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Adaestuo/Krew Za Krew/W.T.C Productions/2018 CD Review

jeudi 22 novembre 2018 à 02:51

  Adaestuo  are  an  international  band  with  members  from  Belgium,  Poland,  Finland  and  U.S.A  that  plays  a  mixture  of  raw  black  metal,  experimental  and  dark  ambient  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Krew  Za  Krew"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  W.T.C  Productions.

  A  very  dark and  avant  garde  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  High  pitched  black  metal  screams  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  while  the  music  also  brings  in  experimental  and  ambient  elements  at  times  along  with  the  music  also  capturing  a  ritualistic  atmosphere  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  as  well  as  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  guitar  leads  are  done  in  a  very  dark,  raw  and  melodic  style  along  with  the  spoken  word  parts  giving  the  songs  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling  when  they  are  utilized  and  the  music  gets  very  diverse  at  times.

  Adaestuo  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black  metal,  dark  ambient  and  experimental  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  death,  occultism  and  esoteric  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Adaeusto are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  metal,  experimental  and  dark  ambient  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Red  Moon"  "Subterranean  Fire"  "Shadow  Pilgrimage"  and  "Krew  Za  Krew".  8/5  out  of  10.

    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/11/adaestuokrew-za-krewwtc-productions2018.html


Fallen Tyrant/Children of A Nuclear Dawn/Bleeding Heart Nihilist Productions/2018 CD Review

jeudi 22 novembre 2018 à 01:04

  Fallen  Tyrant  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Children  Of  A  Nuclear  Dawn"  which  was  released  by  Bleeding  Heart  Nihilist Productions.

  Spoken  word  samples  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  while  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era  as  well  as  the  vocals  being  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  a  couple  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  some  clean  playing  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording,

  There  is  also a  brief  use  of  synths  and  saxophones  on  a  couple  of  the  tracks  while  spoken  word  samples  also  return  on  later  tracks  along  with  the  vocals  also  getting  very  grim  sounding  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  added  onto  the  recording  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  and  old  school  style as  well  as  clean  singing  and  acoustic  guitars  also  be  heard  briefly.

  Fallen  Tyrant  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that is  very  old  school  sounding  while  also  being  very  different  at  the  same  time,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  nuclear  war  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Fallen  Tyrant  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Shifting  Tides  Around  The  Rhine"  "Children  of  A  Nuclear  Dawn" a nd  "Astonomy".  8  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/11/fallen-tyrantchildren-of-nuclear.html


Disciples Of The Void Interview

mercredi 21 novembre 2018 à 20:28
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?


-Disciples of the Void is a 2nd wave black metal band from Finland (and Norway). Originally formed as a side-project but since the feedback has been so amazingly positive the project might upgrade as a fulltime band. Time will tell.


2.You have your first album coming out in December, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?


- Yes, the idea behind this band is to play black metal the way it was once we discovered it. All of the bands we listened to back in the day have developed in to something else. In some point Mayhem went to more progressive style and so did Emperor and Enslaved. Gehenna went to death metal, Darkthrone to black'n'roll or whatever that is. Burzum...Ulver...Well. You know what I mean. None of the bands have remained the same. Not saying there is something wrong it, don't get me wrong. It just left us missing the good ol' days. And this is why we decided to put up a project combining all the good stuff that we describe as quality black metal.


3.When I listened to the album you had a good amount of keyboards but the music was more close to the early 90's approach instead the later more symphonic approach, do you feel there has been a huge decline in bands playing the old school style that you play?


-Well, I stopped following the scene long ago so I'm only guessing here, but yes. Like I said before the most of the bands have turned into something else. But I guess it is only natural. Bands that started out with 1 or 2 tracks of synth are nowadays performing with actual symphony orchestra or backing tapes with 20+ miditracks roaring behind them.

There's also some modern black metal bands that say that they are ”old school” style but they have hard time to maintain the interest from their audiences by their music alone some how. So they tend be more extreme and write super-fast songs with tempo reaching 260bpm etc.
Or even better, build up an image that is provocative enough to make people notice them and leave the music as a secondary matter. And this is where they get lost in being 'old-school'. The music I grew up with was all about satan and anti-chrisitan values or nature and mythologies. And the songs based on just awesome riffs. Not the high tempo.
The way we use our keyboards is pretty subtle. I think it is a good way to create a cold atmosphere to your music.


4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?


- There's some references to the writings of A.Crowley and Nietzche but for the most part they are apocalyptic visions of the world being swallowed into the void by the Great Beast. So, satanism, philosophy and the apocalypse.


5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Disciples Of The Void'?


- Years back I had an idea for a band name Disciples of the _____ . Then fill the blank with a short memorable word that describes the main concept of the lyrical themes. In this case the word would be ”Void”. The idea sounds kind a silly but it worked out great. I think it is a very cool band name.


