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Forbidden Tomb/Templum Impiorum/Morbid Chapel Records/2021 CD Review

dimanche 19 septembre 2021 à 01:54

 


  Forbidden  Tomb  are  a  solo  project  from  Indonesia  that h as  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Templum  Impiorum"  which  was  released  by  Morbid  Chapel  Records.


  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  brief  use  of  ritualistic  sounding  bells  and  keyboards  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  lo-fi  direction.  When  the  music  speeds  up a   great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast b eats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  also  adds  in  a  great  amount  of  old  school  influences.  The  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  a  small  amount  of  melody  also  being  added  into  some  of  the  riffing  as  well  as  one  of  the  songs  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  which  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  synths  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction.


  On  this  recording  Forbidden  Tomb  remains  true  to  the  raw  style  of  black  metal  that  he  has  established  on  previous  releases.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Forbidden  Tomb  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sculpture  Of  The  Unseen"  and  "Impiorum  Nocte".  8  out  of  10.


https://morbidchapelrecords.bandcamp.com/album/templum-impiorum    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/09/forbidden-tombtemplum-impiorummorbid.html


Otargos/Fleshborer Soulflayer/Xenoxorp/2021 CD Review

dimanche 19 septembre 2021 à 00:41

 


  France's  Otargos  has  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  for  more    a  cosmic  style  of  blackened  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Fleshborer  Soulflayer"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  Xenoxorp.


  Sci-fi  orientated  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  cinematic  and  symphonic  elements  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  Vocals  are  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  black  metal  screams  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  brutal  sounding  blast  beats.


  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  chaotic  style  as  well  as  going  into  more  of  a  dark  yet  melodic  style  on  later  tracks  while  melody  is  also  added  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  sci-fi  sounds  also  making  a  return  on  some  of  the  later  songs ,  tremolo  picking  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  faster  riffing.   


  On  this  recording  Otargos  goes  for  more  of  a  brutal  and  cosmic  style  of  blackened  death  metal.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Quantum  psychics  and  Technology  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Otargos  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  cosmic  and  blackened  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Incursion  Of  Chaos"  "Fleshborer  soulflayer"  and  "Sentinel".  8  out  of  10.


https://youtu.be/eTi2b4IA0Ic


    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/09/otargosfleshborer-soulflayerxenoxorp202.html


Terdor/De Goddeloze Tolgaarder/Negra Nit/2021 Full Length Review

samedi 18 septembre 2021 à 21:23

 


  Terdor  are  a  duo  from  the  Netherlands  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  avant  garde  and  progressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "De  Goddeloze  Tolgaarder"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Negra  Nit.


  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  both  of  the  tracks  that  are  present  on  this  recording  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats.


  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  music  also  having  its  progressive  moments  and  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.


 At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  avant  garde  sounding  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  chaotic  style  as  well  as  some  of  the  riffing  also  showing  an  influence  of  thrash  metal,  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  the  closing  track.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  the  band  members  native  tongue  and  cover  War,  Anti  Christianity  and  Classical  Horror  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Terdor  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  avant  garde  and  progressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "B".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/09/terdorde-goddeloze-tolgaardernegra.html


Memitim/Plasma/2021 EP Review

samedi 18 septembre 2021 à 02:30

 


  Memitim  are  a  band  from  Maine  that  plays  a  progressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2021  ep  "Plasma".


  Night  sounds  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  bass  guitar  leads  a  few  seconds  later  while  also  introducing  grim  yet  high  pitches  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording  which  also  takes  the  music  into  a  heavier  direction.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a very  dark  yet  melodic  style. 


  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  progressive  sounding  while  one  of  the  tracks  is  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Soundscapes  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  all  of  the  music  sticking  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction  along  with  one  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  synths,  death  metal growls  can  also be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  clear  vocals.


  Memitum  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  progressive  and  mid  tempo  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Memitim  are  a  very  great  sounding  progressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Riding  Denwen's  Tail".  8  out  of  10.


https://soundcloud.com/memitimofficial
https://memitimofficial.bandcamp.com/releases

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTrN43gKLl7D-Yt4LJ5b5Tg           


  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/09/memitimplasma2021-ep-review.html


Reflection Of Misery Interview

samedi 18 septembre 2021 à 01:54

 

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


We are a duo (Cuervo, Fornost) from Nicaragua which plays a mixture between Black Metal and some ambient details. 


2.In July you had released an album, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording?


We wanted to make a dark, raw and minimalist essence. 


3.Both of the other members are also in other bands, what is it that you bring into the music of 'Reflection Of Misery', that you are not able to do with your other groups?


The mixture of noises on guitar riffs, dynamics on drums and dissonance. Other Black Metal bands in here don’t agree with that kind of style, long and dark songs, so we are practically the first band playing this style in this country. 


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


The mental and moral decadence of mankind and insignificance of life. 


5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Reflection of Misery'?


Humankind is afraid of seeing themselves in a mirror, because they cannot deal with the reflection of being caged in their own miseries. 


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


It is an abstract interpretation of our lyrics, decadence and insignificance of existence. 


7.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding the line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?


We rather prefer to remain as a duo. 


8.The album was released on 'Exnihilo Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?


Cuervo owns Exnihilo Records (ENR), it’s a small label and mailorder focused on Black Metal and related genres, based in Managua, Nicaragua, aimed to allow releases to be available.


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

 

There’s a positive feedback on bandcamp. 


10.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?


We can talk just about Reflection of Misery and Veins (Cuervo’s OMB) which is about to release the second full length (By ENR). 


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


Reflection of Misery is a studio band, so, looking foward, we have to do at least one work more. 


12.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? 


Actually nowadays bands. Bands from the last decade. We are not influenced by first, second nor even a “Third” wave of Black Metal, against any common belief. 


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


Thanks for the support.

https://reflectionofmisery.bandcamp.com/album/total-scorn-of-life

https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Reflection_of_Misery/3540491569

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/09/reflection-of-misery-interview.html