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Flail/Dying Embers To Coldening Coals/Behest/2020 CD Review

mercredi 28 octobre 2020 à 04:41

 


    Flail  are  a  duo from  Finland  that  plays  a  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Dying  Embers  To  Coldening  Coals"  which  was  released  by  Behest.


  A  very  dark  and  haunting  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  a  small  amount  of  synths  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  depressive  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  also  captures  a  very  lo-fi  atmosphere  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.


  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  sounding  while  also  going  for  more  of  a  early  to  mid  2000's  depressive  style.  Distorted  sounding  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with the  synths  also  adding  in  a  touch  of  ambient  when  they  make  a  brief  return  and  all  of  the  music  also  sticks  to  a  slower  direction.


  Flail  plays  a  style  of  depressive  black  metal  that  is  very  slow  and  lo-fi  sounding  as  well  as  having  its  atmospheric  moments.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive themes.


  In  my  opinion  Flail  are  a  very  great  sounding  depressive  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Carbon  And  Blood"  and  "Leaden  Sights".8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/10/flaildying-embers-to-coldening.html


Nattblod Interview

mercredi 28 octobre 2020 à 03:29

 

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


Asmodeus: Yes sure. We are a black metal band from Sweden, founded in late 2019. I have been playing in different kinds of bands before Nattblod but was always drawn to the darker side so to speak. So after a while i decided to start my own black metal band. I was originally a guitarist, but we had issues finding a good bassist so I switched. Bass is my main instrument  and I was a bassist in my other bands. So the switch felt natural.  


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


A: Back to the roots is all I can say. Most of today's black metal is too much produced. We wanted it to sound raw and alive, where you can feel the coldness and darkness through the music as well the energies flowing. Of course it needs to be mixed to some extent but not to the point it sounds generic 


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


A: Our lyrics so far cover satanism and our own interpretation of judas the deceiver. We draw a lot of inspiration from  the darker sides of religion, death, hopelessness, misanthropy.     


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


 A: "Nattblod" is Swedish for Nightblood and has several meanings. Night can be quite frightening, especially if you enter unfamiliar territory. Lets say a dark forest  in the night with no lights is frightening, and you have to cross it to get to your home. But if you channel the powers of the dark and fill your spirit and soul with it. Then you will eventually overcome your fears and use it to your advantage. We see the night as something that gives us strength, it feeds our creativity and hunger. The night is when the spirits realm are more accessible and let us inject their power in us. "Blod" means blood and we as a band see blood as something sacred. Blood can truly enhance and give strength.      


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


A: We did a collaboration with 109 art who has done artwork for bands like hetroertzen and Mystruin. Our album cover features a forest in the night with three wolves. For us the wolf as a symbol has a deep meaning. The wolf is an animal that lives in a pack and our band is very much like a wolf pack. They are very predatory and primitive and we have a predatory mindset and our wild hunt has just begun to spread our music to the underground. Why there are three wolves on the cover is due to the symbolism of the trinity, and having wolves is like a mockery against the holy trinity because the wolf also represents evil and even the devil himself sometimes. Number three is also a sacred number and often symbolizes creativity and a flow of energy. An energy we inject and let it flow in our band to feed it and nurture it. just like blood does to our body.    


6.Does the band have any plans to start doing live shows after the pandemic dies out?


A: Sooner than later i hope, but yeah as soon as this pandemic is over we will start playing live. 


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


A: We have looked a little bit but decided to wait for maybe our next release or we feel we have enough material. 


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


A: quite good actually not a whole lot, but people who have listened or discovered us  seem to like it and. 


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


We are writing new material at the moment and have begun to rehearse some of the material. Hopefully not too far in the future. I estimate late 2021 or 2022 


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?


A: we have a lot of different tastes in the band, but some of them are Mayhem, Bathory, Watain, Dark funeral, Marduk. But I tend to look alot inwards and try not to get influenced by other bands. Usually I meditate and focus on something dark and fill my mind with dark energies before i write or try to look at the surrounding forests where i live to really connect with the darkness in mother nature. 


11.Does Satanism or Occultism play any role in your music?


Definitely yes. I would love to incorporate more of the occult stuff and open up your mind and walk your own path  


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


If you like traditional Swedish sounding black metal then you should really give us a try. Also help us spread and share our debut. thank you.  


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/10/nattblod-interview.html


Stormkeep/Galdrum/Van Records/2020 EP Review

mercredi 28 octobre 2020 à 03:06

 


  Stormkeep  are  a  band  from  the  United  States  that  plays  a  mixture  of  melodic  black  metal  and  dungeon  synth  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  ep  "Galdrum"  which  will  be  released  in  November by  Van  Records.


  Epic  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  album  while  also  bringing  in  elements  of  dungeon  synth  into  the  music  and  also  mixing  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.


  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody. When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  music  also  being  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly.


  Classical  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  a  couple  of  tracks  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Melodic  chants  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  as  well  as  most  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  as  the  ep  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  and  the  closing  song  is  an  instrumental.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  ancient  legends  and  magick  themes. 