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


- The drawning is titled ”The Lifting of the Veil” and presents the Horsemen of the Apocalypse. It was inspred by our track ”Per Aspera ad Noctum”. I made couple of different drawnings but we thought this is the best choice for the album cover.


7.With the exception of a session drummer on the album the band is a duo, are you open to expanding the line up or moving into doing live shows?


-Yes, actually. We are currently looking for some extra members for the live shows. So yeah, liveshows are possible.


8.On the album you had also done a cover of Bathory's  "Home  Of  Once Brave", what was the decision behind doing your own version of one of their songs?


-Since the day Quorthon passed away we felt that we needed to do a Bathory-cover as a tribute. We just didn't have appropriate project for the cover song until now. Home of the once brave is a perfect way to end the album and to say ”R.I.P” to Quorthon. I found Bathory back in '91 and it was sort of a gateway band to black metal for me. Hail Bathory!


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


-Too early to say. We only have some ideas for the next release like lyrical concept and guest musicians and that sort of stuff but we haven't proceeded to the actual songwriting phase just yet.


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/


- As for the musical style, mid 90's black metal. Nothing more, nothing less. Bands:(old) Darkthrone, (old) Mayhem, (old) Emperor, (old) Burzum, (old)Gehenna, (old) Ulver, (old) Enslaved, (old) Celtic Frost, Dissection, Necrophobic. Not listening much music these days, probably the same old.


11.What are some of your non musical interests?


- Our music is our life. Everything is usually music related with us. If it is not about the instruments or the gear then it is about the production or lyrical concepts or the aesthetics and so on.


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


- Grab the album and enter the soul-absorbing shadows

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/11/disciples-of-void-interview_21.html


Nefastu/Obscura Transcenddencia/Purodium Rekords/2018 EP Review

mercredi 21 novembre 2018 à 05:00

  Nefastu  are  a  band  from  Portugal  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  ep  "Obscura  Transcenddencia"  which  will  be  released  in  Decmeber  by  Purodium  Rekords.

  Distorted  amp  noises  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  vocals  are  all  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  A  great  amount  of  90's  influences  can  also  be  heard  in  the  bands  musical  style  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  one  track  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  the  music  does  not  add  much  in  the  way  of  melodies,  solos  and  leads  and  always  remains  very  raw  and  heavy.

  Nefastu  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  traditional  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Portuguese  and  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Nefastu  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  "Na  Imensidao  do  Vazio".  8  out  of  10.





  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/11/nefastuobscura-transcenddenciapurodium.html


Strick Interview

mardi 20 novembre 2018 à 03:18
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Strick was founded in late 2016 and is a munich based blackend grind band, with a furious and viscous sound. Disharmonic guitars and Black Metal shrieks mixed with dbeat and a grind core attitude.



2.So far you have released 2 ep's, musically how do they both differ from each other?

Our second release „Selektion“ is way faster and is overall more a grindcore orientated than our first ep Monotonie is.



3.Your lyrics cover a lot of anti fascism themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your hatred from fascism?

We believe in equality and human rights, and fascists opposing those basic rules of society deserve nothing but hatred. Because the „argument“ i was born in a certain place and that is why i deserve to rule over you, is just crazy bullshit.



4.I know that the bands name means either rope or hung in German, how does this name fit in with the musical style you play?

Strick is probably best translated with"rope used for suicide", we also cover suicidal thoughts in our song "Kein Ende". We try to fuck up our audience with our music, so they can experience and express radical emotions, especially at our live shows.



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

It is from our buddy SNDBCK a german artist who does all our artwork. And it reflects the prison which is modern capitalism, and that in our darkest moments we might think that ending it all is the only possibility escaping it.



6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?

One of our favourite shows was in pula croatia this year, the location was awesome and the crowd was crazy. Also pretty much all of our gigs with our buddies Dekonstrukt and Gall. We play in a darkened foggy room, and use random flickering light. To kind of entrance our audience, so they can really feel our music.



7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future/

Yes we have but nothing we can announce yet. But we will inform you soon via social media.



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

Well we are actually pretty happy how it is right now. But our next release might be with a label.



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

Well we are a small band but those who heared our stuff liked it. We got uploaded to yt spotify and stuff, it is okay. Also Reviews have been positive.



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

Well there aren`t any plans for a full length yet, but maybe another ep. Well we want to keep it dark with a lot of blast beats.



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?

Our guitar players writing is heavily influenced by Nasum and Nocte Obducta.



12.What are some of your non musical interests

Hema, Philosophy, Nature, Beer. Also Memes 11



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

Thank you for the review. We had a blast answering your questions.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/11/strick-interview.html