal  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  pagan  black  metal  style  of  their  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Fin  de  Regne"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  Les  Acteurs  de  L'  Ombre  Productions.


  Distorted  soundscapes  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.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences.


  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  songs  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  synths  and  clean  playing.


  A  couple  of  the  tracks  are  also long  and  epic  in  length,  whispered  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  the  music  also  has  its  atmospheric  moments  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  pagan  vocals  can  also  be  heard  along  with  the  closing  track  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  stringed  instruments.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  French  and  cover  paganism  themes.  


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Hyrgal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  pagan  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Colore  Noire"  "Sepulchre"  and  "Triste  Sire".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/11/hyrgralfin-de-regneles-acteurs-de-l.html