  In  my  opinion  Stormkeep  are a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  melodic  black  metal  and  dungeon  synth  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Glass  Caverns  Of  Dragon  Kings"  and  "Of  Lore".  8  out  of  10.


 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/10/stormkeepgaldrumvan-records2020-ep.html


Keiser Interview

mercredi 28 octobre 2020 à 02:11

 


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


A little bit of this, a little bit of that. We’ve been doing some promo stuff, like recording a music video for one of the songs on Our Wretched Demise. We’ve booked a few gigs in December/January too, so we’ve been practicing a lot. 


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


I think it sounds a lot different. We dare to explore a lot more. It’s more epic, faster and more progressive. I think people will be able to hear that it’s the same band, but the songwriting is better. The production is a lot better too. 


3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music and also how would you describe your progress as songwriters over the years?


The lyrical theme for our upcoming album is war. The songs deal with different aspects of war. The human side of war, irresponsible world leaders, propaganda, loss and anger. It’s hard to say what our progress has been, other than that we think we write better and better songs, as time passes. There’s a bit more co-operation on this album compared to our previous work, which makes the music more interesting.


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


We wanted a short name that represents power, so we went for Keiser, which is the Norwegian name for emperor. We realised sometime after the release of our first EP that Keiser means Emperor, but decided to keep the name since we sound quite different from Emperor.


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


The cover artwork is painted by Czech painter Vojtech “Moonroot” Doubek. The cover depicts a battlefield beneath a castle under a blood red moon. 


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


We are lucky enough that we’ve played a few amazing shows. Of course, with every gig played we become a better live band. When we performed at Levanger Metalfest in 2018 the audience were nearly tearing down the barrier between them and the band. It was a local one-day festival arranged by our drummer Geir. The last show we played was pretty great too. We played with Messier 16 (Oslo) and Tragediens Trone (Trondheim) at Good Omens in late 2019. The club was packed, and the reception from the audience is something I’ll never forget. We opened for Order too, in early 2018. It was so cool to meet Manheim and Messiah from the early days of Mayhem. Nice guys, and absolute legends.


As a live band I would say we are quite energetic. We are not at all afraid to rock out and have a good time even though the music is dark and brutal. Our songs sound different live too. Some parts are slightly changed to work better live, and songs can be faster or slower than their studio versions, depending on what suits the songs.


7.The new album is coming out on 'Non Serviam Records', how did you get in contact with this label?


We got in contact with them after recording Our Wretched Demise. It was through Nexorum, who we share a practice space with, that we learned their name. We sent out mails with a link to the whole album and got a reply from Non Serviam Records. We quickly found that we could easily work together.



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


Worldwide reception has been sparse up to recently. After we signed with NSR and released our latest single, Scourge of the Wicked, we have noticed more interest from outside of Norway. It means so much to us when we receive messages from fans.


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


We want to keep writing good riffs! Other than that we want to evolve, but we are not sure where and how. We don’t want to release the same record twice. Musical evolution is important to us, but we don’t have a clear path to follow. That is how we want it. 


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?


The four members of the band listen to a lot of different music, like death metal, synthwave, 80’s shred, progressive rock and so on. The latest Enslaved album “Utgard” has been on regular rotation since it was released a week ago. 


11.How would you describe your views on Occultism?


It’s not something we’re particularily interested in, to be quite honest. Our earlier lyrics were inspired by occultism, but we have found other themes that inspire us more personally. Nothing against occultism in music though!


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


Yeah, we want to say thank you to Non Serviam Records, NeeCee Agency and Seasons of Mist for all the help, patience and guidence. Also we want to thank everyone that has taken interest in what we do. Hopefully the next single and the album will enrichen the lives of many people. And we can’t wait to see our fans at gigs again!

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/10/keiser-interview.html


Gryftigaen/Graven til Maneapenbaringer/Inferna Profundus Records/2020 CD Review

mercredi 28 octobre 2020 à 01:36

 

  

    Gryftigaen  are  a  duo  from  Chile  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  ambient  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Graven  til  Maneapenbaringer"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Inferna  Profundus  Records.


  Ambient  style  synths  start  off  the  album  while  also  capturing  a  very  lo-fi  atmosphere  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction.  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  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.


  A  lot  of  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era  while  all  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark,  melodic  and  old  school  style  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  some  melody  at  times  and  the  ambient  elements  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs. 


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  parts  along  with  the  music  also  having  its  atmospheric  moments  as  well  as  the  music  also  getting  very  ritualistic  sounding  at  times,  Gregorian  chants  can  also  be  heard  on  the  closing  track.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Death  Worship,  Black  Sorcery,  High  Magick  and  Witchcraft  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Gryftigaen  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  ambient  occult  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sarcophagical  Black  Sorcery"  and  "Nightside  Of  The  Eye  Of  Seth".  8/5  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/10/gryftigaengraven-til.html